Friday, October 15, 2021

Meeting Virtually: 9-11am PT

Psychologist Carl Jung coined the term "shadow" to refer to the parts of ourselves we hide, repress or deny. Robert Bly called the shadow 'the long bag we drag behind us'. In a time of necessary social transformation much has been collectively illuminated, yet as author Murray Stein writes, "[Our] shadow is the image of ourselves that slides along behind us as we walk toward the light.” We place all that would cause us pain and conflict into the bag, but it holds incredible power to transform our lives, relationships, and communities. Join Michael Simmons as he explores practices and tools for companioning our shadow.

Our Guide


Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons is a spiritual director and retreat facilitator, and serves on the leadership team with the Companioning Center and on the board of Deep Water, a local community that provides tools, processes, and space for women and men to heal. Michael is also an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church and a doctoral student at Portland Seminary where he is also the full-time admissions counselor. Michael is gifted at helping people enter liminal space in order to explore and integrate their inner-landscape. Blending Christian spirituality and Jungian psychology, Michael loves equipping others with tools and language to heal and help others do the same.

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