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

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).

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

“The wisdom of the feminine sanctifies what it touches, making pure and efficient one’s deepest roots in the Earth,  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.”
~ Ann Ulanov

 

This nine month Jungian program for women combines intensive study of readings by C.G. Jung, Marie Louise von Franz, James Hillman, Ann Ulanov, Nor Hall, Marion Woodman and others with writing and discussion, working with dreams and active imagination, and a variety of movement explorations. The writing component will be substantial. A monthly reading list will be handed out druing our first session and I will send weekly writing prompts and questions for reflection by email between sessions.

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 journal writing, dreamwork, art, movement, music, or other creative expression. Guidance will be offered according to each month’s focus, and printed handouts will be available.

This program is open to anyone who has done a previous program, 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:
September 24, October 22, November 19, December 17, 2017, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 6, 2018. Please note that the October 22nd and May 6th sessions will go from 10am-3pm, with a break for lunch. All other sessions will take place from 2-5pm.

Wild Women Writing Circles

If your writing would benefit from the rhythm of meeting weekly in a circle of creative, openhearted, supportive women, please join us for these morning sessions filled with inspiration, writing and sharing, coffee and muffins. We will work with dreams and active imagination, music and body meditation, and a wide variety of other writing exercises. Writers of all levels are welcome and you can read comments by past participants at https://www.marleneschiwy.com/wild-women-writing-circles/ (Be sure to scroll down the page.)

We will begin with a double session in the third week of September and continue in the second week of October.

Thursday group
The Thursday group will meet September 21st from 10am-3pm (a simple lunch is included). Weekly sessions will begin on October 19th and continue to December 21st.

Wild Women Writing Circles

If your writing would benefit from the rhythm of meeting weekly in a circle of creative, openhearted, supportive women, please join us for these morning sessions filled with inspiration, writing and sharing, coffee and muffins. We will work with dreams and active imagination, music and body meditation, and a wide variety of other writing exercises. Writers of all levels are welcome and you can read comments by past participants at https://www.marleneschiwy.com/wild-women-writing-circles/ (Be sure to scroll down the page.)

We will begin with a double session in the third week of September and continue in the second week of October.

Tuesday group
The Tuesday group will meet September 19th from 10am-3pm (a simple lunch is included). Weekly sessions will begin on October 17th and continue to December 19th.

Thursday group
The Thursday group will meet September 21st from 10am-3pm (a simple lunch is included). Weekly sessions will begin on October 19th and continue to December 21st.

Jungian Writing Workshop and Study Seminar

The annual Jungian Writing Workshop and Study Seminar will focus on James Hillman’s A Blue Fire: Selected Writings, a beautiful and inspiring collection of Hillman’s most vibrant writings on Soul and World, Eros and Beauty. In the book’s Prologue Thomas Moore says, “James Hillman’s work aims toward an appreciation of the soul’s beauty, its inspiring roseate hues and its bleak and terrorizing black. This accent on love and beauty spreads this psychological sensibility far beyond issues of fix, control, and cure….toward a cultural sensibility where soulfulness and beauty are the standards.”

In A Blue Fire Hillman writes, “The creative is an achievement of love. It is marked by imagination and beauty, and by connection to tradition as a living force and to nature as a living body. Nothing can create without love.”

Weekly sessions will include dreamwork, active imagination, and gentle body meditation. If you would like to join the group please email Marlene at schiwy3@shaw.ca and send a cheque to hold your place.

Group meetings will be 8 Wednesdays, April 12-May 31st, 7-9:30 pm.

Jung in the Yurt – A Weekend Body Soul Writing Workshop: 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 the 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 may combine elements of memoir and personal essay, poetry and sometimes scholarly research. The form is infinitely flexible. Come and join us as we explore the synchronicities and intuitive connections, the threads and strands of story of which our lives are woven. Through gentle movement, guided meditation, dreamwork and active imagination, we will find a theme or image that invites our deeper attention, and begin to braid the stories of our lives into a lyric essay.

Bring a dream (or two), a quote or poem that you love, and a large journal or sketchbook. This is a beautiful and creative way to write about our lives and the wider world around us.

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

 

“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

 

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 this 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 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 Schiwy before. Anyone new may contact Marlene to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course of workshop.

Dreams, Desire, and Delight: A Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

Flowers in Dish“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

You are invited to join Marlene for a Five-Day Residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in March of 2016.

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 daily lives are often so rushed and 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, discussion of the writing process, and perhaps a DVD or two. If time permits, I may share excerpts from my own current book manuscript.

Join us for this time of nourishing 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!

The all-inclusive program fee includes five days/ four nights in Koerner Lodge, Loon Lake’s luxury accommodation. Lovely single rooms with private bathrooms and amenities, all meals and snacks, workshop tuition and materials, and several surprises are included. 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!

In February Marlene will send an email to registered participants. At that time we can discuss possible carpooling to Loon Lake Retreat Centre from Vancouver.

Dreams, Desire, and Delight: A Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women

M.Schiwy.WritingRetreat“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

You are invited to join Marlene for a Five-Day Residential Body Soul Writing Retreat for Women in October.

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 daily lives are often so rushed and 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, discussion of the writing process, and perhaps a DVD or two. If time permits, I may share excerpts from my own current book manuscript.

Join us for this time of nourishing retreat, creative exploration, and soulful companionship. 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!

The all-inclusive program fee includes five days/ four nights in Koerner Lodge, Loon Lake’s luxury accommodation. Lovely single rooms with private bathrooms and amenities, all meals and snacks, workshop tuition and materials, and several surprises. 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!

In early October Marlene will send an email to registered participants. At that time we can discuss possible carpooling to Loon Lake Retreat Centre from Vancouver.

Marlene Schiwy

Marlene Schiwy, Ph.D., is a Body Soul Writing instructor and Jungian counselor in Vancouver, Canada. A former professor of literature and women’s studies in the City University of New York, she is the author of Gypsy Fugue: An Archetypal Memoir, A Voice of Her Own (foreword by Marion Woodman), Simple Days, and many essays and articles. Marlene has taught a wide variety of courses, writing workshops, and Jungian Study Seminars in Canada, the US, and Europe for three decades, including Body Soul Sundays, a monthly Jungian expressive arts program for women. She studied extensively at the International School for Analytical Psychology in Zurich, graduated from the first Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program and was honored to  conduct a series of filmed interviews titled Marion Woodman and the Conscious Feminine. To all of her endeavors Marlene brings a unique blend of Jungian training, literary scholarship, and a lifelong love of creative process. Her website is http://www.marleneschiwy.com