What Ails Thee? Myth, Fairy Tales & The Post-Heroic Journey
With Sharon Blackie, PhD
May 6 - 10, 2020
The guiding mythology of western culture is not only intensely heroic and individualistic in nature, it is also profoundly goal-oriented.
What might a post-heroic mythology look like instead? What stories would we tell if we thought that living a good and meaningful life had nothing to do with finding treasure, defeating our enemies, or living happily ever after, but was about learning to live more deeply, day by day, in a challenged and constantly challenging world? What stories might we find which offer us a richer set of values to live by? Which show us that being and becoming are just as important as achieving and doing?
Explore the rich folkloric inheritance of the West: those ancient myths and fairy tales which remind us that, tucked up safe in the rambling, roundabout lines between once upon a time and happily ever after, lie all the secrets for a meaningful, sustainable life. These are the stories which teach us how to negotiate with the wild that is both outside and inside of us, and which show us what it might be like to inhabit a world in which humans are fully enmeshed. In this world, animals always have something to teach us, trees and plants can save or cure us, and wise old men and women are waiting in the woods to help us.
From the ‘question that must be asked’ in the beautiful and mysterious old romances of the Grail quest, to the soulful initiations offered by Baba Yaga in her house with chicken feet – we’ll rediscover the trail of breadcrumbs which these old stories have laid to help us find our way home through the dark and desolate forests of contemporary life.
Dr. Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer and internationally recognized teacher whose work sits at the interface of psychology, mythology and ecology. Her highly acclaimed books, courses, lectures and workshops are focused on the development of the mythic imagination, on the reclaiming of indigenous Western spiritual traditions, and on the relevance of our native myths, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, social and environmental problems we face today. sharonblackie.net
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