Sacred Wound Alchemy

Every Other Wednesday
Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 7, Apr 14, Apr 21
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Weekend of Apr 30-May 1
9am–9pm & 9am-2pm
Guided by Mary Marsden
in Boulder, CO

Sacred Wound Alchemy works with a profound truth: The way you live into your destiny- your unique way of belonging to the world -is inextricably linked, as if by a golden thread, to your deepest sensitivities and vulnerabilities. One key to living into your destiny 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 our greatest vulnerability and with it comes pain, grief, fear, anger, defendedness, stuckness and/or avoidance. Through the necessary and foundational work of cultivating our psychological wholeness and the reclamation work of healing, the core-wound can be tolerated and ultimately embraced and integrated. A foundation of personal growth, authenticity and sense of wellbeing can be achieved.

Once such a foundation has been cultivated, Sacred Wound Alchemy opens us to yet a deeper layer and opportunity; one rooted in the life of our soul. In this multi-week exploration you will be supported, through a series of nature, mystery and arts-based processes, to invite your core wound to reveal a thread of your soul story. A larger story than simply an historical account of ones life from birth until present, the soul story can only be known and expressed through enlivening mythological and poetic language & imagery. It enables us to perceive the constellation of symbols, metaphors and patterns of connection that can point toward the deepest meaning of our individual existence.

You are invited to join me and a small group of others to reverently explore the light and dark, fecund soil of our lives. You’ll be invited to remember and live into your strengths, inner capacities and resources, that which you love and brings you deep satisfaction, your fascinations, big dreams and core imagery, your deepest grief—all the while circling around, again and again, to touch in with your core wound/vulnerability.

After we have cultivated enough of our innate human wholeness–and through a kind of grace– the alchemizing process from core wound to sacred wound can really progress. Are you willing? This program might be a fit for you if: 1) You have consciously explored and tended your wounds and are neither dominated by -nor walled off from- the feelings and sensibilities that arise from what you recognize as your most vulnerable or most painful place. And, 2) You are seeking to embody your unique way of belonging, or destiny, in the World. 3) And, you are open to explore soul-centric perspectives such as… it’s through our most vulnerable and/or painful place, that the World or Mystery can find us, drawing us forth to live in soul-rooted belonging and service to the World. This too is the territory we will seek to explore.

The program fee includes one soul-oriented mentoring session with Mary in addition to the group sessions.  Soulcraft ™ and other nature & arts based practices will assist us to delve into our hearts, histories, bodies, and the mysteries of nature and psyche. These may include: Crafting personally meaningful art and collage, recalling our personal wound patterns and stories in service to discovering the hidden treasure, 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.

Required reading: “Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche” by Bill Plotkin
Suggested reading: “Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche” by Bill Plotkin
Group size is limited to 8
Cost: $450-$410
(sliding scale fee to make this work accessible). Payment plans can be arranged.

Download the Application, complete it and email to Mary at Email with any questions and you will be contacted promptly.

Once you have been accepted to this program, send a non-refundable deposit of $200 to reserve your place:

Make check payable to Be Earth Now
mail to: 180 S 36th ST, Boulder CO 80305
Or, pay via PayPal


Mary Marsden is a soul-centric guide and mentor. She creatively and heart-fully invites people to be in intimate and vulnerable relationship with Nature, Soul and their own multifaceted psyches. Mary is gifted at guiding individuals into their dream worlds, 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 the Colorado River Basin and its imperiled waters and spirit. She is a mother, river-boater, front yard gardener and lives in Boulder Colorado. Mary incorporates her training and experience in Hakomi™, Soulcraft™, somatic psychotherapy and trauma work, and creative arts and movement into her guiding. She leads her own soul-oriented programs in the Front Range of Colorado, guides Soulcraft programs with the Animas Valley Institute ( across the country, and mentors individuals on their soul journeys.