With Sierra Stearns, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Board Certified Music Psychotherapist

Saturday, January 27, 2018


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Lunch Included)
Registration: 9:30 a.m.


6 CEUs $18
Workshop+6 CEUs $93


Santa Cruz Resurrection Church
11173 Griffing Blvd
Biscayne Park, FL 33161

Paradox is one of the most mysterious and intriguing states of being. It is also one of the most important realities to embrace, both personally and collectively. Life can be a battlefield where contrary forces tug us first in one direction and then another, shadow and light, both internally and externally. What is paradox and what is its meaning in life? Jung believed that paradox is one of our most valuable spiritual possession because only through paradox can we comprehend the fullness of life.

Dr. Stearns, a Jungian-oriented music psychotherapist and specialist in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, will share her use of music from a Jungian perspective in addressing work with shadow, paradox and transcendence. The workshop will include lecture, music experiences, case illustrations, and film clips on the topic. Each of these offerings will address how paradox can be a container for holding the tension of opposites, and allowing the transcendent function to emerge. Participants will be invited to experience an original music program entitled Paradox as an active imagination and music process. Mandala drawings will be used as a processing technique.

Participants may want to read Owning Your Own Shadow by Jungian analyst and author Robert Johnson, as preparation for the workshop. The music components of the workshop are conceptually based on the section in this work on “The Divine Progression.”


Following the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Critique Jung’s conceptualization of paradox as a vehicle for developing a richer and meaningful life;
  2. Incorporate music within the context of Jungian psychology, especially addressing shadow and paradox;
  3. Describe the nature of paradox from the perspective of “The Divine Progression” as a template for alchemical change;
  4. Explain through story and film the use of music as the transcendent function;
  5. Apply the music program Paradox in one’s own life and in the life of one’s clients in clinical practice; and
  6. Use music, active imagination, and mandala art as containers for processing oppositional tensions in one’s own life and in the life of one’s clients in clinical practice.

Sierra Stearns, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI

Sierra Stearns, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. from Walden/University of Miami, FL, in Social Change with a concentration in Synergistic Studies in 1985. She is a Board Certified Music Psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 30+ years. She is a specialist in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery. Sierra is the Co-Founder/Director of Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, a graduate level certification program for professional clinicians. Dr. Stearns has served as faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich since 2009, offering seminars on the use of music in Jungian analytical practice. Her article, “Harmonizing Shadow and Light: The Music of Paradox,” was published in the 2014 AMI Journal. She currently is working on a chapter for the book The Bonny Method and Beyond, Vol. II entitled “A Jungian Orientation to the Bonny Method.”



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