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    Study Programme  

  Women Who Run With the Wolves  

  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype 

What does it mean to be a woman today?

Who are we in the world as women?
How can we retrieve independence, confidence and power in a feminine way?

A Series of 10 Meetings

Wendenesday's from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Starting on October 9th to December 11th, 2019

At Wuding Road near Changping Metro, Line 7


Feel free to contact participants by clicking on their name and inquiry about their experience. 

"The course reawakened a part of me that I didn’t even know was dormant. Through Maria’s guidance I was able to ignite and heal such precious parts of my psyche. Thank you!" Claire Rowden, UK.

"The book club was a journey in connection to self and to others, and Maria was a wise guide, holding the space throughout the entire experience for all of us. It was wonderful to learn and grow with such an inspiring group of women." Heather Van Fleet, USA

"Its an amazing book full of so many valuable lessons. I really appreciated being supported through my journey with this text by such a supportive and insightful guide. However, the thing I gained the most from this study programme was friendship. If ever a book was to bring women together, it would be this one." Hollie Vincent, UK.

"Maria is a wise and beautiful being. I have witnessed how she supports other women (including myself!) to evolve into wild soulful beings while she builds such strong sisterhood bonds in her circles. I am so grateful to and for her." Andra Dediu

Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents the instinctual nature of women. But she is an endangered species. In the book Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés unfolds rich intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories, many from her own family, in order to help women reconnect with the fierce, healthy, visionary attributes of this instinctual nature. Through the stories and commentaries in this remarkable book, we retrieve, examine, love, and understand the Wild Woman and hold her against our deep psyches as one who is both magic and medicine. 

The study group supports a collective reflection of the stories offered in Women Who Run With The Wolves. We aim to weave threads and learnings from our personal journeys and the archetypes presented by Clarissa Pinkola Estés in order to retrieve confidence, empowerment and freedom.


During 10 meetings we are going to dwell on the archetypes of the female soul to better understand women's patterns and traps. To guide us on this journey we immerse ourselves in the book Women Who Run With Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Esthés. Each meeting will be focused on 1 or more chapters of the book, where we will re-tell the story together and dive into conversation and interpretation of the myths. Participants will be able to work with Jungian ideas of the subconscious and stories from different traditions worldwide.

During the programme you will receive via email materials such as poems, readings, videos and online talks to support and enrich your investigation.  See schedule here.



All, women and men, are welcome to the programme. Originally, this book has the sensible task of helping women to have a stronger and clearer sense of identity. Of course, the book can be read by men and boys as well as girls and women. Men might read this book to better understand the women in their lives: sister, mother, lover, grandmother. Or to explore the masculine and feminine side of their own psyche.


This programme is recommended for people with all backgrounds, for those who are not already aware of the mythological archetypes and for those who have felt some stirring. This book will provide rational and creative minds with more food for thought to further their understanding of self. If you are looking for empowerment, confidence, self knowledge, community and inspiration this is a course for you.


10 meetings/sessions will cover the whole book, all chapters. The sessions will be recorded and, in case you are not able to attend a meeting you can always listen to it after.


All participants will receive a menstrual Protea Cup to support the connection with women's cycles and bodies, while also making women's periods more sustainable and free from disposable products.



In case you would like assistance to buy the book we can recommend you a place or even buy it for you, price is subjective.



Through stories, myths and Jungian analysis Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés teaches us that women's vitality can be restored through extensive "psychic-archaeological" excavations in the ruins of the female underworld. The book is structured so that those unaccustomed to this type of material will learn not only stories but also be given guidance toward interpreting the stories. The stories contain an assortment of images of the Wild Woman in different age groups and cultures. Different rites of passages and initiations are the themes of the myths. The author introduces the readers to the "Wild Woman" Archetype. Dr. Estes has created a new lexicon for describing the female psyche. Fertile and life-giving, it is a psychology of women in the truest sense, a knowing of the soul. The source material comes from a global range of story traditions; the stories are from both the oral and written tradition. There is a story for every stage of life.


Full course: 2,000RMB (individual registration)
Full course, 2 participants: 3,000RMB (bring a friend get 25% discount)

Registration via Yoopay. Click Here.

16 Seats Available in Total.


My name is Maria Eduarda and I am a social ecologist, storyteller and educator. I have a Masters in Ecology and Spirituality and during my academic studies I have unravelled mythology and storytelling from several traditions. As a researcher I have worked with gender, ecofeminism and the feminine archetypes. The book Women Who Run With The Wolves is part of my daily life and I have read it several times and studied in depth the author’s work. I am part of the collective Wild Feminine Rising, a space focused on the healing of the feminine all around the world. I will be the facilitator guiding our meetings and supporting our journey. Read more about my journey here.


If you have any questions, collaborative ideas or concerns please contact me. I am available through email (mariaeduardamsouza@outlook.com) or WeChat (mariamsouza).


Address: Wuding Road with Xikang Road. Changping Metro Station, Line 7.

Full address will be provided after registration.



A Series of 10 Meetings

Wednesday's from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Starting on October 9th to December 11th, 2019


Introduction: Singing Over the Bones

Chapter 1: The Howl, Resurrection of the Wild Woman, La Loba, The Wolf Woman

Chapter 2: Stalking the Intruder: the Beginning Initiation, Bluebeard


Chapter 3: The Retrieval of Intuition as Initiation, The Doll in Her Pocket: Vasalisa the Wise


Chapter 4: The Mate: Union with the Other, Hymn for the Wild Man: Manawee


Chapter 5: Hunting: When the Heart is a Lonely Hunter


Chapter 6: Finding One's Pack: Belonging as Blessing

Chapter 7: Joyous Body: the Wild Flesh


Chapter 8: Self-Preservation: Identifying Leg Traps, Cages, and Poisoned Batt

Chapter 9: Homing: Returning to Oneself


Chapter 10: Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life

Chapter 11: Heat: Retrieving a Sacred Sexuality


Chapter 12: Marking Territory: the Boundaries of Rage and Forgiveness

Chapter 13: Battle Scars: Membership in the Scar Clan


Chapter 14: La Selva Subterranea: Initiation in the Underground Forest


Chapter 15: Shadowing: Canto Hondo, the Deep Song

Afterword: Story as Medicine

Education of a Young Wolf: A Bibliography -  How do we continue our journey?

Feel free to share this programme with friends to make it even more special.

Supported by Wild Feminine Collective and Protea Cup.