The History of the Marion Woodman Foundation: A Free Teleconference Call

Join Colleen R. Russell, MATP, for a free teleconference call on the History of the Marion Woodman Foundation and the Development of the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training.

• How did it begin?

• What is the purpose of the work?

• What is the future of the work?

• How do I find out more?

Join in the conversation with co-founders Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, along with Paula Reeves, PhD and Jungian Analyst Meg Wilbur.

Call in Number and Access Code:
This is a Free Teleconference call – the number is 641-715-0700, Access code: 125931#
(For International call-in numbers check https://www.freeconferencecall.com/, international numbers).
The call will be recorded.

Call Time:
The call will be on April 10, 2017, 4-5:30 pm Pacific Time

Meg Wilbur

Meg Wilbur

Meg Wilbur, MA, MFA, is a Jungian Analyst with a private practice in Los Angeles and Whidbey Island, WA. She is a founding member, senior faculty and former vice president of the CG Jung Study Center of Southern California. She is Professor Emerita of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, where she directed plays and taught voice for the stage. She has worked as an Associate Analyst with the original BodySoul Rhythms® team for many years and teaches Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal Intensives. She completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training program in 2003.

Shakespeare’s the Tempest! Playing With the Play: An Experiential and Improvisational Workshop

Ann Skinner and Meg Wilbur
November 14-19, 2014

A letter from Ann Skinner and Meg Wilbur

If you have loved BodySoul Rhythms® over the years, you will love this opportunity to continue your inner journey, this time through the magical vessel of theater, a core element of BodySoul Rhythms®. We invite you to join us in the adventure of “play”, where exploring another “character” becomes the avenue to self discovery. As with the masks, this is a call to unexplored areas within, whose energies and psychology can be surprising and liberating.

There is no need for theater background, as there is no performance; no need for “actors” except as we are all “actors” of our own lives. Instead there are Shakespeare’s powerful characters, his evocative language – and the magic of this unique journey. Imagine a storm tossed island, where strange creatures dwell. A shipwreck, a lost magician Duke, his languishing daughter, a strange man-beast, an elfin sprite!

“This island is full of noises.” Imagine exploring the coves and forest groves of this dreamland with us, freeing your own “Caliban beast”, flying with the sprite Ariel, seeking your own “Prospero wisdom”. What might these energies be within you? What surprises lie hidden in the caves?

As always, there will be opportunity for dream work, enriched by our sojourn, as well as poetry and art. Our focus will be a deep immersion in embodied sound, word, image – all avenues to soul, to healing, and to enlarging, ex-pressing!

Come play with us on Miranda’s enchanted island!

Ann and Meg

This workshop is offered at the beautiful La Casa de Maria retreat center in the Southern California wine country of Santa Barbara. La Casa offers a soulful renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks. Take a dip in the swimming pool. Meditate in the chapel. Meetings occur twice daily, so there is quiet time for rest and reflection.

This Seminar qualifies as a make-up Seminar for any woman from the Leadership Training Program who is completing requirements toward her Certificate of Completion. It is also available to all women with 1 or more intensives who want additional professional development.

 

(The program begins with dinner on Friday and ends at noon on Wednesday – lunch is not included on Wednesday)

Prerequisites:

Completion of 1 Marion Woodman Foundation Intensive

Location:

La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria is an interfaith, non-profit retreat and conference center situated on a  26-acre site of oak woodland, orchards, and gardens. The environment at La Casa is uniquely beautiful and peace giving, making it an ideal place for programs focused on meditation, spirituality, personal growth, community service, environmental awareness, education, and art.

Fees:

Single Room Fee is $2,295 (Tuition is $1,395; room and board is $900)

Double Room fee is $2,045 (Tuition is $1,395; room and board is $650)

Fee includes tuition, 5 nights lodging and all meals starting with dinner (November 14) and ending with breakfast (November 19)

 

TO ENROLL: Click on the Enroll Now button below and then scroll down to the “Seminar Application” link. Click on that link and complete the Seminar Application, then submit the $250 deposit.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before September 14, we will refund your fee less $100. After September 14 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after September 14), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. We must have notice of cancellation in writing.

Programs will not be canceled if one of the instructors can’t attend. If any instructor is unable to attend, a similarly qualified colleague will substitute. We cannot refund your fee if one of the instructors cannot participate. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

27 hours/units of continuing education units, approved by California State Boards, are offered to MFT’s, LCSWs, and RNs. Most U.S. states accept these CEU’s. Please check with your state licensing board.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal X: The Seasons of a Woman’s Life: Mother, Daughter, Adult Woman, Crone

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
November 4-10, 2013

“Every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother — every woman extends backward into her mother and forward into her daughter”.   CG Jung

This fall, as autumn leaves turn to gold, we invite you to join us at beautiful La Casa de Maria. A sacred retreat center, it offers soulful renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks. Here, in celebration of a decade of Wellsprings, we will explore the ancient, yet compelling story of Demeter and Persephone. This tale of the deep feminine is a myth for all time and for all women.

As our avenue into the psyche, this living myth illuminates the very matrix of our lives, that first relationship between mother and daughter. It is the primal ground from which we all emerge, physically, emotionally, and psychically. This story reveals the passages we each face in our personal journey toward individuation.

We will see how our naive ‘maiden’ must separate from her identity with ‘mother’ — a separation which often thrusts us into an initiatory descent into an “underworld” experience of “hades.” There we encounter our shadow, and engage our ‘opposite’ — the masculine (inner and/or outer). Only after navigating this cycle, sometimes repeatedly, may we discard our persona masks, and find in our mirror the face of our Adult Woman, she who is our authentic self, she who carries the seeds of our Crone.

How do we allow the mother in us to release, help the daughter in us to develop, and embody our wise old woman? We may share belly laughs with the ribald goddess Baubo – and seek wisdom from fiery Hekate at her crossroads. Meeting these figures in the past shaped our metal. Can they help us now to realize our inner “Persephone,” Queen of light and dark who is at home in both realms? A vital woman, she is One-in- herself, living her seasons with grace.

This intensive offers the chance to revisit the universal pilgrimage from innocence to womanhood to crone-hood. As we retrace our personal journey, we seek its hidden meaning and treasures — and also discover where we perhaps got lost, or abandoned those treasures. We can celebrate ourselves as survivors — and also affirm ourselves as seekers in this present season of our lives.

This myth brings us full circle, to the very core of BodySoul work. For 2000 years it was the basis for rituals held at Eleusis in Greece. Today our modern intensives follow this ancient arc of feminine initiation, of descent and renewal. We will engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, discussion, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps us connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance. Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual, and does not involve performance. Enhanced by music and the arts, these dynamic processes support self-discovery, integration, and individuation in a safe and nurturing space.

It is fitting that we come full circle, because, as the seasons turn, this will be the last Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal. We as facilitators find that after more than ten years, our own “seasons” too are shifting, and our energies are drawn in new directions. While this intensive may hold the sadness of endings, of winter — it will also bring the celebration of Persephone’s return from the underworld, ushering in sunlight and flowers. We invite you to join us in seeking renewal, and discovering that even in the midst of winter there is within us an eternal spring!

 

Old and new participants will be warmly welcomed to this ‘last Wellsprings dance’. Please note that enrollment is limited and early application is strongly recommended.

 

Thank you for your interest in this program. This program is now full.  If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email the Marion Woodman Foundation Program Office at office@mwoodmanfoundation.org with your name, phone number and program that you are interested in.  PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SEND MONEY AT THIS TIME. If a space becomes available you will be contacted.

 

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located near Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage, leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. The Center is set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.  A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees and shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens.  Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

 

Fees:

Fee includes 6 nights lodging and all meals (from dinner the first night/November 4 thru breakfast the last day/November 10)

Single room: $2,700 (limited number of single rooms available)
Double room : $2,550
Triple room: $2,400 (limited number of triple rooms available)

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before August 5, 2013, we will refund your fee less $100. After August 5, 2013 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after August 5, 2013), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. We must have notice of cancellation in writing.

Programs will not be canceled if one of the instructors can’t attend. If any instructor is unable to attend, a similarly qualified colleague will substitute. We cannot refund your fee if one of the instructors cannot participate. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 hours of continuing education units, approved by California State Boards, are offered to MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs. Most US states accept these CEUs. Please check with your state licensing board.

Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal IX: Moonlight at the Well – The Crone, the Count, and the Ugly Maiden

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
September 3-9, 2012

We invite you to join us this autumn at a beautiful new Wellsprings site, La Casa de Maria.  A retreat center for 50 years, it offers renewal with its gardens, fountains, labyrinth, and woodland walks.

The little-known fairytale “The GooseGirl at the Well” will be our guide for an intriguing journey of initiation.  This provocative tale asks ~ what is reality or delusion, integrity or falsehood, love or sentimentality, masculine and feminine?  It reveals a path to individuation through the salty wisdom of a Crone, and the renewing energies of the earth.  With roots in the old nature religions, this story offers much to the modern psyche in a turbulent world.In the tale, a proud kingdom is shamefully divided; a royal maiden risks losing herself in an ugly disguise; an erudite nobleman must endure ignoble tasks; a vain King must learn humility; and all the characters must confront a wily old mountain woman. Is she a witch or a healer?  What is the secret of her snowy geese?  Is her ugly daughter redeemable?  Does the naive Count have enough earthy wisdom to build a brave heart?

This is a tale of initiation where the masculine and feminine are both vitally engaged, and where each must develop if they are to find an ultimate union of opposites.  Thus, our explorations of the story will lead us to examine central issues of our own individuation:

What can this tale teach us about an effective inner process for our own renewal?What is our connection to our feminine souls, our inner masculine, and the Great Mother?

We hope you’ll join us in these explorations.  We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, discussion, and creativity.  Authentic Movement helps us connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance.  Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding.  The approach is attuned to the individual, and does not involve performance.  Enhanced by music and the arts, these dynamic processes support self-discovery, integration, and individuation in a safe and nurturing space.

New and returning participants are warmly welcomed.Dates:
September 3-9, 2012, Monday 4pm-Sunday 10am.

Prerequisites:

Open to women with at least 50 hours Jungian analysis/therapy and 50 hours active bodywork (such as yoga, tai chi, Authentic Movement, Feldenkrais, 5Rhythms – bodywork that uses imagery and/or conscious attention), or consent of instructor.

Location:

Santa Barbara, California, La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located near Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage, leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. The Center is set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.  A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees and shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens.  Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

Fees:

Single room is $2,300 (limited number available)
Double room is $2,150
Triple room is $1,960
Enrollment is limited. Early enrollment is recommended.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before July 9, 2012, we will refund your fee less $100. After July 9 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after July 9), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. We must have notice of cancellation in writing.

Programs will not be canceled if one of the instructors can’t attend. If any instructor is unable to attend, a similarly qualified colleague will substitute. We cannot refund your fee if one of the instructors cannot participate. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

40 hours of continuing education units, approved by California State Boards, are offered to MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs. Most US states accept these CEUs. Please check with your state licensing board.

Jung, Woodman, and BodySoul: A New Seminar

Mary Hamilton, Ann Skinner, and Meg Wilbur
March 11-15, 2012

MAIDEN, VIRGIN, CRONE – the Experiment of our Lives

Virgin is the Beingness in us.  The I AM.
She is the initiated maiden.
[Woodman, “Age” CD]

Within us is the way, the truth and the life….
Who should live your own life if not yourself?
So live yourselves.          [Jung, Red Book]

Oh, what do you plan to do with your one
wild and precious life?          [Mary Oliver]

Set in the Southern California wine country of Santa Barbara, we are excited to announce a new Seminar focusing on the work of Marion Woodman. Based on Jung’s original psyche/soma connection that spoke so deeply to Marion while she was a student in Zurich, the BodySoul Rhythms® program is the practical application of Marion Woodman’s theories developed by Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner, and Mary Hamilton.

Marion Woodman Foundation intensives offer an experience of initiation based on an ancient pattern of “descent and renewal.”  In this process the participant may engage in a passage into her own underworld; an encounter with her shadow energies (negative and positive); and a re-emergence to the topside world, re-invigorated, carrying a “treasure” of new life seeking integration.

This seminar is designed for those women who have completed at least two Marion Woodman Foundation intensives; or who have participated in one of the four MWF Leadership Training programs.  It is based on an experiential understanding of the BodySoul Rhythms® process, and Woodman’s pioneering work on “embodied Jung.”

Our lives are an “experiment,” Jung said, created by a transpersonal force which he called the Self.  He writes, ”You see, the body is meant to live; it has to be served, and your Self has a very particular purpose with it, presumably…. It is an entirely individual question.  Inasmuch as we are individuals, our experiment is individual, and the point of life is that this particular individual should fulfill itself.”

The seminar will explore the “individual experiment” of our lives.  Thus, it’s focus will be on you, the individual, particularly related to your responses and growth through BodySoul Rhythms® work.

What have your experiences of this process brought you, taught you?

What are the significant “stepping stones” along your path?

Do they guide you still?

Or are they overgrown with moss…. or lost in the mists?

How do you live your “maiden, virgin, crone”?

How do you re-vitalize, renew?

In examining issues such as these, the participant will have the chance to find an overview of her experiences in BodySoul, and through that, hopefully to find a new grounding or standpoint to launch into the future.  Voice, movement, and discussion are the channels for our explorations.

Morning discussion will draw upon readings from Woodman and Jung; in particular from Jung’s Zarathustra Seminars, and from Woodman’s Conscious Femininity.  We will also consider brief excerpts from Esther Harding’s Woman’s Mysteries, and Murray Stein’s The Principle of Individuation.  To allow the “theory” to be alive and personal, we will delve inwardly through writing and art; and of course through the body.

You need only claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.  When you truly possess all you have been and done which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

Let us become “fierce with reality.”

This Seminar qualifies as a make-up seminar for any woman from the Leadership Training Program who is completing requirements toward her Certificate of Completion.

Prerequisites:

Completion of two BodySoul Intensives

Location:

Santa Barbara, California, La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center

Location Description:

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center is located near Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage, leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. The Center is set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.  A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees and shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens.  Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

 

Fees:

$1,950 – single room with private bath
$1,840 – double room with semi-private bath (shared with 1 other person)
$1,775 – triple room with semi-private bath
(shared with 2 other people)

Note: When applying to this program, please complete the “Seminar” application.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before January 16, 2012, we will refund your fee less $100. After January 16, 2012 we cannot refund your fee unless we can replace you in the program. We will do our best to do this. If we can replace you (after January 16, 2012), we will refund your fee less $250 plus any charges incurred at the facility. We must have notice of cancellation in writing.

Programs will not be canceled if one of the instructors can’t attend. If any instructor is unable to attend, a similarly qualified colleague will substitute. We cannot refund your fee if one of the instructors cannot participate. Once enrolled, if you must transfer to a different program, a $100 transfer fee will be charged.

CEU’s:

27 hours of continuing education units, approved by California State Boards, are offered to MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs. Most US states accept these CEUs. Please check with your state licensing board.