Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal VII: Soundings—Remembering the Whale’s Call

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
August 6-12, 2010

Seek renewal with us at a beautiful mountain retreat  overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As summer wanes, we will embark on a soul’s journey. A former monastery, this site offers peaceful gardens, wooded walks, delicious food, and a swimming pool to nurture the bodysoul.

Our story is a new one, Soundings—Remembering the Whale’s Call. The rolling waves of the Pacific mirror the psychological arena where once again our setting is the sea. Its shimmering underwater world of seals and whales may hold treasures unknown to one’s surface self. We seek access to the unconscious through the feminine at a new stage of development. Beyond maiden and mother, but preceding crone, we enter the world of the adult woman.

On a Northern shore, a woman, suffering crippling loss and spiritual bankruptcy, retreats disillusioned to an isolated cottage by the sea. Her story is a secret, revealed through unexpected meetings and synchronistic events. Her encounter with an old woman reveals the crone’s connection to the whales, where she claims a mysterious history.

The film, Whale Rider, will offer background, as we explore the adult woman’s quest for her own identity. Is renewal possible in a psyche cut off from the waters of the unconscious? The struggle is both personal and cultural, evoking issues of aging, masculine and feminine, and ultimately the question of love. Can the call of the great whale awaken a woman to her true destiny? Only a connection with the numinous powers beyond the ego can bring regeneration and new vision.

We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, discussion, bodily states, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps connect with buried energies and offers a safe and natural means to nurture oneself. Simple, playful vocal explorations help open one’s true voice through relaxation, breathing, and sounding. The approach is attuned to the individual and does not involve performance. Enhanced by music, art, poetry, and ritual, these dynamic processes release creative energies. While a highly individual journey, it is supported by a strong group in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Previous participants are encouraged to explore new waters to deepen their journey, and new participants are warmly welcomed. Apprentices may lead some sessions with faculty present.


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.


Pacifica Graduate Institute, Ladera Lane Campus, Santa Barbara, California

Location Description:

Located in the foothills above Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of Los Angeles.


Single room dorm-style without bath: $2,080
Single room with semi-private bath:    $2,500
Double room with semi-private bath:  $2,200
Fees include all course costs, 6 nights lodging, and all meals. Fees are listed and must be paid in US dollars.

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before June 11, we will refund your fee less $100. After June 11 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 June 11), 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.