The Mother: Archetype, Spiritual, Personal Goddess

by Julie Bondanza, Ph.D.

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...the mother archetype manifests in both its nurturing and terrifying forms...

In this short course, we will explore the archetype of the mother in her many aspects and its effects on our psyches. Worship of the goddess as mother can be found throughout history and in myriad cultures. The mother archetype is at the heart of many, if not all, spiritual experiences as well as at the center of our personal psychology. We will examine this archetype though art, poetry, myth, fairy tales, dreams, fantasies, and personal experience.

In his seminal work The Great Mother, Erich Neumann demonstrates that the primordial images of the mother are deeply set in the human psyche. Neumann recognizes how the archetype manifests in both its nurturing and terrifying forms.

C.G. Jung in Volume 9 of The Collected Works devotes an entire essay to the mother complex. He considered the mother archetype the most significant of all. It contains all the nurturing, abandoning, threatening and awesome aspects of the mother.

What you will learn

22.	Frederic Leighton - The Return of Persephone (1891), Public Domain
To explore the archetype of the Mother in her many aspects.

To describe the effects of the Mother archetype on our psyches.

To give examples of the Mother archetype across various cultures.

Julie Bondanza, Ph.D.

Julie Bondanza is a licensed psychologist and a diplomate Jungian analyst who trained at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York, where she was Director of Training, a job she also held with the Philadelphia Association of Jungian Analysts. She has taught extensively in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, as well as for various Jung societies across the country. Presently she serves the board of the C.G. Jung Foundation of New York and continues to serve as its program chair, a post she has held for many years. Dr. Bondanza practices in Takoma Park and lives in Washington, D.C.

Who is it for

>> For people interested in how different aspects of the mother archetype show up in history and our life
>> For therapists who want to add an archetypal dimension to their work
>> For people who want to deepen their understanding of their own mothering

What do people have to say


"...an impressive knowledge of myth and literature "

Julie brings to all of her courses an impressive knowledge of myth and literature and of our journey toward wholeness. Her compassion for the characters and their deepest needs, informed by her many years as a Jungian Analyst, helps us find ourselves in their stories and perhaps begin to have compassion for ourselves as well. Her candor and humor invite us all into lively conversations and a sense of community.   


"I'm very fortunate to have participated in Julie's unique courses."

Julie uses great literature and films to explore the human condition through the lens of analytical psychology. Julie is open, blunt, accessible and irreverent; her erudition and compassion attract many deeply thoughtful and soulful people to her classes

What you will get

>> Video recording of each lesson so you'll have the information easily accessible
>> Audio recording of each lesson to download on your digital devices and listen at your convenience
>> Discussion Board where you can leave your comments and share your ideas
>> Transcripts of all lectures. We’ve designed your transcripts with clear formatting, space for you to take notes, and helpful highlighted quotes so you’ll have the information easily accessible.


The transcript makes it easier to integrate new concepts.
You can also go back and double-check quotes and names that are mentioned.
Having the transcripts allows you to make your notes on your understanding of the ideas rather than transcribing the lesson.
Some people simply learn better by reading than by listening or watching.


I'm not a therapist. Can I join the course?
Yes. Both people in the healing professions and those interested in self-development can join the course.

Do you offer Continued Education Units?
At this point, we don't offer CEU.

When does the course start and finish?
Once you've enrolled, you have lifetime access to the course. Work at your own pace—there is no deadline to finish.
How long do we have access to the course?
You will have lifetime access to the course.
Will we get access to the full course all at once?
Yes. Additional bonus modules and handouts may be added over time, but all of the course lessons are available upon enrollment.
What equipment/tools will we need to complete the course?
Access to a computer, an email account, and an eager and open mind! Additionally, we ask you to be curious and willing to play.
What do we do if we need help?
If you need help with something related to the course, please contact [email protected].


A unique opportunity to join The Mother course.

We feel honored that Julie Bondanza has chosen to co-create this fantastic course with SoulAtPlay. This is a rare opportunity to get insight into the mother archetype from one of the leading Jungian analysts.
If you’re ready to examine the mother archetype through art, poetry, myth, fairy tales, dreams, fantasies, and personal experience, then join the course now.


"...an expert guide, terrific topics, dynamic discussions."

Taking a class with Dr. Julie Bondanza is like accepting an invitation to an educational adventure you had only imagined: an expert guide, terrific topics, challenging reading assignments, dynamic discussions, and no exams! Julie pilots her students, both newcomers and veterans, into a world of self-exploration through thematic prompts drawn from literature and depth psychology. Julie creates a welcoming classroom environment, in-person or virtual, as she weaves together the significance of literature with the value of one's perceptions and explorations. She enables her students to find their comfort levels of participation. I highly recommend taking a class with Julie and reaping the rewards of an investment in lifelong learning.


"Julie Bondanza is an outstanding teacher and intellectual."

Julie's passion for reading and literature was given a meaning with the Jungian interpretations of novels and plays that she is continuously offering. Her therapeutic practice is deeply inspired by fictional and fantasy material making her competent in understanding the intricacies of the human psyche from a metaphysical perspective. I enjoyed her classes and always had deep insights in Jungian psychology and literature.


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