Thursday, 2 April 2015

Spring Sap Rising: come study on Cortes Island, Canada


May 22 - 27, 2015

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The great old stories always did something more than just soothe a troubled brow. They were provocative, mysterious, wild and deep. They insisted on a relationship between people and place, animal and dream. They were often introduced as a counterbalance to wilderness initiations designed to enable the skills of someone 
aspiring to be a true human being: a noble task, and not easy.

The cry for new stories, stories that apprehend the challenges of our time, has never been so strident as it is now. Work with the notion that the stories we need now arrived, perfectly on time, about five thousand years ago. And that these stories could be central to some of the major conversations of our time: the re-building of culture, the ecological imagination and the capacity for paradox.

We ask:

How can the mythteller deepen these great issues? We explore the role as well as the stories.
How could we bring a wider understanding of myth into our own lives?
What is this ancient alignment between land and tale?

Dr. Martin Shaw is an author, mythologist and storyteller. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK, he lived for four years under canvas, exploring wild pockets of the British countryside. He is principal teacher at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and devised and led the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University in Northern California. His work has been described as “an outrageous piece of magic” by David Abram, and “the wide-sky-waking of a spring dawn” by Coleman Barks.

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TUITION: $525 CDN / 5 nights (meals & accommodation extra)