The Joyous Body

Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
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A six-session on-demand edition of volume three in the Dangerous Old Woman series.
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The Joyous Body: Part Three of “The Dangerous Old Woman”

“It is the nature of the saplings to quake in the winds; hesitant, learning to hold their own places. But, the older trees, with their years of testing and being tested, they are the ones who, whether in the long stern winds or misty gales, sway the most. Less a bouquet of tentative trembling first-time buds, now much more the leaf-perfumed hips of a hundred wide women dancing—these old ones, regardless of form, sway, by heart, to the music that thunders through them.”
—Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés invites you to join her and the Dangerous Old Woman “at the fireside” once again for the third volume of her masterwork on the archetype of the wise woman. This six-session on-demand online program features original stories, poems, and psychological commentary on the challenges, remedies, and ancient knowings of the holy female body, “that which is not a dumb servant but a divine fellow traveler and consort.”

Session One
Bones: Listening for the Creation Song

  • The Ancient Bristlecone Pines
  • Archetypal personification: La Anciana, The Midwife Exemplar
  • On creating new life from old
  • On the cycle of entropy, death, and vital return
  • “The Scar Queen” prayer

Session Two
On the 10,000 Kinds of Beauty, on Ageless Beauty and True Self Love

  • Tree Leitmotif: The Forest for the Trees
  • Archetypal personification: Old Woman Truth, The Old Woman as “The Original”
  • Storyteller’s Story: The Beauty-teria
  • Story of “The Deer”
  • Decoration of the body
  • Women’s vicious competition
  • Beatrice Woods’ story
  • Story of the old woman in the ladies’ room
  • “Blessings for Bodies”

Session Three
“Las Barbas Platas, The Great Silverbeards: Making Peace with the Body

  • Tree Leitmotif: The Good Orcharder
  • Archetypal personification: the consort
  • Storyteller’s Story: “The Such-Lovely” Woman’s Tender Body
  • The challenges of menses, perimenopause, and menopause
  • Overcoming body shame
  • “The Homely Girl”
  • La panocha, the vulva
  • The body as radiant being

Session Four
The Old Scar Washer, “Little Clay Pot”

  • Tree Leitmotif: The Leaf Scar
  • Archetypal personification: The wounded healer
  • Storyteller’s Story: Taking the Father Home Again
  • On remarkable life emerging from the midst of the wound
  • On healing from the inside out
  • On finding meaning in the midst of the trauma
  • You did not die
  • Mercy for the body
  • Not the time of the breast alone
  • Add-on and removable parts
  • On the twists of fate that occur in life

Session Five
Tongue-cut Sparrow: How to Silence a Woman

  • Tree Leitmotif: The Scarlet and Vermillion Tree
  • Archetypal Personification: La Alma; The Soul as Pilot; The Visionary
  • Storyteller’s Story: How the White-Throated Sparrow Came to the New World
  • On regaining one’s true voice
  • On the still small voice
  • Story of Mary “Wings,” WWII cargo pilot
  • Story of how a bird and the soul flies
  • Women’s dreams
  • Story reference to truth-telling, caught talking to the birds
  • Memoria, Sabiduria, and other concepts that allow a woman to sing despite bad injuries and still fly free

Session Six
Táncoló Nagymamák, The Dancing Grandmothers

  • Tree Leitmotif: The Fairy-Ring Tree
  • Archetypal personification: Las Abuelitas, The Little Grandmothers
  • Storyteller’s Story: The Child Dying to Dust
  • On how when one is cruelly cut-down, one can grow back
  • On the duty of the old to live on to test the young
  • “Grandmother Snow in hospital wanting to go outside”
  • Taking joy in teaching
Format Details
Online Course
Contents Online Learning
Product Code WC02253N

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Clarissa Pinkola Estés

About Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). In addition to her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés is a managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality, and culture at the newsblog, and she is a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.