Wellsprings of Feminine Renewal VIII: The Handless Maiden: Snowfall, SoulCall – A Journey of Initiation

Meg Wilbur, Tina Stromsted, and Dorothy Anderson
August 30-September 5, 2011

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

The fairytale “The Handless Maiden” is this year’s avenue into the psyche.  Rooted in the early goddess religions, its teachings reveal a wisdom lost in today’s materialistic world. In this story a young girl “sacrifices her hands to the devil.”  How can a modern woman discover her own “bargains with the devil,” the compulsions that drive her, and the unconscious agreements that block her growth, creativity, capacity to love, and her effectiveness in the world?  What psychic “hands” has she abandoned to soulless forces, and what can she do to reclaim them and her authentic feeling?

The tale is a powerful journey of feminine initiation, involving a passage to the underworld through forest and water, and encounters with King, child, crone, and “Wild Mother.”  How do we develop from naive maiden to canny crone, from victim to authentic woman?  Our story explores the self-alienation common today, and offers ways to nurture and strengthen the embodied sacred feminine. We will seek the psychological treasures hidden in these ancient rites of passage in order to heal inwardly, empower ourselves, and support the development of authentic community.

We engage the guidance of the unconscious through dreams, bodily states, and creativity. Authentic Movement helps connect with buried energies and open to our inner dance.  Simple, playful vocal explorations help release our true voice (lost perhaps with the “hands”) 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.  Here is an opportunity to engage the feminine and inner masculine in a safe and nurturing vessel.

New and returning participants are warmly invited.


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:

Pacifica Institute is located in the foothills above Santa Barbara, California (approximately 90 miles north of Los Angeles).


Single room dorm style without bath, $2,260
Single room with semi-private bath, $2,660
Double room with semi-private bath, $2,520

Refund Policy:

If you cancel before July 5, we will refund your fee less $100. After July 5 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 5), 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.