In 2010, I completed the BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program offered by the Marion Woodman Foundation. Although the program is primarily geared in the direction of women, I am particularly interested in sharing this BodySoul perspective in my psychotherapy practice with both men and women. My interest is based on the premise that as human beings, men and women alike may live a more balanced and integrated life when a "feminine" perspective (e.g., yielding, wholistic) is embodied in balance with a "masculine" perspective (e.g., discerning, penetrating). We need both/all perspectives balanced together to live life fully and authentically.
The following passage is quoted from the Marion Woodman Foundation web site.
"The roots of the BodySoul work grow out of a deep respect for dreams, C. G. Jung's understanding of the psyche, and the wisdom of the body. Jungian analyst Marion Woodman has nurtured and developed these roots through her passionate commitment to feminine consciousness both in her writing and her devotion to the embodied soul.
The BodySoul approach evolved over a 30-year period of collaboration between Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner in their BodySoul Rhythms® Intensives. In these intensives, the leaders create a supportive space where each participant can access and use her own individual dream imagery to discover her authentic self and speak with a free, open voice. Art and mask-making offer space for the unlived energy (the shadow) to emerge through the body, psyche, and voice.
The imagination is the bridge between psyche and soma. Dream work, movement, voice, and creative expression are the core of the BodySoul work. The safety of the temenos (sacred space) created by the structure and format of the intensives, allows the healing of old wounds, the emergence of new energies, and the embodied living of an integrated life.
Recent scientific discoveries regarding specific neurobiological processes affirm the transformative power of the BodySoul work. Though the field of interpersonal neurobiology is new, the experience of it is not. With primary belief in the concept that the perceived and perceiver are one and are continually interacting with and affecting each other, the leaders of the BodySoul programs are strongly committed to integrating the scientific, the psychological, and the creative as their work evolves."