Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About that Which Can Never Die

These elegantly interlocked tales of loss, survival, and fierce rebirth center around Dr. Estes's uncle, a war-ravaged Hungarian peasant farmer and refugee, a faithful gardener, and a storehouse of stories who was one of the "dancing fools, wise old crows, grumpy sages, and 'almost saints' who made up the old people" in Estés's childhood.

Told with graceful simplicity, deep feeling, generous humor, and profound optimism, The Faithful Gardener is, at its captivating core, the story of an open-hearted child who listened well to her old-country elders and who grew up to remember, to bear witness, and, as one of the premier storytellers of our times, to remind readers and listeners of all ages of "that magisterial life force within all things that strengthens us in times of turmoil or transition, that faithful force which can never die."

Selected Works

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Trade Paperback, NOW IN STORES and ONLINE

Via personal blessings and stories of visitations, miracles, and common events, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés helps us reconnect with the fierce and loving force of the Blessed Mother.

Trade Paperback book with 30 of the author's ex-votos, her color illustrations for prayer 390 pages ISBN-10: 1-60407-635-6 ISBN-13: 978-1-60407-635-6 Women’s Studies, Spirituality
How to Be an Elder: Volume 5 of The Dangerous Old Woman manuscript, Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Now Available in CD and mp3 SoundsTrue.com
The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
In this small work, Dr. Estés tells about one of the surviving old women from Dr. Estés' paternal family, who was attempting to hide from the prevailing army during WWII, and sheltered with a spirit soul in a small lean-to, and together while fleeing the destructions swirling around them, they spent a part of their night heartening each other with remembered stories of death ...and return to Life.
Spoken Word Audio, Non-Fiction
Where is memory of who we really are, who sent us here, and what is our work here ... and why are we often so unusual, so different, so eccentric, so belonging often to a tribe of one?
BOOK, Non-fiction
A field guide to the creative life of the soul, unfettered, fierce, and radiant.
BOOK: Non-fiction
Dr. Estés tells the story of her Uncle Tovar a peasant farmer from the Old Country who lived in a time when the Nazis first, and then the Red Army decimated their village in the Old Country, burning to the ground the remote farmland forests the people depended on so, forcing the families on marches to work camps... and worse. The refugees who survived the wars (for it was more than one war) straggled to America only to find that here too, government forces destroyed forests. But the soul of "this man" knew a fierce and heartbroken way through...