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Short Biography

Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés is Mestiza Latina [Native American/ Mexica Spanish], presently in her seventies. She grew up in the now vanished oral tradition of her immigrant, refugee families who could not read nor write, or did so haltingly, and for whom English was their third language overlying their ancient natal languages.


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and beloved by many world wide..

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Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother's Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul

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Call her Our Lady, La Nuestra Señora, Holy Mother—or one of her thousands of other names,” says Dr. Estés. “She wears hundreds of costumes, dozens of skin tones, is patroness of deserts, mountains, stars and oceans. Thus she comes to us in billions of images, but at her center, she is the Great Immaculate Heart.” With Untie the Strong Woman, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés invites us to reconnect with “the fierce and loving Blessed Mother who is friendly, but never tame—she who flies to our aid when the road is long and our hearts are broken, ever ready to rekindle the inner fire of our creative souls.”


In her first book in more than a decade, Dr. Estés illuminates Our Lady through blessings, images, and narrative, including:

    • Stories of connecting with the Blessed Mother, including “Meeting the Lady in Red,” and “Untie the Strong Woman”


    • Blessed Mother’s many images from around the world, including “Litany of The Mother Road: A Chant of Her Incandescent Names;” “A Man Named Mary;” and “The Marys of Mother Africa”


    • The wild side of her love, including “Massacre of the Dreamers: The Maiz Mother;” “Holy Card of Swords Through the Heart;” and “Guadalupe is a Girl Gang Leader in Heaven”

“The Blessed Mother is often ‘Friend to the friendless one’ and Mother to all—yet too many of us have been estranged from her for far too long.” Untie the Strong Woman opens a channel to this sacred and nurturing force—“breaking through walls that have held us back from her presence, and instead, inviting us to shelter under her starry green mantle.”


How to Be An Elder: Volume 5 of five volumes from "The Dangerous Old Woman manuscript. Subtitle: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype"
final session of the 30 part series


Untie the Strong Woman
A Celebration of the Blessed Mother
Recorded to honor the feast day of Guadalupe

Untie the Strong Woman
CDs and Mp3 (Two Sessions)
Untie the Strong Woman, Part 2

THE DANGEROUS OLD WOMAN Spoken Word Series -- 30 sessions, total

1. The Dangerous Old Woman (6 cds/mp3s)
Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Volume 1 of 5: The Dangerous Old Woman series

2. The Power of the Crone (6 cds/mp3s)
Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Volume 2 of of 5: The Dangerous Old Woman series

3. The Joyous Body (6 cds/mp3s)
Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Volume 3 of 5: The Dangerous Old Woman series

4. The Late Bloomer (6 cds/mp3s)
Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Volume 4 of 5: The Dangerous Old Woman series

5. How to Be An Elder (mp3s avail now; CDs audiobook to come)
Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype
Volume 5 of 5: The Dangerous Old Woman series

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

(Ballantine, ©1992,1995)

FORTHCOMING 2017, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Women Who Run With the Wolves, with 10 pages of additional writings of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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

A beautiful work of love and loss and love again... between a little child and her wartorn uncle, and the healing power of Nature.(Harper, 1996)

The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough

A true story of two strangers, old people fleeing war, spending a night hiding in the protection of a hut... and an old redemptive tale. [Ballantine 1993}