Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal VIII: The Handless Maiden: Windsong, Snowfall, SoulCall ~ a Journey of Initiation

August 31, 2011 - September 5, 2011

Seek renewal with us at a beautiful mountain retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  As summer wanes and leaves turn to gold in the autumn equinox, we will embark on a soul’s journey. A former monastery, this site offers peaceful gardens, wooded walks, and delicious food to nurture the bodysoul.

The fairytale “The Handless Maiden” is this year’s avenue into the psyche.  Rooted in the early goddess religions, its teachings reveal a wisdom lost in today’s materialistic world.  In this story a young girl “sacrifices her hands to the devil.”  How can a modern woman discover her own “bargains with the devil” ~ the compulsions that drive her, and the unconscious agreements that block her growth, creativity, capacity to love, and her effectiveness in the world?  What psychic “hands” has she abandoned to soulless forces, and what can she do to reclaim them and her authentic feeling?

The tale is a powerful journey of feminine initiation, involving a passage to the underworld through forest and water, and encounters with King, child, crone, and “Wild Mother.”  How do we develop from naive maiden to canny crone, from victim to authentic woman?  Our story explores the self-alienation common today, and offers ways to nurture and strengthen the embodied sacred feminine. We will seek the psychological treasures hidden in these ancient rites of passage in order to heal inwardly, empower ourselves, and support the development of authentic community.


Meg Wilbur, MA, MFA, MFT, is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Los Angeles and California’s central coast. She is a founding member, former vice president, and faculty of the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. She leads public programs for the Study Center such as Way of the Dream. She is Professor Emerita of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and Brown University where she directed plays and taught acting, and voice for the stage. She has acted and directed professionally at San Diego Rep, and Trinity Square Playhouse. Her original plays have been performed at UCLA, and in other academic settings.  As a therapist for more than thirty years, she specializes in the treatment of actors, artists and other creative people.  She teaches with Marion Woodman and the original BodySoul Rhythms team, as well as with Tina Stromsted and Dorothy Anderson in the Leadership Training Program of the Marion Woodman Foundation.

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, former long-time core faculty member in the Somatics Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and a founding member of the Women’s Spirituality program (CIIS), she currently teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of SF, in the Depth Psychology/Somatic Studies MA/Ph.D program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, the Expressive Arts Therapies department at CIIS, 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. She has studied with Marion Woodman since the 1980’s and is a core faculty member of the Leadership Training Program of the Marion Woodman Foundation. www.AuthenticMovement-BodySoul.com.

Dorothy Anderson, Ph.D., brings a Jungian perspective and experience as an artist to her teaching for the Marion Woodman Foundation. Former assistant dean and professor at UCLA, she specialized in group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and leadership development.  Author, keynote speaker and group facilitator, she designed and taught the UCLA Senior Fellows Program and the Transition into Management Program for graduate students from minority groups. She directed the Washington Office of the Leadership Training Institute. She leads Authentic Adult Woman workshops on spiritual and psychological growth, and creates art projects designed to open participants to the wisdom of the unconscious.  As core faculty, she teaches in the Leadership Training Program of the Marion Woodman Foundation.  She is also a SoulCollage facilitator and carves wood and stone in her California studio. www.AuthenticAdultWoman.typepad.com..

For More Information: please see: www.mwoodmanfoundation.org.

For registration contact:
Caryn Aman, Program Coordinator
Telephone: (503) 746-5899
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