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WOODMAN, MARION Marion Jean Woodman (nee Boa) died peacefully July 9, 2018 at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, London. Marion was born August 15, 1928, in London, Ontario. Marion studied at the University of Western Ontario, and taught English for more than twenty years at South Collegiate Institute in London, Ontario, where she taught poetry and drama. Her theatre productions at South have become the stuff of legend, and through them she transformed countless students' lives. In the early 1970s, Marion began analysis with Dr. E. A. Bennett in London, England, which inspired her to train as an analyst with Barbara Hannah at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. After receiving her Diploma in 1979, Marion opened a practice in Toronto. Her first manuscripts, published by Daryl Sharp with Inner City Books, became bestsellers and pioneered subsequent work on the feminine, addiction, and the relationship between body and mind. She taught and lectured on this work to students and audiences worldwide. With Ann Skinner and Mary Hamilton she developed her BodySoul workshops, which they taught internationally. Along with her brother Fraser Boa she was one of the founders of The Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts (OAJA). Her many books have been published worldwide and translated into multiple languages. Marion was predeceased by her husband Ross Greig Woodman, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario; her father and mother, Rev. Andrew D. Boa and Ila J. Phinn; and brothers Bruce, a Canadian and British actor, and Fraser, a Jungian analyst. Marion is survived by nieces and nephews David and Janet, Luke and Robyn, Marion, Paul and Kathryn, Quint and Karen, Shelley, and Siobhan and Jacques; great-nieces and nephews Aidan, Anouk, Connor, two Ellas, Emma, Finlay, Loveday, Marlow, Marion and Sam. Visitation is at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, on Sunday, July 15th, from 2-4 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Mount Hope facility for the loving and compassionate care Marion received. In honour of Marion, please donate to the charity of your choice.

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Published in Toronto Star on Jul. 13, 2018.
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November 28, 2018
Dearest Marion, You gave life to my life in Zurich at "Soul in the Body", and through your wondrous books. I delight in sharing my flower fabric airplane with you from my dream of last night. May you rest in the arms of all of us, your students, to whom you gave of your heart and soul, and new life. I will always be your daughter, and now at last, giving my work to a video entitled "A Prayer To The Great Mother" of whom you were a great one for my life. Thank you, Thank you, Frederica
September 5, 2018
Thank you Marion, for your magnificent work for the kindness that you shared with me so many years ago when I just flu to Toronto to meet you. Last time that we spoke a few years ago by phone I ensured that your work will keep going for a long time since what you gave us and to the world is a jewel that get more and more precious with time!
Many blessings for ever and ever...
My prayer is that your journey is ours and that you are here for ever in our hearts...
Noris Binet
September 2, 2018
Marion, thank you so much for your work and your teachings. I've just discovered you work in the last 3-4 months, and I have tears running down my face (and I don't cry) now that I've discovered you have recently passed. Your work has touched my heart and has, (and will continue to) guide me on my journey. Thank you.
Nick Cascone
August 24, 2018
Dearest Marion, I am grateful for your loving gifts to the world. You first changed my life in the early 1980's with your message in "Addiction to Perfection." Ever since you are an ongoing presence in my psyche and I continue to turn to your work in books and audio for inspiration and guidance. I continue your work of transforming the world through the seed within that you nurtured. Thank you for your love. You continue to shine as the bright light of Self.
Mary McDougal
August 15, 2018
Happy birthday, Marion! Today, Aug. 15, 2018, would have been Woodman's 90th birthday.
"Well done, thou brave and valiant warrior!"
Brian Farrell
August 14, 2018
Marion, Thanks and blessings to you in your new world of God and love. I met you through your books, particularly "The Ravaged Bridegroom, Masculinity in Women" that showed me the beauty of understanding our inner feminity along with our masculinity. The book is a trove that produces more gems each time I read it. As a journalist, researcher, writer, wife, and mother, I have been enlightened by your books and ideas. Your cosmic ripples have invisibly continued in my family's life, particularly in the work of my daughter, a college student in Women's Studies and Geography, who is carving her own loving path in her personal life and in her work. She is now reading your books. With love, and thanks again dear Marion.
Margaret Rittman
August 14, 2018
Dearest Marion I am so pleased we have met and connected (during your last intensive in Switzerland), in a way I never imagined I would and could. Nourishing my soul and heart. You have so honoured your own life and that of others with your care and compassion, you will forever be in my heart.
Marianne Henderson
August 3, 2018
Dear Marion,
You were a mentor to me, profoundly and deeply guiding my journey. You taught me about the Feminine Principle like no other, and deeply affected my life's work. You appeared in my dreams, guiding me through very difficult times. I will carry you in my heart and soul and continue my work in the world with continued gratitude to you for having helped me align with the Sacred Feminine so profoundly. Namaste
Rose Kumar
July 30, 2018
You were my spiritual mother. You fed my soul with your divine love. I will miss you dear Marion but I will always carry you in my heart.
Belkis Bottfeld
July 29, 2018
Dear Marion, Your book "The Pregnant Virgin" jumped off the table at me while I attended my first Jungian workshop. On first reading, my mind understood nothing, but my soul was alive with the excitement of recognition! You were writing about me! Thank you for daring to write so intuitively. Meditation on this book guided me through the long, dark journey toward healing and wholeness. You saved my life. You continue to be my guide. Thank you for your courage, insight and humor. I rejoice knowing that you are dancing in the Presence now. Love always.
Rose Florek
July 29, 2018
Dear Marion, Your book "The Pregnant Virgin" jumped off the table at me while I attended my first Jungian workshop. On first reading, my mind understood nothing, but my soul was alive with the excitement of recognition! You were writing about me! Thank you for daring to write so intuitively. Meditation on this book guided me through the long, dark journey toward healing and wholeness. You saved my life. You continue to be my guide. Thank you for your courage, insight and humor. I rejoice knowing that you are dancing in the Presence now. Love always.
July 26, 2018
Dearest Lady
You taught and touched my mind, my heart and my emerging self-image as a feminine.
Always remembered.
July 20, 2018
Marion has been an inspiration of enormous significance in my life and will live on with me always. I buried my mother on the same day that Marion was buried, and the tenderness of these losses are forever intertwined.
Miriam Linderman
July 20, 2018
Marion's words touched my heart. They will be with me forever.
Catharine Kopac
July 20, 2018
Dear Marion, the first time I read "The Owl was a Baker's Daughter", I had a dream:

I dreamed I had a baby. It turned into an owl and I returned it to the woods where it belonged".

From that day on you became my mentor in feminine psychology. Thank you and may Great Mother watch over you, always. Love Frances.
Frances Gilley
July 19, 2018
My oh my....I join the wonderful collective of women who love Marion and have been profoundly moved by her. I treasure her aliveness in this world and love that it will flow on through many heartsmindsbodiesspirits.
Lisa Brown
July 19, 2018
I join the thousands of souls that have been strengthened and purified as a result of your teachings. Rest and return to the great work in whatever luminous way Spirit leads
With heartfelt gratitude
Victoria McLaughlin
July 18, 2018
Marion, you have inspired me,and changed me with your strength and wisdom. I cry every time I listen to one of your talks-such clarity, poignancy! THANK YOU, bless you.
donna todd
July 18, 2018
Have you gone to or come from A Mid Summer's Night Dream.

Thank you for all your Magic!
(Bobbi) Roberta Ann Busard
July 18, 2018
Marion and Ross reading Blake
an outstanding woman teacher and creative genius. A great light went out in our world she died. She saved my life and I live differently because of her today. love
Barbara Nicholson
July 18, 2018
I will be eternally grateful, your work and example of life have changed me completely. May you be with Ross dancing in the light.
To Marion's family my sincere sympathy.
Cristiane Marino
July 18, 2018
No matter how many times I watch the Marion Woodman DVD "Dancing In The Flames", I am still emotionally overwhelmed by its contents.
"Carry on, Gypsy!"
Brian Farrell
July 18, 2018
Peace Love and Light, Marion.
Audrey R
July 18, 2018
Thank you Marion. You sat so close to me once in my sitting room whilst I played Schubert on the piano. I hadn't read any of your books then and wasn't fully aware of who's presence I was in. Now I come back to you over and over.....
Susan Rennie
July 18, 2018
we are a small group of women in Durban, South Africa, gathering each Sunday to give each other solace and strength for the journey. We are presently reading together Marion's journal "Bone" as one of our sisters struggles with cancer. Marion's words and presence have deeply touched and blessed us all. Thank you for all the blessings you have so generously given. We love you.
Dina Cormick
July 17, 2018
She changed my life and helped reconfigure my soul... Hearing her voice in a recorded lecture from a woman's conference for the first time, years ago, stopped me in my tracks and I instantly felt her presence and love in my gut. I feel lucky to have found her work and know I will share in some of that through her foundation's workshops in the future. A unicorn of a person and a candle to light the way... Not only because she shared her triumphs but also how she honestly and unconditionally shared her own personal stumbling blocks as well. Love & honesty in this dose is rare but hopefully growing out of her example. Love to her family in this time of loss and to all the community that mourns & celebrates her passing & life respectively. XO
Nico Antonacci
July 17, 2018
A legendary inspiration - a way-shower of truth. Very Deeply missed. Blessings on your journey and may you continue to touch our hearts and souls and minds.
Bec Nelson
July 17, 2018
July 9th drawing
elaine smith
July 17, 2018
Thank you, Marion, for your kindness and wisdom, for the generous sharing of your journey in deeply meaningful and transformative ways.
And to Marion's family, my love to you all.
And to all who are carrying on her work I send my gratitude and blessings.
Elizabeth Watson
July 17, 2018
I had a feeling that your passage was imminent. I am connected to you in some way that feels almost stronger now. I was at Hollyhock when I learned of your passing. And that was the place of my most profound work with you. You gave me such a gift. I hold you in my heart as ever I have. You were so remarkable, so wise, so clear. I thank those who cared for you through your vulnerable times. I will never forget.
Arlene Bishop
July 17, 2018
Farewell Marion, you are a living example to me of someone who passed through what Joseph Campbell described as the "hero's journey." You are one of my guides through the underworld. You will be missed.--David Carico
July 17, 2018
My dear Marion, you have been a mentor to me since I read your first book. I continue to learn from your Wisdom every
day. I can only hope you know of your loving legacy which
will endure. Mollie Moore, Three Rivers, MI
July 17, 2018
"Marion you woke me up in so many ways with your numinosity! Love and gratitude for your teachings" Roseli Ribeiro
Roseli Ribeiro
July 17, 2018
I happened upon the news of Marion's passage while seated at my drawing table, channeling my energy and fears into a drawing that symbolically represents the hopeful narrative I instinctually conceived and believe about the unknown destiny of my living arrangement. I needed to foster this artistic vision for my future's sake, as well as for my own inner and outer development, knowing how necessary a role the creative process - and specifically, metaphor - has played in my ability to transform my inner and outer world over the past two years, in large part thanks to Marion Woodman. On the eve of Friday the 13th, a day attributed to the Goddess in pagan circles, I had already been planning a creative collective ceremony in honor of Isis, and, as a dedication to Marion, I created a handout with numerous MW book excerpts for participants to take home. I have no doubt your teachings will live on, Marion. Thank you for the wisdom, the healing, the dance.
elaine smith
July 17, 2018
To a most beloved and cherished teacher. Your impact on my life is bone and soul deep. Infinite gratitude to you, courageous heart. Deep gratitude to all members of the family for their tender and devoted care to you.
Maria Vamvalis
July 17, 2018
Dear Marion and those who loved her,
Although your writing was powerful what had the most impact on me was your voice, clear, funny, poetic and emphatic. From your tapes I could take in the words better than from reading a book. It was as if your voice was alive with the concepts and I could get them because you were so present. Thank you for being a formative person in my adult life.

Linnea Wang, Bozeman, Montana
Linnea Wang
July 17, 2018
Loving memories of Marion, never to be forgotten.
Mary Benedetto
July 16, 2018
Marion, you touched so many lives you with your feminine presence, we all hold you in our hearts. I respect your wild nature and thank you embracing mine.
Charlene Wolf
July 16, 2018
Marion mothered my soul. She sat with me; held me through disintegration and reformation of my feminine psyche. Marion carried the light in darkness that ushered many of us to emotion freedom from the past. I will be forever grateful for her love that carried me when I could not see where I was going. Miss you, Marion.
Linda Mackinnon
July 16, 2018
Marion's writings, and her appearances in my night dreams, have given me something to live up to. I am devoted to the journey of my own womanhood and my own creativity, thanks to Marion. Rest in peace, dear mentor.
Peggy Voth
July 16, 2018
With appreciation, gratitude and love
Clare Healy Walls
July 16, 2018
With everlasting gratitude that our paths were destined to cross. Godspeed, dearest Marion.
Pat Moran
Pat Moran
July 15, 2018
What a holy privilege to have known you, to have sat at your feet, to have experienced your love and wisdom, to have had you as a teacher.
With deep gratitude.
susan smith
July 15, 2018
Dearest Marion,
With everlasting gratitude for your wisdom, your love and your luminous Presence. For now and forever..May you fly freely and joyously with your Beloved.
Eva Rider
July 15, 2018
Marion Woodman 2006 We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for th
Eva Rider
July 15, 2018
To the mother I never had thank you
for lessons learned. Forever in my heart❤
Cindy Englebrecht
July 15, 2018
Your amazing Spirit, Love and Trust in Soul live on, beloved Marion, ever-present in our minds, in our hearts forever. Thank you.~ Condolences and dearest Blessings to the family, near and far.
Ursula Carsen
July 15, 2018
Blessings and gratitude. Marion, you are remembered with deep love and respect.
Thank you to your family for all they have done to support you and your community.
Patricia Savage
July 15, 2018
Gratitude for your Love, Wisdom and Soul Presence, Dearest Marion. My Soul dances freely because of your Blessing
Eva Rider
July 14, 2018
Deepest gratitude for Marion Woodman. She did change everything and she changed everything for me. I was lost and her books and words and then later her presence held me through and set me on a path I never imagined for myself. She was always the soul of the place and faithfully encouraged as all to always hold soul, to always be the soul of anyplace we go to.

A poem from her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson:
A sepal, petal, and a thorn
Upon a common summer's morn
A flask of DewA Bee or two
A Breezea caper in the trees
And I'm a Rose!

Here is a link to her foundation
Christina Frasher
July 14, 2018
Oh Marion, you have changed my life forever. You have given me a vision and a confidence to step fully into my own life - and you have shown me how to value this one precious life I have. Your courage, your vision and your guidance will live on in this world - through the great love you showered on us all. Thank you.
Cindy Jacobs
July 14, 2018
Blessings on Marion Woodman. Her work and her presence were extraordinarily empowering. Thank you to Marion. Gratefulness and blessings to the many people who helped spread her ideas and teaching, and to those who supported her in the end of her life.
Gita Ramamurthy
July 14, 2018
My times with you were precious and always forward moving. You meant so much to so many of us.. sweet dreams...Crystal Hawk.
Crystal Hawk
July 14, 2018
Diana McKendree
July 14, 2018
A 1/kind who manifested blessing and wisdom to all who crossed her path. So loved.
Diana McKendree
July 13, 2018
She was an extraordinary teacher, and remarkable human being. I feel so lucky to have met her in my teen years, and had the opportunity to meet her from time to time in the intervening years. She was a light in our often dark world.
Dawn Obokata
July 13, 2018
You will forever live on in my heart. Thank you for telling your truth and being my beacon of light toward living an awake life. Warm blessings to your family.
Mitzi Page
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