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Finding Self in Archetypes and Art

Living Story Project is excited to share an upcoming, full-day workshop collaboration with multi-media, Winnipeg-based artist, Darlene Derksen, for our next event called: Finding Self in Archetypes and Art on February 17, 2024.

Darlene is a multi-media artist working in watercolour, acrylic, pen, ink, and cloth. Her work is personal. She was introduced to archetypes and collage by Nick Bantock’s art and books and has studied with him on numerous occasions. She learned unequivocally how fundamental it is to embrace the concept of archetypes if we are to gain a better understanding of ourselves.

Given the challenging times we face, it is becoming increasingly important that we learn to understand ourselves and the world around us symbolically in order to navigate overwhelm, find meaning, and live authentically. Luckily, at our disposal is the rich and multi-layered world of archetypes.

Archetypes are universal templates such as Artist, Teacher, Healer, and Child, that we colour with our individual expression as they unfold in the life we live. Arguably, all archetypes reside in each of us; however, we tend to have several specific archetypes that dominate our respective lives.

At every table, there is a family of survival archetypes that include the Victim, the Child, the Prostitute, and the Saboteur. Each of these archetypes is much more nuanced than the mainstream culture allows.

While understanding these specific survival archetypes is important for our individual and collective wellbeing, they alone do not give the full story of our lived experiences, longings, and desires. For that, we must venture inward to find— among the limitless number of archetypes—those that seek primary expression though us.

Through a series of intuition prompts and journaling exercises, participants will spend the first part of the day exploring the power of archetypes, while identifying archetypes that find, or are waiting to find, expression in their lives.

The second part of the day will have participants diving deeply into the process of collage to give visual representation to one central archetype they define as significant to their personal development and Self-understanding at this time.

While Darlene will teach techniques of application, participants, fueled by their intuitive awareness and Self-knowledge, will be encouraged to choose materials and images for their collage so that each interaction, visually and texturally, will be entirely unique and meaningful to them.

Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024
Time: 9:30AM – 3:30PM
Cost: $75.00
Location: Living Story Project House
1071 McMillan Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 0T6

Link to Register: https://share.3common.com/event?id=finding-self-in-archetypes-and-art-659f191188041815fdb70bff

“The Warrior” – Collage by Darlene Derksen

Wise Woman in Challenging Times: monthly in person

Living Story Project is excited to share its first in-person, drop-in series called Wise Woman in Challenging Times. These evenings are stand alone events that centre around Wise Woman guiding principles. Some of the monthly topics include seeking connectedness, finding passion, expressing creativity, discerning enoughness, and the healing power of mirth.

Our evening will explore simplicity, and will be held on Monday, January 22nd from 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Living Story House.

For us, simplicity means an opportunity to stop and to filter out noises and distractions that are otherwise unhelpful. It is an opportunity to figure out what is essential and what is incidental – an ongoing process where priorities are established and re-established as greater clarity is achieved. The more we simplify, the closer we get to what matters. Simplicity helps us name what is true and what is meaningful in both our lives and in our relationships with one another, with Self, and with the Earth.

Please join us for this evening explorations aimed at helping us get closers to what matters in challenging times. Participants can expect to journey introspectively though guided journaling prompts with an open invitation to share stories and insights with others.

Link to Register: https://share.3common.com/event?id=65ad2f66c60fdf74b3cd1bcd
Date: Monday, January 22, 2024
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Cost: $25.00
Location: Living Story Project House
1071 McMillan Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M 0T6

Warmly,
Kristy & Debbie
Living Story Project 🌱

Mothering the Mother

Motherhood is complex.

Society does a very good job of celebrating the arrival of a new baby, but rarely does is pay much attention to the complexities this transition presents to the Daughter becoming Mother.

The transition into motherhood is easier for some than it is for others.

Some daughters enter motherhood with a supportive internalized mother – a quality of positive mothering that has been passed down through the generations. For her, while the demands of childrearing may prove exhausting, she enters motherhood with a sense of competency and preparedness. When faced with uncertainty or an overwhelming sense of not knowing, this daughter, having been sufficiently mothered herself, is able to ask, “What would mom do?” She can draw on her own personal experience of being attended to in a way that met her developing needs as a child, an adolescent, and eventually a young adult, and thus securely meet the developing needs of her growing child. This daughter arrives at motherhood able to name her own needs and her desires; further, she is adept at meeting them. She understands that mothering is not meant to be self-sacrificial. If her mothering work is to be sustainable, she knows she must replenish her own resources, fill the vessel from which her own child must draw.

For many others, however, there is no supportive mothering legacy to inherit. Instead, these daughters arrive at motherhood having inherited the same lack of mothering their own mothers received. In constant need of mothering themselves, they feel anxious, uncertain, and ill-equipped to meet the demands that mothering presents.

When we arrive at mothering in this way, we are very susceptible to the societal standards that dictate what mothers and mothering “should” look like—namely that it should be joyfully self-sacrificing and rewarding. The pressure to achieve this standard dismisses the complexity of a daughter’s lived experience and further alienates her from her right to claim the unique and specific terms that identify her own motherhood.

Mothering the Mother is an eight-week, online, closed group, designed to explore the range of issues relevant to the unmothered mother.

This group will:

  • Normalize the complexities and difficulties of mothering
  • Examine systems that create the conditions that interfere and fail to support those who mother
  • Understand, without blame, the mothering legacy that has been inherited by daughters
  • Develop internal strategies that compensate for one’s lack of mothering received
  • Redefine what healthy mothering looks like and feels like
  • Build community among daughters and mothers

This group is open to anyone who identifies as Mother and/or Daughter and who wants to explore the legacy of their mothering, including those who mother others and those who wish to mother themselves.

The goal of this group is to deepen your understanding of Self. While this is largely a psycho-educational group, participants should expect to venture introspectively and share personal discoveries in both dyad and whole group formats. Due to the sensitive nature of this work, interested participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to confirm suitability.

A waitlist will be maintained as needs be.

All group dates & times:

  • Thursday, January 11 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, January 18 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, January 25 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, February 1 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, February 8 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, February 15 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, February 22 | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, February 29 | 7:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Zoom

Fees: $195.00 – Limited number of subsidized spots available. To inquire, please contact us directly at livingstoryproject@gmail.com

Register: Mothering-the-mother.eventbrite.ca

Artwork by Jeanie Tomanek, Living Story, www.jeanietomanek.com

Poster Design by Rebeka Gentian

For further infomation, contact Living Story Project:

Email: livingstoryproject@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LivingStoryProject/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/living.story.project/

Meeting the Baba Yaga: Connecting with the Wise Woman Archetype.

An eight week in-person group offered by Living Story Project Deborah Schnitzer PH.D. and Kristy Taylor M.ED., C.C.C.

Wise Woman has many forms of expression. She is everywhere in the imaginary and in the everyday. In myth, she may be known as Witch, Crone, Spider Grandmother, Hecate, Baubo, or Sophia. She may live alone in a house that dances on chicken legs. She might bubble up in a cauldron or fly through the night sky. She might sit beside you in a coffee shop or suggest a book title while you browse aimlessly in a library. Often, she is found in the observations of a child.

Intimately connected to the phases of the moon and the cycles of the seasons, Wise Woman is mentor to the mother and sidekick to the maiden.

She knows how to slow down, finds pleasure in simplicity, understands the healing power of humour, and has profound compassion for the Earth and all who inhabit it.

She is the seed-saver — the one who preserves and protects. She is a seer: past-sighted, present-sighted, and far-sighted. She is fiercely loyal and equally cutting. She protects life and allows what is dying to die.

Wise Woman is made wise by many things: through study, creative collaboration, observation and, most significantly, by having lived deeply into all of life’s experiences. This growing involves many layers of understanding — both above and below ground.

Living Story Project is pleased to offer an eight week, in-person intensive that explores the wisdom embodied in the Wise Woman archetype. Using myth and story, participants can expect to explore both inner and outer landscapes to deepen their ability to move more authentically, creatively, and purposefully in the world – bridging the connection to Self and to one another.

This group will be limited to ten (10) participants only. A waitlist will be maintained as needed.

All group dates & times:

  • Thursday, October 12th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, October 19th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, October 26th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, November 2nd | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, November 9th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, November 16th | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, November 23rd | 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • Thursday, November 30th | 7:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Living Story Project House

Fees: $250.00 | Limited number of subsidized spots available. Please contact us directly at livingstoryproject@gmail.com

As always, we look forward to sharing this exploration with you.

Warmly, Kristy & Debbie

Living Story Project 🌱

Mothering the Mother: A six-week in-person group

Transitioning into motherhood is complex.

Society does a very good job of celebrating the arrival of a new baby, but rarely does is pay much attention to the complexities this transition presents to the woman becoming Mother.

The transition into motherhood is easier for some than it is for others.

Some women enter motherhood with a supportive internalized mother – a quality of positive mothering that has been passed down through the generations that have come before her. For her, while the demands of childrearing may prove exhausting, she enters motherhood with a sense of competency and preparedness. When faced with uncertainty or an overwhelming sense of not knowing, this woman, having been sufficiently mothered herself, is able to ask, “What would mom do?” She can draw on her own personal experience of being attended to in a way that met her developing needs as a child, an adolescent, and eventually a young adult, and thus securely meet the developing needs of her growing child. This woman arrives at motherhood able to name her own needs and her desires; further, she is adept at meeting them. She understands that mothering is not meant to be self-sacrificial. If her mothering work is to be sustainable, she knows she must replenish her own resources, fill the vessel from which her own child must draw.

For many others, however, there is no supportive mothering legacy to inherit. Instead, these women arrive at motherhood having inherited the same lack of mothering their own mothers may have received. In constant need of mothering themselves, they feel anxious, uncertain, and ill-equipped to meet the demands the role of mothering presents.

When we arrive at mothering in this way, we are very suspectable to the societal standards that dictate what mothers and mothering “should” look like—namely that it is joyfully self-sacrificing and rewarding. The pressure to achieve this “standard,” dismisses the complexity of a woman’s lived experience and further alienates her from her right to claim the unique and specific terms that identify her own motherhood.

Mothering the Mother is a six-week, in-person, closed group, designed to explore the range of issues relevant to the unmothered mother.

This group will:

  • Examine systems that create the conditions that interfere and fail to support those who mother
  • Understand, without blame, the legacy that has been inherited
  • Normalize the complexities and difficulties of mothering
  • Redefine what joyful mothering looks like and feels like
  • Teach strategies that support the mothering journey
  • Build community among mothers

This group is open to anyone who identifies as Mother at any stage of the mothering journey – including those who wish to one day become mother, presently expectants mothers, mothers of young children, and mothers of adult children (including grandmothers).

This group will be limited to eight participants only. A waitlist will be maintained as needs be.
The goal of this group is to deepen your understanding of Self as Mother. While this is largely a psycho-educational group, participants should expect to venture introspectively and share personal discoveries in both dyad and whole group formats. Due to the sensitive nature of this work, interested participants will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire to confirm suitability.
Dates: January 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Location: Living Story Project House – 1071 McMillan Ave, Winnipeg MB
Fees: $195.00 – Limited number of subsidized spots for single mothers. Please contact us directly at livingstoryproject@gmail.com

Link to Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mothering-the-mother-tickets-420964374777

Poster Art by Krishna Lalbiharie

The Mothering Project

THE MOTHERING PROJECT

Living Story Project is hosting nine, monthly, by-donation events. Each month will illuminate a new understanding of Mother and Mothering in relation to culturally relevant topics that connect us to self, others, and the earth.

Registration for each monthly session will be available on the 1st of every month. Participants may attend any or all these evening sessions. We will meet on Zoom for this 2022-2023 series.

Mothering embodies three fundamental elements: Nurturance, Protection, and Guidance. Our November 24 th session will focus on Nurturance.
Nurturance comprehends emotional, physical, and spiritual care. It plays a vital role in fostering all aspects of our growth and developmental wellbeing. The ways we have been nurtured lay the groundwork for creative expression, empathetic and meaningful connections with others and the planet.

The November 24 th session will include:

  • Small and large group discussion
  • Journaling
  • Movement
  • Visualization

Please bring writing materials, a candle to light our virtual fire, and a blanket or shawl.

This is a by-donation event open to all people.

Registration for the November 24 th session is now open.

Link to register: http://the-mothering-project-november.eventbrite.ca

The Mothering Project is inspired by the profound need to create time and space for mentoring conversations that reveal the inherent power we possess. In so doing, we reclaim and create truer, more complete stories that enshrine and ensure our right to actively participate in the shaping our own destinies.

Artwork by Jeanie Tomanek, Planting Moon, www.jeanietomanek.com

GATHERING THE BONES: Skeleton Woman – Creativity and Healing in Community

This is a tale about the importance of community in relation to creativity and healing, a process that requires a certain courage, ingenuity, and attentiveness. Learning to work with the Life/Death/Life cycle, the essence of creativity, teaches us about the stages of creative action- animation, development, decline and reanimation. Being in vital relation to our own imagination, to others, and within community, we discover creativity, not only as a solitary act, but also one that restores, inspires, and deepens our capacity for connection and well-being.

Like Spring, preparing for the great revelation of new growth, we too find ourselves longing for renewal in these difficult times where hope is so often buried in indifference, short sightedness, and disconnection.

Art by Jeanie Tomanek, Skeleton Woman

GATHERING THE BONES: The Handless Maiden

“Traditional psychology is often spare or entirely silent about deeper issues important to women: the archetypal, the intuitive, the sexual and cyclical, the ages of women, a woman’s way, a woman’s knowing, her creative fire.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves.

Understanding story from the inside out, from the bones to the flesh, reveals those indestructible elements that cannot be eradicated by oppressive forces. This grid, an underlying architecture, hold fragments, parts of the psyche, that comprehend knowing often prohibited or forbidden, but accessible nonetheless by instinct and intuition, whose retrieval brings us back to wholeness.

Please joins us for a six-week series exploring the symbolic journey of The Handless Maiden through the underground forest—an initiation into our own unknown and most authentic Self.

“In our own story, there is very little setting – but as it is typical in many northern European fairy tales, the dark enchanted forest is the most significant place, and it is, as always, the place in which the greatest transformation can be attained, by walking into the heart of the Mystery.” Dr. Sharon Blackie, This Mythic Life.

The Handless Maiden is a profound story about power, identity, and the courage to reclaim that which has been wrongfully taken.

The tale is a gruesome one. It involves not only the severing of the Maiden’s hands, but also the loss of the only world she has ever known. And yet, in travelling with the Handless Maiden and watching her suffer this dismemberment, we discover the depth of her insight, the range of her resources, the strength of her spirit, and the path that ultimately leads to re-growth.

In this series, we explore themes of wandering, endurance, and transformation. The quest within provides strategies and a map for how we, too, might encounter and triumph over our own psychic severing. Undertaking this journey, encourages us to access our creative center while piecing ourselves back together, bone by bone.

Image by Pantovola, La Loba; poster adaptation by Krishna Lalbiharie

TIMES OF CHANGE: Toads, Transition, and Transformation

Please join us for our next by-donation, on-line LSP event, which we now happily call a meeting of The Story Society. This evening, Times of Change: Toads, Transition, and Transformation, will be held on Thursday, April 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Toads are wise mentors, able to adapt and thrive in any ecosystem and endure extremes of temperature. Long storied in myth and fable, they are celebrated as shapeshifters, skin shedders, teachers of magic and metamorphosis, visionaries, and healers. Through story and conversation, we will explore how the gifts of toad may help guide and support us as we transition through the times of COVID. 

Image of toad on hard light cool beige textured surface by Josch13 from Pixabay

MOTHERING OURSELVES: Trusting Our Inner Truth

Exploring, nurturing, and celebrating our Inner Mother encourage us to embrace with unconditional love who we are in this moment. It involves acceptance of what has often been maligned in culture, dismissed by systems, redesigned by industry. We are not to be “improved” by market standards of performance and beauty; deemed “acceptable” because we meet some future goal defined by commercial targets. We are not broken. We do not need fixing. Within, we have the resources, strength, insight, and intuition to call our name, to discern our gift, to tell our truth, and find our path. 

Please join us as we harvest the wisdom of the Inner Mother through story, movement, and conversation. As always, we track and trust the heart of the matter.

Photo by Elisabeth Waldman

NAVIGATING UNCERTAINTY: An Evening of Story and Conversation

Please join us for an evening as we gather around a virtual fire and share our living stories about the journey we have taken during these past 12 months. The space being held for this exploration invites you to share, listen, and contemplate losses and discoveries generated by this unprecedented time in our lives.

Sharing stories in community is medicine for body and soul. The first event that Living Story Project hosted centered around Wise Woman and her guiding principles – finding connectedness and accepting the inevitability of change seem especially relevant.

This evening is dedicated to the interconnectedness of our experience and understanding.

Image by Vasilisa Bushueva, Fantastic Forest

OUR GREAT COSMIC MOTHER

“The Great Mother in Her many aspects—maiden, raging warrior, benevolent mother, death-dealing and all-wise crone, unknowable and ultimate wyrd—is now powerfully re-emerging and rising again in human consciousness … Isis, Mawu-Lisa, Demeter, Gaia, Shakti, Dakinis, Shekhinah, Astarte, Ishtar, Rhea, Freya, Nerthus, Brigid, Danu—call Her what you may—has been with us from the beginning and awaits us now,” Monica Sjöö & Barbara Mor, The Great Cosmic Mother.

The Great Mother is the wine of life, the mother of all living things. She is the green Earth, the mysteries of the waters. She is the creative force, the primogenitor of wave, tide, and wind.

While we commonly associate Mother to Child, she is not limited to the convention of childbirth, and childrearing. In her saltwater cauldron gestates idea, art, music, dance, invention in the broadest sense – Life. She is maker, illuminator, muse. She is who we can turn to in time of need, as, in her light, she is compassionate, merciful, and loving. She is an advocate of connection, fusion, and relationship to Self, others, and the creative process within.

Please joins us as we explore the creative energies embodied in the Mother archetype, what happens to our creative process when those energies feel as though they have been extinguished, and how, in these times, we may reignite our creative Self.

Collaborative guests:

Odette Heyn C.M. Red with Grace Choreography: Stephanie Ballard

Marci Wenn, LCSW-R, Soul Collage© Facilitator

Artwork by Jeanie Tomanek, Star Quilt; poster adaptation by Krishna Lalbiharie

THE HANDLESS MAIDEN: Initiation in the Underground Forest

“In our own story, there is very little setting – but as it is typical in many northern European fairy tales, the dark enchanted forest is the most significant place, and it is, as always, the place in which the greatest transformation can be attained, by walking into the heart of the Mystery,” Dr. Sharon Blackie, This Mythic Life.

Please joins us as we explore the symbolic journey of the Handless Maiden. 

This is a profound story about power, identity, and the courage to take one’s life into one’s own hands to reclaim that which has been wrongfully taken.
The tale is a gruesome one. It involves not only the severing of the Maiden’s hands, but also the loss of the only world she has ever known. And yet, in travelling with the Handless Maiden and watching her suffer this dismemberment, we discover the depth of her insight, the range of her resources, the strength of her spirit, and the path that ultimately leads to re-growth. 

In this workshop, we explore themes of wandering, endurance, and transformation. The quest within The Handless Maiden provides both strategies and a map for how we, too, might encounter and triumph over our own psychic severing. Undertaking this journey encourages us to access our creative center and realize our most authentic Self. 

Art by Jeanie Tomanek, Silver Hands; poster adaptation by Krishna Lalbiharie

BLUEBEARD: Key to Knowing the Saboteur

“In order to banish the predator, we must unlock or pry ourselves and other matters open to see what is inside. We must use our abilities to stand what we see. We must speak our truth in a clear voice. And we must be able to use our wits to do what needs be about what we see,” Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves.

The story of Bluebeard explores a crisis in culture pervasive in contemporary society. For thousands of years, women’s power, creativity, insight, and knowing have been written out of history. Women have been maligned, muzzled, and murdered by patriarchal predators who contend that women have no integrity of vision, no deep insight, no original voice, and no decisive action.

We all pay a price when women are diminished. Devastating global imbalances —there are many — demonstrate this truth. In Bluebeard, women are hunted and held captive by predatory forces; their freedom depends on discovering the key that unlocks their inner resources — resources long buried, but not destroyed.

In this workshop, we explore these predatorial forces as those that sabotage women’s rights to live fully. In examining both the light and dark aspects of the Saboteur archetype, we track processes of entrapment and liberation. This tracking allows us to ask questions; it exposes the rules, regulations, and conventions that are malignant, divisive, and life-denying within culture.

Poster adaptation by Krishna Lalbiharie

BLUEBEARD: Tracking the Saboteur

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

WISE OLD WOMAN: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype II

Old Woman, once banished, is resurfacing in the lives of people — young and old — within culture and in relation to the earth.

While long discarded, she has never quite gone away. Perhaps you know her symbolically as Witch, Crone, Spider Grandmother, Hecate, Baubo or Sophia. Intimately connected to the phases of the moon and the cycles of the seasons, she is mentor to the mother and sidekick to the maiden.

She is the one who knows how to slow down, finds pleasure in simplicity, understands the healing power of humour, and has profound compassion for the earth and all who inhabit it. She is the seed-saver — the one who preserves and protects. She is a seer: past-sighted, present-sighted, and far-sighted.

Wise Woman is made wise by many things: through study, creative collaboration, observation and, most significantly, by having lived deeply into all her life experiences. This growing involves many layers of understanding — both above and below ground.

Wise Woman can manifest in many ways. She may live alone in a house that dances on chicken legs. She might bubble up in a cauldron or fly through the night sky. She might sit beside you in a coffee shop or suggest a book title while you browse aimlessly in a library. She is everywhere. She is also within.

Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype invites you to reconnect with old woman wisdom, to reimagine aging and rediscover the profound importance of mentoring relationships between old and young.

Image by Susan Seddon Boulet, Spider Woman; Poster adaptation by Krishan Lalbiharie

WISE OLD WOMAN: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype I

Old Woman, once banished, is resurfacing in the lives of people — young and old — within culture and in relation to the earth.

While long discarded, she has never quite gone away. Perhaps you know her symbolically as Witch, Crone, Spider Grandmother, Hecate, Baubo or Sophia. Intimately connected to the phases of the moon and the cycles of the seasons, she is mentor to the mother and sidekick to the maiden.

She is the one who knows how to slow down, finds pleasure in simplicity, understands the healing power of humour, and has profound compassion for the earth and all who inhabit it. She is the seed-saver — the one who preserves and protects. She is a seer: past-sighted, present-sighted, and far-sighted.

Wise Woman is made wise by many things: through study, creative collaboration, observation and, most significantly, by having lived deeply into all her life experiences. This growing involves many layers of understanding — both above and below ground.

Wise Woman can manifest in many ways. She may live alone in a house that dances on chicken legs. She might bubble up in a cauldron or fly through the night sky. She might sit beside you in a coffee shop or suggest a book title while you browse aimlessly in a library. She is everywhere. She is also within.

Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype invites you to reconnect with old woman wisdom, to reimagine aging and rediscover the profound importance of mentoring relationships between old and young.

*Image: Spider Woman by Susan Seddon Boulet; Poster adaptation by Krishan Lalbiharie

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