The Wild Feminine

Explore the voice of the feminine in its diverse forms and expressions

After centuries of suppression, the voice of the feminine in its diverse forms and expressions is demanding to be heard again.

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In this module, we hear from Jungian analyst and renowned author, Anne Baring. Anne gives a historical overview of the causes of the loss of woman's voice, beginning with what she has called the Lunar Era. We are also joined by Liz Childs Kelly, a writer and researcher of the Sacred Feminine, which she calls an ancient spiritual force older than time itself. Liz’s talk is about ‘Coming Home to Her’.

This module, we delve further with feminist historian Max Dashu into the legacies of the female Divine that were ripped away from us in patriarchal history, and how that was accomplished. Lyla June Johnston, an Indigenous public speaker talks about 'The Method, Importance and Effect of Ending "Rape Culture"'. Lina Abirafeh, a global women's rights expert speaks to how gender inequality has caused harm across the world, with a particular focus on the Arab region, leading up to the current crisis happening in Afghanistan.

Archetypes have the ability to connect us to our inner power and help us strengthen who we really are. In this module, we are joined by Jean Shinoda Bolen, a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author, as well as Nwando Achebe, a Nigerian-American academic, feminist scholar, and multi-award-winning historian.

In this module, we hear from Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), feminine/masculine integration expert Sarah Poet on ‘Loving the Masculine: the Sacred Feminine Heart’, and Dr Elizabeth Kerekere of Māori descent who is a New Zealand politician, LGBTQ+ activist and scholar.

Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer, co-founders of Red School and authors of Wild Power, explore how your menstrual cycle is your ultimate guide to belonging, connection and trust. We hear from physical therapist, Tami Lynn Kent, who helps women move on from shame and trauma to activate the energy in their bodies and reclaim the wild in themselves. We are also joined by Efu Nyaki, a Faculty Member of Somatic Experiencing, and a Professor of Family Constellation System Therapy by Hellinger Institute.

In this module, Fiona Shaw, a midwife and doula, speaks about her work alongside women in the birthing process, enabling them to be more present and connected. Leilani Birely, a Hawaiian Priestess and ceremonialist shares her own journey into the sacred feminine started with the birth of her daughter. Amisha Ghadiali, facilitator and host of the podcast ‘The Future Is Beautiful’, talks about the power of intuition and its ability to bring into form new and ancient information.

What does it mean to lead from the feminine principle? How do we do that in a world that is still not quite transformed from the old system of patriarchy? Writer, psychotherapist and political entrepreneur, Indra Adnan discusses ‘The Feminisation of Politics’. The public sphere was designed by men, but traps all of us. Our political system creates no room for diverse human agency. Jewels Wingfield, activist and facilitator, also explores ‘Womb Based Feminine Leadership’, how feminine leadership is intrinsically linked to our sexuality.

In this module, we hear from Carmen Vicente (Carmita), a revered Medicine Woman who has been sharing Indigenous Wisdom Traditions around the globe. Author and poet, Angharad Wynne, also shares how she uses stories as the starting point for deep inquiry and a source of timeless wisdom and healing.

We are joined by award-winning writer Sharon Blackie. She introduces the wild and powerful women who were fierce guardians and protectors of the land, and the ways in which they inspire us today. Explore power through a feminist paradigm that connects patterns of nature with patterns of personal and social resistance with Minna Salami, a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish author and feminist theorist.

We are joined by the first woman to be ordained into Tibetan Buddhism, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, who left Bethnal Green in London at 18 and took a vow to obtain enlightenment in female form. We also hear from Yeye Luisah Teish, an Iyanifa and Oshun Chief in the Yoruba tradition and one of the best-known Yorunba priestesses around the world. Yeye talks about ‘She Who Whispers: Deep listening as a spiritual practice’. We are trained to shut out the "still small voice" of the spirit. Yet it is this inner voice that inspires artists, informs inventors, and guides leaders. Every person alive can access that still small voice.

Hear from the author, Susun Weed, who speaks about ‘The Three Traditions of Healing’. Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, an educator, herbalist, founder of the Moon Mother Apothecary, explores the idea of change, evolution, and mirroring our needs to meet us where we are at any given point in our lives.

For the final module, we are joined by Chiara Baldini, a researcher and curator from Italy. Chiara introduces questions such as who were we when we were indigenous to the lands? What were our rituals? Which were the practices that allowed us to be in constant dialogue with nature? We are also joined by Chloe Goodchild, founder of The Naked Voice.

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About the course

After centuries of suppression, the voice of the feminine in its diverse forms and expressions is demanding to be heard again.

This shift in consciousness from the dominant masculine to a balance between the two energies, as well as beyond that binary, has long been predicted as part of the solution to the chaos our planet currently faces.

Such a transformation will beckon a new paradigm where dominance over the natural world is replaced by a recognition of the connection of all living things, while at the same time recognising the importance of such qualities as instinct, trust, nurture, creativity, and other forms of power left out of wider cultural conversations.

Over the course, hear from prominent authors and activists; amongst them inspirational matriarchs, Anne Baring and Jean Shinoda Bolen, indigenous leaders Elizabeth Kerekere and Carmen Vicente, prominent healers, Yeye Luisah Teish and Susun Weed, and well-known workshop practitioners, Jewels Wingfield and Chloe Goodchild, among many other incredible speakers and teachers.

Each module, a new speaker introduces us to a different aspect of the feminine and take us on a journey to hear more about the violent history that kept women silent for centuries, from the brutal takeover of Christianity to the horror of the witch-trials, to female infanticide and FGM, and finally to the violence that continues against both women and the feminine spirit today. We inquire into contemporary issues around the feminine, in particular the 'wild feminine' and what we might mean when we say ‘the feminine’ in the context of gender liberation.

Why the wild feminine?

The Wild Feminine is an archetypal aspect of ‘the feminine’, popularised by the psychologist, author, and curandera, Clarissa Pinkola Estés in her bestselling book ‘The Women Who Run with the Wolves’ in 1989.

This archetype is present throughout a diversity of cultures and traditions, and speaks to particular aspects of the feminine psyche and experience that have often been called ‘sacred’, ‘divine’ and/or ‘wild’. The word ‘wild’ has been problematic when used to describe women, and the feminine spirit in general, both in the past and present. We understand ‘wild’ to mean free of patriarchal oppression, embodied, expressed, and present, and possessing the absolute freedom to be in a world that often demands the opposite. It is a reclaiming of the inherent nature of the feminine principle.

This course is, in part, a collective inquiry into this multitude of meanings. We also recognise the limitations of gender binaries, and at the same time seek to include notions of the feminine spirit in our wider conversations around gender liberation. Our conviction is that each and every one of us has the capacity to embody the feminine, masculine, and everything between and beyond that binary. Through this course, we hope to create space so that the feminine in all its forms can be expressed, contemplated, and inquired into with genuine curiosity and good faith.

Course Includes

12 Modules
60 Sessions
30 Speakers
Curated readings, resources and embodied practices
Community discussion area
Video and audio available


Anne Baring

Anne Baring is a Jungian Analyst, author and co-author of seven books including The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image. The ground of her work is an interest in the spiritual traditions of different cultures and the psychological causes of human suffering.

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Liz Childs Kelly

Liz Childs Kelly is a Sacred Feminine researcher and educator.

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Lyla June Johnston

Lyla June is an Indigenous environmental scientist, doctoral student, educator, community organizer and musician of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages from Taos, NM.

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Lina Abirafeh

Lina Abirafeh is a global women’s rights expert with decades of experience worldwide.

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Max Dashu

Maxine Hammond Dashu, known professionally as Max Dashu, is an American feminist historian.

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Jean Shinoda Bolen

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author.

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Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe is a Nigerian-American academic & feminist scholar.

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Dr Elizabeth Anne Kerekere

Dr Elizabeth Anne Kerekere is a New Zealand politician and LGBTQ+ activist and scholar. Of Māori descent, she affiliates to Te Whānau a Kai, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, and Ngāti Oneone. She is the founder / chair of Tīwhanawhana Trust.

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Sarah Poet

Sarah Poet is a former school creator turned feminine/masculine integration expert.

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Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker.

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Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer

Alexandra Pope and Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer have developed a radical new approach to women’s health and wellbeing, creativity, leadership and spiritual life, based on the power of the menstrual cycle.

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Tami Lynn Kent

Tami Lynn Kent is a holistic women’s healthcare provider.

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Sister Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki

Sister Euphrasia (Efu) Nyaki is a psychotherapist offering alternative forms of preventative health care and holistic healing to adult and adolescent women and their impoverished communities in northern Brazil.

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Leilani Birely

Leilani Birely is a Native Hawaiian Kahuna.

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Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw is initiated as a Medicine woman in the Red Path tradition.

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Amisha Ghadiali

Amisha Ghadiali is a facilitator and co-creator of the globally acclaimed podcast ‘The Future Is Beautiful’. She is interested in where our inner and outer worlds dance. She is the author of ‘Intuition: Access your inner wisdom, Trust your instincts, Find your Path’, and has birthed many creative projects into this world including her sustainable jewellery label.

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Jewels Wingfield

Jewels is the founder and director of Living Love and the creator of the EarthHeart vision in the Forest of Dean.

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Indra Adnan

For over twenty years, Indra Adnan has been writing, consulting, network-building and event-organising on the themes of future politics, conflict transformation, the role of the arts and integral thinking.

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Carmen Vicente

Carmen Vicente (Carmita) is a revered Medicine Woman who has been sharing indigenous wisdom traditions around the globe for over 30 years. Born in 1956 in the Province of Loja, Ecuador, she is heir to a traditional spiritual lineage.

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Angharad Wynne

A published author and poet, Angharad is also a storyteller who uses story as the starting point for deep enquiry and a source of timeless wisdom and healing.

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Dr Sharon Blackie

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. In early 2017 she founded The Hedge School: both an online space and a physical location in Connemara, for teachings in myth, wild mind and enchantment.

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Minna Salami

Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish, and Swedish feminist author and social critic currently at The New Institute. Her research focuses on Black feminist theory, contemporary African thought, and the politics of knowledge production

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Yeye Luisah Teish

Yeye Luisah Teish is a teacher and an author.

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Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is a Tibetan Buddhist Nun.

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Susun Weed

Susun Weed is the voice of the Wise Woman tradition, where healing is nourishing.

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Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, is an organiser, educator, herbalist, and visual artist.

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Chiara Baldini

Chiara Liguori is Policy Adviser on Environment and Human Rights at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. She leads on developing the policy and strategy work on climate change and human rights. She is committed about fighting climate change from a human rights perspective and has been involved in shaping Amnesty’s work on climate change and human rights even before being appointed to her current position. Previously she worked as Caribbean researcher in Amnesty’s Americas Program, as Human Rights Officer at the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and as Programme Officer at UNDP Comoros.

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Chloë Goodchild

Chloë is the founder of The Naked Voice, a pioneering experiential vocal training programme, providing a sound awareness toolkit of conscious core practices, music, audio-books and spoken meditations that empower you to find and to embody your authentic voice.

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Learning outcomes

  • Historical overview of the causes of the loss of woman's voice
  • Frameworks for understanding the "Sacred Feminine"
  • Knowledge of ancient female icons and myths
  • Understanding of the relationship to the "Sacred Masculine"
  • Framework for healing