In Search of the Black Madonna: Encounters with the Divine Feminine-A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain

Statue-Madonna_Montserrat_web-2 copyCaring for the Soul offers this special program to study, visit, experience, and work with the energies of the Black Madonna as she re-emerges in our time.

Black Madonna figures can be found all over the world with hundreds of sites in Europe, many dating to the 12th century and earlier. The figures are ancient, powerful, beloved, and an integral part of their local landscapes and culture.

This 14-day pilgrimage will include some of the oldest and most interesting sites in northern Spain, some famous, some lesser known. After meeting in Barcelona, we will go to Montserrat and Zaragoza before exploring more special places throughout Catalonia. While in the Pyrenees we will seek out the madonnas of the mountains. We’ll spend our last two days on the Costa Brava to integrate the energies we will experience in this series of encounters with the divine feminine.

The program will be enriched with history, legends, and exploration of the presence and symbolic meaning of the Black Madonnas in their varying manifestations. Connections with pre-Christian goddesses and the Great Mother of pre-history will be mined for meaning. We will bring a Jungian perspective to our inquiry. Group sessions will deepen our experience through reflection, discussion, movement, creative expression, and ritual.

In her teaching, Judy identifies archetypes around us and focuses on relating to archetypal energies. She teaches how to bring this experience into body awareness and embodied consciousness. In this program, she will work with archetypes, including the Great Mother as represented by the Black Madonna, offering opportunity to interface with mystery, image, and embodiment.

We will see the beauty of the area as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Spanish hotels and enjoying the great food of the region. The pace will be unhurried with time to experience the atmosphere of the sacred sites. Enrollment will be limited to a small group.

The Black Madonna calls to us, intrigues us, and generates more and more interest in the collective. Who is she and what does she represent? Why are more and more people drawn to her and powerfully moved by their experiences with her? Why is she appearing in dreams at this particular time? Is there a spiritual thirst for the divine feminine in the world today? The mystery surrounding these questions will be at the heart of our pilgrimage.

Sandplay in Switzerland – A Two-Week Training Intensive for Professionals

Eiger Monch JungfrauThis unique two-week intensive is for those interested in Jung’s understanding of the psyche, want to deepen their understanding of Sandplay Therapy, and who would like an opportunity to work with embodied consciousness as developed by Marion Woodman. Join us for an opportunity to study and work in depth with sandplay, imagery, body presence, and your own creative process. Travel to Switzerland, stay in a lovely countryside conference center surrounded by the Swiss Alps, and live for two weeks with international master teachers and a community of like-minded souls.

This program offers solid sandplay training combined with complementary experiential work with art and body awareness. The program includes in-depth sandplay case presentations by faculty; small group and individual consultation/supervision; and Interior Rhythms: bodysoul work with dreams, movement, creative expression and ritual. The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln is nearby, and there will be opportunities to visit and explore her meaning.

The two-week format provides the opportunity to study at a depth not attainable in short courses. In Switzerland, we leave behind our everyday responsibilities and immerse ourselves deeply in sandplay and depth psychology. Learning in the environment where this work was developed creates a connection to the source. Switzerland itself is beautiful, magical, and enticing. This program is the experience of a lifetime! We hope you will join us.

Led by Judy Zappacosta and Patty Flowers. Additional faculty will be announced.

Pre-Conference Workshop
In the Footsteps of CG Jung – An Introduction to Zurich and Switzerland

This pre-conference workshop (June 14-17, 2017), offers the opportunity to awaken to the inner and outer landscapes of the psyche. Explore the area where both Dora Kalff and C.G. Jung lived and worked, see some of the most interesting sites in Zurich, relax into the natural beauty of the area, and acclimate to the environment before the intensive sandplay training begins.

(Fee for this Pre-Conference workshop is $1,270 USD, includes all program costs, two full day excursions, lodging in a single room with private bathroom for 3 nights, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners. $1,205 USD for a shared room with private bathroom. Enrollment limited to participants enrolled in Sandplay in Switzerland program. Fee for Sandplay in Switzerland program listed below.)

In Search of the Black Madonna: Encounters with the Divine Feminine-A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain

Statue-Madonna_Montserrat_web-2 copyCaring for the Soul offers this special program to study, visit, experience, and work with the energies of the Black Madonna as she re-emerges in our time.

Black Madonna figures can be found all over the world with hundreds of sites in Europe, many dating to the 12th century and earlier. The figures are ancient, powerful, beloved, and an integral part of their local landscapes and culture.

This 14-day pilgrimage will include some of the oldest and most interesting sites in northern Spain, some famous, some lesser known. After meeting in Barcelona, we will go to Montserrat and Zaragoza before exploring more special places throughout Catalonia. While in the Pyrenees we will seek out the madonnas of the mountains. We’ll spend our last two days on the Costa Brava to integrate the energies we will experience in this series of encounters with the divine feminine.

The program will be enriched with history, legends, and exploration of the presence and symbolic meaning of the Black Madonnas in their varying manifestations. Connections with pre-Christian goddesses and the Great Mother of pre-history will be mined for meaning. We will bring a Jungian perspective to our inquiry. Group sessions will deepen our experience through reflection, discussion, movement, creative expression, and ritual.

In her teaching, Judy identifies archetypes around us and focuses on relating to archetypal energies. She teaches how to bring this experience into body awareness and embodied consciousness. In this program, she will work with archetypes, including the Great Mother as represented by the Black Madonna, offering opportunity to interface with mystery, image, and embodiment.

We will see the beauty of the area as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Spanish hotels and enjoying the great food of the region. The pace will be unhurried with time to experience the atmosphere of the sacred sites. Enrollment will be limited to a small group.

The Black Madonna calls to us, intrigues us, and generates more and more interest in the collective. Who is she and what does she represent? Why are more and more people drawn to her and powerfully moved by their experiences with her? Why is she appearing in dreams at this particular time? Is there a spiritual thirst for the divine feminine in the world today? The mystery surrounding these questions will be at the heart of our pilgrimage.

Patty Flowers

Patty Flowers brings a wealth of experience to Caring for the Soul from 25 years as a Continuing Education Specialist at University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, where she directed programs in the arts, humanities, health/healing, and psychology including many international study tours. She served as Program Director of the Marion Woodman Foundation from its inception in 2002 until 2011, having already organized intensives and workshops for Marion Woodman for 19 years. She is a lifelong student of religions and has done extensive research on the Black Madonna, especially in Switzerland, Spain, and France.

Sandplay in Switzerland: A Two-Week Training Intensive for Professionals

Judy Zappacosta and Patty Flowers
July 11-25, 2015

As of this date, there are still a few spaces left in this program.

This unique two-week intensive is for those interested in Jung’s understanding of the psyche, who want to deepen their understanding of Sandplay Therapy, and would like an opportunity to work with embodied consciousness as developed by Marion Woodman.

Join us for an opportunity to study and work in depth with Sandplay, imagery, body presence, and your own creative process. Travel to Switzerland, stay in a lovely countryside conference center surrounded by the Swiss Alps, and live for two weeks with international master teachers and a community of like-minded souls.

Held at an exceptional location in Einsiedeln, the program includes in-depth Sandplay case presentations by faculty, Soul Painting workshops, BodySoul work with dreams, movement, creative expression and ritual, opportunities for consultation, and a visit to the sacred Black Madonna at the nearby church. An optional trip into the mountains to experience the glory of the Swiss Alps is also offered.

This program was created by Patty Flowers in 1984 through the University of California. It has been offered regularly and successfully since then. In 2006 Patty teamed with Judy Zappacosta; they now offer programs through Caring for the Soul. The curriculum integrates Sandplay and BodySoul work. Flowers has created and managed high-level continuing education programs for more than 30 years, specializing in Jungian psychology and international study, especially Sandplay and BodySoul Rhythms®.

The course is intensive and offers 50 hours toward ISST/STA certification and 50 hours of approved continuing education for MFTs and Social Workers.

Faculty includes Judy Zappacosta, Martin Kalff, Sabine Kalff, Maria Kendler, Ruth Noel-Hermann, and others to be announced. Program Director: Patty Flowers

Dates:
July 11-25, 2015, Saturday 3pm-Saturday 9am

 

Pre-Conference Workshop
In the Footsteps of CG Jung – An Introduction to Zurich and Switzerland

Explore the area where both Dora Kalff and C.G. Jung lived and worked, see some of the most interesting sites in Zurich, relax into the natural beauty of the area, and acclimate to the environment before the intensive Sandplay training begins.

This pre-conference workshop is offered July 8-11, 2015. Contact Caring for the Soul (www.caringforthesoul.org) for details about the pre-conference workshop.

How to Register:

For enrollment and program information, please visit the website of Caring for the Soul at http://www.caringforthesoul.org, or call 831-724-3575 or email caringforthesoul@earthlink.net

Fees:

Fee: For Sandplay in Switzerland: Two Week Training Intensive fees are $5,820 USD for single room with private bath; $5,490 USD for double room with private bath. Fee includes lodging for 14 days and meals (14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners).

Fee: For pre-conference workshop fees are $1,085 USD for a single room with private bath; $1,035 USD for double room with private bath. Fee includes 3 nights bed and breakfast (other meals not included to allow for individual preference)

Fees for both programs (and more details) are described in detail on the Caring for the Soul website, http://www.caringforthesoul.org.

CEU’s:

50 hours of approved continuing education for MFTs and Social Workers and 50 hours toward ISST/STA certification

Sandplay in Switzerland: A Two-Week Training Intensive for Professionals

Patty Flowers and Judy Zappacosta
August 6-20, 2011

Join us for an opportunity to study and work in depth with Sandplay, imagery, and your own creative process. Travel to Switzerland, stay in a lovely, countryside conference center surrounded by the Swiss Alps, and live for two weeks with international master teachers and a community of like-minded souls.

This unique, intensive course is designed for professional therapists, psychologists, counselors, and educators who use Sandplay in their work and for those in training to do so. Participants have the opportunity to learn from a special group of instructors not usually accessible. Each instructor has many years training in the Kalffian theory and practice of Sandplay in addition to extensive professional, clinical, and teaching experience.

The two-week format provides the opportunity to study and work in a depth not attainable in short courses. By traveling to Switzerland, we leave behind our everyday responsibilities, and immerse ourselves deeply in Sandplay. Being in a group of colleagues who share this work provides community and stimulation. Learning about Sandplay in the environment where it was developed creates a connection to the source. Switzerland itself is beautiful, magical, and enticing.

The program includes in-depth case presentations by faculty, soul painting workshops, opportuity for participants to present their own work, BodySoul work with dreams, movement, creative expression, and ritual. We will visit the sacred Black Madonna at the nearby cathedral that holds her chapel. An optional trip into the mountains to experience the glory of the Swiss Alps is also offered.

Martin Kalff, Sabine Hayoz-Kalff, and Maria Kendler are additional faculty.

The program is held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. The closest airport is Zurich; trains run regularly from the Zurich airport to Einsiedeln (about an hour’s trip). Our conference center is located in a quiet, natural environment, with walking trails in the forest, to a nearby lake, and to the town. Einsiedeln is a pilgrimage center with an interesting history, surrounded by a beautiful, typically Swiss countryside.

Pre-Conference Workshop
A pre-conference workshop, In the Footsteps of C.G. Jung – An Introduction to Zurich and Switzerland, will be held before the program, August 3-6, 2011. Here participants have the chance to explore the area where both Dora Kalff and Carl Jung lived and worked, see some of the most interesting sites in Zurich, relax into the natural beauty of the area, and acclimate to the environment before the intensive Sandplay training begins. More details will be available to those who enroll in Sandplay in Switzerland.
The total program offers an experience of a lifetime and we hope you will join us!

Dates for Program
August 6-20, 2011,  Saturday, check in between 3-5pm, – Saturday, 9am.

Dates for Pre-conference Program
August 3-6, 2011. Details to be sent to those who enroll in the Sandplay in Switzerland program.

How to Register:

Contact Patty Flowers at Caring for the Soul Conferences:
Email: caringforthesoul@earthlink.net
Phone: 831-761-8499

Fees:

Single room with private bath: $5,290
Double room with private bath: $4,970
Single room with sink (shower and toilet down the hall): $4,840

Fees include all program costs, lodging for 14 nights, and all meals. Travel to Europe is not included. Enrollment is limited and is by application only.

CEU’s:

This program offers 45 hours of approved continuing education hours for MFTs and Social Workers, and 45 hours toward ISST/STA certification.