Mary Reynolds Thompson

Workshop Leader

Mary Reynolds Thompson

Mary Reynolds Thompson is the author of "Embrace Your Inner Wild" and "Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness". She is also an instructor for the non-profit TreeSisters, a facilitator of poetry therapy and journal therapy, and a certified life coach who has helped thousands of people discover and live their Wild Soul Story. She is the founder of Write The Damn Book, a program that guides writers on the heroic journey from procrastination to publication, and is a core faculty member of the Therapeutic Writing Institute in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

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Nov 09 2021 - Dec 07 2021


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



ONLINE: Mary Reynolds Thompson: Awakening to the Mountain Woman Archetype: A Five Part Writing Workshop

Mary Reynolds Thompson: Awakening to the Mountain Woman Archetype: A Five Part Writing Workshop

i am the throat
of the sandia mountains
a night wind woman
who burns
with every breath
she takes

–Joy Harjo

Check out Mary Reynolds Thompson’s articles, The Wild Path of Recovery: A Way Out of Our Addictive Culture and The Pulse of the Wild.

The Mountain Woman Archetype represents your power to stand in your own magnificence and bring all of yourself to the world. Patriarchy is designed to topple powerful women, to have them remain small and insignificant. We women have been told it’s okay to be gentle foothills but never a soaring Everest. But in these seismic times, as institutions and systems fail us, our inner Mountain Woman begins to stir and rise. Down in the ache of all the broken and wounded aspects of our Self and world, something new is bubbling up. We sense it as a psychic tremor, a thundering in our hearts, the shaking of the earth beneath our feet.

As you awaken to your Mountain Woman self, she asks you: Are you ready to take the risk to become fully yourself? Are you ready, as a Mountain Woman, to remake the map of the world?

Each session will be 90 minutes long and will offer multiple writing prompts. There will also be opportunities to share what you write in small, intimate groups. The work is creative, deep, and imaginative, and it allows for many different styles of writing techniques, from poetry to prose. No previous writing experience is necessary.

In this online course, you will:

  • Explore the archetypal significance of Mountain Woman in your life
  • Reclaim the power of truth-telling and authentic action
  • Learn how to tap into your essential self to help remake the map of the world
  • Write from a truer, fiercer, and more realized self

Throughout the sessions, you will be inspired by quotes, poetry, embodied exercises, writing exercises, and meditations. You will also be offered writing prompts and explorations between Zoom calls to take the journey even deeper.