Body Soul Sundays is an intensive monthly program of immersion in the mysteries of the deep feminine. Women today do not have the ancient Eleusinian or Dionysian mystery rites to support us as we ripen into life. In our longing for eternal youth, we may miss the beauty of our soul’s journey. We have no time for the soulwork required of us, no time to feel the archetypal energies of Mother, Virgin, and Crone ripple through our bodies and souls. Sometimes we may feel that we are full of unlived life.
With the ancient and beautiful myth of Demeter and Persephone as the ground of our exploration, we will embark on a symbolic journey to the mother-daughter mysteries at the heart of our own lives, and ponder what it means for us, as women today –
• To lose what is most precious to us and wander the Earth for nine days, inconsolable with grief, as Demeter
• To be dragged into the Underworld by Hades, cut off from everything we have known and loved, as Kore
• To bear witness to the anguish of Demeter and Kore at the crossroads of two worlds, as Hecate
• To return from the Underworld transformed and know, for the first time, who we are, as Persephone
During this workshop cycle we will enter the realm of soul-making – through myth and ritual, dreamwork and writing, music and movement, art and voicework, poetry and psychodrama. Readings from Jung will provide a solid grounding for our experiential work, and films on Marion Woodman will bring her Crone presence into the group.
Please Note: This is an experiential and psycho-educational program, but it is not therapy, and is not appropriate for anyone in psychiatric distress. The facilitators will be present to each individual in the group, however participants are expected to maintain responsibility for their own process.
This program is conceived as a container for ongoing inner work. Each participant is asked to make a commitment to her own soulwork through journal writing, dreamwork, art, movement, music, or other creative expression. Guidance will be offered according to each month’s focus, and printed handouts will be available. It is important that the process of creative gestation continues between meetings and that the soul is nurtured.
September 21, 2014-May 3, 2015
The first and last sessions (September 21 and May 3) will run from 10 am-5 pm. All remaining dates will run from 1-5 pm. All dates are: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, 2014, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12 and May 3, 2015
Ideally participants have attended one of the following: a Body Soul Writing Intensive at UBC or in France; a Body Soul Writing Retreat in Nanaimo; a BodySoul Rhythms Intensive® through the Marion Woodman Foundation or another Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Community Workshop.
New participants are welcome. Please note that for anyone new to this work or the instructor, a consultation hour will be part of the application process ($130).
$1175 if registered before August 1st; $1,295 if registered after August 1st, all inclusive fee (parking is included in fee)
A two payment plan is available – please speak to Marlene Schiwy.
Due to the nature of this program, no refunds can be given once the series has begun. In the case of withdrawal by August 20, the registration fee minus a $100 non-refundable deposit will be returned.