Seek renewal with us at a beautiful mountain retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As summer wanes and leaves turn to gold, we will embark on a soul’s journey. A former monastery, this site offers peaceful gardens, wooded walks, delicious food, and a swimming pool to nurture the bodysoul.
Our story is a new one, “Soundings — Remembering the Whale’s Call.” The rolling waves of the Pacific mirror the psychological arena where once again our setting is the sea. Its shimmering underwater world of seals and whales may hold treasures unknown to one’s surface self. We seek access to the unconscious through the feminine at a new stage of development. Beyond Child and Maiden, but preceding Crone, we enter the world of Adult Woman.
On a Northern shore, a woman, suffering crippling loss and spiritual bankruptcy, returns disillusioned to her childhood home. Her story is a secret, revealed through unexpected meetings and synchronistic events. She revisits the profound experience of her girlhood, where like Pikea in the film “Whale Rider,” she encountered the vast numinous creatures of the deep. Her emerging self seeks realization in a journey embracing both past and future.
With the “Whale Rider” story as background, we will explore the adult woman’s quest for her own destiny. Can a transcendent experience in childhood be rediscovered, in a psyche cut off from the waters of the unconscious? The struggle is both personal and cultural: the feminine emergence from patriarchy; the fate of a fledgling girl-child to lead her people from darkness and indifference; the call of the Great Whale to awaken the deadened heart to love. Only a connection with the numinous powers beyond the ego can bring this regeneration and new vision.
We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, discussion, bodily states, and creativity. Authentic movement helps connect with buried energies and offers a safe and natural means to nurture oneself. Simple, playful vocal explorations help open one’s true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual and does not involve performance. Enhanced by music, art, poetry, and ritual, these dynamic processes release creative energies. While a highly individual journey, it is supported by a strong group in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Previous participants are encouraged to explore new waters to deepen their journey, and new participants are warmly welcomed.
Apprentices may lead some sessions with faculty present.
Meg Wilbur, MA, MFA is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Los Angeles and California’s central coast. She is a founding member, vice president, and faculty of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. She is Professor Emerita of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, where she directed plays and taught voice for the stage. She often works as Associate Analyst with the original BodySoul Rhythms team.
Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, BC-DMT,is a Jungian analyst and Board Certified Dance therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. Past co-founder and faculty of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley, and a founding member of the Women’s Spirituality program at CIIS, she teaches in the Somatic Psychology Doctoral program at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, the Leadership program for the Marion Woodman Foundation, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and other universities and healing centers internationally. With thirty-five years of clinical experience, her numerous book chapters and articles in professional journals explore the integration of body, mind, psyche and soul in healing and transformation
Dorothy Anderson, Ph.D., is founder of The Adult Woman workshops. Former assistant dean at UCLA’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, she directed the Senior Fellows Program and taught interpersonal communication, leadership development, and conflict resolution. She brings a Jungian orientation to her speaking and consulting in areas relating to personal growth and leadership. She is also a SoulCollage facilitator and carves wood and stone in her California studio.authenticadultwoman.typepad.com
August 6-12, 2010, Friday, 4:00 PM – Thursday, 10:00 AM. 4:00 PM is the check-in time at the facility. The program begins with dinner at 6:00 PM Friday, August 6th, followed by an evening session, and concludes on Thursday, August 12th, at 10 AM.
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus, Santa Barbara, California
Open to women with at least 50 hours of Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours of active bodywork, or consent of instructor.
Please consult the Program Calendar at www.mwoodmanfoundation.org as the date approaches.
include 6 nights lodging and all meals. Financial assistance is available. CEUs: 45 hours of continuing education are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs.