Saturday, March 18th
Articulating the Feminine in These Times
Led by Deborah Hughes
What does it mean, in this time and these circumstances, to live, move, and speak in words that are wise, mature, and deeply informed by feminine knowing? How do we overcome fear, oppression, shaming, subjugation, powerlessness, and hope lost to begin to speak what was once 'unspeakable' by speaking truth to power?
In 'Til We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis recounts the movement of the feminine from a place of collapse, suffering, and despair or rigid, cut-off, perfectionist productivity to one that is integrated, embodied, and beautiful. Not until the body emerges from its buried underworld consciousness and our masks emerge from more ego-driven stages are stripped away can we find "the words to say it." We will dip into Lewis' inspired account (and beyond) to find and compose our own complaint and blessing in gesture, voice, and word.
Deborah Hughes has been a librarian, a teacher of language arts, and in both of those roles, a storyteller. She is trained as a trauma-informed teacher of yoga, Rest Yoga Nidra, and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement. She has been a student of the Jung Society of Washington since 1990 and of the body-soul work of Marion Woodman before that. More recently, she has taken up the study of trauma and its impact on the body and psyche - its capacity to harm, to destroy, challenge, create, and stimulate the reformation of consciousness when an environment of safety, the right tools, and supportive others are available.
The Wisewoman group meets at 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. in the Jung Society of Washington library at the Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20016. Please arrive early so the session can begin promptly at 2:00. The doors open at 1:30 so participants can have an opportunity to meet & greet before the session. Please use the Hawthorne Place entrance. The Jung Society has moved an on-line registration and to Paypal, so please register and pay on line. If there are problems with registering on line, please bring $5.00 cash or check.