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Crossing to Avalon

From Goddess Archetypes to
the Sacred Feminine

A Workshop with Jean Shinoda Bolen

Friday, May 21, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Saturday, May 22, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday, May 23, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
in Santa Barbara, California

Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of Goddesses in Everywoman will lead participants into an understanding and appreciation of the goddess archetypes in the psyches of men and women as psychological patterns and anima images. Knowledge of the goddess archetypes informs us about our mothers, sisters, lovers, spouses, daughters and clients as well as ourselves.

At midlife and at menopause, there may be significant shifts in which goddess archetypes are dominant, as well as the emergence of goddesses of wisdom, compassion, healing, humor, and action. This workshop will focus on the psychological patterns of the goddess archetypes and will cross into the realm of goddess spirituality and the sacred feminine.

Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book, Crossing to Avalon, is about midlife, pilgrimage, and her personal spiritual journey. This year celebrates the publication of The 20th Anniversary Edition of Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives and The 10th Anniversary Edition of Crossing to Avalon:A Woman’s Quest for the Sacred Feminine. The workshop will draw from these books plus Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women Over 5O, Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women and The Millionth Circle.

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 the 2002 recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Arts, Sciences, and the Soul of Healing Award”. Besides her already mentioned books, she is the author of The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self, Gods in Everyman: Archetypes that Shape Men’s Lives, Ring of Power: Power vs. Love in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and in Us, and Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning. For more information visit

The Millionth Circle inspired the Millionth Circle Movement (, the World Day of Circles of Compassion (November 2) on the United Nations calendar (, and the grassroots effort to hold a 5th Women’s World Conference in Brazil ( in 2007.

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