The Heart of the Wounded Healer
Walking in Two Worlds as a Way of Life
A five-day residential training intensive
with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés
2019 dates will be announced and posted here in early October 2018
With The Heart of the Wounded Healer, Dr. Estés invites you on a five-day training intensive to investigate the wounds we bear or have inherited from our loved ones, our ancestors, the over culture -- to understand them, illuminate their hidden wisdom, and take the treasure they offer to help us to do good work in the world -- from a two world perspective which is unique and powerful.
Dr. Estés teaches in two worlds--it's one of her hallmarks. This training will be in depth, pragmatic, and down to earth, and will offer teachings from time-honored ways from the world less visible but palpably felt. As Dr. Estés says, "...for to live in two worlds ought not be a tourist drive by, a thrill seeking, nor a hyper fascination. It is not a career, nor a curiosity trip unleashed by little monkey ego. It is a sacred and consecrated commitment, and equally so, a loving devotion to live deep into both worlds, with full consciousness of one's foibles and gifts. It is to strive to live daily in a holy way, guided by daily ritual: to marry the two worlds to one another, the best of each, the most useful and helpful of each, to effect change and put in place goodness, love, betterment, and solid transformation of circumstances and challenges."
We will explore the core of this way of life. Dr. Estés reveals true healing is an inner journey, one in which the healer acts as a guide and support--but never the ultimate source. And our most reliable source of wisdom is always available when we return to our own experiences of wounding. This exploration of our own journey is essential for our understanding of the creative process and meaning of true healing. The wound is the basis for the powerful healing of self, and not only self, but often by presence alone, other souls as well.
Once we reorient toward embracing the creative forces behind all healing--including those which are psychic, as well as those found in our own biospheres-- we enter a more realistic and effective relationship with the methods and techniques we use in our own practices as we walk in more than one world.
This teaching will empower you to stand with greater confidence. Dr. Estés will teach you the methods for finding and creating your own healing techniques and self purifications. She will teach you 'given songs,' 'given ceremonies'--meaning those given uniquely by spirit that look like and sound like no one else's--while also standing in the reality of the person you are working with, to help them navigate and make holy their passages on their own unique and mysterious journey, wherever it leads. Dr. Estés will also teach how to serve others as a guide without becoming lost in their struggles—or one's own.
With The Heart of the Wounded Healer, you are invited to join one of today's most innovative teachers in a deep, heartfelt exploration of healing, why we are drawn to this path, whom we serve, and how we can become more solidified when walking in two worlds as a healer.
This training is a series of five annual meetings. You are not required to attend all five meetings. New students will be asked for an interview and all participants may be asked for a written questionnaire, all as part of the registration process.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Helping and healing professionals; people who have looked into themselves and matured over time; those who are seriously and deeply drawn to this way of life and study; people who hold gentle hope to ever learn more.
This is a training for the dedicated learner who has and is working to help place ego in second position, Soul in first position.
It is for people who can enter “the closed container”, remain in soul and spirit, and attend fully every session, and be present and be willing to go deep -- perhaps for some, while enduring discomfort, if any (physical, emotional or psychological) that might arise, for this may be part of one’s own personal process.
It is for those who have the physical ability to do some of this work outdoors if asked (nothing arduous, but being able to be outdoors on a short trek for instance).
It is for those who think they hear the summons and are serious, who seek to learn the benefits and honored ways of prayer and ceremony and ancient healing traditions, who can value the spirit in all things, including one’s own ancestors, and listen with an open and ‘beginner’s mind’ and heart.