Instructor: Joanne Martin
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 01/18/2021 - 03/01/2021
SCN Member: $192.00
Class synopsisAre fairy tales just for children, or can adults learn too? What can we learn about ourselves through fairy tales? Through the lens of fairy tales, we will consider the seasons of a woman’s life, and the various stages of a woman’s transformation: maiden, matron, crone.
In this engaging program, we will read a different fairy tale each week, discussing its history, characters and archetypal symbols. Then, based on that tale, participants may choose from a variety of short writing exercises, by which to explore the tale’s relevance to contemporary life. In the process, they will learn more about themselves. You are welcome to do it your own way. And you will not be obliged to share your writing unless you choose to do so. Our main purpose is to share the experience of expressive writing and, hopefully, to engage in a bit of fun!
Through the lens of fairy tales, participants will have the opportunity to: View the transitional stages of a woman's life through the lens of fairy tales, Consider these stages as opportunities for personal grown and transformation, Discover what we women have in common, and what we can learn from one another, Examine their own personal life myth and storytelling, and develop a new, more positive life story, Share in an engaging, positive, and supportive learning experience
Class communication methodIt is my intention to offer this class using the Zoom meeting platform. Any handouts will be sent to participants by e-mail. A private Facebook group will be formed in order to provide for discussion and engagement between classes. There are many, many versions of the fairy tales we will be exploring, and even many different interpretations of the Grimms tales. In order to ensure that we are “all on the same page”, it is suggested that participants read each week’s tale on the website below, where you can access the tales online and - for free! http://www.literaturepage.com/read/grimms-fairy-tales.html
Week 1 – Introduction and Hansel & Gretel:
Mother represents the source of nourishment, nurture and security. But eventually “children” must fend for themselves. In this tale we explore some of the challenges of that transition, and what can sometimes happen if not completed well.
Week 2 – Little Red Riding Hood:
While Hansel and Gretel were pushed out into the world, Little Red Riding Hood, unafraid, leaves home willingly. She ventures off the beaten track, and takes unusual risks! Here we consider the consequences of such reckless behavior, and how – or whether – she is transformed by it.
Week 3 – Snow White:
A child’s first mirror is her mother’s eyes. Here we will examine the relationship between daughters and their mothers. We will also view the major transformations of adolescence, sexual awakening and leaving home.
Week 4 – Sleeping Beauty:
In October 1759, famed French philosopher Denis Diderot wrote to his young friend Sophie Volland the poignant words, “You all die at 15”. From all the transformations in a woman’s life, the “thorniest” is the one from “we” to “I”. Here we explore sleep as “incubation”, germination, gestation, dreams; and we consider transformation as an awakening to consciousness
Week 5 – Rapunzel:
In this tale, we explore confinement and rage vs. abandonment and depression. What is solitude? Sooner or later, every woman experiences it: whether as a jilted lover, discarded wife, outgrown parent, or as a widow. For many women, transformation is manifested in the independence of relying on themselves rather than their ability to attract a man
Week 6– The Seal Wife:
This is a tale about a woman who transforms herself by changing her skin. Bettelheim says that “There is a part of every wife that is never married.” She may be hungry for intimacy, while at the same time, thirsty for silence. Here we explore the issue of independence vs. intimacy.
Class time commitment2-3 hours maximum (including online class meetings)
Joanne Martin has over 30 years’ experience in human resources and professional and career development in industry and higher education, and in personal growth and development as a counsellor, educator, trainer and facilitator.
Her credentials include a B.A. in English (Windsor), an M.Ed in Developing Human Resources (U. of Toronto), and a Graduate Diploma in Counseling (Australian College of Applied Psychology). In addition, she is a Certified Journal Facilitator with the Therapeutic Writing Institute.
Joanne has undertaken training with such luminaries as Kay Adams, Christina Baldwin, Stephanie Dowrick, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and Carol Pearson, among others. She now specializes in therapeutic and/or expressive writing and story-telling, offering a variety of fun, imaginative, and developmental writing workshops – both in person and online.
Born and raised in Canada, Joanne and her husband migrated to Australia in 1995. After 15 years, they returned and have now retired in Canada. Joanne has worked in both Canada, and Australia and, once the pandemic is over, will resume spending winters in Florida.