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Mother Night Course by Clarissa Pinkola Estés [Course Review]

Mother Night Course by Clarissa Pinkola Estés [Course Review]

Myths, stories, and teachings from Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Mother Night Course provide an opportunity to learn how to tap the massive creative power in the shadow. The course is designed to explore and understand our fears, doubts, and blocks as well as our strengths and joys. This course includes 11 hours of listening to various mythologies, stories, and teachings which allow participants to gain insight into their own lives and to identify the unconscious patterns that are preventing them from achieving their goals.

This course includes 11 hours of teaching stories, and you'll hear 12 stories in the six-session learning event and Q&A sessions.

The course begins with an introduction to archetypal images, symbols, and stories that represent the various aspects of our unconscious selves. Estés then takes participants on a journey of exploration into the deep recesses of their inner world and helps them tap into its mysteries. Through this process, individuals can gain insight into their deepest motivations and desires which can be used to find their authentic power. Additionally, Estés provides guidance on how to move through the darkness so that we can transform our fears and doubts into courage and strength.

The course is a powerful experience for anyone who is ready to confront their inner demons and unlock the creative power of their own night. It provides insight into the power of the unknown and provides practical tools to help individuals navigate the depths of their own unconscious. Through this process, individuals can gain insight into their deepest motivations and desires which can be used to find their authentic power.


Mother Night is a six-session learning event that focuses on the archetypal imagination, teaching individuals to connect with the core self and tap into the generative power of creative life that lies hidden in the unconscious. Led by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, an internationally recognized scholar and bestselling author of Women Who Run With the Wolves, this program is designed to help individuals rediscover their purpose and calling in life by returning to their soul's true home.

In her teachings, Dr. Estés emphasizes the importance of seeing the world through both the eyes of soul and ego, a dual way of seeing that allows us to embrace the gifts and well-being that are inherent within our souls. By sharing 12 original teaching stories and archetypal images, Dr. Estés guides learners on a journey of transformation, helping them to connect with the wild and wise self that emerges from the realm of mystery, dreams, and shadow.

The program is grounded in the understanding that the human soul is the most endangered species on earth, as many individuals try to stand in the world of the collective culture rather than embracing their unique and eccentric qualities. This failure to return to the soul's true home can lead to a sense of being disconnected or not in oneself entirely, resulting in a loss of soul nourishment. Mother Night offers a way back toward home, toward the double worldview that sees through both the eyes of the soul and the ego.

Through 11 hours of teaching stories, along with commentary, Q&A sessions, and prayers of blessing, Mother Night offers an opportunity for learners to tap into the goodness of their core selves, unleashing their creativity and understanding to live full and meaningful lives. With Dr. Estés as their guide and traveling companion, individuals can learn to walk in two worlds, embracing their unique qualities and finding solid ways of unleashing creative life.

About Instructor

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a renowned figure in the fields of psychology, literature, and spirituality. A PhD holder and diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, she is also a cantadora – a keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition.

Her international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves has been widely celebrated for its fresh insights and profound impact on women's lives. In addition to this widely acclaimed book, she is a managing editor and columnist at, and a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online, where she regularly shares her perspectives on politics, culture, and spirituality.

Dr. Estés's work is marked by an intuitive depth, a poetic sensibility, and an unwavering commitment to exploring the mysteries of the human soul. Her teachings draw on storytelling, Jungian psychology, and archetypal imagination to help individuals cultivate their creative potential and access the wellspring of wisdom within.

With her insights and guidance, students of Dr. Estés's Mother Night course can expect to embark on a journey of self-discovery, exploring the realm of mystery and awakening the eyes of their souls. Through her original teaching stories and deep knowledge of the human psyche, Dr. Estés offers a rich tapestry of insights and practices that can help unlock the beautiful, soulful gifts within us all.

What you'll learn

In the Mother Night course by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, you will learn about various archetypes and mythological characters that represent the strong-sighted and deep-hearted self who lives in both the world of light and darkness. The course includes six sessions, each focusing on different concepts:

  • Session One introduces the Archetype of the Medial Woman, who is rooted in both the world of light and darkness. You will learn about various representations of this archetypal force through stories like The Erl König, Cybele, Medea, and Sophia-Ruach.
  • Session Two discusses Throwing off Over-Acculturation and explores how we often relinquish our individuality and unique gifts by seeking out what is similar. Through the telling of the classic Sufi tale "The Conference of the Birds," you will learn to be bi-culturate and to mine the gold of the shadow.
  • Session Three delves into Curanderismo, the traditional healer in Native Latino culture. You will learn about ways to create consciously strong allyship with the forces of goodness and how to effectively help and heal yourself and others. Stories like Los Zapatos and "The Bell Ringing Under the Ground" will help you understand the ways in which the mainstream collective pollutes the true self.
  • Session Four is about Premonitions and Apparitions and helps you understand how to receive visitations from the other world in the form of premonitions, dreams, synchronistic events, and more. You will learn about legendary seers like Tiresias, The Sybil, and Xilonen, and how they received messages from the other world.
  • Session Five explores how to make sense of the sometimes subtle, sometimes harsh, distressing, sometimes extraordinarily loving, and sometimes profoundly informative ideas, insights, and data even summonses and commands given to us by the unconscious. You will learn about the hero and heroine's darkest challenges and the four ways of understanding uncanny insights that often arise from the dark.
  • Session Six is about Mining the Mother Lode and explains why those who unleash their craft do not wait for the muse. You will learn about various myths and stories like "The Man Who Sought Treasure Afar," "The Rebbe in Prison," and "Coyote Learns to Dance" that set out insights about how the psyche taps, nudges, shoves, trying to get its person to unfurl that idea, dare that new venture, and complete that meaningful project.

Throughout the course, Clarissa Pinkola Estés shares original teaching stories and introduces you to various archetypal images. Whether you are an artist or someone who wants to create, this course will guide you in unleashing your creative and soulful gifts through the archetypal imagination and the wild companion that resides within.

Pros & Cons


Mother Night course by Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a phenomenal creation that engages the senses in a way that goes beyond what any movie can do. Her storytelling ability is unmatched, taking the listener on a journey that is reminiscent of a very intense dream. It is a true delight to listen to the audio version of Mother Night as Clarissa's voice is comforting, like balm, and what she talks about is joyful and nourishing for the soul.

What makes this course so exceptional is the wisdom that is imparted through the storytelling. Clarissa's teachings take the listener beyond the intellect and deep into the subconscious, an experience that is both enlightening and transformative. Her ability to deliver these teachings with passion, clarity, and eloquence is truly remarkable.

In addition to the wonderful spoken content, the music between the chapters is funny, original, and sure to make you smile. It adds another layer of enjoyment to an already delightful experience.

Listeners are sure to find themselves returning to this course time and again, as the content is so rich and nourishing. It is an experience that continues to provide joy and insight with each listen. Clarissa Pinkola Estés is a rare human being, and her work is so needed in this starving world. Listening to Mother Night makes life feel good inside.

Overall, the Mother Night course by Clarissa Pinkola Estés is an incredible creation, full of beautiful gifts for the soul. It is a must-listen for those looking to engage their intuitive nature, tap into their archetypal imagination, and explore the realm of mystery and the human soul.


When it comes to Clarissa Pinkola Estés' Mother Night Course, some people have her some time too rambling. They might feel that her stories are too long and unrelated to the main points she wants to make. However, this is often due to the fact that she is a storyteller first and foremost, with a rich experience from which she draws many of her lessons. Her stories and anecdotes are often what bring the lessons to life and help listeners understand them more thoroughly.

The cost of the course can also be off-putting for some people. While it's true that the course does have a price tag, it is actually quite reasonable considering the wealth of knowledge that will be gained through listening to this course. It's definitely worth the investment!


The conclusion of Clarissa Pinkola Estés' Mother Night Course is that it is up to each individual to find their own wisdom, strength, and courage as they search for the truth within. Estés believes that in order to find true inner peace and contentment, we must learn to listen to our own inner voice and intuition. We must be brave enough to face our fears and make decisions that are authentic and true to ourselves. This is the ultimate goal of the Mother Night Course – to give people a safe and supportive place in which to explore their inner depths, and ultimately find their own truth.

With the Mother Night Course, Estés provides a unique opportunity for listeners to get in touch with their inner wildness and creativity. Through her stories and teachings, she encourages individuals to explore their own imaginative potential and strengthen their connection with the archetypal realm. By embodying archetypes, it is possible to gain insight into our own nature and learn how we can use our gifts to create positive change in the world.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Wonderful voice!

The narrative is impressive. I greatly appreciate Pinkola-Estes' storytelling. Her presence stimulates my senses in a way that surpasses any film. The experience was similar to that of a vivid dream. There is a great deal of knowledge that goes beyond just intellectual understanding and delves into the subconscious.

This was an amazing course!

I am grateful for the experience of exploring the darkness with Mother Night. The content provided nourishing, useful, and enlightening. I appreciate the chance to gain a deeper understanding of myself.

Very interesting! I love everything she says or writes.

I appreciate the work of Estes. Her style is characterized by being both captivating and intellectually stimulating. She skillfully incorporates elements of folktale, myth, depth psychology, and genuine humanity into her work. She communicates with depth and empathy at all levels. She values simplicity and challenge equally. Mother Night provided a refreshing experience. Her ability to tell stories and explain concepts is impressive. If you are familiar with her work and appreciate The Dangerous Old Woman products, this will also be a pleasant experience. This is something that can provide nourishment for the soul. Have fun!

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