Dorothy Anderson

Dorothy Anderson, PhD, brings a Jungian perspective and experience as an artist to her teaching for the Marion Woodman Foundation. As a UCLA professor and assistant dean she specialized in group dynamics, interpersonal communication and leadership development. She leads Adult Woman workshops on spiritual and psychological growth, and creates art projects designed to open participants to the wisdom of the unconscious. She is a SoulCollage facilitator and carves wood and stone.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal X: The Seasons of a Woman’s Life: Mother, Daughter, Adult Woman, Crone

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
November 4-10, 2013

“Every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother — every woman extends backward into her mother and forward into her daughter”.   CG Jung

This fall, as autumn leaves turn to gold, we invite you to join us at beautiful La Casa de Maria. A sacred retreat center, it offers soulful renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks. Here, in celebration of a decade of Wellsprings, we will explore the ancient, yet compelling story of Demeter and Persephone. This tale of the deep feminine is a myth for all time and for all women.

As our avenue into the psyche, this living myth illuminates the very matrix of our lives, that first relationship between mother and daughter. It is the primal ground from which we all emerge, physically, emotionally, and psychically. This story reveals the passages we each face in our personal journey toward individuation.

We will see how our naive ‘maiden’ must separate from her identity with ‘mother’ — a separation which often thrusts us into an initiatory descent into an “underworld” experience of “hades.” There we encounter our shadow, and engage our ‘opposite’ — the masculine (inner and/or outer). Only after navigating this cycle, sometimes repeatedly, may we discard our persona masks, and find in our mirror the face of our Adult Woman, she who is our authentic self, she who carries the seeds of our Crone.

How do we allow the mother in us to release, help the daughter in us to develop, and embody our wise old woman? We may share belly laughs with the ribald goddess Baubo – and seek wisdom from fiery Hekate at her crossroads. Meeting these figures in the past shaped our metal. Can they help us now to realize our inner “Persephone,” Queen of light and dark who is at home in both realms? A vital woman, she is One-in- herself, living her seasons with grace.

This intensive offers the chance to revisit the universal pilgrimage from innocence to womanhood to crone-hood. As we retrace our personal journey, we seek its hidden meaning and treasures — and also discover where we perhaps got lost, or abandoned those treasures. We can celebrate ourselves as survivors — and also affirm ourselves as seekers in this present season of our lives.

This myth brings us full circle, to the very core of BodySoul work. For 2000 years it was the basis for rituals held at Eleusis in Greece. Today our modern intensives follow this ancient arc of feminine initiation, of descent and renewal. We will engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, discussion, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps us connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance. Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual, and does not involve performance. Enhanced by music and the arts, these dynamic processes support self-discovery, integration, and individuation in a safe and nurturing space.

It is fitting that we come full circle, because, as the seasons turn, this will be the last Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal. We as facilitators find that after more than ten years, our own “seasons” too are shifting, and our energies are drawn in new directions. While this intensive may hold the sadness of endings, of winter — it will also bring the celebration of Persephone’s return from the underworld, ushering in sunlight and flowers. We invite you to join us in seeking renewal, and discovering that even in the midst of winter there is within us an eternal spring!

 

Old and new participants will be warmly welcomed to this ‘last Wellsprings dance’. Please note that enrollment is limited and early application is strongly recommended.

 

Thank you for your interest in this program. This program is now full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email the Marion Woodman Foundation Program Office at office@mwoodmanfoundation.org with your name, phone number and program that you are interested in.  PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SEND MONEY AT THIS TIME. If a space becomes available you will be contacted.

 

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located near Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage, leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. The Center is set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.  A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees and shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens.  Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

 

Fees:

Fee includes 6 nights lodging and all meals (from dinner the first night/November 4 thru breakfast the last day/November 10)

Single room: $2,700 (limited number of single rooms available)
Double room : $2,550
Triple room: $2,400 (limited number of triple rooms available)

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before August 5, 2013, we will refund your fee less $100. After August 5, 2013 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after August 5, 2013), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. 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. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 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.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal IX: Moonlight at the Well – The Crone, the Count, and the Ugly Maiden

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
September 3-9, 2012

We invite you to join us this autumn at a beautiful new Wellsprings site, La Casa de Maria.  A retreat center for 50 years, it offers renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks.

The little-known fairytale “The GooseGirl at the Well” will be our guide for an intriguing journey of initiation.  This provocative tale asks ~ what is reality or delusion, integrity or falsehood, love or sentimentality, masculine and feminine?  It reveals a path to individuation through the salty wisdom of a Crone, and the renewing energies of the earth.  With roots in the old nature religions, this 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 Count have enough earthy wisdom to build a brave heart?

This is a tale of initiation where the masculine and feminine are both vitally engaged, and where each must develop if they are to find an ultimate union of opposites.  Thus, our explorations of the story will lead us to 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?

We hope you’ll join us in these explorations.  We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, discussion, and creativity.  Authentic Movement helps us connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance.  Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding.  The approach is attuned to the individual, and does not involve performance.  Enhanced by music and the arts, these dynamic processes support self-discovery, integration, and individuation in a safe and nurturing space.

New and returning participants are warmly welcomed.Dates:
September 3-9, 2012, Monday 4pm-Sunday 10am.

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

Santa Barbara, California, La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located near Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage, leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. The Center is set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.  A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees and shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens.  Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

Fees:

Single room is $2,300 (limited number available)
Double room is $2,150
Triple room is $1,960
Enrollment is limited. Early enrollment is recommended.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before July 9, 2012, we will refund your fee less $100. After July 9 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after July 9), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. 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. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 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.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal VIII: The Handless Maiden: Snowfall, SoulCall – A Journey of Initiation

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
August 30-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.

We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance.  Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice (lost perhaps with the “hands”) through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual and does not involve performance.  Enhanced by music and the arts, these dynamic processes support self-discovery, integration, and individuation.  Here is an opportunity to engage the feminine and inner masculine in a safe and nurturing vessel.

New and returning participants are warmly invited.

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

Pacifica Institute is located in the foothills above Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

Fees:

Single room dorm style without bath, $2,260
Single room with semi-private bath, $2,660
Double room with semi-private bath, $2,520

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before July 5, we will refund your fee less $100. After July 5 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after July 5), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. 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. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 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.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal VII: Soundings—Remembering the Whale’s Call

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
August 6-12, 2010

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

Our story is a new one, Soundings—Remembering the Whale’s Call. The rolling waves of the Pacific mirror the psychological arena where once again our setting is the sea. Its shimmering underwater world of seals and whales may hold treasures unknown to one’s surface self. We seek access to the unconscious through the feminine at a new stage of development. Beyond maiden and mother, but preceding crone, we enter the world of the adult woman.

On a Northern shore, a woman, suffering crippling loss and spiritual bankruptcy, retreats disillusioned to an isolated cottage by the sea. Her story is a secret, revealed through unexpected meetings and synchronistic events. Her encounter with an old woman reveals the crone’s connection to the whales, where she claims a mysterious history.

The film, Whale Rider, will offer background, as we explore the adult woman’s quest for her own identity. Is renewal possible in a psyche cut off from the waters of the unconscious? The struggle is both personal and cultural, evoking issues of aging, masculine and feminine, and ultimately the question of love. Can the call of the great whale awaken a woman to her true destiny? Only a connection with the numinous powers beyond the ego can bring regeneration and new vision.

We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, discussion, bodily states, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps connect with buried energies and offers a safe and natural means to nurture oneself. Simple, playful vocal explorations help open one’s true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual and does not involve performance. Enhanced by music, art, poetry, and ritual, these dynamic processes release creative energies. While a highly individual journey, it is supported by a strong group in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Previous participants are encouraged to explore new waters to deepen their journey, and new participants are warmly welcomed. Apprentices may lead some sessions with faculty present.

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

Located in the foothills above Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.

Fees:

Single room dorm-style without bath: $2,080
Single room with semi-private bath:    $2,500
Double room with semi-private bath:  $2,200
Fees include all course costs, 6 nights lodging, and all meals. Fees are listed and must be paid in US dollars.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before June 11, we will refund your fee less $100. After June 11 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after June 11), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. 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. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 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.