Denita Benyshek
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  • Mercer Island, WA
  • United States
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Cascade Mountains, Washington state
What are your main areas of interest?
Mythology, Transpersonal Psych
If you are signing up as an Individual Member, do you have a degree in Depth Psychology?
M.A., PhD, Other type of Psychology, Other degree not listed here
If so, from what institution?
MFA - Painting, University of Washington;

MA Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco, CA;

Graduate Certificate in Creativity Studies;

PhD Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology, Saybrook University.
Are you a licensed or clinical therapist?
Yes, Associate Mental Health Counselor in State of Washington.
Please share a little about yourself by way of introduction. What draws you to Depth Psychology and what are you looking for from this community?
As a young adult, I found Carl Jung's theories very descriptive of the creative process and art making. Later, during graduate studies in psychology, I became acquainted with transpersonal psychology. I conduct research on the contemporary artist as shaman. Benefits? Engagement with a fascinating community of spiritual intelligentsia.
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Research (on artists and shamanism):

Upcoming Conference Presentations

I will present my research on the art audience as shamanic community at the 28th International Conference on Shamanism, Sept. 3 - 5, located at the Santa Sabina Retreat Center in San Rafael, CA. This is an extraordinary event attended by extraordinary people, with a balance of the scholarly and the performance of rituals by traditional practitioners. 


For more information, see


I will also present my research, on the topic of the contemporary artist as shaman, at "Shamanhood and its Art", the 10th conference of the International Society of Shamanistic Researchers, convened at the Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, Poland, Oct. 5-9, 2011.


See Shamanhood and its Art for more information.


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At 12:57pm on August 8, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Actually, one event that I sponsored in relation to the juncture of art and psychology involved 10 high school age d young women. We went to a local art museum and they were given an hour to walk around the galleries and take note of several things: 1) what piece(s) really upset them. 2) What pieces made them laugh. 3) What pieces seemed to speak to something "deeper" even if they didn't know what that was. 4) Or what the deeper message was that they did see. 5) What piece didn't seem like art at all. (Why is THIS in an art gallery?) 6) The one piece, money aside, that you would like to take home and why.

We then got together for lunch and some reflection in general about the experience.

Then we went back through the galleries together and each person described the works they had chosen and why for each of the question.

It was a high moment in my teaching career, one which brings a smile each time I think of it.

Thanks for giving me a chance to remember and smile again! :)


At 10:03am on August 8, 2011, Bonnie Bright said…

Hi Denita. I'd like to add my welcome to Ed's. From perusing your web site a bit, I can see you are clearly in touch with your gifts in this life.  I'm grateful you've found the Alliance and I hope you'll find this a place to deeply connect with likeminded others.

Please share at whatever level you feel comfortable, but I would love to hear more about your thoughts and experiences with shamanism (maybe join the Shamanism group here in the community?) and I'm also deeply drawn to Slavic cosmology, though I have direct experience with it in my daily reality.

Meanwhile, I'll  send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site, and I look forward to seeing you around. ~Bonnie Bright, Founder

At 8:35am on August 8, 2011, Ed Koffenberger said…

Welcome Denita,

As I was viewing your art I suddenly realized I had to breathe! Wonder-full work. There are several artists as members of the Alliance. I hope you will meet them through the many blogs, forums, and groups. I look forward to your posts and any additional artworks you wish to share. Again, welcome.



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