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Studio Sessions are a chance to be part of a small, on-line community that comes together for a 4 - 8 week season, to study a particular theme from both a depth psychological and creative perspective. This learning model prioritizes group discussion and creative engagement along with theoretical  study.

Group Enrollment is limited to 15 people and sessions tend to fill quickly.

Transformation and the Dark Feminine

Please note: Group size is limited to  ensure the integrity of engagement.

"What crime was this that lived incarnate in this sequestered mansion, and could neither be expelled nor subdued by the owner?—what mystery, that broke out now in fire and now in blood, at the deadest hours of night? What creature was it, that, masked in an ordinary woman's face and shape, uttered the voice, now of a mocking demon, and anon of a carrion-seeking bird of prey?"

                                 - Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

One of the tragic realities of a patriarchal consciousness is its overriding attempt to exile the dark, chthonic aspect of the archetypal feminine as something evil, unwanted, putrid and horrifying. The witch, the Baba Yaga, Salome, the Medusa, the Mad Woman in the attic are all archetypal embodiments of a demarcation point in the psyche that marks having gone too far and thus is deserving of banishment.

 

What has been neglected and left out of educational and several psychological modalities is the vital necessity for women to experience what has been categorized as “the dark feminine” as a rite of passage rather than a sign of pathology. Psychological transformation and health often hinge on an ongoing relationship with these disembodied aspects of psyche that have historically been exiled as the "dark feminine."

 

Join us in this six week Studio Sessions series as we look at the archetypal dark feminine as found in literature, fairytale, myth and on the Hollywood Silver Screen! This series will focus on exploring the relationship between the dark feminine and transformation. Studio Sessions are a chance to be part of an intimate, on-line community that comes together to study a particular theme from both a depth psychological and creative perspective. This learning model prioritizes group discussion and creative engagement along with theoretical study.

Week 1: October 7th

 Salome and Marilyn Monroe: Transformation and the Sexualized Feminine

Loralee Scott, MFA

 

Salome was a very young girl who was sexually exploited by both her mother and her step-father.   Marilyn Monroe suffered traumatic abandonment as a young child, and went on to achieve iconic fame by participating in the exploitation and commercialization of her sexuality. This session will compare and contrast both their stories to explore the way in which the cultural co-opting and exploitation of women’s sexual power affects self-identity.  We will look at the transformation that is possible if we are able to work through cultural projections that have been internalized as unconscious guilt and own the evolving landscape and narrative of our own sexuality in every stage of life, for ourselves as women.

 

Week 2: Week 2: October 14th

  The Underworld, the Woods and the Attic

Sandy Salzillo, LMHC

 

Eriskigal, Baba Yaga and Bertha Rochester carry the archetypal energy of the banished one. The one that existed and created a life outside of the patriarchal kingdom and or upper world. In this session, we will focus on these particular symbolic representations as their roots seem to be particularly entwined with the feminine psyche developmentally and each used their own particular way of being seen.

 

Week 3: October 21st

Hagar and Kate Winslet: Transformation and the Exiled Feminine

Loralee Scott, MFA

 

She is acknowledged, yet never named, in every one of the Abrahamic religions. Used, exploited, exiled and scapegoated, it is this nameless woman who alone, speaks the name of God.  In this session, we will work with the scriptural story of Hagar found in Genesis 16 and the film, The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet, to explore exile as a necessary part of the process of individuation and a threshold to transformation. We will look at what is required to step across that threshold into a more authentic ownership of self-identity and empowerment.

 

Week 4: October 28th

  Deeper into the Woods.

Sandy Salzillo, LMHC

 

 This week will focus on identifying the collective feminine wisdom symbolized by fire. What projections are illuminated. What does it mean to see into one’s own power and responsibility. What gets burned and left to ashes in its wake. We will also look at the fairy tale of the Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson. What is illuminated by her matches. What gift was she given by her mother and or her grandmother. Is her story one of the dynamic or static feminine.

  

Week 5:  November 4th

Enheduanna and Hedy Lamar: Transformation and the Intellectual Feminine

Loralee Scott, MFA

 

A case could be made that these two women, living hundreds of years apart, are each responsible for some of the most impactful literary and scientific achievements throughout history while at the same time being among the most unrecognized for those accomplishments.  While much has been written about the goddess, Inanna, the woman who created, embellished and empowered this myth in order to unite opposing political kingdoms and is the first known author of the written word, is often not recognized.  Enheduanna, was a woman of tremendous intelligence, creativity and courage whose writing pre-dates and influenced the literary style of great works around the world from the I-Ching to Shakespeare and the book of Genesis.  While Hedy Lamar, reputed to be the world’s most beautiful woman is internationally recognized as a Hollywood star, her incredible work as an inventor whose work led to our modern-day Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS technology, has long gone unrecognized.  In this session we will look at their accomplishments and explore the psychological impact of the pathologizing of the intelligent woman within Jungian psychology and patriarchal culture and how this has influenced women’s relationship with their own intellectual journeys.

 

Week 6: November 11th

Bertha Rochester; My Mother the Moon

Sandy Salzillo, LMHC

 

In this final class we will explore Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre.

In particular, her character Bertha Rochester, the primordial mad woman in the attic. What locked away aspects of the feminine psyche does Bertha represent? How does she save Jane’s life? How can she save ours?

 

It is my hope that in each of these lectures and activities you will begin to recognize and engage with the specific, highly personalized dark feminine in your psyche. Not as a feared, dismembered memory so much as an exploration to a forgotten source of wisdom.

Start Date:  Wednesday,

October 7th, 2020

Number of Classes:  6

Frequency: Weekly - Wednesdays 

Time: Noon - 1:oo PM EST

Class Length:  1 hour

What You Receive:

- Weekly on-line learning community

- 30 minute teaching with faculty each week

- Teaching sessions are recorded for you to watch as often as you'd like

- 30 minute group discussion each week

(Not recorded)

- Guided Active Imagination Exercises

- Creative Resource Guide with films, books, Youtube videos and other material to engage with

- Private on-line forum for sharing and discussion

Studio Session Registration: 

Non-member: $225

Circle Member:  $180

 

You can pay easily on-line with a credit card or via Paypal.  There is a $7 processing fee.

Faculty:
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Sandy Salzillo, LMHC

Sandy Salzillo brings twenty years of clinical experience working primarily with women’s psychological health, via images and dreams as the primary way of giving voice to the feminine psyche’s individuation process.

In this series, she will differentiate the subtle nuances between archetypal energies that are meant to destroy individual growth and those that facilitate and illuminate the way toward a holistic and expressive way of reuniting with aspects of our lost selves.

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Loralee Scott, MFA

Loralee Scott, an educator, international lecturer and certified MBTI consultant, brings over twenty years of leadership focused on the psychologically transformative power of creative engagement in addition to over a decade of developing post-doctoral programs focused on identifying and working with the unconscious roots of gendered oppression.  In this series, she will bring an interdisciplinary approach to illuminating some of the many faces of the dark feminine as necessary and powerful realities that need to be integrated for healthy psychological development.

Shadow Vows

Studio Session Course Description 

By the time a marriage is in crisis, either or both of the partners often ask, What did I get myself into? and When was the beginning of the end? Such questions can torture them for weeks, months, and even years, as they struggle to live their wedding vows. Yet the beginning of the end frequently occurs long before vows were ever spoken because what was never spoken, and never fully understood, were the shadow vows—the unacknowledged assumptions, agreements, and obligations each person brought to their first date, and perhaps several first dates with an assortment of people. Such shadow vows bind the partners to each other and to the marriage in ways that are seldom seen or understood—until the pain of feeling trapped, crippled, or exhausted from trying to live by them forces its way into consciousness.

     In this six-week Studio Sessions series, Dr. Elizabeth Èowyn Nelson, author of Psyche's Knife (Chiron, 2012), shows how a much-loved, much-discussed tale in the Western tradition, Eros and Psyche, has something fresh to offer anyone interested in the vicissitudes of love. She presents a complex and compelling analysis of Psyche, who is far more than the simple, naïve young woman portrayed in conventional views of the story, and reads the tale in relation to Jung's essay "Marriage as a Psychological Relationship". Through examination of a key moment between the lovers, a more complex, more troubling, and ultimately more authentic understanding of the soul emerges.

    The sessions will offer a blend of theory and experiential work to stimulate participants’ thoughts, challenge their assumptions, and create a kind and loving space to question when and why they fall silent rather than speak up in personal relationships. We also borrow an idea from David Whyte to creatively explore the idea that marriage is a metaphor for other durable commitments in one’s life—to a job, an organization, a home, a community—and that shadow vows are present there, too. By the end of the four weeks, participants will be more fully and disturbingly aware of the invisible and unvoiced promises we make, which bind us as tenaciously as the vows we speak aloud.

Start Date:  Wednesday,

January 6th, 2021

Number of Classes:  6

Frequency: Weekly - Wednesdays 

Time: Noon - 1:oo PM EST

Class Length:  1 hour

What You Receive:

- Weekly on-line learning community

- 30 minute teaching with faculty each week

- Teaching sessions are recorded for you to watch as often as you'd like

- 30 minute group discussion (Not recorded)

- Creative Resource Guide with films, books, Youtube videos and other material to engage with

- Private on-line forum for sharing and discussion

- Complimentary mentoring session with Elizabeth 

Studio Session Registration: 

Non-member: $225

Circle Member:  $180

Faculty

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Elizabeth Nelson, Ph.D.

Our Mothers, Our Selves

Our relationships with our mothers comprise some of the most psychologically complex and intertwined dynamics of our lives. In this 10 week Studio Sessions series, we will explore some of the archetypal feminine identities that are often repressed or ignored, but which may contain the key to genuine transformation in ourselves and in our relationships.  Some of the archetypal identities we will explore are:

 

- The Caged Bird

- The Muse

- The Rejected Lover

- The Bag Lady

- The Recluse

- The Revolutionary

- The Visionary

In this 10 week on-line series of studio sessions, we will explore some of the archetypal motifs of the mother-daughter relationship and how this affects self-identity through a process of both lecture and art making. Using the book, Meeting the Madwoman, by Linda Schierse Leonard, as a key text in addition to supporting material from Jung's Collected Works, Erich Neumann's, The Great Mother and Marion Woodman's writings, each week will focus on a specific theme in both the lecture portion and the art sharing portion of the session. Each 30 minute recorded studio session is focused on an illumination and amplification of themes from the text.  Follow each recorded session with a chapter from the Creative Resource guide for a deep engagement with this material.

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