“Whether we understand it or not sometimes we know that Someone is moving us. To know this is to be known.” — Marion Woodman
BodySoul Rhythms© is the name given to a body of work, developed over three decades by Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman in collaboration with Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton. ‘This work is based on the belief that psyche and soma are inseparable and must be worked on together to become more conscious. The unique integration of mind and body, soul and spirit, incorporates working with dreams and imagery together with body and voice in a powerful way while honoring the uniqueness of each individual.
The roots of this work grew out of a deep respect for dreams, C.G. Jung’s understanding of the psyche, the great wisdom of the body, and Marion Woodman’s passionate commitment to articulating the sacred feminine and the embodied soul.’
The core of this work is the exploration of dreams, movement, voice, masks, creative expression, and ritual. The safety of the temenos (sacred space) created in the structure and format of the programs allows the healing of old wounds and the emergence of new energies. We pursue the inner marriage as we honor the positive feminine in our bodies and the positive masculine in our creative pursuits.’
The above text was taken directly from the Marion Woodman Foundation website at mwoodmanfoundation.org. I was fortunate enough to be admitted into one of four 3 year training programs with these special women and it added a depth and understanding to my life that I could never have imagined.
The experience is definitely difficult to talk about in that there are no real words. I liken it to the ancient Greek healing temples of Asklepios where people went for healing and rejuvenation. It was a pilgrimage of sorts where patients went through a state of purification and spent time away from the collective culture until they received guidance from the Gods. The guidance usually came in dreams. The BodySoul Rhthms© approach uses containment, dreams, movement, myth and fairy tales, mask making and creativity as inroads into the mystery of the body and psyche. The result is almost magical in nature. I learned to respect and love my body and developed my intuition. I now honor my gut feelings and the subtle messages that my body gives me on a minute to minute basis. I live according to my reality and not the reality of the collective.
One of the introductory experiences that the BodySoul team teaches frequently is called ‘The Dance of Three’. I would like to share this with you, as well as introduce you to different Jungian concepts in a workshop of the same name on March 15th. Please check this out now and register with Kula Yoga Shala, Attendance is limited to 24 people so it is best to register early. Click here for the flyer.
If something is missing in your life, you feel stuck, depressed, anxious or just want to know more about the body/soul connection, this workshop is for you. I look forward to seeing you there.