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singing over the bones

A five-day facilitator educational  training intensive

with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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In 1992, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés burst onto the scene with a book called Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. This book spent nearly three years on the New York Times bestseller list, becoming an essential beacon for women seeking to express their true voice and identities in a changing world. Over the years, many people have asked Dr. Estés to teach a training based on her groundbreaking book. Now, the time has come to begin.




In Singing Over the Bones 2020 Dr. Estés will use two of her signature stories from Women Who Run With the Wolves to teach how to lay down your life next to her story lines, to use each one as a guiding light for revelation and growth. She will also instruct how to teach others--particularly girls and young women of the new millennium--to use the book as a personal guide and companion.

In this five-day intensive, you'll hear firsthand Dr. Estés' intentions in the work, her depth of perceptions into the female psyche, and her personal guidance as you investigate your wild and creative nature with her through the teachings. Dr. Estés will explore how to incorporate this necessary archetypal wisdom into your own life, as well as her insights on the most potent ways to teach her work to others. Feedback, stories, and invaluable wisdom will give you the bones... and you will provide the flesh, filling them out with your own life stories that correspond.

"Bone by bone, hair by hair, Wild Woman comes back. Through night dreams, through events half understood and half remembered...Wild Woman comes back..."

Dr. Estés invites you to enter the depths of the universal themes contained in these stories. The emphasis is on archetypal realities, how to teach and understand them. You should be ready to hold your own life as part of the teaching, and also be ready to hold yourself together through emotional turbulence, so you might better help others. You will learn how to take this work as a discipline and pass this wisdom on to others, by organizing and leading small, face-to-face learning groups, so they may apply it to their own lives.

Through questions and exercises she will show how to define the barriers, make proper boundaries to grow more soul, to unleash the wild woman that is part of every psyche, in both males and females. She will reveal backstories and some of the poignant stories that were cut from the book before it was published. Dr. Estés will offer practicums and instructions on how to work with different age groups and ethnic groups. Daily story telling, clinical and pragmatic dream analysis and methods will be taught, as working with archetypal material often brings on vivid dreams in relation to the tales.

This is a unique opportunity to experience this life-transforming book as never before--deeply immersed in the material with the author herself, enriched by Dr. Estés' additional insights and wisdom gathered during the decades since its original release.


Teachers; people who lead work groups using the book Women Who Run With the Wolves; helping professionals; people who have been deeply inspired reading the book on their own and who are ready to study it in depth with Dr. Estés in person; those who have a strong interest in teaching the material to others in small, face-to-face groups or using it in their work.


July 21-26, 2020
Sunrise Ranch, Loveland, CO


TUESDAY | July 21, 2020

1:00-5:00pm Registration and orientation at Sunrise Ranch

6:00 & 6:15pm Dinner

7:00-9:00pm Meet with Dr. Estés

WEDNESDAY - SATURDAY | July 22-25, 2020

7:30am Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm Meet with Dr. Estés

12:00 & 12:15pm Lunch

2:30-5:00pm Meet with Dr.Estés

6:00 & 6:15pm Dinner

7:00-9:00pm Meet with Dr. Estés


SUNDAY | July 26, 2020

7:30am Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm Meet with Dr. Estés and evaluations

12:00 & 12:15pm Lunch

12:30pm Departure


Please arrange your travel so you can attend every meeting with Dr. Estés, July 21-26. This is a prerequisite for enrollment in this training.


Please add yourself to Dr. Estés' email list to be notified about all upcoming trainings and events.

If you are a new student, after you register you will be contacted by email for an interview. You must be fluent in English and be able to be present for the entire training in order to attend.

Tuition is $1,650

A $500 deposit or payment in full is required upon registration.

Tuition balance of $1,150 is due by April 24, 2020. If you have not paid by this date we may assume you are not planning to attend.

  • Deposit is non refundable after March 27.

  • Cancel on or before March 27, receive a refund minus a $100 fee.

  • Cancel on or before May 18, receive a refund minus a $300 fee.

  • Cancel on or before June 15, receive a refund minus a $500 fee.

  • After June 15, 2020 your tuition is non-refundable.

  • Please read our Registration, Cancellations & Logistics Page for full details on cancellations, refunds and transfers.

Continuing Education hours $55

A link will be emailed at a later date to registered participants for Continuing Education hours sign-up and payment. This link will take you to the R. Cassidy Seminars website for payment and registration. They will issue the CEU certificate at the end of the training. Please attend all the classes for five days to receive your hours. Please be sure to sign in at the registration table and pick up your printed instructions. Thank you.

Certificate of Completion $10 non refundable

Registered participants can opt to receive a Certificate of Completion from Clarissa Pinkola Estés' Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute. Simply add this to your cart in addition to your tuition payment at the time of registration. Please attend all the classes for five days and be present the last day to receive the certificate. We do not create or mail certificates post training.

Travel & Lodging

Travel and lodging is not included in this tuition. All trainings take place at Sunrise Ranch, in Loveland, Colorado. Please visit our Registration, Cancellations & Logistics Page for details. It is highly recommended that you reserve your lodging at the same time as you register. Due to the training schedule we recommend you stay on or near Sunrise Ranch. If you stay offsite in a lodging of your choosing, you still need to register with the Ranch and pay a facilities usage fee, a “commuter” fee.

Hotel Shuttle:  Available if you book the newly upgraded La Quinta Inn and Suites, Loveland, through Sunrise Ranch. The shuttle brings you to the Ranch in the morning and returns you to the hotel after the last session at night. We will send the schedule and more information to you before the training start date. $65 nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure you need this shuttle before you pay in advance.

DIA Shuttle (“Fun Bus”): Direct charter to the airport if you have an outgoing flight the last day of the training that leaves at or after 4:00pm. Buses leave the Ranch at 12:30pm and 2:30pm. $40 nonrefundable and nontransferable. Be sure you need this airport shuttle before you pay in advance. You can sign up at registration the first day also.

Cancellations, Transfers & Refund Policies

Please visit our Registration, Cancellations & Logistics Page for details on cancellation, transfer and refund policies for all of Dr. Estés' trainings.