Bluebeard tells the tale of sabotage—both from within and from without. It speaks of a predatory force, known as the Saboteur. This force is in all of us and can make its presence known anywhere…whether it be in the marketplace, the local bar, the classroom, or in the privacy of one’s own mind.

The Saboteur remains alert, watchful, anticipating our next step, thinking it knows best, and is therefore more able than we are to direct our attention, define our goals, and describe our longings. But the objects of our desire as devised by the Saboteur are fool’s gold, which always proves subversive and destructive.

This incredibly powerful force is one we must reckon: “It is a derisive and murderous antagonist that is born into us, and even with the best parental nurture the intruder’s sole assignment is to attempt to turn all crossroads into closed roads,” Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves.

All is not lost, however. There are ways to track the Saboteur. By discerning its approach, its strategies, the gaps in its logic, and discovering our inner resources, we can call into play the forces designed to challenge its seductive power. In so doing, we bring the Saboteur out from the shadows of our unawareness and into the light of our better knowing.

In a supportive and nurturing environment, this one-day workshop will explore:

  • how myth provides insight into our life stories and psyches
  • how we get in our own way and therefore undermine our capacity to achieve goals
  • how to develop intuitive sight to see red flags for the dangers they represent.
  • how to discover choices where none seemed to exist
  • how to trust ourselves to follow paths that are most authentic and life giving.
  • how prevailing and seemingly inevitable forces, habits, and conventions diminish the capacity to live fully and in our power.

Poster adaptation by Krishna Lalbiharie

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