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Archetypes and Identity: Which Roles Roam Through You?

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All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one woman in her time plays many parts.

Working with the Archetype Cards by Caroline Myss is deeply insightful. We play many roles throughout our lives, many at the same time. Other roles ping us into fear, envy—any number of emotions and interpersonal stances. We respond to the archetypes in mysterious ways that are deeply connected to our sense of self, our destiny, our soul path, and what we’ve become.

Are we any of them? How are archetypes helpful to our notions of identity, self-care and self-realization—being happy as ourselves in the present moment—in a world full of archetypes gone wild?

Presenter Susan Lynch, island shaman-poet, is versed in working with these cards in small, private groups. Through a series of rounds, selecting and pondering the cards with specific intents, you will glean inner knowing on many levels, about your personal journey and what roles roam through you. Some are old roles ready to be set aside and recycled; some are aspirational, asking to come into play. Some ring your chimes; some get your goat.

Susan facilitates with an easy, relaxed flow that holds space for remarkable moments of revelation. We’ll ponder and peruse for a few hours, and then, from 3-4pm it’s snacks-and-relax time, for processing on a more conversational level and just hanging out, as the experience settles into each participant, and more sharing adds bonus insights and laughs. 

Bring a journal for notes on your discoveries, and snap photos on your phone for later pondering. You’ll be sent more details and reminders before the event, if you register.

The afternoon is just $75. Register before September 19th for an automatic $5 discount.

A few scholarships are available, giving a whopping 80% reduction in the cost. Email and ask about a scholarship—no explanations or paperwork required. Hestia donors provide for scholarships, to help women take time for themselves..


Susan Lynch is a shaman in private practice for twenty years—visit her website for the whole story on who she is and what she does. Currently Vashon Poet Laureate, she writes, presents, edits, collaborates, and also leads a weekly poetry group on the island. Her latest poetry collection preparing for publication is Nothing Doing.

As part of Hestia’s Circle of Directors, she’s helped women take time for themselves, assisted in shaping the non-profit, and led retreats for Hestia. She enjoys creating a space where magic happens, each person finds what she came for, and aha moments come swiftly and gracefully.

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