Caring for the Soul is pleased to share our current program offerings


In Search of the Black Madonna
Encounters with the Divine Feminine

A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain

May 14 – 27, 2018

The Black Madonna of Montserrat

This program is a special opportunity to study, visit, experience, and work with the energies of the Black Madonna as she re-emerges and manifests in our time.

This 14-day pilgrimage will include some of the oldest and most interesting sites in northern Spain. Beginning in Barcelona and featuring Montserrat, a major Black Madonna site, our itinerary then takes us throughout Catalonia to see and experience beautiful, smaller, sometimes-remote areas, where dark Madonnas have strong connections with their local and natural environments. While in the Pyrenees we will seek out the Madonnas of the mountains. 

The program will be enriched with history, legends, and exploration of the presence and symbolic meaning of the Black Madonnas in their varying manifestations – their stories, their representations, their miracles, their mysteries. We will bring a Jungian perspective to our inquiry.

History of the Great Goddess, especially in this region, will be shared and the Great Mother archetype explored as we seek out the divine feminine today.  Group sessions will deepen our experience through lecture, reflection, discussion, body awareness, creative expression, and ritual.

Black Madonna at Sanctuary of Lord

We will see the beauty of the area as we travel through the countryside, staying in lovely Spanish hotels and enjoying the great food of the region. The pace will be unhurried with time to experience the atmosphere of the sacred sites.

For more information see Black Madonna Pilgrimages.


Hotel Villa Paulita in Puigcerda










Sandplay in Switzerland
A Two-Week Training Intensive

This program was just completed. An international group from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, the US, and Switzerland had a rich experience in a magical place. Sandplay in Switzerland has been offered every other year since 2007 through Caring for the Soul. Previously, from 1985-2001, the program was offered through University of California Extension, Santa Cruz. Please join our mailing list to be notified the next time this training is scheduled. When it is held, it will be much as described here.

June 17 – July 1, 2017


High Swiss Alps

This course is an opportunity to study and work in depth with Sandplay, imagery, body presence, and your own creative process. Travel to Switzerland, stay in a lovely, countryside conference center surrounded by the Swiss Alps, and live for two weeks with international master teachers and a community of like-minded souls.This unique intensive is for those interested in Jung’s understanding of the psyche, who want to increase   their understanding of Sandplay Therapy, and would like an opportunity to work with embodied consciousness as developed by Marion Woodman. 

The program offered in-depth Sandplay training combined with complementary experiential work with art and body awareness. It included Sandplay case presentations by faculty; small group and individual consultation/supervision; Soul Painting workshops; and Interior Rhythms, bodysoul work with dreams, body awareness, creative expression, and ritual. The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln is nearby, and there were opportunities to visit and explore her meaning. An optional trip to Mt. Rigi, Queen of the Mountains, was also offered to experience the glory of the Swiss Alps. For more details, see Sandplay in Switzerland.

A Pre-Conference Workshop, In the Footsteps of C.G. Jung – An Introduction to Zurich and Switzerland was offered June 14-17, 2017. We explored the place where Sandplay and Jungian psychology took root, saw some of the most interesting sites in Zurich, enjoyed the natural beauty of the region, and began to adjust to the time and place. Highly recommended! For more information, see Pre-Conference Workshop.


Caring for the Soul offers unique, educational programs that explore the convergence of psychology and spirituality, body and soul, personal and professional development, inner and outer worlds. We offer intense learning and experiential opportunities that enhance professional skills and open new doorways to consciousness and new ways of being. Join us for education, training, discovery, retreat, pilgrimage.