LECTURE: Trees and Tree People: Greening Ourselves, Saving the Planet
The learning experience that led this talk and Jean’s latest book Like a Tree began when a huge beautiful tree in front of her house was cut down through a vote by a homeowner’s association. The tree came down while she was at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, where in a conversation about her unsuccessful effort to save the tree, Gloria Steinem, remarked; “Remember Jean, you are a writer, and a writer has the last word.
WORKSHOP: Grail, Goddesses, Circles and the Sacred Feminine
The grail and goddesses are archetypes, symbols with depth and meaning. In this workshop, Jean Shinoda Bolen will bring us into the legendary, mythic and spiritual realm of the sacred feminine.
Cut off from sources of meaning, without a connection to the feminine principle, the Tao or the Self, the inner landscape of men and women becomes a wasteland. The wounded Fisher King and the abduction of Persephone are metaphors for depression, alienation, life-threatening illness, and addictions on a personal level, that are related to the loss of creativity, spontaneity, and love.
These are also metaphors for what ails the planet. We will listen to Jean tell stories, participate in a guided meditation and a circle experience.
This workshop will provide opportunities to be in touch with inner sources of wisdom and compassion, encourage the formation of circles with a sacred center, and inspire possibilities of change and transformation.
JEAN SHINODA BOLEN is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and author who like C.G. Jung and Joseph Campbell, knows fully the power of myth, symbols and archetypes. She reminds us that we come into the world with a sense of having a soul, and that humanity is a meaning-seeking species. Individually and globally, we are in a liminal transition time.
What we believe and do individually and collectively, matters. In this talk, Jean maintains that success or failure as a human being and as an activist go hand in hand. Her books, Like a Tree, Urgent Message From Mother, The Millionth Circle and Ring of Power inspire us to chose a path with heart and change the world.
Her advocacy for a UN 5th World Conference on Women is an expression of this. She invites us to be mystical activists, visionary advocates, and sacred-feminine feminists-- to heed a call that touches heart and soul.
Note: Word is that another local organization will have Matthew Fox here in Chapel Hill, NC the following weekend April 27-28, 2012