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Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes and Juicy Crones

February 23, 2002 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Around age fifty, women pass over a threshold into the third phase of their lives. Knowing which archetypes are stirring empowers women to be authentic and self-accepting in this crone phase. Based on the work in her new book, Goddesses in Older Women, Dr. Bolen will introduce us to archetypes of wisdom, spirituality, decisive action, healing laughter and compassion that are inherent potentials in post- menopausal women. As crones, 45 million American women over fifty whose lives were changed by the women’s movement may once again transform society by tapping into many archetypal energies, such as Hestia, as well as the archetype which is a circle of wisewomen or clan mothers.

In addition to potential energies for the older woman, the crone archetypes are potential sources of wisdom and compassion in younger women and in men as well. In this workshop, through stories and a guided meditation, men and women will tap into the archetypal layer of the psyche to encounter personal symbols and inner figures.

Related Friday Talk: The Millionth Circle: Transforming Ourselves and the World

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Arts, Sciences, and the Soul of Healing Award”. She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women. 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 and Urgent Message From Mother.

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February 23, 2002
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
We offer Continuing Education Credit through NASW. The fee for CEU credit is $5 for the lecture, $10 for the workshop, or $10 for both the lecture and workshop. To obtain credits, please sign up before each lecture or workshop at the CEU table in the lobby.

Bring a sack lunch for the 45 minute onsite lunch.


First United Methodist Church, Fireside Room
1838 SW Jefferson Street
Portland, United States
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Ample free parking in both church lots.