Finding the Red Thread: Creativity, Passion, and the Dance of the Feminine

 “On foot I had to walk through the solar systems, before I found the first thread of my red dress. Already, I sense myself. Somewhere in space hangs my heart, sparks fly from it, shaking the air, to other reckless hearts.”   ~ Edith Södergran

In childhood we know what we love and long for. Our hunger for life is passionate and fierce. Through the years we lose the vivid certainty of what it is we love the most, what thrills our heart and senses, what brings us ecstasy and joy. We spend our lives yearning to reclaim the pure passion that ignites our bodies and souls, inspires our creativity, and brings us fully alive.

Come and join the circle of reckless hearts as we gather in Einsiedeln to celebrate the red thread of our creativity and passion for life. Through movement and writing, breath, sound and song, dreamwork and active imagination – we will write, dance, and sing our way back to the vibrant red thread at the heart of our existence.

Pack your suitcase, journal, and dancing skirt for the journey of a lifetime. Our schedule will allow time and spaciousness to wander through the streets of Einsiedeln with your notebook (or with other reckless hearts!) and stop at the Café Tulipan for afternoon cappuccino and apple strudel or poppy seed cake. Come discover what awaits you in Einsiedeln – in both outer and inner worlds.

Prerequisite
This program is open to anyone who has done a previous program with one of the instructors or by telephone consultation. If you are interested in participating please contact us by email or telephone.

Dates:
October 19 (Monday) 6 pm – October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) 10 am

Participants should plan to arrive in Einsiedeln on Monday, October 19 in time for the Welcome dinner at 6 pm. Our workshop will begin at 7:30 pm. A detailed schedule of the week will be sent to all registrants.

Our final session will take place the evening of Monday, October 26th. Breakfast the next morning is included in the fee. Participants can plan to depart Einsiedeln on October 27th. Information regarding travel from Zürich Airport will be sent to registered participants.

Writing the Body, Dancing the Soul: A Spring Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

“To write is to note down the music of the world, the music of the body, the music of time.”   ~ Hélenè Cixous, Rootprints

You are invited to join Marlene for a five day Residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in March. Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre is a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in Maple Ridge, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Come and sink into your own writing and creative process. A variety of new writing prompts and guided meditations, the gentle support and inspiration of the group, the quiet beauty of the setting and delicious food, and abundant spaciousness for reverie and reflection will nourish your body and soul.

Our lives are often so busy that we lose touch with our own depths. The retreat will provide freedom to move, dream, and write according to your own rhythm. In a sacred circle of women, we will write and share, meditate and move, dance and draw, ripen and deepen, laugh and weep, as we explore our stories with wild and audacious abandon. We will invite, attend, and dance our stories and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. If you are involved in an ongoing writing project, this retreat offers the opportunity to immerse yourself and carry it forward.

“Let your body become the music. Let her sing. Let your pen walk in the twilight between consciousness and unconscious. There, it will find such images, such ideas as you could never find.”
~ Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself

Our workshop sessions will take place in a large, beautiful room overlooking the lake. There will also be unscheduled time to relax and write, walk around the lake, and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation with other women in the group. Evenings will include open readings and informal discussion of the writing process.

Join us for a time of nurturing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship as we celebrate the turning of the seasons and welcome the arrival of spring. Please bring a large journal or notebook, a dream you are curious about, a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and a dancing skirt – just in case!

Bring your hopes and dreams, your imagination and curiosity, and an open heart and mind. I promise you will leave feeling restored, rejuvenated, and inspired!

Note: Please note that this retreat will not repeat material from previous Body Soul Writing Retreats. Return participants are most welcome. Ideally participants will have taken a course of workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

The program will begin on March 16, Monday at 3pm and end on March 20, Friday at 1pm.

A Two Day Body Soul Writing Intensive: “A Life Truly Lived” The Work of Marion Woodman

A life truly lived
constantly burns away
veils of illusion,
opening our eyes
to our uniqueness

During the Body Soul Writing workshop, we will consider excerpts of Marion Woodman’s Addiction to Perfection, The Pregnant Virgin, The Ravaged Bridegroom, and Dancing in the Flames. Through writing and discussion, movement and dance, guided meditation and dreams, we will sort the seeds of our own feeling values and authentic being.

Please bring a large journal or notebook and any dreams you feel might be relevant. Art supplies will be provided.

Weeklong Writing Intensive – The Lyric Essay

Marlene Schiwy will be offering a Weeklong Summer Intensive on the Lyric Essay from July 15th – 19th. The lyric essay combines elements of memoir and personal essay, poetry, and sometimes scholarly research. This is a beautiful and creative way to write about our lives and the wider world around us. Brenda Miller writes, “What is new is not what we tell, but how we tell it. The lyric essay asks that we stay awake to the chance associations and intuitive connections that make life bearable and to create those very connections through the act of writing.”  Class time will include meditations, dreamwork and active imagination, and a wide variety of writing exercises.
This workshop is open to everyone and will provide an introduction for newcomers and guidance for those already working on a lyric essay. Returning participants are welcome. There will be time for anyone who wishes, to receive feedback on your writing.

Workshop dates/times:
July 15-18, Monday – Thursday, 9:30 – 12:30; July 19, Friday, 10 am – 3 pm

Finding the Red Thread: Creativity, Passion, and the Dance of the Feminine

 “On foot I had to walk through the solar systems, before I found the first thread of my red dress. Already, I sense myself. Somewhere in space hangs my heart, sparks fly from it, shaking the air, to other reckless hearts.”   ~ Edith Södergran

In childhood we know what we love and long for. Our hunger for life is passionate and fierce. Through the years we lose the vivid certainty of what it is we love the most, what thrills our heart and senses, what brings us ecstasy and joy. We spend our lives yearning to reclaim the pure passion that ignites our bodies and souls, inspires our creativity, and brings us fully alive.

Come and join the circle of reckless hearts as we gather in Einsiedeln to celebrate the red thread of our creativity and passion for life. Through movement and writing, breath, sound and song, dreamwork and active imagination – we will write, dance, and sing our way back to the vibrant red thread at the heart of our existence.

Pack your suitcase, journal, and dancing skirt for the journey of a lifetime. Our schedule will allow time and spaciousness to wander through the streets of Einsiedeln with your notebook (or with other reckless hearts!) and stop at the Café Tulipan for afternoon cappuccino and apple strudel or poppy seed cake. Come discover what awaits you in Einsiedeln – in both outer and inner worlds.

Prerequisite
This program is open to anyone who has done a previous program with one of the instructors or by telephone consultation. If you are interested in participating please contact us by email or telephone.

Dates:
April 24, 2019 (Wednesday) 6 pm – May 2, 2018 (Thursday) 10 am

Participants should plan to arrive in Einsiedeln on April 24th in time for the Welcome dinner at 6 pm. Our workshop will begin at 7:30 pm. A detailed schedule of the week will be sent to all registrants.

Our final session will take place the evening of Wednesday, May 1st. Breakfast the next morning is included in the fee. Participants can plan to depart Einsiedeln on May 2nd. Information regarding travel from Zürich Airport will be sent to registered participants.

Writing the Body, Dancing the Soul: A Spring Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

“To write is to note down the music of the world, the music of the body, the music of time.”   ~ Hélenè Cixous, Rootprints

You are invited to join Marlene for a five day Residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in March. Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre is a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in Maple Ridge, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Come and sink into your own writing and creative process. A variety of new writing prompts and guided meditations, the gentle support and inspiration of the group, the quiet beauty of the setting and delicious food, and abundant spaciousness for reverie and reflection will nourish your body and soul.

Our lives are often so busy that we lose touch with our own depths. The retreat will provide freedom to move, dream, and write according to your own rhythm. In a sacred circle of women, we will write and share, meditate and move, dance and draw, ripen and deepen, laugh and weep, as we explore our stories with wild and audacious abandon. We will invite, attend, and dance our stories and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. If you are involved in an ongoing writing project, this retreat offers the opportunity to immerse yourself and carry it forward.

“Let your body become the music. Let her sing. Let your pen walk in the twilight between consciousness and unconscious. There, it will find such images, such ideas as you could never find.”
~ Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself

Our workshop sessions will take place in a large, beautiful room overlooking the lake. There will also be unscheduled time to relax and write, walk around the lake, and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation with other women in the group. Evenings will include open readings and informal discussion of the writing process.

Join us for a time of nurturing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship as we celebrate the turning of the seasons and welcome the arrival of spring. Please bring a large journal or notebook, a dream you are curious about, a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and a dancing skirt – just in case!

Bring your hopes and dreams, your imagination and curiosity, and an open heart and mind. I promise you will leave feeling restored, rejuvenated, and inspired!

Note: Please note that this retreat will not repeat material from previous Body Soul Writing Retreats. Return participants are most welcome. Ideally participants will have taken a course of workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

The program will begin on March 18, Monday at 3pm and end on March 22, Friday at 1pm.

A Two Day Body Soul Writing Intensive – Gypsies, Nomads, and Wild Women: Exploring the Others Within Us

The archetypal gypsy is an image of passion and mystery, of yearning and exile, of recklessness and resilience. Her ground note is nastos, an endless longing for home, for an archetypal abode of comfort and belonging whose reality is palpable even while we know there is no such place on earth. (from Gypsy Fugue: An Archetypal Memoir)

We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams.     ∼  Gypsy Proverb

During this Body Soul Writing workshop we will enter the landscape of the archetypal Gypsy and her tribe. Through writing and discussion, movement and dance, guided meditation and dreams, we will welcome the inner Gypsy and Wild Woman, Nomad and Outcast, and other renegade energies alive in our bodies and souls. Come join us as we explore the Others within and invite their  energy onto the page.

Please read Gypsy Fugue we begin and come prepared to explore the book’s themes more deeply as they relate to your own story. In particular, make note of several passages that speak to you. I will share some of the material that did not make it into the book and excerpts of my gypsy journal.

Bring a large journal or notebook and any dreams you feel might be relevant. Paper and art supplies will be provided.

Summer Lyric Essay Intensive

The lyric essay may combine elements of memoir and personal essay, poetry and sometimes scholarly research. Brenda Miller writes, “What is new is not what we tell, but how we tell it.” The lyric essay is exciting and creative because we recreate the form each time we use it. We will work with dreams and body meditation and explore what our bodies and souls want to express in this beautiful genre of writing. If you feel drawn to explore the lyric essay, please email or call and send payment by cheque or e-transfer to reserve your place.

Meeting Times:
This workshop will meet July 9-13, 2018. Monday-Thursday will meet 9:30 am -12:30 pm and Friday meeting times are 10 am-3 pm

Ninth Annual “Jung in the Yurt”: A Weekend Body Soul Writing Workshop

Gypsies, Nomad, and Tricksters: Exploring the Others Within Us

“The archetypal gypsy is an image of passion and mystery, of yearning and exile, of recklessness and resilience. Her ground note is nastos, an endless longing for home, for an archetypal abode of comfort and belonging whose reality is palpable even while we know there is no such place on earth.”   ~ From Gypsy Fugue, An Archetypal Memoir

 

This weekend we will enter the landscape of the archetypal gypsy and her archetypal family — including trickster and musician, pilgrim and wanderer, pregnant virgin and crone — as lenses through which we can write about our lives. Through story, poem, or lyric essay; through music and movement, dreams, guided meditation and active imagination, we will explore these archetypal energies alive in our bodies and souls.

Please bring a large journal or sketchbook and any dreams you feel might be relevant.

Writing the Body, Dancing the Soul: A Spring Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

“To write is to note down the music of the world, the music of the body, the music of time.”  ~Hélenè Cixous, Rootprints

You are invited to join Marlene for a five-day residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in March. Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre is a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in Maple Ridge, an hour’s drive from Vancouver. Come and sink into your own writing and creative process. A variety of new writing prompts and guided meditations, the gentle support and stimulation of the group, the quiet beauty of the setting and delicious food, and abundant spaciousness for reverie and reflection will nourish your body and soul.

Our lives are often so busy that we lose touch with our own depths. The retreat will provide freedom to move, dream, and write according to your own rhythm. In a sacred circle of women, we will write and share, meditate and move, dance and draw, ripen and deepen, laugh and weep, as we explore our stories with wild and audacious abandon. We will invite, attend, and dance our stories and poems onto the page as mirrors of our soul’s journey. If you are involved in an ongoing writing project, this retreat offers the opportunity to immerse yourself and carry it forward.

Our workshop sessions will take place in a large, beautiful room overlooking the lake. There will also be unscheduled time to relax and write, walk around the lake, and enjoy a cup of tea and conversation with other women in the group. Evenings will include open readings and informal discussion of the writing process.

Join us for a time of nurturing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship as we celebrate the turning of the seasons and welcome the arrival of spring. Please bring a large journal or notebook, a dream you are curious about, a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and a dancing skirt – just in case!

Please note that this retreat will not repeat material from previous Body Soul Writing Retreats. Return participants are most welcome. Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with Marlene before. Anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

In early February Marlene will send an email to registered participants. At that time she will discuss car-pooling options to Loon Lake Retreat Centre from Vancouver with you.