Women’s Wisdom Circles

Ages & Stages of a Woman’s Life

So what is the Wild Woman? From the viewpoint of archetypal psychology as well as from the storytelling tradition, she is the female soul. Yet she is more; she is the source of the feminine. She is all that is of instinct, of the worlds both seen and hidden—she is the basis. We each receive from her a glowing cell which contains all the instincts and knowings needed for our lives.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., Women Who Run With the Wolves
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Caryn L. Aman, MA founded her first Women’s Wisdom Circle, a Jungian oriented, soul-centered & educational, multi-generational sacred Women’s Circle exploring the “Ages & Stages of a Woman’s Life” in 1998. The first gathering of 35 women evolved into four Women’s Circles in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Later, additional groups were added in Kent and Federal Way, Washington.

Currently, Caryn facilitates two Women’s Wisdom Circles in Portland drawing women from the Portland/Metro area: a Saturday morning group and a Saturday afternoon group. These Jungian oriented Women’s Circles are open to all women interested in deepening their own personal and spiritual growth within a safe container. These sacred Circles include sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, and friends currently ranging from 40 to 75 years young. The morning Circle, which has been together since 1998, has just finished the book, Untie the Strong Woman, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.  We will begin a new book, Addiction to Perfection, by Marion Woodman soon.  The afternoon Circle is currently working with the book, Women Who Run With Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Periodically, we create and participate in a ritual Crone (meaning Crown of Age) Ceremony initiating woman (ages 60 and older) from our community into Wise Woman status. One of the tasks of Crone is to mentor and give back to our community as well as to the world at large.

Dates: First Saturday of the month*

Times: 9-12pm or 2-5pm

Who: Women 18 and older interested in self-development
within a community of like-minded women

Cost: $45 a month

Because the Circle is ongoing and has no ending date, openings do occur. If you are interested in joining the Women's Wisdom Circle, please call for information.

*Unless a holiday falls on the first full weekend, then it will be second full weekend of month…generally happens in January, July, and September.  A schedule is shared at the beginning of each calendar year.