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Psychedelia: The History and Science of Mystical Experience

"Pacifica Graduate Institute is proud to present a two-day virtual symposium centered around the screening of two films – PSYCHEDELIA: The History and Science of Mystical Experience and The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof’s Journey of Consciousness. This unique event features a variety of panel discussions and presentations from leading figures...

Long Now Talk: Wade Davis, Activist Anthropology

"What is the role and purpose of Anthropology today? Wade Davis looks back at the pioneering work of Franz Boas in the early 20th century that upended long-held Western assumptions on race & gender, along with definitions of 'social progress.' Boas and his students used comparative ethnography to advance 'cultural...

Mythologium 2021

The Mythologium is a two-and-a-half day conference and retreat for mythologists and friends of myth. Think Plato’s symposium meets mythological studies. A gymnasium for the mythic mind. At the Mythologium, scholars of mythology present their work, and we spark inspiration through panels, poetry, and social gatherings. This year’s Mythologium will...

Questing for Our Personal Myth: Writing, Remembering, and Renewing Our Story Through the Teachings of Joseph Campbell

Living myths…are not to be judged as true or false, but as effective or ineffective, maturative or pathogenic. —Joseph Campbell, Flight of the Wild Gander Myths are living symbols. They serve each of us individually and collectively as guides to aid us in harmonizing our interior world with the surrounding...

Sea, Spirit, Sanctuary: Nantucket and Herman Melville’s Epic, Moby-Dick, as Spiritual Quest

In the tradition of C.G. Jung and mythologist Joseph Campbell, we will sojourn to the “far off isle” of Nantucket, 30 miles into the wild North Atlantic Sea. During this time together, we will explore the mythopoetic depths of Melville’s Moby-Dick as we deepen our relationship with nature and seek...

The Way of Suffering

Like the Egyptian goddess Inanna, we have descended into the underworld. Like Inanna, who is stripped of her clothing as she passes through each of the seven gates of the underworld, we have had so much stripped from us. But a pandemic can't take away our creative spirit. Quiet it,...

International Storytelling Festival Brings Mythology to Millennials

Every generation manages to find their way toward the mythologies of the past. In early 2019, award-winning storyteller and puppeteer Usha Venkatraman founded the Mumbai Storytellers Society for a group of tellers who wanted to revive the ancient oral tradition of storytelling in the community. It's also when she started...

Ancient Cave Paintings in Patagonia
Questing for Our Personal Myth: Writing, Remembering, and Renewing Our Story through the Teachings of Joseph Campbell – A Workshop with Dennis Patrick Slattery

[caption id="attachment_2222" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Aboriginal paintings, Cave Hands, Patagonia, Argentina.[/caption] Living myths…are not to be judged as true or false, but as effective or ineffective, maturative or pathogenic. —Joseph Campbell, Flight of the Wild Gander Myths are living symbols. They serve each of us individually and collectively as guides to aid us in...

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey: A Mythological Toolbox (27th ed.,revised)

Joseph Campbell liked to celebrate his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen. Explaining why, he'd recount Carl Jung's wondering, "What myth am I living by?" and realizing 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."...

In the Footsteps of Joseph Campbell – France, Summer 2019 – Romance of the Grail with Evans Lansing Smith

You know about the Grail Quest of Indiana Jones and Robert Langdon, but did you know that both characters found inspiration in Joseph Campbell? And did you know Joseph Campbell led Grail Quests himself? Evans Lansing Smith, who traveled with Campbell and now chairs the Ph.D. in mythological studies at...

Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey: A Mythological Toolbox (26th ed., revised)

Mythological ToolBox® PlayShops Joseph Campbell liked to celebrate his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen. Explaining why, he'd recount Carl Jung's wondering, "What myth am I living by?" and realizing he didn't know, writing "I took it upon myself to get to know 'my' myth, and I regarded this as the...

The Romance Of The Grail – In the Footsteps of Joseph Campbell

Save the Date for the second event in a series of Mythological Studies Tours, an unforgettable trip that will take you to marvelous sites in Northern France, following the footsteps of none other than Joseph Campbell, in pursuit of the mysteries of the Holy Grail Romances of the Middle Ages. Date: September 1st,...

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