Saturday, February 25, 2012

Women Who Run With the Wolves Study Group

“A healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.”  ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Fairy tales, lore and myth provide a rich and compelling guide to help us better understand what the experiences of our lives have been bringing us to. Tap into the power of story and the universal sharing of the stages and experiences that women and men go through in this monthly Women Who Run With the Wolves Study Group.

As we explore the stories in Women Who Run With the Wolves, the seminal work of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, we come to know more about who we are. As we see the commonalities of our own lives within these ancient tales, we truly know that we are not alone. We gain a unique insight into the wisdom and the deep magic that is woven throughout the very fabric of our lives.

We come to understand that the relentless repression of our wildness creates soul loss, which causes an internal rebellion, which may very well be at the core of many things that we do that seem like self-sabotage. In working with Women Who Run With the Wolves we seek to explore, examine, release and celebrate our wildish nature, the deeply creative part of our being that is constantly seeking expression: Our Soul.

You may come into this class at anytime. Open to the public.
Facilitated by Rev. Renee Bledsoe, 239-560-6314
Third Tuesday of each month - 6:30pm
Cost: $10 (Donated to the space)

We will work through the book tale by tale, so you do not need to completely read this book before attending the class. Although, it is probably best if you have at least read the tale that we will be working with previous to the gathering, even if you do not for whatever reason, you can still receive alot from the discussions.

Book Info:
Women Who Run With the Wolves
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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  • ISBN-10: 0345409876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345409874

March 20 - Chapter 1 - The Howl: Resurrection of the Wild Woman (La Loba, The Four Rabbinim)
April 17 - Chapter 2 - Stalking the Intruder: The Beginning Initiation (Bluebeard)
May 15 - Chapter 3 - Nosing Out the Facts: The Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation (Vasalisa)
June 19 - Chapter 4 - The Mate: Union with Others (Hymn for the Wildman: Minawee)
July 17 - Chapter 5 - Hunting: When the Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Skeleton Woman)
August 21 - Chapter 6 - Finding One's Pack: Belonging As Blessing (The Ugly Duckling)
September 18 - Chapter 7 - Joyous Body: The Wild Flesh (Butterfly Woman)
October 16 - Chapter 8 - Self Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages and Poisoned Bait (The Feral Woman/The Red Shoes)
November 20 - Chapter 9 - Homing: Returning to OneSelf (Sealskin, Soulskin)
December 18 - Chapter 10 - Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life (La Llorona/The Little Match Girl/The Three Gold Hairs)
January 15 - Chapter 11 - Heat: Retrieving a Sacred Sexuality (The Dirty Goddesses/Coyote Dick)
February 19 - Chapter 12 - Marking Territory: The Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness  (The Cresecent Moon Bear/The Spirit Bear)
March 19 - Chapter 13 - Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan (The Wild Woman with Hair of Gold)
April 16 - Chapter 14 - LaSelva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground Forest (The Handless Maiden)