Girl at the Well 2016Join us this November for this very special Marion Woodman Foundation sponsored workshop! This workshop will be offered in place of the previously advertised program “The Play’s the Thing: An Experiential and Improvisational Workshop”. We’ll gather at beautiful La Casa de Maria, nestled in the Santa Barbara hills. A retreat center for 50 years, La Casa offers renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks.

The intriguing fairy tale “The Goosegirl at the Well” is our guide for a journey of initiation. This provocative tale asks ~ what is reality or delusion, integrity or falsehood, love or sentimentality, true masculine and feminine? Presenting a map of individuation, its themes include: the salty wisdom of a Crone Mother, an old King and new masculine, feminine shadow energies explored in a mask — all sourced by the renewing energies of the earth. With ancient roots in the old nature religions, and hidden links to alchemy, and even Shakespeare’s King Lear — still, the story offers much to the modern psyche in a turbulent world.

 

In the tale, a proud kingdom is shamefully divided; a royal maiden risks losing herself in an ugly disguise; an erudite nobleman must endure ignoble tasks; a vain King must learn humility; and all the characters must confront a wily old mountain woman. Is she a witch or a healer? What is the secret of her “snowy geese”? Is her ugly daughter redeemable? Does the naive young Count have enough earthy wisdom to a build a brave heart?

This tale of initiation demands that both masculine and feminine are vitally engaged; each must develop to find an ultimate union of opposites. Our explorations will examine central issues of our own individuation:

What can this tale teach us about an effective inner process for our own renewal?

What is our connection to our feminine souls, our inner masculine, and the Great Mother?

This is a workshop, not an intensive. As such, it allows a soft rhythm, both time with the group, as well as solitary time to wander under the autumnal trees, walk the labyrinth, meditate in the chapel, or journal in your room. Naturally, it will include the BSR ‘basics’ — a psychological exploration of the story as our avenue into the psyche, discussion, dream work, body and voice, and personal masks ~ emerging directly from the tale (using different material and faster method).

We’d love to have you join us!

Prerequisites:

Completion of one Marion Woodman Foundation Intensive program

Dates:
November 3, 2016 - November 8, 2016
Location: La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, California
Location Description:

La Casa de Maria is an interfaith, non-profit retreat and conference center situated on a  26-acre site of oak woodland, orchards, and gardens. The environment at La Casa is uniquely beautiful and peace giving, making it an ideal place for programs focused on meditation, spirituality, personal growth, community service, environmental awareness, education, and art.

La Casa de Maria is beautiful. It exudes the feminine. Staying there feels like being sheltered in a sacred “grotto” — under the gnarled branches of old oaks, where fountains trickle, and paths lead to orchards, meadows, a stone labyrinth, or a “Great Grandmother” tree. Before it was a retreat center, before it was a convent, before a monastery — it was wild. Indians visited; so did the bears. It holds the presence of the many ‘pilgrims’ who have visited there over the years, to meditate, to be in community, or simply to be in silence. The place holds power.

CEU's:

35 hours of continuing education units, approved by California State Boards, are offered to MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs. Most US states accept these CEUs. Please check with your state licensing board.

Fees:

$1,790 for single room (limited); $1,555 for double room (fee includes tuition, 5 nights lodging and meals). Payment in full will be due by September 20, 2016.

Enrollment is limited. A few places remain. Applications must be received by September 20, 2016.

Refund Policy:

After September 20, 2016 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. We must have notice of cancellation in writing.

Programs will not be canceled if one of the instructors can't attend. If any instructor is unable to attend, a similarly qualified colleague will substitute. We cannot refund your fee if one of the instructors cannot participate.

Trip Cancellation Insurance
If traveling by airplane, It is highly recommended that your purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. Please have your airline review what the Trip Cancellation Insurance will cover. The Marion Woodman Foundation can not be held liable for costs incurred through participant airline purchases if a program needs to be canceled due to faculty illness/emergency or natural disasters.
Program Details:

Schedule:
Registration is between 4-6 pm on Thursday, November 3. You may check into La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center at 4 pm on Thursday (no later than 7 pm, please). Your rooms are pre-assigned. The first session will begin after dinner the first evening, Thursday, November 3

The daily agenda is as follows:

Breakfast, 8:15 am
Morning session, 9 am-noon

Lunch, 12:15 pm
Afternoon session, 2:30-5:30 pm

Dinner, 6:15 pm
Evening session, 7-9 pm (to be announced)

The program ends on Tuesday, November 8 at 1 pm. Lunch on the 8th is included.

For participants traveling long distances, we do advise early arrival when possible, so you can rest and adjust to changing time zones. Although early check in is not available at La Casa de Maria Conference and Retreat Center, there is lodging available nearby. The following are a few options should you arrive in the area early or stay after the program ends:

Best Western Carpinteria Inn
4558 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria
805-684-0473
Best Western Carpinteria Inn

The Holiday Inn Express in Carpinteria
5606 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria
805-566-9499
Holiday Inn Express Carpinteria

The Montecito Inn
1295 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara
805-969-7854
The Montecito Inn

The Coast Village Inn
1188 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara
805-969-3266
The Coast Village Inn

You can also check the internet for other choices from seaside to low-cost options.


What to Bring:
Please bring “layers” of casual, comfortable clothing, as the temperatures vary from mid-50 to mid-70 degrees. We suggest you bring a favorite shawl or scarf, as they can create a cozy nest if you’re chilly, and are also sometimes fun to use in movement. Please bring your personal journal.

A flashlight is helpful and good walking shoes are recommended for exploring nearby hiking trails. (Bedding and towels are provided in your room by the conference center.) If you have special art supplies that you prefer to use, please feel free to bring them. (The Marion Woodman Foundation will be providing a variety of art supplies/materials.)

 

Accommodations:
Rooms are comfortable and clean with a bathroom in each room. Bedding and towels are provided by the conference center.

The Conference Center requests that all guests are expected to behave in a manner appropriate to a retreat center, being mindful and respectful of the natural environment, facilities, other groups, guests and staff. We discourage the use of alcohol, although groups may may have a glass of beer or wine in their meeting room prior to a meal. There is no alcohol permitted in any of the common areas, dining room or sleeping rooms.


Meals:

The food at La Casa de Maria Conference and Retreat Center is served fresh, healthy, varied, tasty and plentiful. Meals are served buffet style in the dining room. There are always vegetarian options. Please be sure you have notified us on your application form if you have any food allergies or diet restrictions that should be forwarded to the kitchen.


Participant List

A participant list (with your name, address, phone number and email address) will be sent out before the program begins. If you choose to not have your contact information listed on this list please contact the MWF Program Office when you register at office@mwoodmanfoundation.org


Passports:

Passports are required for all international travel to and from the United States.


Travel:

Travel options to Santa Barbara and La Casa de Maria in Montecito (near Santa Barbara) follow. We suggest you contact each other (from the participant list that will be sent to you) ahead of arrival to arrange a shared taxi cab. This will save on your travel costs. Taxi information is listed below.

La Casa de Maria is located in the small town of Montecito on the southern edge of Santa Barbara. It is 2 miles from Highway 101, approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles and 90 miles south of San Luis Obispo.


Trip Cancellation Insurance

If traveling by airplane it is highly recommended that you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance. Please have your airline review what the Trip Cancellation Insurance will cover. The Marion Woodman Foundation can not be held liable for costs incurred through participant airline purchases if a program needs to be canceled due to faculty illness/emergency or natural disasters.


Travel by Airplane:

You will probably be able to get the best flight prices/schedules by flying in to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is an international hub and your flight will probably be cheaper than trying to fly directly to Santa Barbara Airport (although you will have additional transportation expense getting from LAX to Santa Barbara). If you fly in the LAX, you can either take the train, the shuttle bus, or commuter flight to Santa Barbara. Once in Santa Barbara you can take a taxi to La Casa de Maria. Please also note information below about La Casa de Maria staff recommendations about flying in to Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport).

 

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is approximately 100 miles from La Casa de Maria. If you fly in to LAX, you can either take an Amtrak train, shuttle or commuter flight to Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

Amtrak train travel from LAX to Santa Barbara: You can take the train from the Los Angeles Union Station Train Station near LAX to Santa Barbara. This requires a shuttle from LAX to the train station, which is often a 45 minute-1 hour ride. The train is a nice ride (approximately 2.5 hours) to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles Union Station. The Amtrak train station in Santa Barbara is about 5 miles from La Casa de Maria. A taxi is the best way to travel from the train station to La Casa.

Bus travel from LAX to Santa Barbara: The Santa Barbara Airbus, 805-964-7759, Santa Barbara Airbus, travels from LAX airport to Santa Barbara. The airbus stops at the Mar Monte Hotel (4 miles from La Casa de Maria). A taxi can bring you to La Casa de Maria. Prepaid fares are discounted.

Flying from LAX to Santa Barbara: The commuter flight to Santa Barbara Airport is approximately a 1 hour flight, approximately $250 round trip. Please check the internet for flight information.

Shuttle service from LAX to Santa Barbara: One option is Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service, 800-247-7919, Roadrunner Shuttle Service

 

Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport)
The staff at La Casa de Maria recommend flying in to Burbank Airport (Bob Hope Airport) as it is a nice, much smaller airport than LAX and you can take the Amtrak train from the airport to Santa Barbara. The train station is located at the airport within walking distance of the main terminal. There is also a free shuttle to the Amtrak train station.

 

Santa Barbara Airport
The Santa Barbara Airport is about 15 miles from La Casa de Maria. Taxi and shuttle fares from from $35-40, one way to La Casa, if reservations are made in advance.

 

Taxi/shuttle services
Shuttle service from LAX to Santa Barbara: One option is Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service, 800-247-7919, Roadrunner Shuttle Service

Taxis services once in Santa Barbara:
Village Cab – 805-698-9820
Checker Cab – 805-966-6666
American Taxi – 805-689-0683 or 805-708-1000

You can also check the internet for shuttle, taxi, Lyft or Uber services

 

By Car:
Take US Highway 101 to the San Ysidro Road (exit #93) in Montecito. Go 1 mile up San Ysidro Road (toward the mountains) to the 2nd signal light at East Valley Road (Hwy. 192). Turn right. Proceed about 2/10 of a mile until you see El Bosque Road on your left. Turn left and follow El Bosque Road which ends at the entrance to La Casa de Maria. There are signs just inside the main entrance that direct you to the Registration Office (to the right).

 

For More Information:
If you have questions, please contact:

Marion Woodman Foundation
7110 SW Fir Loop, Suite 250
Portland, OR 97223 USA
Phone: 503-746-5899
Fax: 503-746-6329
Email: office@mwoodmanfoundation.org