Soul Journey


In this upcoming women’s retreat “A Woman’s Weekend with Artemis” Novemebr 14-16, 2014, at Esalen Institute Big Sur,California, storytelling and archetypal meaning will come together when Jungian analyst and author Jean Shinoda Bolen brings her latest book Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman to life. Artemis the goddess of the hunt and moon and Atalanta the mortal, tell us about nature as healer, about love and loss and loving again, about achievement of excellence, about solitude and the sacred feminine. These archetypal connections to be encountered in story and ourselves. The experiential elements in this workshop include guided meditation, inner reflection & participation in a circle with a sacred center.

This weekend retreat precedes Bolen’s 5-day workshop “Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman: Archetypes in Depth Psychology and Soul Work” November 16-21, 2014, that provides a foundation for understanding archetypes within us, in relationships, and in clinical psychology. In this workshop, Bolen will introduce selected myths from her colossal best seller -published in over thirty foreign translations, Goddesses in Everywoman, and expand upon their meaning through in-depth storytelling and discussion. Emphasis will be on the relationship of archetypes to the Self, to individuation, to living one’s personal myth and seeing life as a soul journey.

Artemis_BookArtemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., Hardcover, 272 pgs, Conari Press, September, 2014, Bolen invites women and girls to discover the tenacity and courage of the Artemis archetype and how it can be tapped to live authentically.To tell the story, Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. She exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. The passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and succeed through a holistic model of human potential.

She includes many real-life stories as well as mythological and fictional examples of women who are similar to Atalanta, including among others Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Artemis and Atalanta are the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

Goddesses_BookGoddesses in Everywoman, by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., 20th Anniversary Edition, 368 pgs, Harper Collins Publishers, September, 2004, A classic work of female psychology that uses archetypal goddesses as a way of describing behavior patterns and personality traits is being introduced to the next generation of readers with a new introduction by the author. First published in the early 1980’s, Bolen’s radical idea was that just as women used to be unconscious of the powerful effects that cultural stereotypes had on them, they were also unconscious of powerful archetypal forces within them that influence what they do and how they feel.

Dr. Bolen believes that an understanding of these inner patterns and their interrelationships offers reassuring, true-to-life alternatives that take women far beyond such restrictive dichotomies as masculine/feminine, mother/lover, careerist/housewife. And she demonstrates in this book how understanding them can provide the key to self-knowledge and wholeness. Bolen introduced these patterns in the guise of seven archetypal goddesses, or personality types, with whom all women could identify, from the autonomous Artemis and the cool Athena to the nurturing Demeter and the creative Aphrodite, and explains how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome & how to tap the power of enduring archetypes to become a better ‘heroine’ in one’s own life story.


Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, and Like a Tree. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and an Analyst-member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the International Association for Analytical Psychology.

Bolen brings an emphasis on the question for meaning and the need for a spiritual dimension in life to all aspects of her work, while also taking into account the powerful effects of archetypes within us. Her books are used as college and university texts in gender studies, women’s psychology, mythology, spirituality, east-west philosophy, and psychology courses. She has been an advocate for women, women’s issues, and ethics in psychiatry.

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