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.


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.


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.


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.


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.