Retooling Your Hero's Journey: A Mythological Toolbox

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Retooling Your Hero's Journey: A Mythological Toolbox

Time: March 24, 2013 at 9am to March 29, 2013 at 5pm
Location: The Esalen Institute
Street: 55000 Highway One
City/Town: Big Sur, CA 93920
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Event Type: workshop
Organized By: The Esalen Institute
Latest Activity: Mar 23, 2013

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For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday at Esalen. To explain why, he would tell of Carl Jung’s wondering, “What myth am I living by?” - and when he realized that he didn’t know, writing, “I took it upon myself to get to know ‘my’ myth, and I regarded this as the task of tasks.” “That’s what a birthday is for,” Campbell would conclude, “and what Esalen is about.”

In March 1988, five months after Campbell’s death, some of his friends again gathered at Esalen for “Campbell Week” - a tradition that has endured. Eventually we dubbed these festivities 'A Mythological ToolBox,' to acknowledge that familiarity with Campbell was not needed to retool the myths that shape one’s life - though a sense of humour certainly helps.

We’ll recall dreams and rekindle visions using such mythmaking tools as drums and dance, music and song, masks, medicine bags, and altars. Our mix of individual, small-group, and collective activities will provide opportunities for both reflection and expression.

Who were you? What mise-en-scènes inspire your biographical saga? What treasures have you banished to the basement, secreted in the attic? Who are you? What’s displayed in your home or dangling from your rearview mirror? Who do you aspire to be? What face do you envision in the mirror? What remains on your bucket list? If you dare to revision yourself, then join our springtime rituals of rebirth.

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