Jung Society Special Event in honor or Marion Woodman
As consciousness develops, the body will act as donkey for only so long. Men as much as women need to know that their soul is grounded in their own loving matter. ‘This is who I am. Every cell in my body tells me this is of value to me—not to my persona, to me.’ That is the container whose feeling can be trusted because it is grounded in reality.
The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women, p 181.
In place of a lecture, this evening will be a celebration of one of the Jungian pioneers in the expansion of depth psychology. Some of you will recall Marion Woodman’s introductory remarks on the popular series, “The Way of the Dream,” produced by her brother, Fraser Boa. She passed away on July 9, 2018, in London, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 89.
Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman contributed immensely to the field of depth psychology, feminine psychology and the understanding of addiction. Known for her pioneering somatic (body-based) approach to healing, Woodman developed and led BodySoul Rhythms workshops with longtime collaborators Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton for over 30 years. Her method was forged out of her own experiences with an eating disorder, a serious car accident, kidney disease, dysentery, and cancer.
Her many books including “Addiction to Perfection,” 'The Pregnant Virgin” and “Bone: Dying Into Life,” have drawn an international audience, giving women a poetic, mythically vivid sense of conscious femininity in the same way that the poet Robert Bly did for men in his best-selling book, “Iron John.” In 1998, Woodman and Bly wrote a book together, “The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine,” maintaining that both genders need to incorporate elements of the other to become whole.
The evening will begin with excerpts from the film, 'Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames,” conversations between Andrew Harvey and Marion as she recalls some of the major turning points in her amazing life’s journey.
We will follow with a discussion of her work, her books and how her work has influenced our lives. The evening will be hosted by Jung Society co-President Bette Joram, Ph.D, and Program Committee Chair, Shirley McNeil, Ph.D.
Please note that no Saturday workshop and no Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will accompany this event.