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This was the eye-catching header across the bright lime-green flyer that got to the UNCSW. Sub-heading: “A Global Women’s Movement is Rising From the Grassroots,” which was inspired by women’s marches in protest of Trump’s inauguration and agenda, This week began with news of the huge protest against Putin in Russia. Ordinary citizens activists, moved by what they believe should be—echoed President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four essential human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship god in your own way, freedom from want, freedom from fear.
I didn’t go to the UNCSW in New York this month and I will not be doing my Esalen workshop (May 29 -June 3) —the road is out, and not expected to be open for months; workshops through June 9 have all been cancelled. I’m about to leave for the Jung in Ireland conference in Gallway—could be I’ll be there to give the first “Aging with Panache” plenary. Going through my mind: "God willing and if the Creek don’t rise” or short version, “Inshallah”.
When the panel I submitted re 5WCW was not accepted, I still might have gone to New York, Glad I didn’t after everyone there had to hunker down for the expected blizzard, flights in and out of the airports were cancelled as were all events at the UN on Tuesday. Meanwhile back home in Mill Valley, the rains had stopped, the drought officially was over, the sun was out, and an out of the blue an invitation to speak in India came while I was writing on the meaning of the Women’s March on Washington. The rightness of 5WCW in India resurfaced. Maybe??
An estimated 5,600,000 women in 82 countries turned out in pink pussyhats. Until the marches, “pussy” was treated like a four-letter dirty word, initial reporting required filling in the missing letters: “P - - - -“ What followed, as women responded to the crass reference to them as a body part, became an enantiodromia—a derogatory and shameful word became transformed into its opposite. Signs carried in the march turned the meaning around: Under an outline of a cat “Grabs Back,” “Sisterhood is Powerful,” “Grab ‘em by the Patriarchy!”, ‘My Pussy isn’t up for Grabs & Neither are my Rights!” “Pussy Majority.”
Not only did Trump’s and patriarchy’s demeaning reference to women take on a positive meaning, this symbol made people smile, as did the words on a placard: “Viva la Vulva!” Could it be that this enantiodromia of pink pussyhats is drawing from a pre-patriarchal layer in the collective unconscious, when divinity was female, and images of women’s sexuality and fertility were sacred not prurient? (this is from the article I was writing for ARAS (Archives and Research in Archetypal Symbolism) that includes images of Baubo and the act called ana-suromai in Greek religious writing.
"If We are Serious About Peace and Development, We Must Take Women Seriously"
"Without peace, development is impossible, and without development, peace is not achievable, but without women, neither peace nor development is possible," ----Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations. He is an internationally recognized initiator of the UNSCR 1325 as the President of the UN Security Council in March 2000
From marches to 5WCW!
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HOLA -- ARGENTINA AND CHILE!
Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Santiago, Chile are on my Fall travel itinerary. I’ll be in each city to give a lecture on Goddesses in Everywoman and a workshop on Artemis. I’m glad to be returning to Buenos Aries and Santiago, It’ll be the first time for Cordoba. The dates are set, venues are being set up, soon everything will be in place including the links which will probably be in my next newsletter, and as usual more details and information will be on the Event Schedule on my website. I love the expressive and enthusiastic audiences I’ve had in Latin America and Spain. Thanks to Editorial Kairos, my books are available in Spanish. To see the book covers and Spanish tiles: http://www.jeanshinodabolen.com/spanish-translations. One title did not translate easily, the result amuses me and rings true: Crones Don’t Whine became “Witches Don’t Complain!” While I don’t speak Spanish, what I do seems to work: As is usual for me, I speak in the moment to the audience, and am expressive with my voice and hands. After several sentences or a very short paragraph, I stop—and my translator expresses in Spanish what I just said in English, if something was not clear to her, she’ll ask me. Rapport with a translator who is familiar with my work who also has a conversational style is essential. I met Sandra Roman via Skype who the organizers of the lecture tour felt could do this with me, and after our meeting I agree—we and our audiences will have a good time together!
2017 Event Information
March 31-April 7, 2017 – Ireland
New York Center for Jungian Studies
Theme: Aging With Panache: Later Life is Now
Plenary: Superfoods for the Psyche: Ingredients for Living
(and Aging) Well: Meaning, Fun, Love,
Experiential Workshop: Circles with a Sacred Center: Sanctuary, Temenos,
Seminar and writing workshop: Hestia: Mother Nature, Sacred Feminine
Self: Encounters with Mystery:
Location: Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway
April 21-22, 2017 – Raleigh, NC
Jung Society of the Triangle Area
Friday, April 21: Evening Lecture
Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman
Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, twin sister of Apollo is the archetype of the activist—for women, social justice, animals, and environment. Her symbols are the bow and arrow, the crescent moon, and mother bear; her realm is the wilderness. In this talk, Jean Shinoda Bolen brings Artemis to life through storytelling, amplified by examples from life and analysis which are likely to resonate in listeners who will recognize Artemis in themselves as archetype or anima.
Saturday, April 22: Workshop
A Path with A Heart: A Path with a Soul: the Inner Compass
People have an innate sense that there is a purpose to life, related to the idea that life is a soul journey. Jung’s individuation, Campbell’s finding your personal myth, the hero’s journey, Persephone’s abduction into the underworld are variations of the message. We suffer life-threatening illnesses, heart-breaking losses, betrayed expectations. They take us into unfamiliar terrain. We find ourselves at a crossroad. Which path to take? What is an inner compass: what can we know in our bones?
Location: Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, NC
August 13-18, 2017 – Santa Cruz, CA
1440 Multiversity Campus
Your One Wild and Precious Life, A Deepening Gathering for women
Women’s Circles and Sacred Feminine: A Women’s Retreat
“This workshop-retreat meets in a circle with a sacred center, and invokes the indomitable spirit of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and moon and archetype of the sister, midwife, and protector of the young – of all living things,” Jean Shinoda Bolen writes. “In the circle, we listen to myths and stories that come alive, and then shift into realizing that they are about us and our relationships and world. Deep insights can grow through an awareness of the sacred feminine – a legacy and lineage that was suppressed by patriarchy – and an awareness of being part of all that is, visible and invisible, of soul, energy, and substance. Circles are the means through which many women find they can say what is true for them, and be supported to do whatever it is that takes courage to do. This work is best done with love, hope, perseverance, trust, and optimism. Bring a journal, an open heart, a sense of adventure, listen to your dreams, and enter Esalen as if it were a dream in which you are the main character. Pay attention to synchronicities.”
October 26 - November 5, 2017, Argentina and Chile
Lecture: Goddesses in Everywoman (Las Diosas en Cada Mujer)
There are goddesses in every woman—these are qualities and patterns in ourselves and in the women in our lives. There is a deep recognition, an Aha! that comes with this insight. Remember classical Greek mythology? Hera, Demeter, Persephone whose stories are about relationships, or Artemis, Athena and Hestia who did not need relationships to define them, or Aphrodite, the alchemical goddess of love and beauty are archetypes in us. Some are welcomed, others not. Even before a girl is born and throughout her life, girls and women are shaped by expectations of others and by patriarchy. Meanwhile, there are goddess-archetypes in us, that shape what is important to us. When we know which goddesses are in us, we will know ourselves far better than before. We also begin to see the goddesses in other women. These insights help men as well—when affinities, attraction, negative judgments are responses to these inner archetypes. In their myths, we saw goddesses behaving badly, which are traits associated with certain archetypes: jealousy, vindictiveness, depression, helplessness, mercilessness, are shadow qualities. Knowing what is acting in us and on us provides insight that leads to Hecate, goddess of the crossroad.
Workshop: "Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit of Every Woman" (Artemisa, El Espíritu Indómito de cada Mujer).
Artemis is the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Her symbols are the bow and arrow, the crescent moon, and mother bear; her realm is the wilderness. This is the archetype of the activist on behalf of girls and women, social justice, animals, trees, the environment. She is an explorer of the metaphoric wilderness, as well as being drawn to nature. Her curiosity draws her into unknown terrain. As twin and older sister to Apollo, she is competitive, has a sense of equality with men and sisterhood with women. The moon aspect of Artemis is the spiritual and mystical oneness she can feel in nature. This archetype may be active all her life, and can be recognized in the phases of the moon as she grows older. Artemis-Selene-Hecate—each moon goddess is an aspect of womanhood: young woman, mature woman, wisewoman.
In this workshop, participants will hear stories of Artemis and of women who personified aspects of her. They will recognize Artemis in themselves or in others, and realize the positive qualities and the difficulties associated with this archetype. They will have an opportunity to meet and talk in small circles to share what they now recognize as positive and negative aspects of this archetype.
Lecture: October 26: Goddesses in Everywoman (Las Diosas en Cada Mujer). 7:30 pm-10:00 pm.
Location: Ami Jai Community Auditorium, Arribeños Street 2355, Buenos Aires
Workshop: October 28: Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit of Every Woman (Artemisa, El Espíritu Indómito de cada Mujer), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Location: Regente Palace Hotel, Suipacha Street 964 Buenos Aires
Lecture: October 31: Goddesses in Everywoman (Las Diosas en Cada Mujer)
Workshop: November 1: Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit of Every Woman (Artemisa, El Espíritu Indómito de cada Mujer.
Lecture: November 4: Goddesses in Everywoman (Las Diosas en Cada Mujer)
Workshop: November 5: Artemis, the Indomitable Spirit of Every Woman (Artemisa, El Espíritu Indómito de cada Mujer).
April 6-7, 2018 - Boston, MA
C.G. Jung Institute Boston
Keynote & Workshop TBA
May 27-June 1, 2018 – Asheville, NC
Haden Summer Dream and Spirituality Conference
Keynote & Workshops TBA
August 24-26, 2018, - London, UK
Guild of Pastoral Psychology Oxford Conference
With Love, Hope, Perseverance, Trust, and Gratitude
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