Jean Shinoda Bolen

Embracing Crone Wisdom with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.


Program Description

What wisdom do you have that you can pass on? Have the difficult times in your life left you bitter, seeking someone to blame? Or have they left you juicy with self-awareness, purpose, and humor? Have you become a crone? Join author and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen as she explores the enormous potential for wisdom in the last third of your life. “Any person who has made a deep connection to nurturing or sustaining others, any person who has been through vulnerability and suffering and has learned some wisdom from it,” she explains, can embrace their later years with a depth of understanding that is of value to us all. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award”, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered. The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the UN. She is the initiator and the leading advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women, which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012.

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Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What it means for you to claim the title of crone
  • The freedom that comes with being a crone
  • How being in a woman’s body affects her relationship to other citizens of the world
  • How men and women respond differently to stress
  • What it takes for a man to be a crone
  • What is the Millionth Circle Movement and why coming together in circles is important

Host: Justine Willis Toms                Interview Date: 8/27/2003               Program Number: 3008


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