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MOTHERHOOD: Facing and Finding Yourself, a course with Lisa Marchiano

  • Thursday, June 03, 2021
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • 4 sessions
  • Thursday, June 03, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, June 24, 2021, 7:30 PM 9:30 PM (EDT)
  • Zoom, Eastern Time
  • 0


  • Members who are seniors over 65 or full time students with ID

This program is not recorded


Few life experiences challenge us like motherhood. Being a mother will tire us out, fill us with dread, and move us to tears. It will inspire joy, self-doubt, hilarity, contentment, rage, terror, shame, irritation, inadequacy, grief, anxiety, and love. We will probably see ourselves at our very best – and our very worst.  This four-week course will be based on Lisa's book "Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself." Course discussion will add to and complement the book. Participants are encouraged to read the book before the course.

Motherhood, with its intense physical and emotional extremes, can be a crucible in which we are tested and altered. In the alchemical vessel of motherhood, the heat is turned up high. Outdated parts of our personality are melted away, and new structures are forged. Motherhood is a dizzying high wire act, a masquerade, and a communion with mortality. It is a falling from and finding of grace, a falling in and out of love, and heartache by the hour. Motherhood is the ultimate confrontation with yourself. Whatever is there to discover at the bottom of your soul, whether dross or treasure, motherhood will help you find it.

Motherhood: Facing and Finding Yourself uses the universal wisdom of fairy tales and myth to explore motherhood as a rich opportunity for personal development. It examines mothering from a unique vantage point – the psychological growth of the mother herself – and looks at how the demands of raising children can be a vital part of the journey to wholeness. Most mothers struggle at some point with dark feelings of shame, inadequacy, rage, or guilt. Contextualizing these emotions in their mythic bedrock allows suffering to become soul-making. 

The first session will be an overview of the territory we are going to cover. Week two will focus on the things that we lose when we are mothers. The third week, we will spend time exploring what motherhood can teach us about shadow work. In our final session, we will look at some of the psychological gifts that we can lay claim to as a result of the psychological growth that motherhood brings. By the end of our time together, you will have gained awareness of the ways in which being a mother can be an important part of your individuation journey. 

To preorder Lisa's book, MOTHERHOOD: Facing and Finding Yourself,  please follow the link below:

Lisa Marchiano, LCSW, is a writer and certified Jungian analyst in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her MSW from New York University and completed analytic training at the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. Lisa is on the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute. Her writings have appeared in Quillette, the journal Psychological Perspectives and Areo Magazine. She has presented on Jungian topics across the US as well as in Europe. Lisa also podcasts on parenting and motherhood at Secrets of the Motherworld and blogs on motherhood at MotherhoodTransformation. Lisa’s newest book (May 2021 publication)  titled, MOTHERHOOD: Facing and Finding Yourself, looks at motherhood as a catalyst for tremendous personal growth.

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