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 11 (Monday) 6 pm – October 19, 2021 (Tuesday) 10 am

Participants should plan to arrive in Einsiedeln on Monday, October 11 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 18th. Breakfast the next morning is included in the fee. Participants can plan to depart Einsiedeln on October 19th. Information regarding travel from Zürich airport will be sent to registered participants.

Psyche’s Circle: A Nine Month Online Jungian Study Seminar and Body Soul Writing Program

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“The Handless Maiden recovers the lost stages of the old initiation rites from ancient times, and as such offers a timeless and lifelong guidance for all the years of a woman’s life.”
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The Handless Maiden” is a beautiful fairy tale about the search for the missing feminine realm and our own lost creativity. In this nine month Jungian program we will draw closer to the handless maiden in ourselves, and ask, “What caused her own hands to be replaced with silver hands, and how can we help restore her human hands of flesh in order that she can live her authentic life?

Gertrud Mueller Nelson writes, “When a Handless Maiden’s fate has been replace by choice, she brings new meaning into her life. She weaves together a whole new fabric out of the bits and scraps of her haphazard and often disastrous past. Her feeling hands restored, she makes order and value of all the feelings that now flow freely from her heart.” What does this mean for women living during a chaotic period of the twenty first century?

In the course of our nine month journey we will immerse ourselves in intensive study of related readings by Marie Louise von Franz, Gertrud Mueller Nelson, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and other Jungian writers. We will attend to our dreams and inner images and ponder the questions that will allow our hands once again to become enfleshed.

The writing component of the program will be substantial. A monthly reading list will be sent out along with weekly writing prompts and questions for reflection between sessions.

Participants should purchase a copy of Gertrud Mueller Nelson’s Here All Dwell Free; Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine. All other program materials will be sent as pdf files.

* Psyche’s Circle is conceived as a container for ongoing inner work. Each participant is asked to make a commitment to her own soulwork through writing, dreamwork, art, movement, music, or other creative expression. Guidance will be offered according to each month’s focus. A private consultation is included in the registration fee.

Dates: 9 Sundays, 10 am-1 pm; September 20, October 18, November 15, December 13, 2020, January 10, February 7, March 7, April 11, May 2, 2021. Please note that the first and final sessions (September 20 and May 2) will run from 10 am – 1:30 pm.

Psyche’s Circle: A Nine Month Online Jungian Study Seminar and Body Soul Writing Program

“The Handless Maiden recovers the lost stages of the old initiation rites from ancient times, and as such offers a timeless and lifelong guidance for all the years of a woman’s life.”        ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes

“The Handless Maiden” is a beautiful fairy tale about the search for the missing feminine realm and our own lost creativity. In this nine month Jungian program we will draw closer to the handless maiden in ourselves, and ask, “What caused her own hands to be replaced with silver hands, and how can we help restore her human hands of flesh in order that she can live her authentic life?

Gertrud Mueller Nelson writes, “When a Handless Maiden’s fate has been replace by choice, she brings new meaning into her life. She weaves together a whole new fabric out of the bits and scraps of her haphazard and often disastrous past. Her feeling hands restored, she makes order and value of all the feelings that now flow freely from her heart.” What does this mean for women living during a chaotic period of the twenty first century?

In the course of our nine month journey we will immerse ourselves in intensive study of related readings by Marie Louise von Franz, Gertrud Mueller Nelson, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and other Jungian writers. We will attend to our dreams and inner images and ponder the questions that will allow our hands once again to become enfleshed.

The writing component of the program will be substantial. A monthly reading list will be sent out along with weekly writing prompts and questions for reflection between sessions.

Participants should purchase a copy of Gertrud Mueller Nelson’s Here All Dwell Free; Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine. All other program materials will be sent as pdf files.

* Psyche’s Circle is conceived as a container for ongoing inner work. Each participant is asked to make a commitment to her own soulwork through writing, dreamwork, art, movement, music, or other creative expression. Guidance will be offered according to each month’s focus. A private consultation is included in the registration fee.

Dates: 9 Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm; September 19, October 17, November 14, December 12, 2020, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1, 2021. Please note that the first and final sessions (September 19 and May 1) will run from 10 am – 1:30 pm.

Braiding Our Stories, Weaving Our Lives: Writing the Lyric Essay

“What is new is not what we tell, but how we tell it. The lyric essay is one way to do this: it demands (or perhaps gently asks, with a knowing smile) that we stay awake to chance associations and intuitive connections that make life bearable and to create those very connections through the act of writing.”
~ Brenda Miller, A Braided Heart: Shaping the Lyric Essay

The lyric essay is a beautiful form of creative non-fiction that combines elements of memoir and personal essay, poetry and sometimes scholarly research. This is an exciting and creative way to write about our lives and the wider world around us, and we recreate the form each time we write. Susan Griffin observes, “At its best, the lyric essay accurately locates the writer in the ‘great soup of being’ — the confusions of lived time, the jagged shape of thought, the betrayals and silences of the body.” In the course of this eight-week program we will explore its possibilities and braid the stories of our lives into a lyric essay. Weekly sessions will include writing together, guided visualization, discussion of several published lyric essays, and time for reading out loud in the group (optional).

Dates: 8 Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm; June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5

Jungian Women and the Soul’s Journey – A New Online Program: Summer Study Seminar and Writing Workshop

“The wisdom of the feminine sanctifies what it touches, making sacred one’s most awkward gestures and clumsy performances, one’s stuttering passions and stammering aspirations, unashamedly gathering all this into a wholeness and holiness where the commonest events of the flesh become a treasury of graces where the commonest events of the flesh become a treasury of graces.” ∼ Ann Ulanov

Jungian women like Marie Louise von Franz and Esther Harding, Helen Luke and Marion Woodman, Ann Ulanov, Linda Leonard, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes have written about feminine process and creativity, spirituality and healing, dreams and body wisdom. In this weekly online program we will look at excerpts of their work and explore how their profound insights can inspire our lives, creative process, and expressive writing. Topics will include nourishing feminine soul, releasing creativity, honoring intuition, and integrating masculine energy — through discussion and writing, guided meditation and active imagination. Throughout the program you will receive weekly emails with additional material and question for reflection and writing.

Dates: Mondays; June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020, 10 am-12 pm

Jungian Women & the Soul’s Journey—A New Online Program: Spring Study Seminar and Writing Workshop

“The wisdom of the feminine sanctifies what it touches, making sacred one’s most awkward gestures and clumsy performances, one’s stuttering passions and stammering aspirations, unashamedly gathering all this into a wholeness and holiness where the commonest events of the flesh become a treasury of graces where the commonest events of the flesh become a treasury of graces.” ∼ Ann Ulanov

Jungian women like Marie Louise von Franz and Esther Harding, Helen Luke and Marion Woodman, Ann Ulanov, Linda Leonard, and Clarissa Pinkola Estes have written about feminine process and creativity, spirituality and healing, dreams and body wisdom. In this weekly online program we will look at excerpts of their work and explore how their profound insights can inspire our lives, creative process, and expressive writing. Topics will include nourishing feminine soul, releasing creativity, honoring intuition, and integrating masculine energy — through discussion and writing, guided meditation and active imagination. Throughout the program you will receive weekly emails with additional material and question for reflection and writing.

Dates: Tuesdays; May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020, 10 am-12 pm

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.