Register for course ‘Companioning Our Shadow: Emotions & Relationships’

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.” 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.

On Friday, Oct. 15, Join Michael Simmons as he explores practices and tools for companioning our shadow, particularly around our emotions and relationships. This course will be a space to invite Christ to meet our hidden parts and deepen that process of healing.

Michael is a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and serves on the leadership team with Companioning Center on the board of Deep Water, a local community that provides tools, processes and sacred space for women and men to heal.

Michael is a doctoral student at Portland Seminary and is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. The course will be offered via Zoom from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $39, and the Zoom link will be provided. You can register here if you’re interested.

If you have any questions, contact Jessica Anders (

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