Lecture and Speaking Schedule

Jean Shinoda BolenJean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and of the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award” and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Bolen was in three acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film “Women - For America, For the World,” the Canadian Film Board’s “Goddess Remembered,” and “Femme: Women Healing the World.” The Millionth Circle Initiative (millionthcircle.org), was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the United Nations. She is Permanent representative of Pathways To Peace and the initiator and the leading advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (5wcw.org), which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012.

Dr. Bolen is the author of thirteen books in over eighty translations: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, Moving Towards the Millionth Circle and Artemis:The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. The 30th anniversary edition of Goddesses in Everywoman and the 25th anniversary edition of Gods in Everyman were published in 2014.

   Photo by Pauline H. Tesler

Schedule for 2015

March 9-20, New York
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women


Tuesday, March 10 — 4:30 pm

Lecture: "Indomitable Spirit in Activists and the Archetype of Artemis"
Sponsors: Pathways To Peace, Women's World Summit Foundation, Millionth Circle Initiative,  Earth Child Institute and Women's Perspective


Armenian Convention Center, V-Hall
630 2nd Avenue (at 35th street)
New York, NY 10017


Thursday, March 12 – 8:30 am
Panel: "Every Woman, Every Right, Everyone is Responsible; The Time is Now
Organized by Fran Butensky; co-sponsored by ICJW and COO/UNAUSA - International Council of Jewish Women (ICJW)
and the Council of Organizations, United Nations Association, USA)


Armenian Center, Guild Hall
630 2nd Avenue (at 35th street)
New York, NY 10017


Thursday, March 12 — 2:30 pm
Panel: "Women and Girls Empower One Another: Lessons Learned
from Beijing Forum and the Women's Movement"

Sponsors: Pathways To Peace, Women's World Summit Foundation,
Millionth Circle Initiative,
Earth Child Institute, Women's Perspective.


Salvation Army Building, Auditorium
221 East 52nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
New York, NY 1001


Saturday, March 14, Fairfield, CT
Sacred Heart University

Luncheon & Lecture 2 pm:
Indomitable spirit in Activists and the Archetype of Artemis

The archetype of Artemis was liberated by the women’s movement. It is the archetype in women with an innate sense of social justice, equality with men and sisterhood with women. Like Artemis the Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, whose realm was the wilderness and symbol was the Mother Bear, this archetype enables women to focus on targets of their own choosing, to be protective of girls and the environment, and have a spiritual connection with Nature. Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD is an internationally known speaker and author of thirteen books, including The Millionth Circle, Goddesses is Everywoman, Urgent Message From Mother and Artemis:The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. Dr. Bolen is an advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women, the first since Beijing 1995, in which 40,000 women attended the Forum and were role models and support for each other . Real life and fictional women embody Artemis: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, fictional Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and Jo in Little Women, as well as Gloria Steinem, Angelina Jolie as special UN representative of UNICEF, and Wangari Matthai. Nobel Laureate who inspired the Green Belt movement in Africa. Learning through stories, myths and insight, we will see the strengths, vulnerabilities, and shadow of this archetype in ourselves. Talk followed by discussion.

5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

March 28, April 4 and April 11
The Intelligent Optimist Webinar
8:30 am PST each Saturday


Online Course:
Artemis – Goddess, Archetype, Inner Child, Activist

The archetype of Artemis was liberated by the women's movement, it is the archetype in women who are activists, entrepreneurs, feminists with an innate sense of social justice, equality with men, and sisterhood with women. Like Artemis the Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, this archetype enables women to focus on targets of their own choosing, to set goals for themselves, and go into new terrain. In families or cultures where girls and women are expected to be obedient or compliant, a wise and courageous inner child may become silent, kept alive in the imagination. The moon aspect is about the capacity for reflection and spirituality. The psychology of Artemis, Athena, Hestia, the virgin goddesses of Greek Mythology, is of "one-in-herself, an archetypal quality that remains untamed and unsubdued--indomitable no matter what happens to them.

In this three-part course, storytelling and meaning come together when Jungian analyst and author tells about Artemis the goddess, Atalanta the mortal, and examples of girls and women who drew upon these archetypal sources as a means for participants to see their own lives and the lives of others in this light. The realm of Artemis is the "Wilderness" as a place to find beauty and oneness with nature, and a metaphor for going into the unknown, the transition zones in our lives. Jean's books and talks touch people deeply, reaching imagination and feelings.


June 21-27 - Helena, MT
Feathered Pipe Ranch
Week-Long Retreat

Women’s Retreat: Water, Moon, Yin: A Women's Retreat

For the first time, a river will run through the workshop--we will raft down a tributary of the Missouri River in the middle of the week. The moon will be moving out of new moon into first quarter when we begin, which is an aspect of Artemis the Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, archetype of the sister, goal achiever, and activist, whose realm is the wilderness. There will be time to listen to stories and myths, to be playful, to be in circle, to have opportunities for friendship and solitude. In the midst of the beauty of the outer world of big sky, trees, hills and lake at Feathered Pipe, the inner world is evoked, the inner child remembered. Participating in a ritual sweat lodge will be an option. Nature and women together result in an emerging awareness of the sacred feminine, women’s mysteries, and women’s wisdom.

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October 15-19 - Salt Lake City, UT
Parliament of the World's Religions

Terry Tempest Williams and Jean Shinoda Bolen in Conversation

A conversation between two activists, noted writers, and distinguished honorees in their respective fields. Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist, Jean Shinoda Bolen MD is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. Both are spiritually motivated at their core by love and mystical experiences. Terry’s Mormon roots, Jean’s Presbyterian beginnings and their respective religious, spiritual and psychological journeys, what sustains them in adversity and loss, how they write, and where inspiration comes from, are areas they will explore. This will be a spontaneous conversation between two inner-directed women, who have an appreciation and love for each other and for their respective work, and have spent very little real time together. The Self, synchronicity and the Sacred Feminine are concept words for personal experiences that have mattered to them, and have touched their readers. Where this conversation will go and what emerges may likely relate to the Mystery that underlies their individuation, and each of our personal myths. Terry is an activist for the environment and beauty, has testified before Congress and participated in demonstrations. Jean is an advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women as a means of energizing the global women’s movement.

Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Esalen Institute - Big Sur, CA (August 16-21)
5-Day Workshop
Your One Wild and Precious Life: A Deepening Gathering for Women

The premise of Jean’s Jungian, feminist, and spiritual perspective begins with the certainty that it matters what we do with our “one wild and precious life,” a quote from the poet, Mary Oliver. To find and live our personal myth, is to be true to who we are. For many who attend, the likelihood is that Artemis the goddess of the hunt and moon, whose real and metaphoric terrain is the wilderness -- is an archetype, inner child, and activist.

The archetypes in Jean's Goddesses in Everywoman are within us, and the expectations and limitations from outside of us, act powerfully on us. What happens to us and the choices we make ourselves, shape the path we are on which is a soul journey. This workshop invites self-reflection and deepening. It is an invitation to meet Hecate. the goddess of the crossroads, and archetype at the threshold between phases, as an inner figure.

Jean weaves psychological insights, spiritual meaning and music into her storytelling which bring myths to life and relevancy. Participants will have time in small circles with a sacred center for discussion.

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