Lecture – Elaine Mansfield & Jean Benedict Raffa, Ed.D.

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The Lessons of Mortality and Grief: Loss as an Initiation into Self

March 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota
3975 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34232

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Members: $15
Non-Members: $20

Combination Lecture/Workshop:
Members: $55
Non-Members: $70

How can we best face our own mortality and the mortality of those we love? Conscious interaction between our inner and outer worlds transforms suffering and loss into an initiation into our deepest Self. We will share and discuss an inspiring 30-minute video about David Blum’s inner journey. He discovered that painting images from his dreams and exploring them with active imagination helped him and his wife cope with illness and prepare for his death.

Elaine-MansfieldAbout Elaine Mansfield

Since 1970, Elaine Mansfield has been a student of Jung, mythology, dreams, and meditation. She has worked with Marion Woodman, Robert Bosnak, and other Jungian teachers. Since the death of her husband, Elaine has focused on the inner journey of grief as an initiation and has become a hospice bereavement group leader. Her insights are explained in her book Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief and a TEDx talk: “Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss.”


Jean-Benedict-RaffaAbout Jean Benedict Raffa

After a lengthy and life- transforming spiritual descent, Jean Benedict Raffa, Ed.D., began an in-depth study of Jungian Psychology, mythology, and her own dreams. Her books: The Bridge to Wholeness, Dream Theatres of the Soul, and Healing the Sacred Divide, are outgrowths of this ongoing inner work. A former television producer and college professor, she continues to give speeches and workshops. Her blog “Matrignosis” focuses on Jungian psychology, self- discovery, and the search for spiritual meaning.