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The Vicki Bailey Lecture Series in Depth Psychology

The Sacred Feminine, Drawing at the Well: A Weekend Retreat

September 29 & 30, 2006, Doubletree Hotel, Rohnert Park

Our culture, with its emphasis on outer-directed activity and material pursuits, has fallen out of contact with the deep wellsprings of the sacred feminine. Primordial source of creative, abundant life energy that centers and grounds us, men and women alike, the sacred feminine provides us with a natural home for our beings. Accessing the sacred component of this grounded feminine being leads us all into new dimensions of loving connectedness, joy, and service. Our communities, our country, our earth, call out for this today.

This two-day retreat is designed to offer multiple glimpses into how the sacred feminine is an energy that can be accessed by everyone, explored, and activated in our lives.

Speakers

Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S.

Virginia Beane Rutter, M.S., The Archetypal Paradox of Feminine Initiation

The archetype of initiation embedded in a modern woman's psyche is one of conflict between negative and positive cultural attitudes toward being female. In this presentation the negative side of the conflict is represented by the classical Greek practice of initiating girls into womanhood through service to the virgin goddess Artemis. That service reflected the demeaning Aristotelian culture of misogyny, the attitude that women were inferior to men in every way. By contrast, in the Navajo Kinaalda puberty ceremony the girl is transformed through becoming Changing Woman, her people's creator. In the context of her matrilineal culture, she is said to be "walking into beauty" and the ritual is thought to renew the whole tribe.

As a woman moves into the initiatory archetype in psychotherapy, she confronts these opposing forces in her psyche. Dream elements appear that reflect images from these ceremonies in unique ways to each woman. The self works to resolve the conflict and guide a woman along the path to individuation. Slides will be shown to illuminate the images and clinical work.

Virginia Beane Rutter is an analyst member on the teaching faculty of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. She has a private practice in Mill Valley. Her writing includes the books Woman Changing Woman, Celebrating Girls, and Embracing Persephone.


Maureen Murdock, M.A., MFT

Maureen Murdock, M.A., MFT, Evolution of the Image of the Divine Feminine

If we believe, as Jung did, that the whole history of the human race is in some ways always alive in the psyche, we can psychologically reclaim images of the Divine Feminine, which is an eternal archetype within all of us. She has shown herself to us from the earliest times of our civilization, in cave paintings and primitive sculptures, in the great mythologies, and appears in many guises in our present cultures. She is part of the fabric of our very being. In this slide lecture we look at images of the Divine Feminine throughout recorded history to remind us of how she is alive within us today.

Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco. She was Chair and Core Faculty of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and currently teaches in the Depth Psychology Program at Sonoma State University. She is the author of the best-selling book, The Heroine's Journey, as well as the newly revised Fathers' Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; and The Heroine's Journey Workbook. She edited an anthology entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and her books have been translated into 11 languages. She gives lectures and workshops internationally.


Carol Lee Flinders, Ph.D.

Carol Lee Flinders , Ph.D., Outbreaks of the Sacred Feminine

When the Mother is provoked beyond all patience, say the myth and mystery traditions of the world, she barrels up out of the depths of the earth and sets things straight -- feeds the hungers, and repairs the broken web of life. She may appear as Kwan Yin, or Spider Woman, but she can also embody many times over, as women who look for all the world like ordinary human beings until you follow them around for a day and watch them work small miracles.

Diverse, vivid, and compelling, the life stories of women like Jane Goodall, Tenzin Palmo, Etty Hillesum, and Sister Helen Prejean yield powerful insights into what each of us can do to unleash the healing forces within ourselves and experience the sacred feminine first hand. We will reflect on these stories as resources and precious roadmaps for our own life journeys, and we will practice a form of meditation that is deeply consonant with them.

Carol lee Flinders, Ph.D, is an independent scholar and lecturer. She has taught at U.C. Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union and is presently a fellow with Santa Clara University's Spirituality and Health Institute. A director of the newly formed Foundation for the Advancement of Women in Religion, she is currently teaching at the Sophia Center at Holy Names University in Oakland. Co-author of the bestselling Laurel's Kitchen cookbooks, she has written extensively on women's spirituality. Her books include Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics; At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual hunger and a Feminist Thirst, and Rebalancing the World. Her latest book is Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action.

 

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