Marion Woodman was born in Ontario, Canada on August 15, 1928, the daughter of a Protestant minister. Marion was the oldest of three children. She described a childhood of playing in the woods, creating plays with her brothers, and accompanying her father as he officiated for funerals and weddings. She attended the University of Western Ontario where she met her husband, Ross Woodman, an English professor who specialized in the Romantics. Marion initially trained as a teacher and taught English and drama until her early 40's when she traveled to Zürich to train as a Jungian analyst. Upon returning to Canada, she began her practice as a Jungian analyst in Toronto and London, Ontario.
Upon returning from Switzerland, Marion began lecturing and giving workshops as well as writing. Marion's work focused on the feminine, soul, the relationship to one's body and what she came to call "the conscious feminine." Marion's work was rooted in her own healing process. Guided by her own dreams and her own body work with the symbols from her dreams, she was able to touch into her own healing process. Marion shared this knowledge and experience with millions of people all over the world through her books, workshops, and lectures. With colleagues Anne Skinner and Mary Hamilton, they developed BodySoul rhythms®. This work has become the basis of the Marion Woodman Foundation and BodySoul rhythms®.
Marion passed away on July 9, 2018. She left behind a legacy of persons who had the privilege of having trained with her and BodySoul rhythms®. Her work continues through those who trained with her and the Marion Woodman Foundation which was established in 2001 to continue the work that Marion, Anne and Mary began.