Virginia Apperson, Ph.D.

The Red Balloon: Movie and Discussion

December 7, Saturday Event 7:30 pm
members: free; non-members: $20; students: $10

The first attempts at myth-making can, of course, be observed in children, whose games of make-believe often contain historical echoes… (O)ne must certainly put a large question-mark after the assertion that myths spring from the "infantile" psychic life... They are on the contrary the most mature product of that young humanity.
— C.G.Jung, Symbols of Transformation

Tonight we’ll watch the iconic 1967 Academy Award Winning French film, The Red Balloon. It is a little (37 minutes) story about a little boy, Pascal, companioned by a balloon that he rescued along the way. In our discussion, we will treat the movie as if it were a dream... my dream/your dream/our dream. Here are a few particularly large amuse-bouches questions to whet your appetite for a delicious discussion: can a mere 6 year old make us believe that archetypal motifs (historical echoes) are popping up and bobbing around the streets of Paris? And after being reminded, by a child, of our own companioning spirits, might we actually walk back out onto the streets of Atlanta, transformed and a little more mature?

Virginia Apperson, Ph.D.Virginia Apperson, Ph.D., After receiving her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing, Virginia Apperson worked as a licensed clinical nurse specialist in a variety psychiatric settings with children, adolescents and adults. Her belief in the creative potential within each one of us led to her training at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zürich. Upon completion of her training, she returned to Atlanta where she is in private practice. In addition to offering individual analysis, she works with couples, leads dream groups, and lectures on Jungian topics. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Jungian Analysts. With John Beebe, she co-authored the book,The Presence of the Feminine in Film.

Upcoming Events

December 7
Virginia Apperson, PhD
The Red Balloon
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
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January 25
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Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
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Sunday 9:00 a.m.-1:00
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February 15
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Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

March 13-14
James Hollis, PhD
The Seven Deadly Sins Viewed Through the Lens of Depth Psychology
Friday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
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Saturday 9:00 a.m - 1:00

April 18
Rebecca Armstrong, PhD
How to Follow Your Bliss (What Joseph Campbell Really Meant)
Saturday 7:30 p.m.-10:00

May 15-16
Jungian Perspective on Climate Change
Friday 7:30 p.m.-10:00
Mandala as a Path to Heal Our Split with the Natural World
Saturday 10:00 a.m - 5:00


Sandy Springs Christian Church, 301 Johnson Ferry Rd NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
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Coming from GA 400, take the Abernathy Rd, Exit 5, towards Sandy Springs. Go about 1.5 miles on Abernathy Rd and the church will be on the right, just past Brandon Mill Road. Proceed to the next light (River Valley) and make a right into the parking lot.