Marion Woodman

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Marion Woodman
Born (1928-08-15) August 15, 1928 (age 89)
London, Ontario, Canada[1]
Occupation Nonfiction writer
Nationality Canadian
Subject Psychology, eating disorders, women's issues, sexuality

Marion Woodman (born August 15, 1928[1]) is a Canadian mythopoetic author and women's movement figure. She is a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She is one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. She is also an international lecturer and poet. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at the Pacifica Graduate Institute OPUS Archives and Research Center, in Santa Barbara, California. Among her collaborations with other authors she has written with Thomas Moore, Jill Mellick and Robert Bly. Her brothers are the late Canadian actor Bruce Boa and Jungian analyst Fraser Boa.


Her husband Ross Woodman was Professor-Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of The Apocalyptic Vision in the Poetry of Shelley, and Sanity, Madness, Transformation: The Psyche in Romanticism, both published by the University of Toronto Press. Ross Woodman died at their home in London Ontario, on 20 March 2014.

On November 7, 1993, Marion was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She recorded the subsequent two years of cancer treatment in a journal, which was later published as Bone: Dying into Life. She was listed in Watkins' Mind Body Spirit Magazine in 2012 as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People [2]

Notable books[edit]

  • The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter : Obesity, Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine, 1980 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-03-1
  • Addiction to Perfection : The Still Unravished Bride, 1982 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-11-2
  • The Pregnant Virgin : A Process of Psychological Transformation, 1985 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-20-1
  • The Ravaged Bridegroom : Masculinity in Women, 1990 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-42-2
  • Leaving My Father's House : A Journey to Conscious Femininity (co-authored with Kate Danson, Mary Hamilton, Rita Greer Allen), 1992 Shambhala Publications. ISBN 0-87773-896-3 (PB edition)
  • Conscious Femininity : Interviews With Marion Woodman, 1993 Inner City Books. ISBN 0-919123-59-7
  • Dancing in the Flames : The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (co-authored with Elinor Dickson), 1996 Shambhala Publications. ISBN 1-57062-313-9 (PB edition)
  • Coming Home to Myself : Daily Reflections for a Woman's Body and Soul (co-authored with Jill Mellick), April 2001 (paperback ed.) Conari Press. ISBN 1-57324-566-6
  • The Art of Dreaming, by Jill Mellick (with a foreword by Woodman)
  • The Maiden King : The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine (co-authored with Robert Bly), November 1998, Henry Holt & Co; ISBN 0-8050-5777-3
  • Bone: Dying into Life, 2000 Viking Press; ISBN 0-670-89374-9


  1. ^ a b "Birth data for Marion Woodman". Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
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