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44th Annual Jungian Conference

The Heart of Matter:

The Feminine Principle, Embodiment,

and Marion Woodman


Special Guest Speaker
Sheila Langston, BFA

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Saturday,  March 23, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


In the Inuit fairy tale “The Raven and the Whale,” we are confronted with the archetypal motifs of creation and destruction.  Between these two opposites lie the dancing feminine, desire, and suffering.  The tale invites us to consider the urge in the unconscious that drives us toward consciousness, no matter what the cost.  This story comes to us from the far north, from a world that few of us have known or lived in.  It therefore brings us into a psychic environment of an alien nature and reveals a creation story of a culture with which few of us are familiar.  However, the themes are universal, and therefore speak to the deepest parts of us. 


No less deep, though perhaps somewhat more familiar, is the work of our beloved Marion Woodman.  An extraordinary woman, she was forced by her own bodysoul to forge a more conscious relationship between psyche and matter.  Her commitment to bringing the feminine principle to consciousness is her greatest legacy.  In her own words, “The feminine is always on the side of life. In feminine consciousness, spiritual and physical are two aspects of one whole.”


In the morning we will explore “The Raven and the Whale” and its relevance to our own lives in our individual quests for greater consciousness.  In the afternoon, we will watch excerpts of filmed interviews with Marion Woodman (conducted by Marlene Schiwy, Vancouver BodySoul sister), followed by a beautiful embodiment exercise developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner, and practiced worldwide by BodySoul women.

Course objectives:

  • Explore a Northern creation myth from a modern-day depth perspective.

  • Investigate the archetypal relationship between creation and destruction.

  • Discuss and embody the experience of the feminine principle in our lives and in the collective unconscious.

  • Invite an experience

Sheila Langston, BFA, Voice Specialist, is a practicing Diploma Candidate Jungian analyst in private practice, studying in Switzerland at the Centre for Depth Psychology.  She trained with and taught alongside Marion Woodman and teaches internationally for the Marion Woodman Foundation.  She has co-led numerous intensives, seminars and workshops for more than a decade in North America and Europe.  Sheila originally studied and worked in theatre and dance and has taught voice and body work for more than thirty years.  Her primary interest is the meeting of body and psyche through myth, dream and embodied awareness.

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   9 - 10 am  Registration and social gathering

 10 -  5 pm  Lecture

Space may be limited.  Early arrival is recommended


St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church

Huntington Beach, CA

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Pre-Paid Registration and Form

      $85 members

    $105 non-members

Refunds normally require 48 hours notice.

At the door:

    $105 members

    $125 non-members

Lunch is not included but will be provided from a local deli for those who wish to purchase them.  Order forms for lunch will be sent to pre-paid registrants and will also be available at the door. 


This course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit
for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs
$20 payable at the door.  
CEU certificates will be awarded by mail upon full completion of the program.  For more information about the awarding of continuing education units, visit our CEU web page. 

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