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Following the Gypsy: Archetypal Memoir and the Writing of the Self

Marlene Schiwy

October 01, 2017 - October 08, 2017

Paris, France

Our inherent natures and the individual circumstances of our childhood put us in touch with particular archetypal patterns; these are the tapestries within which our lives are woven. Knowing who we are, celebrating who we are, is individuating the archetype
~ Marion Woodman

The image by which the flesh lives is the  ultimate ruling necessity. We are in service to the body of imagination, the bodies of our images.      ~ James Hillman


“Images are life,” Jung said. For him the symbolic life was the only life worth living. During this weeklong Archetypal Memoir workshop in Paris, we will follow the images that are vibrantly alive in our souls into the essential stories of our lives and the larger story that has shaped who we are.

To follow the gypsy is to follow the soul’s deepest passions and promptings, led by instinct and intuition, imagination and desire. To follow the gypsy is to saunter and peregrinate, to turn around and circle back for a second look, to savour the moment with curious eyes as we track our own archetypal images and allow them to infuse and shape our stories. And then to express it all in writing.

Come and join us as we explore layers of memory and dreams, myth and fantasy. Through gentle body meditation, dreamwork, and active imagination, we will find the unique personal symbols and archetypal patterns at the heart of our existence. Class time will include discussion, writing, and optional sharing of work.

This program is open to anyone who has done a previous course, workshop, or retreat with Marlene. If you are interested in participating and do not meet this prerequisite, please contact Marlene to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150).

Dates: October 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - October 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

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Marlene Schiwy

Participants should plan to arrive in Paris by September 30th. There will be an informal welcome dinner on Sunday, October 1st. The workshop will begin on Monday at 9:30 am. A detailed schedule of the week will be sent to registrants.

The workshop will take place at the Hotel Claude Passart complex (aka Hotel Jean Bart, a registered historical building) at 4 rue Chapon in Paris. If you would like to stay within walking distance from the workshop site, seek accommodation in the 3rd or 4th arrondissements (the district known as The Marais, or in the district know as Beaubourg/Les Halles). You may wish to check out Vacations Rentals by Owner and AirBnB. Apartments generally offer more comfort and better value than a hotel.  Sharing is a good option to reduce overall costs. If you prefer a hotel – Google – Paris hotels 3rd arrondissement or Paris Hotels in the Marais district which offers plenty of choice in terms of the location, price, and amenities that you are looking for.

Registration will be limited to 12 participants.
Before May 1st: $1,250
After May 1st: $1,375

Your fee includes a welcome dinner; two wine and cheese evenings (light supper); morning pastry, coffee/tea; workshop tuition and materials; individual consultation; a copy of Gypsy Fugue upon publication.

Registration is complete upon full payment of tuition fee and written agreement to program conditions as stated on the registration form. In case of cancellation before July 1st – 50% of your payment will be refunded. Please understand that due to costs incurred and the intimate size of the group, no refund is possible after July 1st. You may want to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

For More Information or to Register:
Please visit Marlene’s website at http://www.marleneschiwy.com or contact Marlene at schiwy3@shaw.ca or call 604-734-3554.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.


October 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
October 8, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Hotel Claude Passart
4 rue Chapon
Paris, 75003 France
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