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Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D.



Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, Diplomate Senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora--keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition. She is the author of many books and audio recordings on the journey of the soul. Her work has been published in more than 40 languages, and her first book, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of The Wild Woman Archetype, was on the New York Times' best-seller list for 145 weeks, as well as other best-seller lists including USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.

In the 1960s, Dr. Estés began her work as a post-trauma specialist at hospitals, caring for severely injured children and "shell-shocked" war veterans and their families. She ministers in the fields of childbearing loss and with surviving families of murder victims, as well as critical incident work and PTSD. She served at disaster sites, first developing post-trauma recovery protocol for earthquake survivors in Armenia. That protocol is now used as one of the top three protocols to teach survivors to do post-trauma work onsite within a few hours. After the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, she worked with the students and community from 1999-2003. Currently, she works with 9/11 survivor families on both the East and West coasts.

Dr. Estés shares her insights on politics, spirituality and culture, as well as tools for healing in these troubled times, as the managing editor and columnist at the newsblog The Moderate Voice and as a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online. She continues to publish new works (see below for a complete list) even as the relevance and popularity of her early works continues to expand. Women Who Run With the Wolves was featured in 2017 by actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women, Emma Watson, on her feminist book club, "Our Shared Shelf," garnering millions of hits on social media from a new generation of "las lobas."

Dr. Estés' work investigates creativity, anger, self-care, childhood wounds, mother-daughter relationships, being “at home” in a challenging world, and much more. She uses the power of metaphor and the art of storytelling to guide listeners through unfamiliar doors of perception and observation: we return with more of ourselves.

Maven Productions handles all booking inquiries for Dr. Estés and registration for her residential trainings. Please read on for information about Dr. Estés' trainings or use this form to submit an inquiry about a booking.


Residential Trainings with Dr. Estés



Through her Institute for Archetypal and Cross-Cultural studies, Dr. Estés leads several residential trainings for mid-career professionals and other interested persons each year in Loveland, Colorado. Continuing Education hours are available for fulfilling your professional requirements. Registration for these events takes place through this site. Available spots in upcoming trainings are announced via email to Dr. Estés' email list and generally fill within days or weeks of opening. 

Open to men and women of heart, the mission of our trainings is to hold the door open to new life in the undivided interior world. To uphold love, creativity, and the interior work needed to transform oneself. We do this through teaching the mediating of negative complexes and removing introjects (false ideas implanted in the psyche via childhood trauma, generational wounds, relational challenges, and overcultural harshness).

Our aim is to teach learners to thereby walk more surely in one’s own most peaceful, creative environs. Another way of saying—being able to walk naturally in two worlds—the mundane world “out there” and the sacred refuge of the life of the Soul. Teaching ways of balanced attitudes towards oneself and others helps each person to recognize and adhere to the exact center within: Love, solid differentiation, and discernment, honor and creativity.

In this work learners are expected to self examine and self purify, setting aside ego and leading with Soul, who is ever the most gifted and visionary aspect of the psyche.

Please view the links below for details, payment balances, and registration for each intensive for 2019. You may also find the information you need on our detailed Registration, Cancellation & Logistics page, which applies to all of the  trainings.


Heart of the Wounded Healer

June 9-14, 2020


Original Voice®

October 14-19, 2019


Singing Over

the Bones

July 21-26, 2020


Art As A Sacred Act

October 22-27, 2019


Books, Articles & Audio Recordings by Dr. Estés



Dr. Estés continues to publish and share her prolific stories, wisdom and encouragements with us through myriad channels. She posts almost daily on her Facebook page, which is a wonderful place to connect with her teachings. Below are a few popular and treasured articles geared towards strengthening, peace, and comfort during these times:

Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times

Normal Reactions To Loss, Injury, And Catastrophe

Healing From Terrorism Sickness

Postscript From Dr. Estés