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Lighting the Forbidden Lamp

Lighting the Forbidden Lamp: An Embodied Journey to Conscious Femininity

April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2021 (Saturdays)

Conscious Femininity | Hosted Online

Program Description

Lighting the Forbidden Lamp: An Embodied Journey to Conscious Femininity

 “A life truly lived constantly burns away veils of illusion, burns away what is no longer relevant, gradually reveals our essence, until, at last, we are strong enough to stand in our naked truth.” 

Marion Woodman, “Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing a Woman’s Body & Soul”

The ancient mythic story of Eros and Psyche tracks the initiatory journey of the Sacred Marriage through sacrifice, loss, labor and redemption to claim our deeper selves. The myth provides a portal for the exploration of our inner world and guides us on a path of discernment leading to our own unique place in the universe. It offers the tasks each of us requires to bring love to our souls. The joining of Eros (love) and Psyche (soul) brings forth new life.

How do we unfold towards wholeness, receive new life and stand our ground? How do we integrate the feminine and the masculine? How do we allow for the softening and receptivity of our bodies and souls to receive Spirit?

This workshop is an embodied approach that will explore the psychological tasks related to the development of a relationship to the unconscious and the individuation process. We will seek to embody the myth by incorporating dreams, art, gentle movement, music and dance.

In this program you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the meaning and role of myth in our lives.
  • Deepen the meaning and necessity of sacrifice as part of the individuation process.
  • Learn how intuition can assist in leading one to a soulful and creative inner life.
  • Explore the necessity of embodiment and how to integrate the feminine and masculine into one’s life through embodied movement.
  • Use Bodysoul rhythmsⓇ methods to understand how Eros (love) and Psyche (soul) can be illuminated and integrated into one’s life.

This program will have four live Zoom sessions of approximately 4 hours each. Each week will contain a small presentation, followed by related activities for participants to further deepen into the myth. Participants will be invited to share their experiences in breakout sessions.


Session 1: Introduces participants to the myth of Eros and Psyche, and explores meaning-making in the meeting of  love and soul, including the need for sacrifice. In this session we will examine the four tasks psychologically and through embodiment.

Session 2: Asks: How do we create order out of chaos? Like Psyche, sorting the seeds, we learn to separate out what is truly important, for example, trusting in our own intuition. In Psyche’s gathering of the golden fleece, we learn how to relate to power, as well as how to be compassionate.

Session 3: In the task of Psyche’s filling the crystal goblet with the water for the river Styx we learn how to relate to the vastness of life, gaining perspective. And in descending into the underworld to retrieve Persephone’s beauty ointment, we come to understand how to relate to the archetype of the Self, as well as setting limits and exercising choice.

Session 4: By keeping our lamp lit, we learn to living a more conscious life. In this final session we ask, “What can be sacrificed and what must be saved?”

Recommended Reading:

Robert Johnson, She; Erich Neumann, Amor and the Psyche; C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces; Marion Woodman, Addiction to Perfection; The Pregnant Virgin; The Ravaged Bridegroom; Conscious Femininity.


As a result of attending this program, participants will:

  • Identify key principles governing the application of mythic narrative to motivating human behavior.
  • Operationalize the role of wholeness in individual psychological functioning through a case example.
  • Critically review the role of the individuation process as a core concept in Jungian psychological theory.
  • Differentiate the concepts of power and compassion from the point of view of psychological functioning through use of a case example.
  • Operationalize the psychological concept of the archetype of self in individual psychological functioning through a case example.
  • Identify three strategies for managing anxiety and emotional overwhelm.
  • Conceptualize the Jungian definition of the intuitive function by applying it to a case example.
  • Using the mythic narrative of Aphrodite’s Four Tasks for Psyche, apply the concept of the intuitive function to an individual case.


Program Details

Workshop Dates: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2021 (Saturdays)

9:00am-1:00pm Pacific Time (Live via Zoom)


  • $495 General Rate
  • $425 Pacifica Alumni, Full Time Students, & Senior Rate
  • $350 Pacifica Student Rate
  • $25 Continuing Education Credit fee (CECs) – 16 hours

Program link will be sent out prior to the event. 

Featured Presenters

Vernessa Foelix Vernessa Foelix, MA, is an Art Education (weaver, painter, and clay), and has taught, exhibited work, and organized creative workshops. Originally from North Carolina, she has lived and worked for many years in Switzerland where she assisted in BodySoul Intensives. She is a dancer of the 5Rhythms and pursues an interest in psychology. She participated in “The How of the Creative Process” at Harvard’s School of Education and completed the Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program in 2006. Vernessa helps organize Jungian, BodySoul, and “The Feast of Your Life” workshops in Europe and the USA.

Eva RiderEva Rider, MA, LMFT is a Jungian Depth psychotherapist, workshop leader, teacher and presenter. Her poetry and essays are published in several anthologies.  Eva’s work and passion is grounded in a lifelong exploration of the correspondences between Jungian theory, alchemy and psyche/soma as revealed through the Hermetic Tree of Life. She incorporates Astrology, Tarot and Dreamwork within frameworks of fairy tale, myth, music and BodySoul movement. Eva is a graduate of the Marion Woodman BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program (2007) and holds degrees from McGill and John F. Kennedy Universities. Eva has taught and presented in the U.S. and Canada at Jungian conferences, workshops and as adjunct instructor at John F. Kennedy University since 2004. Eva has served on the Advisory Board of the Depth Psychology Alliance where she launched teaching programs on Jung, Alchemy, Tarot and Qabalah in 2015.

Joan Abraham, MA, LMFT, IAAP, is a certified Jungian analyst and licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Santa Monica, California. She received an MA in Counseling with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a founding faculty member of Pacifica’s Engaged Humanities program and has taught courses in depth psychology, developmental psychology, and initiation ritual and ceremony. She studied with Marion Woodman and is certified to lead BodySoul Rhythms® workshops. Her work attunes to the wisdom of the body and embraces the use of dreams, creative self-expression and insight-oriented mindfulness.

Nancy C. Romig, DNSc, PMHCNS-BC,  is a certified Jungian analyst member of the C. G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. She has a private practice in San Diego, California. She brings over 40 years of nursing practice in the specialty of women’s health and psychiatric mental health and conducted workshops and lectures from a Jungian depth psychology perspective. She has attended numerous Body/Soul workshops based on Marion Woodman’s approach which deepened her inner journey and discovery of the healing energies of the Feminine. She facilitates bodywork, dreams, art and journaling as an integral part of her work with clients.

Jean Palmer-Daley, Ph.D, LMFT, Jungian Analyst, holds two master’s degrees, one in Special Education/Early Childhood Education and a second in Counseling as well as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She completed her training as a Jungian Analyst at the Research and Training Centre for Jungian and Depth Psychology according to C.G. Jung and Marie-Louise von Franz in Switzerland. In addition having a private practice for over 30 years Jean is on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has lectured and given trainings and workshops internationally on dream work, couples therapy and working with children and adolescents. Jean is on the board of the Marion Woodman Foundation and studied with Marion Woodman and BodySoul Rhythms, the work of Marion Woodman, Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton for over 20 years.

Benedicte Lampe, MBA, NCC is a Franco-American Team Transformation Coach at Bright Odyssey based in Strasbourg, France.  She is dedicated to bringing the Heart back within teams and to bringing more diversity and inclusion into the business environment.  A certified Ontological Coach from the Newfield® Institute in Colorado, she also does significant volunteer work, including as Board member of the Marion Woodman Foundation and Co-Chair of BodySoul Europe.  She is a graduate of the Marion Woodman BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Program and is a certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator.  Since the onset of the Pandemic, she has been supporting BodyDreaming® work as taught by Marian Dunlea by moderating several online workshop series which attract participants from around the world.

General Information


Hosted Online

Continuing Education Credit:

This program meets qualifications for 16 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014) Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

This course meets the qualifications for 16 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (#60721) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Full attendance is required to obtain a certificate.


Cancellations 14 days or more prior to the program start date receive a 100% refund of program registrations. After 14 days, up to 7 days prior to the program start date, a 50% refund is available. For cancellations made less than 7 days of program start date, no refund is available.

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April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2021 (Saturdays)

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