The work actively supports an individual’s process of developing toward consciousness, held within the sacred group temenos, by enabling a descent into the unconscious and the body. The emerging consciousness balances the positive feminine in our bodies with the positive masculine in our creative pursuits.
The BodySoul approach consists in working dream and imagery together with body and voice in a powerful way, while honoring the uniqueness of each individual, allowing a unique integration of mind and body, soul and spirit to emerge.
The roots of this work grew out of a deep respect for dreams and for the great wisdom of the body. We have come to trust – through the knowing in our own bodies, hearts, souls and minds – the psyche/soma connection and experience the amazing dance that is possible between the creative masculine and the conscious feminine.
The Marion Woodman Foundation offers two types of BodySoul programs: Core Programs and Community Workshops. Both are vital to fulfilling the mission of the Foundation and supporting the growth of BodySoul work in the world.
BodySoul Core Programs
The core of BodySoul work involves the exploration of dreams as well as participating in movement, experimenting with embodied voice work, creating masks, working with paint, clay and other mediums, and honoring ritual. Held in the sacred space created by the group, participants are encouraged to express and embody psyche’s energies, which may lead to the healing of old wounds and the emergence of new energies.
Core programs consist primarily of intensives which follows a specific curriculum developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner and refined continuously over several decades. The intensive format, which Marion compares with an initiation, combines myth and story, dream work, group discussion, experiential exercises, voice work, movement, and expressive arts, allowing participants to experience the work and its transformative power in an embodied way. Marion Woodman Foundation Seminars and Workshops are shorter programs focusing on specific elements of BodySoul work as described above.
Marion Woodman Foundation Intensives®, seminars and workshops are taught by core faculty. Intensives, seminars and workshops follow the curriculum, structure, and format developed by the original team.