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 Diplomate 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.

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July 22-24, 2016 - Stockbridge, MA
Kripalu Center Retreat
Artemis, Women’s Circles, and the Sacred Feminine
A Women’s Retreat

In Jean Shinoda Bolen’s storytelling, myths come to life and themes resonate with our own lives. Such is the story of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman. In this title of Jean’s book, indomitable means untamed and unsubdued. It’s the quality in girls and women that refuses to be a victim, no matter what. Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon, is the archetype of the sister and feminist, the Girl Scout and the child, who turned to Mother Nature and animals for strength and solace.

The ability to aim for a target and hit it is a gift of focus that leads to achieving goals. Moonlight vision sees oneness and supports mystical spirituality and spiritual activism. Archetypal connections are with Hecate and Hestia. This program includes guided meditation, inner reflection, and participation in a circle with a sacred center.

More Info at: https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/artemis-women-s-circles-and-sacred-feminine-women-s-retreat

August 28 - September 2, 2016 - Kyoto, Japan

The International Association for Analytical Psychology
XX International Congress
World Soul in Transition, Earth and Humanity in Crisis:
A Jungian-Activist Perspective

Breakout Session with Katherine Olivetti
Location: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan


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September 24-25, 2016 - São Paulo, Brazil

Third World Women’s Circle Meeting 2016
Location: National Club - Street Angatuba, 703-Partridges - São Paulo
Info: https://www.facebook.com/Jeanshinodabolen

Saturday, September 24, Keynote: Moving Toward the Millionth Circle

Moving Toward the Millionth Circle is about women’s circles and heart-centered activists. It is about seeding circles and a global feminist movement. It is about when and whether you take on “an assignment” by saying yes to three questions: Is it meaningful (to you?) Will it be fun? (definition: it’s fun being with others who share your values and passion to make a difference and to grow through what you are doing), and finally: Is it motivated by love? (this can resemble Mother Bear rage when who or what you love is being trashed). These are questions only you can answer for yourself. Jean Bolen will tell us the story of the hundredth monkey and the anti-nuclear proliferation movement, about the women’s movement in the United States and the ripple effect into the world. She will tell us how she came to write The Millionth Circle, and how her book took her to the UN and led to her “assignment” as an advocate for a UN Fifth World Conference on Women. She will tell us her version of the Grail Legend, about the Stonecutters and the questioner, and what Mommy said in The Chicken Chronicles.

Sunday September 25, Workshop: Women in Transition:

Changing Ourselves and the World.

Jean will talk from her heart about the wisdom and healing that emerges in women’s circles with a spiritual center. The circle is an archetype and a morphic field, that we draw energy from and to which we contribute. Teaching stories and principles will be drawn from The Millionth Circle, Urgent Message From Mother, and Goddesses in Older Women.

In a circle, each woman is equal in importance, none is elevated above the rest, and when it has both a sacred dimension and is a place of truth and trust, then it is a circle that is safe. While the circle of wisewomen is traditionally a circle of women elders, age does not define a wisewomen. There are “children wise beyond their years, and elder aged ones that did not grow wiser, only older. Jean assumes that every woman who comes to this III World Women’s Circle meeting belongs in a circle of wisewomen. A wisewomen circle draws upon wisdom, compassion, humor, outrage, and maturity in women who also have the courage and trust to be vulnerable, and have likely had their share of suffering and loss. What matters are soul qualities of integrity, character, kindness, gratitude, and capacity to love.  

October 20-23, 2016, San Jose CA

Science and NonDuality Conference 2016

"On the Edge of the Unknown"

Lecture: Evolution of the Sacred Feminine

Location: Dolce Hayes Mansion, Edenvale Ave, San Jose CA


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March 31-April 7, 2017 – Ireland

New York Center for Jungian Studies

Theme: Aging With Panache: Later Life is Now

Plenary: Superfoods for the Psyche: Ingredients for Living (and Aging) Well: Meaning, Fun, Love

Workshop: Circles with a Sacred Center: Sanctuary, Temenos, Hestia

Workshop: Mother Nature, Sacred Feminine, Self: Encounters with Mystery


Location: Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway


April 21-22, 2017 – Raleigh, NC

Jung Society of the Triangle Area

Friday, April 21: Evening Lecture
Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman

Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, twin sister of Apollo is the archetype of the activist—for women, social justice, animals, and environment. Her symbols are the bow and arrow, the crescent moon, and mother bear; her realm is the wilderness. In this talk, Jean Shinoda Bolen brings Artemis to life through storytelling, amplified by examples from life and analysis which are likely to resonate in listeners who will recognize Artemis in themselves as archetype or anima.

Saturday, April 22: Workshop
A Path with A Heart: A Path with a Soul: the Inner Compass

People have an innate sense that there is a purpose to life, related to the idea that life is a soul journey. Jung’s individuation, Campbell’s finding your personal myth, the hero’s journey, Persephone’s abduction into the underworld are variations of the message. We suffer life-threatening illnesses, heart-breaking losses, betrayed expectations. They take us into unfamiliar terrain. We find ourselves at a crossroad. Which path to take? What is an inner compass: what can we know in our bones?

Location: Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, NC


May 29-June 2, 2016 – Big Sur, CA

Esalen Institute – Five Day Workshop

Artemis, Women’s Circles and Sacred Feminine: A Women’s Retreat

Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and the moon, is the archetype of the sister, feminist, environmentalist; the Girl Scout, and child who turned to Mother Nature and animals for strength and solace. The ability to aim for a target and hit it is a gift of focus that leads to achieving goals. Moonlight vision sees the oneness of everything in the universe, leading to mystical spirituality and spiritually-motivated activism. In this retreat, expect stories of goddesses, stories from participants, guided meditation, inner reflection, and participation in circles with a sacred center.


Location: Esalen Institute, 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

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