Deeper Callings defines purpose as an emanation, an outpouring of one’s true embodied essence into the world, as an integral part of and response to the world’s ever-changing needs.
Deeper Callingsis a richly designed, multifaceted Purpose Discovery program—embodied, imaginative, and soul-infused. Its bold inquiries and innovative processes guide you toward a finer awareness of who you are and why inthe world you are here. It is a deep dive, a venture into the fertile dark, a mythopoetic quest for a vision at the edge of your life and the world.
What time is it in your life, at this time in the world?
A compelling, even unsettling question in these extreme and tumultuous times. It can bring confusion. Self-doubt. Even despair. Yet there is this longing underneath it all—a deep desire to contribute in some way. To be recognized for who you truly are and what is uniquely yours to give. A longing to belong—to a place, a landscape, a particular niche. To be a part of a greater story unfolding—a purpose born of those deeper callings.
Marilyn helps you shine a light on your true essence. Wherever you are in the cycles and stages of your life, she will meet you, clarifying and calling forth your unique soul-infused identity and gifts. From her own experience, as well as from guiding others, Marilyn skillfully helps you navigate this unknown and sometimes challenging terrain. As she witnesses and mirrors your journey, portals open into the depths of your own insight and wisdom. She is a trusty anchor, helping you stay rooted en route.
As your Purpose Guide, I am committed to creating a safe and inspiring environment for you to delve into the soulful depths of this revealing and ultimately rewarding process.
– Marilyn Hardy
Marilyn listens carefully, and deftly picks up on small words and subtle gestures, and pinpoints the heart of the matter. Her careful attention is like a polished magic mirror, held up so I can see my soul clearly reflected.
Deeper Callings is for those asking burning questions—you curious ones, delving below the surface of things, pushing against the status quo. You may be in midlife, or well into senior years…you’ve been dedicated to personal healing and have a spiritual, soul-searching orientation to life.
With your deepening concern for the social, ecological, and spiritual crises of our time, you’re questioning humanity’s role…and your own.
on the threshold of a new, undefined phase of your life?
feeling unsettled, discontented, unfulfilled in a current profession or role?
curious about deeper dimensions of soul-level excavation and the underworld journey?
seeking to challenge yourself at your growing edge?
Or perhaps you’re…
despairing about the ecological and spiritual crisis of our time?
desiring to be of greater service to the world, but unclear how, where, and what that could mean?
at a creative edge of a gestating project, or wanting to be?
seeking connection with like-minded people on a soul journey?
Deeper Callings calls those who see life as an adventure—one which is ever beckoning, changing, and demanding that you rise, again…and again. You have a bit of wildness in you, finding comfort, kin, and great wisdom in the natural world. You are drawn to the paths less-followed, those leading ofttimes through a dark wood…and calling forth courage and imagination.
Our Real Work
It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.
The Deeper Callings Purpose Discovery Program engages your sensing body, your intellect, your heart and imagination in diverse and intriguing ways. It opens a wide lens on your life, shedding light on your vision, your values, your powers and gifts. And the parts of you, hidden in the shadows, that long to be revealed.
The circles of Deeper Callings Components below highlight core aspects of the 12 rich PGI Modules you will be guided through.They also reflect Marilyn’s unique contribution to the program from her Somatic Education background and prior Callings work.
Explore the components:
The Imaginal World
A wide range of exercises and guided meditative processes that open the senses and heart to the myriad ways soul communicates: voices, images, sensations/emotions, animal allies…
Excursions Into Nature
Seek guidance, inspiration, and cultivation of the capacity to feel the pulse of soul in the more-than human world.
Identify your vision and values, essence, core powers and gifts. Recognize default purposes, limiting beliefs, resistances and sub-personalities that keep you protected or blocked from a deeper embrace of your purest identity and purpose. Gain access to soul wisdom.
Somatic processes, utilizing the Feldenkrais Method linked with archetypal and mythic themes, serve to increase awareness and expand self-image through deep sensory exploration.
Teachings and Readings
Conceptualize and embrace a soul-centered worldview foundational to your journey. Required reading, SoulCraft by Bill Plotkin, provides one beautiful context for this exploration.
The Soul Quest Weekend
Deepen your soul inquiry on this weekend retreat (8 hours of that time spent in the natural world) Deeper Callings has been carefully preparing you for.
Viewing the evolution of your life in the context of the larger unfolding universe story helps open your imagination and expand or clarify your place and purpose.
Deeper Callings…Deeper Meaning
We have a choice: to live in a world devoid of meaning, where things happen through a random, even careless throw of the dice; where we are tossed around with callous abandon, or cast adrift, sometimes unmercifully, at the whim of indifferent forces outside and beyond us.
Or…we can live in a world of meaning, where everything, every event, if we look and live into it with a quality of receptivity, humility, curiosity, and courage, will ultimately reveal an exquisite underlying order and purpose; where even in the depths of the darkest night there is the call to enter and engage with life, a divine beckoning to participate whole-heartedly, or broken-heartedly, in a co-creative dance, a magic show, an ever-unfolding, outrageous and unfathomable mystery.
Have a complimentary personal interview (30 – 45 minutes) prior to registering in the Program in order to discuss options, details, cost, and to confirm that the program will be a good fit for you at this time in your life.
Group (max 4 people)
6 months (next session begins this Winter—early 2022)
12 modules (2 per month)
18 group Zoom meetings (1 – 1.25 hours) with Marilyn
4 months or 6 months
12 modules (3 per month or 2 per month)
18 one-on-one meetings (1 – 1.25 hours) with Marilyn,
via Zoom or in-person for local participants
Other Options Available
Please contact Marilyn to discuss tailored program possibilities, considering your particular interests or needs.
Others share their experiences doing this deep work with Marilyn; read more testimonials below.
Marilyn is a guide who brings together a rare combination of grace and power. With wisdom born of her own personal commitment to soul-level discovery and purpose, she skillfully creates and holds space for the most tender and luminous soul work. She knows deep listening and how to invite and weave the felt sensations of the body into dialogue and exploration that become deeply resonant, embodied, and joyful experiences.
Marilyn not only helped light the way in the early stages of my purpose discovery work, but she also gifted me a rich collection of experiences, tools, and resources to ignite and help me sustain my own inner light of purpose and passion.
I feel more alive, creative, and courageous; more authentic, and intimately connected to my people; and deeply committed to following the scent of soul to create a life of meaning and service. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
– Sarah L. Hale
Marilyn is such an extraordinary guide! Her unwavering welcoming of whatever was happening—resistances, frustrations, and “stucknesses,” as well new insights and opening doors—surprised me every time, and always left me feeling better able to be interested in the fullness of my own experience. Over and over again she was able to help me see whatever I was struggling with in a more generous and inclusive light—which every time helped me to feel that I could move ahead, try something different, notice and accept more. She is so attentive and generous and professional. She is so open hearted and alive and interested in the world. I learned so much from her!
– Meghan Reedy
When I had the inner urging to undertake the Program under the ever-insightful guidance of Marilyn, I was already 82 with half a century of meditation under my belt and several large visionary projects completed. I was ALMOST sure—but not quite—that any purpose this lifetime might have been intended for, had been fulfilled. Certainly, I was not about to undertake one of those great purpose-full projects of younger years that took such strength, such ambition, such energy.
But we began, Marilyn leading me gently like a horse definitely not yet put out to pasture. Her total faith in my becoming truly an Elder, carrying the fruitful wisdom of a long life, never wavered. And she held me with loving kindness firmly to that end…that purpose…to what I might call the Taoist vision of longevity’s wisdom. She led me with tenacity, love and clarity, holding me to the profundity of my soul rather than the perspicacity of my intellect, using the tools of PGI to fine hone my evolving understanding of “purpose.” I kept discovering not “purpose” in the way of younger years, but “purpose” as depth upon depth within and often “within the beyond” of fulfilled goals. They were often much more fulfilling and meaningful at a time in life when those old ambitious goals, to tell the truth, can easily no longer feel so meaningful or important.
Aging is truly a tricky passage. Always aware of how tricky the adolescent ego, at any age can be, Marilyn’s insight and perseverance, her dedication to the evolutionary potential of deep soul work, brought me a radically unforeseen vision of some of the meaningful riches of a long life that never gives up unfolding the ever-changing vistas of infinite soulful awareness.
– Ann Carroll
Marilyn Hardy is a wise and patient guide. She has a knowing twinkle in her eye as she challenges my habitual ways of thinking, and opens up paths to the Mythic. She taught me to reframe my worldview to include Soul, value art and imagination to nurture Soul, and to play every day in the fields of Soul.
Marilyn guided me into a more self-aware, self-loving state of being. I’ve struggled with self-esteem issues my whole life, and Marilyn’s patient guidance has taught me to acknowledge the small inner critic voice, embrace the emotional ups and downs, and to continually return to and remember my greater soul purpose.
Marilyn listens carefully, and deftly picks up on small words and subtle gestures, and pinpoints the heart of the matter. She loves words and wordplay; she has a broad knowledge of books, authors, and teachers and can recall just the right paraphrase to elaborate on a point she’s making. Marilyn’s careful attention is like a polished magic mirror, held up so I can see my soul clearly reflected.
– Rev. Circe Moss MacDonald
…from previous iteration of Callings work…
This life purpose and callings work with Marilyn opened me to a new level of awe and understanding for all that our bodies and imaginations hold of our heart’s hungers and life truths. As a guide, employing Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, art, journaling, sharing and informal dialogue, Marilyn quickly established a sense of trust, respect, and even adventure to explore my current directions. Several months have passed since this powerful day, yet I continue to draw insights and energy from the workshop.
– Sue, Portland, Maine
I enjoyed the rich variety of tools and processes in this life purpose and callings work. The wide-angled perspective on human and evolutionary nature was foundational in helping me to see myself in a larger context with a larger role. Marilyn’s attentive, creative and inspired energy and intelligence added great depth and richness to my own evolution.
– Carl, Portland, Maine
For me, the beauty and benefit of Marilyn’s work was two-fold: first, by integrating my inner world with my outer, I feel more at home in myself, my world, and more present in my life. Secondly, I’ve begun comparing myself to a tool box–full of tools I didn’t know how to use. Now, I begin to pick them up, one by one–knowing what to do–and begin to use them to create the life I want. Marilyn’s vast perspective and guidance encourages this personalized process to unfold.