Michelle Christides was raised in Paris in an American diplomatic family; returned to the U.S. at the beginning of the Kennedy Administration to attend the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley, throughout the decade, for Interdisciplinary Studies in Western Civilization; and taught at both as a graduate assistant.
She was an Assistant Professor at the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, California State University, Sonoma; a small international business entrepreneur for executive accessories and office décor, in the1980s, when she conducted cross-cultural communications seminars with Americans in Europe, and culture-shock consulting with their families. She accomplished her personal analysis while attending the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich for two years; then worked for the U. N. during the first winter of the war in Bosnia, in disaster relief for refugees.
She returned to her roots in New England to open a practice mentoring Jungian Individuation and co-founded Berkshire Psychotherapists for Social Responsibility, to address the problem of middle management displacement by information technology and globalization. At the turn of the millennium, she moved to Washington, DC, where she taught on the faculty of the federal employees training agency, the U.S.D.A. Graduate School, while practicing as a Jungian Mentor.
She joined her last family member, who was diagnosed with cancer, in Sarasota, Florida, continuing the Jungian practice as an art therapist for the Parkinson's creativity 'phenomenon'; teaching winter seminars on Globalization and Jungian Analytical Psychology to 'senior academy' retired professionals; and creating online medical research courses as a Licensed Provider of Continuing Education for Healthcare Professions, Florida State Nursing Board, 2005--2014.
An Initiate into Sahaja Yoga of Sri Kripalu in 1974 and into the Sufi Healing Order by Pir Vilayat, in 1994, she lives half the year in Sarasota, Florida, and half the year in Basse Normandie, France, practicing Yoga, painting in oils, and writing. The painting on this page is of her lotus pond at "Mon Petit Giverny"; all her paintings can be seen on: Www.jungsoul.com