As a fairy tale researcher, I read A LOT of fairy tales. But I must admit, the Grimms’ “Das Mädchen ohne Hände” (The Maiden Without Hands) has always been a favourite of mine. There are over a hundred variants, often known as “The Handless Maiden,” “Silver Hands” or “The Armless Maiden.”
So when I was told that there was a fairy tale workshop this month in Sydney that centres around the tale, I was super excited!
This beautiful workshop is run by Heather Keens, an experienced individual and family therapist, and Joan Harcourt, an experienced body psychotherapist and group leader. Together they will help attendees explore this rich fairy tale from a Jungian psychological perspective.
As Keens and Harcourt remind us, “The Handless Maiden is a story about individuation, about developing one’s inner strength, resilience and creativity. It is a story about losing your hands, living with silver hands and finding your hands.”
The part I love the most is that these inspiring women take this tale of loss and healing, and make it personal to the attendees: “there will be an opportunity to explore your own journey to the conscious feminine and the inner positive masculine in a safe and contained setting. We work through discussion, metaphor and symbol, movement, dream work and art in this process.”
This workshop will be of interest to health professionals, counsellors, expressive therapists, storytellers, writers or anyone engaged in their own psychological journey.
To download and print a PDF with all the details, click here: Handless Maiden Flier.
The Monash Fairy Tale Salon