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Encountering Wild Woman: Summer Series

The old one, the One Who Knows, is within us. She thrives in the deepest soul-psyche of women, the ancient and vital wild self... Today the old one inside you is collecting bones. What is she re-making? She is the soul Self, the builder of the soul-home. Ella lo hace a mano, She makes and re-makes the soul by hand....

What is she making for you?
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Are you a woman who senses a creative, soulful current beneath the surface of life?

Do you feel called to a deeper understanding of Self and the ways of Wild Woman?

Do you crave a pack of women to run with, to do the digging with, to do soul work with?

In this three month Encountering Wild Woman course, you will have the opportunity to journey with a small group of women who can hold space and support you as you experience the deepest aspects of your Self.

Using the framework of Jungian Analyst and folklorist Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés in her book "Women Who Run With the Wolves" (book provided), we will engage with six aspects, one each month, of the Wild Woman archetype: learning to howl, intuition, rage and forgiveness, creative life, returning to oneself, and belonging.

Each week you will have your own reading and Soul homework to tend; approximately 30-50 pages of reading and 30 minutes of soul writing exercises per week. Twice monthly we will gather as a group to process with one another, allowing shadows, tears, laughter, and joy to express themselves as we hold space for our full Selves.

During this course you will:

  • Engage with written and contemplative soul practices, including journaling and active imagination, that invite you into deeper relationship with Self.
  • Examine and define personal, societal, and ancestral obstructions to woman's intuition.
  • Identify personal myths, stories, and themes as doorways into new understandings of Self.
  • Make room for the repressed shadow aspects of psyche through contemplative practices and spiritual guidance.
  • Formulate and ask invitational questions in order to inquire into one's deeper nature.
  • Practice resurrection in one's intuitive life.

This is an invitation to the life-long process of individuation, the work of soul-tending, of gathering the lost, misplaced, hidden pieces of Self and re-making them. This is the work of consciousness, psyche, and soul.

The journey begins Tuesday, June 6, at 6:30 pm at Pathways of Grace. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to six women.

 Feel free to contact Tarrin at tarrinloves@gmail.com with any questions about the course.

Tuition includes: all reading material, curriculum, soul tending exercises, one 30 minute one-on-one spiritual direction session per month with your facilitator and spiritual director Tarrin McDonald.

Dates we will gather: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, at Pathways of Grace.

June 6
June 20
July 11
July 25
August 8
August 22

Tuition: $397, or use promo code "WildWomanSummer" at checkout to receive $100 off course price when paid in full before May 20th.


Tarrin McDonald is a teacher, facilitator, certified spiritual director, and desert wild woman.

She inquires deeply into her own wild and wondrous nature, confronting layer after layer of shadow to meet her Soul face to face. She is a woman drawn to the internal life who feels the pull of an unspoken unseen current, contemplates myth and story and mystery, and creates space for all forms of Self to manifest. Her passion is to create and hold space for women as they journey together from unconscious living to fully embodied Wise Wild Women, nurturing themselves and tending to Soul-work in the
world.

In addition to journeying with women in one on one spiritual direction sessions, Tarrin can be found studying the work of Jungian Analysts, pursuing her MA and PhD in Depth Psychology, facilitating women’s moon gatherings, learning from the wise women in her life, and wandering the desert, marveling.

To schedule spiritual direction or for workshops programs contact Tarrin at tarrinloves@gmail com.


Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. is an American poet, Jungian psychoanalyst and post-trauma specialist who was raised in a now nearly vanished oral and ethnic tradition of Mexican mestiza and Magyar heritages. She comes from immigrant and refugee families who could not read or write, or who did so haltingly.

Similar to William Carlos Williams and other poets who worked in the health professions, Estés is a certified Jungian psychoanalyst who has practiced clinically for 40 years. Her doctorate, from the Union Institute & University, is in ethno-clinical psychology, the study of social and psychological patterns in cultural and tribal groups.

She often speaks as “distinguished visiting scholar” and “diversity scholar” at universities. She is the author of many books on the life of the souland her work is published in 38 languages.

Her book Women Who Run With the Wolves was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 145 weeks.