The workshop will retell the story of Eros and Psyche, love and soul. The tale is about learning the four impossible tasks, completing the arduous journey to Hades and back and then eventually, the coniunctio or sacred marriage of the pair. We break down these tasks as a compass for your personal individuation journey and through the lived experience of relationship and loving. This works on both the inner level and the external. We will explore Aphrodite’s intrinsic role in the myth and how Psyche must win Aphrodite’s favor by accomplishing her tasks and gaining wisdom. We will look at this journey as a map for where you are at in your personal journey with the tasks and your relationship to love and soul, and love of soul. We will create sacred space and safety for this work that will use journaling, dyads, and guided visualizations to explore this at a personal level.
The workshop will include experiential investigation of the wild woman/man archetype by using somatic tracking. We will differentiate the wild woman/man archetype from psyche by exploring the importance of body wisdom, the instinctual sphere and gut reactions. To be engaged with the wildness within is to be engaged with the embodied soul; the process of accessing inner wildness can be through the struggles of relationship externally and internally. The soul is always embodied and the body is always dreaming; by developing and retaining the connection to our wildness we can lead a life that is in service to soul and imbue our unique and precious life with purpose and meaningfulness.
Dr. Stacey Shelby, Ph.D. Depth Psychology, RCC
Stacey Shelby is an author, speaker and depth psychotherapist. She is also a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) in Canada, a certified clinical dream tender, and has studied in depth in Indigenous and yoga traditions. Stacey has a thriving clinical practice in Squamish, BC working with men and women in various stages of personal transformation in person and via internet. She is gifted in working with the symbolic language of the soul and is dedicated to honoring the soul as it presents in the lived experience of daily life. Her book, Tracking the Wild Woman Archetype: a Guide to Becoming a Whole In-Divisible Woman, is on the individuation process as it pertains to midlife and is relevant for both men and woman. She studied at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and completed her doctoral research with a specialization in Jungian and archetypal studies.