Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

This workshop is now full and will be offered through Zoom Online only.

How many times have you been told not to look, not to be curious, not to see what you see? In the Psyche and Eros myth we will be weaving this year, the young woman Psyche was told just this : “Close your eyes, don’t look.” She disobeyed, and as a result she was handed a series of onerous tasks. The successful completion of these tasks led her, finally, to achieve her heart’s desire, and to claim the fullness of her true Self. Within the safety of our women’s circle, we will follow the ‘ins and outs’ of this tale and find its relevance to our own lives, through dreams, meditation, movement, artwork, voice, and time in nature. in our sixteenth year of offering this workshop, we will once again work to reawaken, nourish, and reclaim our vibrant, authentic, embodied selves.

Reclaiming Our Lives, Reclaiming Our Earth

PollyHowellsHenry David Thoreau wrote, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”

In this retreat we will access our own wildness, the wildness that Dionysus and the women who were enthused by his energy embodied in ancient Greece. Following the thread of Euripedes’ The Bacchae, we will examine the tragedy that devolves when unbridled emotions return from exile to the public square. Today, the world is in a frenzy of rampant greed, aggression and resultant violence. Where are we in this play? Can we access the chaos internally and move from projection and blame to an embodied wisdom where we live from and through the tension of the opposites: love and fear, rage and joy, loss and attachment? We are all these feelings, and will explore them through dreams, movement, voice, the visual arts and time spent in the natural world.

We invite you to join us in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in early spring, where as a circle of women we will create a container that is safe enough to contain both the unruly and the sublime. As we come together, we will be held by the wisdom and love that will naturally emerge.

A BodySoul Community Workshop for Women
Inspired by the Marion Woodman Foundation, to continue the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms® work, as developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner through trained teams, the BodySoul Rhythms® work has a strong base in C.G. Jung, and supports the individual’s process of working towards consciousness, and the contained group process of descending into the unconscious and the body. The BodySoul Rhythms® work holds that psyche and soma are inseparable, and must be worked on together to come to consciousness—to the positive feminine in our bodies and the positive masculine in our creative pursuits.

Janice Stieber Rous

Janice Stieber Rous, ACAT Body Therapist,  is the creator of Body Dialogue, an integrative therapeutic system that reorganizes the body and develops a new mental feedback process that eliminates habitual dysfunctional movement patterns. It is a form of movement re-education that draws on the wisdom of the following systems: Alexander Technique, Stough Breathing Coordination, Qi Gong, and Yoga and BodySoul Rhythms® (based on Jungian psychology and the work of Marian Woodman).  She teaches internationally, and has been conducting women’s retreats of this nature since 2003.  Janice is a former dancer, studying with the Martha Graham company since the age of twelve. She graduated in 1972 from Sarah Lawrence College, and holds a Master’s degree from Bank Street School of Education in Arts Education and Administration.  Her specialty has been arts and wellness from the inception of her private practice in 1981. Visit her website http://www.bodydialogues.com. Janice’s email is janice@reclaimingourlives.com