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.

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

Marlene Schiwy
October 23-27, 2015

“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.

Dates:
October 23-27, 2015, 3 pm Friday-1 pm Tuesday

Prerequisites:

Ideally participants will have taken a course or workshop with Marlene before. If space permits, anyone new may contact her to arrange an individual consultation hour ($150) in lieu of a previous course or workshop.

How to Register:

Contact Dr. Marlene Schiwy at schiwy3@shaw.ca or call 604-734-3554, http://www.marleneschiwy.com

Accommodations:

Loon Lake Retreat Centre is a beautiful oasis of peace and tranquility in Maple Ridge, about an hour’s drive from Vancouver.

For information about Koerner Lodge and photos go to http://loonlake.ubc.ca/accommodations/ or http://loonlake.ubc.ca/koerner-lodge/

Fees:

Before August 1st is $1,225
After August 1st is $1,295
Payment is due at the time of registration and
enrollment is limited to 14 participants.

Please call or email if you are interested in joining us.

If you cancel by September 15th, your payment minus $250 will be refunded. After September 15th your payment minus $250 will be refunded only if I can fill your space.

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

Marion Woodman and the Pregnant Virgin, Thiry Years Later

Marlene Schiwy
July 20-24, 2015

Explore your own creative potential through the work of Marion Woodman, specifically her text The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation. Spend class time in close reading and discussion of the text, participate in daily Proprioceptive Writing, and learn about Marion Woodman’s relationship with the pregnant virgin archetype through viewing excerpts of filmed interviews. Daily meditations invite our bodies into this exploration as well.

To prepare for the course, please read the first three chapters of The Pregnant Virgin and bring a copy of the book to class. You can order this book by clicking the button above in the right corner that says “Support with Amazon Purchase”. A portion of your purchase will go to support the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Dates: July 20-24, 2015, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Fees:

$556

Archetypal Autobiography and Memoir

Marlene Schiwy
July 27-31, 2015

“Images are life,” Jung claimed. In this course we will follow the images that resonate in our bodies and souls into the essential stories of our lives. We’ll explore layers of memory and dreams, myth and fantasy, to find the unique personal symbols and archetypal patterns at the heart of our existence. Class time will include discussion, writing, and optional reading of work, and you will leave with a folder of writing and an understanding of your own personal myth.  No previous knowledge of Jung is necessary, but please write down your dreams in preparation for this course.

Dates:
July 27-31, 2015, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Fees:

$535 until June 19, 2015

Journal Writing: Taking Jung Personally

Marlene Schiwy
February 4-March 25, 2015

We will explore basic concepts of C. G. Jung’s work, such as complex and archetype, the ego and the self, introvert and extravert, anima and animus, individuation and active imagination, synchronicity and shadow. Through journal writing, brief readings, and discussion, we will reflect on how these concepts relate to our own daily lives. No previous knowledge of Jung is required. Course materials will be handed out during our first class. Please bring a journal and your favourite pens.

Dates:
February 4-March 25, 2015, 8 Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm

How to Register:

Contact UBC at https://cstudies.ubc.ca/courses/journal-writing-taking-jung-personally/aw694 or call 604-822-9564

Fees:

$498