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Marilyn Strong

Marilyn Strong

Marilyn C. Strong has a B.A. in Religion and Adult Education through Antioch University West and an M.A. in Spirituality and Culture from Matthew Fox’s Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality.

Marilyn has worked in the areas of educational design and development and in the areas of group facilitation, ritual, music, and celebration. She was on staff at the Chinook Learning Center on Whidbey Island as Director of Education for seven years, facilitating their non-residential, nine-month Core Studies Program and their residential program, Spirit and Culture. Scholars in residence included Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Brother David Steindl-Rast, David Spangler, ritualist Elizabeth Cogburn and singer Susan Osborn.

Marilyn then went on to co-create and co-facilitate with Renie Hope, the Gaia Spirit Rising Program, a nine-month long women’s spiritual growth program that ran for eight years. Guest presenters in the program over the years included China Galland, Merlin Stone, Christine Downing, Demetra George, Luisah Teish, Dorothy Fadiman, and Denise Lynn.

She also created and co-facilitated with Jerry Wennstrom the six-month program, Thresholds: Exploring Passageways to the Soul through Dreamwork, Ritual and the Creative Process. Guest presenters in this program included Marion Woodman, Christina Baldwin, David Whyte and John O’Donohue.

Presently, Marilyn is touring the country with Jerry working more in-depth with the material of Jerry's book and video and co-leading workshops together. She also facilitates group and private ritual, is a Jungian-oriented spiritual counselor, an ordained minister, and a ceremonialist with a keen interest in depth psychology, dream analysis, Alchemy, and the healing process that comes through making ritual art. Marilyn facilitates weddings and memorial ceremonies, and her work has also taken her into the area of death and dying, supporting friends in the dying process with both voice and ritual. For many years she was an annual guest presenter at the Women of Wisdom Conferences in Seattle.

Marilyn has also released a CD of her chants, songs, and drumming, Songs for Sophia, which is available upon request. Her singing can be heard in the sound track of the film, In the Hands of Alchemy. She brings depth of understanding, chanting and excellent ritual creation to any event.