#85 – The Heroine’s Journey with Maureen Murdock


Maureen Murdock M.A. is a psychotherapist, writing teacher and the author of six books, including The Heroine’s Journey:Woman’s Quest for Wholeness, a ground-breaking book which revealed a broader understanding of the female psyche on both a personal and cultural level. Murdock is also the author of The Heroine’s Journey (Workbook); Fathers’ Daughters; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children and is the editor of an anthology of memoirs written by her writing students entitled Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. Her books have been published in eleven languages. Murdock’s research on myth and memoir culminated in her most recent book, Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory. She teaches memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately in Sausalito, California. Murdock was Chair and core faculty member of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and is adjunct faculty in depth psychology at Sonoma State University. She has been a guest lecturer at The C.G. Jung Institute, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, University of British Columbia, The Naropa Institute, The Omega Institute, The Oasis Center, University of Creation Spirituality, University of Massachusetts, and others. She has been an educational consultant for a number of school districts and she co-created a program in human development for students in the Los Angeles City Schools to deal with conflict resolution and diversity issues after the uprisings in the early 1990s. Maureen Murdock is also a prolific art photographer and her work is widely exhibited.



  1. Terre Spencer
    Posted July 9, 2007 at 7:37 am | Permalink


    Withing the hour of hearing about your podcast from the Awaretek podcast, I found your site and this is the p’cast that first showed up on y screen. What synchronicity! Maureen Murdock is one of my heroines and after I listened to this wonderful p’cast, I downloaded every issue available.

    Your interview provided me th chance to hear Ms. Murdock answer questions that I would have asked her. I felt like I came to know both of you ever so much more. I am one about the twelfth issue and will continue to listen until I hear them all.

    This particular p’cast has especial significance to me. Thank you so much for this series and this interview.

    Terre Spencer

  2. Rick Vail
    Posted May 14, 2008 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    This is another one of those shows where I had the opportunity to listen to a point of view that I would never otherwise bother to expose myself to. This is one of the many things I love about shrinkrap, I like to hear about things that I am not typically interested in but would like to know somehting about. yet don’t have the patience or time to gobble down in book form. What a cool show, I have decided to add one Dr. Murdocks expressions “depression is a sacred journey” I like that better than most the other things I hear today when it comes to depression. I am so grateful for all the neat things I have learned by listening to shrinkrap. Thanks Dr. Dave

  3. Posted June 11, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Listeners may also enjoy my [text] interview with Maureen Murdock.

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