New Joseph Campbell Lectures    Print | 

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Each lecture is available for download
from JCF as our thank you with a gift of $5.99 or more.

Joseph Campbell explores “Your Myth Today” in three previously unreleased lectures from the fifth volume in Series II of the Joseph Campbell Audio Collection.

Lecture II.5.1 – Mythologies New, Old, and Today

Lecture II.5.2 – Myth & Violence in America

Lecture II.5.3 – Androgyne as Mystical Symbol

Previous lectures in Series II can be found here>>

Click on the title of each lecture for more information,
or to donate and download.

Mythological ToolBox® Playshop at Spillian, July 10-15, 2016    Print | 

Spillian ToolBox 2016

JCF is delighted to announce the third Mythological Toolbox® PlayShop at Spillian in the Catskills the East Coast – the sole location for this workshop on the East Coast after 30 years at the world-famous Esalen Institute in California. This summer's event, titled "Your Hero's Journey Redux," takes place July 11-15, 2016, at Spillian, in Fleischmann's, New York. Activities will be facilitated by Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell’s editor for a decade, president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and a poet/playwright with several decades of experience as group leader, teacher, publisher, and theatrical producer/director/designer.

For more information, click here>>

Paperback Edition of Mythic Worlds, Modern Words   Print | 

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Now available in a trade paperback edition, Mythic Worlds, Modern Words is a masters meet-up between the twentieth century’s quintessential mythologist and its most exemplary literary modernist. Forty years of Campbell's lectures, articles and unpublished writings on the novels of James Joyce, drawn together by Joycean scholar Edmund L. Epstein, serve as a lens to examine both the nature of myth in art, and the myriad-minded work of the man whom many have called the greatest literary artist of the modern era.
An appendix includes both question and answer sessions from Campbell's lectures, and a series of articles penned by Campbell and Henry Morton Robinson (co-author with Campbell of A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake), unveiling the Wake-like themes that suffused Thorton Wilder's Broadway hit, The Skin of Our Teeth.

To learn more or to order your copy of Mythic Worlds, Modern Words, click to visit New World Library

Mythological ToolBox at Esalen, March 27-April 1, 2015   Print | 

Esalen Cliff Baths 

Every year for decades, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday by spending a week at Esalen. JCF has continued the tradition of "Campbell week" with an exploration of the personal myths shaping our lives.

This year's 23nd edition of the Mythological ToolBox™ Playshop is entitled "Retooling Your Hero's Journey Redux."

Robert Walter, Joseph Campbell's editor, publisher, and JCF President, will lead the activities, joined by special guests.

If you dare to revision yourself, you are invited to join our improvisational rebirth rituals, March 27-April 1, 2016, at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA. For more information on this year's Mythological ToolBox™ Playshop or to register, visit this page>>

Jean Erdman: A Creative Legacy   Print | 

 Joseph Campbell and Jean Erdman on their honeymoon On Friday, February 19th at 7:00 pm, the Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) will present, with the cooperation of the UHM Department of Theater & Dance, a 100th Birthday retrospective and celebration of the award-winning career of Honolulu native and longtime resident, dancer-choreographer-director Jean Erdman. A modern dance pioneer, Jean Erdman began her award-winning 60+-year career in 1938, immediately after her marriage to famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, when she joined Martha Graham’s dance company.

For more about Jean Erdman's fabled career, click here

Erdman, who will be one-hundred on February 20th, will attend this one-night-only event orchestrated by JCF president Robert Walter, who worked closely with Erdman and Campbell in the 1980s. The celebration, unfolding in UHM’s Earle Ernst Lab Theater, will feature never-before-seen vintage film footage, videos, and photographs that illuminate Erdman’s extraordinary career; reflections on working with Erdman from Hawaiian and mainland dancers and musicians; a screening of Hamadryad, Nancy Allison’s and Paul Allman’s award-winning cinematic revisioning of a famous Erdman dance; and many other surprises.

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Earle Ernst Lab Theatre at the Kennedy Theatre
University of Hawaii at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 9682

New Joseph Campbell Book!   Print | 

Romance of the Grail Cover JCF is pleased to announce Romance of the Grail: The Magic and Mystery of Arthurian Myth, the latest volume by Joseph Campbell, is available now in bookstores everywhere!

Romance of the Grail displays Campbell’s infectious enthusiasm for storytelling, the stunning depth of his scholarship, and his ability to convey complex ideas to a wide range of audiences. It draws from the deep well of materials left behind after Campbell’s death, including his never-before-published master’s thesis, “The Dolorous Stroke.” Throughout the book, he reveals new meaning in the stories of such beloved characters as Merlin, Gawain, and Guinevere.
Editor Evans Lansing Smith, Ph.D. (Chair of Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute), argues that Campbell’s entire career was informed by his study of the Arthurian Romances of the Middle Ages. For Campbell, the Arthurian legends:
• open up the whole rich world of comparative mythology

• represent the world’s first “secular mythology,” in which the stories should be interpreted as metaphors of the natural stages of spiritual growth and as symbols of the individuation process

• reveal the origins of what Campbell called “Amor” — a special love in which individuals become more fully themselves through profound connection

“Smith provides well-rounded and concise essential readings on Arthurian mythology by one of America’s leading mythologists and incredible storytellers. Highly recommended for readers interested in Campbell, mythology, or Arthurian studies.” Library Journal (Sept. 2015)

“Known as the man who made mythology accessible to the masses, Campbell presents his material clearly enough for academics and laymen alike.”  FOREWARD Reviews (upcoming Winter 2016 issue).

Click here to order from publisher New World Library for $24.95


Romance of the Grail is the latest result of Joseph Campbell Foundation’s ongoing mission to keep Joseph Campbell’s mythic vision alive (a mission that includes publishing fifteen hardcover books and multiple digitial works, along with over fifty audio lectures and several video productions). JCF has worked with a global community of artists, scholars, writers, educators, and questers, organized conferences and workshops with a variety of insitutions, fostered extensive and powerful online conversations, and currently sponsors over 50 local and regional community groups worldwide as part of the Foundation’s Mythological RoundTable® Program.

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Upcoming JCF & Mythological RoundTable® Group Events

MRT of Paris, France
RoundTable: May 29, 2016 in Paris, France
MRT of Laguna Beach, CA
RoundTable: June 8, 2016 in Laguna Beach, CA
Mythology of Middle Earth
RoundTable: June 9, 2016 in Ketchum, ID
MRT of Berlin, Germany
Mythos Großstadt

RoundTable: June 24, 2016 in Berlin, Germany

See the entire calendar of events >>

Mythologies are products of the human imagination, which in turn is grounded in the energies that animate the organs of the human body, and since these have not significantly changed since the appearance of Cro-Magnin Man, c. 40,000 B.C., there can be recognized in the mythologies and associated ceremonials of all mankind certain themes and images that are constant.