A BodySoul Intensive: Marion Woodman’s work, Authentic Movement & the Natural Voice

July 10, 2006 - July 16, 2006

This intensive offers a unique experience for women who are committed to deepening life’s journey. The leaders’ approach grows from the work of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, and her colleagues in voice and movement, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton. The foundation of this dynamic process is grounded in Jungian psychology, accessed through dreams and bodily experience. This approach can reawaken the wisdom of the body, light the imagination, and promote integration through dream work, movement, and voice, enhanced by music, art, and writing.

This summer, the fairy tale “Mother Hulda” is our avenue to the world of the psyche. Journeying with our heroine in her “dive down the well” to the underworld, we will seek an encounter with the ancient feminine. “Hulda’s” themes of descent, shadow, and transformation can illumine women’s lives and awaken their potential. Authentic Movement offers a safe and natural means to nurture oneself, connect with buried energies, and embody one’s inner dance as it unfolds. Simple exercises in freeing the voice involve relaxation, breathing, and sounding to help find and release one’s authentic voice. These creative processes do not involve performance, and are attuned to the personal needs of the individual.

Our retreat invites participants to engage the feminine in an atmosphere of curiosity, respect, and care. Designed for healing practitioners, clinicians, educators, artists, and those interested in growth and matters of the spirit, the experience supports personal and professional enrichment. Nestled in Tuscany’s beautiful rolling hills and vineyards, the private retreat center offers a peaceful setting for self-renewal. Walking trails, delicious Tuscan cooking and a swimming pool enhance the experience. (Nearby coastal villages make for a wonderful holiday if you can take the time following the intensive, as well!)

Prerequisites: Experience in Marion Woodman’s BodySoul Rhythms®; approach, or familiarity with Woodman’s writings is encouraged. Some background in dreamwork, Authentic Movement, expressive arts therapy or other forms of embodied creative exploration that engage conscious attention is necessary, as well as a background in personal analysis/psychotherapy. A working knowledge of English is important in order to understand and participate in the intricacies of the work. (Unfortunately it is not feasible to work with a translator as participants come from many countries and linguistic backgrounds).

Tuition: $1,225 with paid registration by January 30, 2006. After that date tuition is $1,325.

38 CE credits available for MFT’s and LCSWs

Accommodation and meals: 52-57 Euros/night (depending on shared or single occupancy), paid directly to the retreat site upon arrival.

Registration: Enrollment is by application only. Deadline is April 1, 2006. Please contact Tina Stromsted Tel. (415) 668-7857 USA, Email: TStromsted@aol.com