A Soulcraft™ Group

Group meets every other Wednesday in Boulder, CO

Wednesdays: Mar 11, Mar 25, Apr 8, Apr 22   6:30pm – 9pm

The weekend of April 25 -26, 2015    9am – 9pm (Sat) & 9am – 2pm (Sun)

Venue: Boulder and Retreat Space on Flagstaff Mountain, CO.      Cost: $425      Limited to 8 participants

Sacred Wound Alchemy works with a profound truth: The ways in which you may live into your destiny, your unique way of belonging to the world, is a function of your most profound sensitivities and vulnerabilities. One key to understanding this lies in how you relate to your core vulnerability or wound—your most painful place.

The core wound is often recognized as the source of your greatest vulnerability; and with it comes pain, grief, fear, anger, defendedness, stuckness and/or avoidance. Through foundational healing and wholing work, the core-wound can be tolerated, and ultimately embraced and integrated. So much personal freedom and a felt sense of wellbeing can be gained through these layers of healing. Sacred Wound Alchemy opens to yet a deeper layer and opportunity, one rooted in the life of our soul. Supported through a series of processes over 8 weeks, you’ll invite your core wound to reveal a thread of the deeper story of your life—your soul story.

You are invited to join me, and a small group of others to reverently explore the multifaceted, light and dark, fecund and flowering soil of your life, including: your strengths, inner capacities and resources, what you love and what brings you joy, your fascinations, big dreams and core imagery, your deepest longing and grief, and most of all, your core wound.

After enough foundational wholeness and healing has been reached, and through a kind of grace, the alchemizing process from core wound to sacred wound can really begin. When we are neither overcome by, nor walled off from, the feelings and sensibilities of our core vulnerability, we might have the privilege to open through that vulnerability and consciously allow a particular part of the world to find us. This is the territory which we will seek to inhabit through this exploration.

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The cost of the program includes a private, 1 hour, soul-mentoring session with Mary, to be scheduled by participants between 4/9-4/24.

Soulcraft ™ and other nature-based practices will assist us to delve into our hearts, histories, bodies, and imaginations. These may include:

Crafting personally meaningful art and collage, recalling our personal wound patterns and stories in service to discovering the deeper stories, a Day Walk, personal myth writing and telling, journaling, embodied expressive movement, council, self-designed ceremony, deep imagery processes, intentional wandering on the land and conversations with wild nature.

This program is by application only. It’s important that you’ve done significant wholing and healing work to be resourced enough to approach the sacred wound work. More will be stated about this in the application process.

For more information or to receive an application, email Mary Marsden:

Required reading, prior to or during the program: Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche by Bill Plotkin.


Guided by: Mary Marsden

Mary2012Mary is a soul-guide, mentor and wilderness guide. She creatively and heart-fully invites people to be in intimate and vulnerable relationship with Nature, Soul and Spirit. Mary is gifted at guiding individuals into their dreamworlds, accessing the power of deep imagination, and supporting those who are ready and willing to be claimed by their unique, mystical relationship with the World. She guides with humor, genuine compassion, and a deeply intuitive knowing of the soul journey. With grace, beauty, and fierceness, Mary invites sojourners to discover their unique gifts and to bring them into world – to feed Life itself. Mary’s work is deeply informed by her love for Mystery, humanity, the Colorado River Basin and it’s imperiled waters and spirit. She is a mother, river-runner, front yard gardener and tends a flock of hens in her backyard in Boulder, CO. Mary incorporates her training and experience in Hakomi, somatic psychotherapy, trauma work, and creative movement into her guiding. She leads Animas programs, her own locally based soul programs and mentors individuals, near and far, on their soul journeys.

Assisted by: Lauren Golten, M.S., M.A.

Lauren GoltenLauren is a nature-based psychotherapist grounded in many years of practicing Buddhism and mindfulness. She also holds a Master’s Degree in field biology and natural history, and a BA in Ecology.  She received her MA in Counseling Psychology from the Wilderness Therapy Program at Naropa University in 2012, completed the two-year Hakomi Therapy Training through the Hakomi Institute in 2013. Lauren is involved with the Matrix Leadership Institute, having completed their Comprehensive Training in 2014, and is currently completing their Facilitator Training.  Over the past four years, Lauren has also been steeped in Soulcraft work with the Animas Valley Institute and related guides, culminating in finishing the Yearlong Soul Immersion Program in November 2014. Lauren has a private practice in Boulder as a nature-based therapist and facilitator—working with groups as well as individuals. She delights in expanding participant’s connections with themselves, with others, and with the natural world.

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