We have all have a sense of the storyteller as entertainer, but what do we know of the vocation’s deeper calling? In many oral cultures, the teller is a kind of cultural historian of place. The teller is a hinge between logos and mythos, village and forest. A kind of edge-thinker. How could we re-vision such a figure?
Over three winter gatherings, Dr. Shaw offers stories both far travelled and local to him; from the Greek epic of Psyche and Eros through to rare Devonian folktales - a treasury of the imagination. As well as Shaw’s telling and commentary, participants will be encouraged to both learn and explore the stories themselves. What do these archaic myths tell us about our own lives and how to live? The weekend will also involve time in the wild tangles of nature - getting a sense of emergent stories from the living world. From this practice we align mythology as the heart of ecology - the story of place.
We will experience five foundational steps to myth telling, and a journey through the orality of ancient storytelling to the bardic schools and medieval dream poetry. This is not a passive experience; each participant will leave will a quiver full of stories, fiery language and clear thinking on how to broaden their experience of both myth and its telling.
Dr. Martin Shaw is a storyteller, mythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. Author of the award winning "A Branch From The Lightning Tree," he leads the Oral Tradition and Mythology program at Stanford university, and is visiting lecturer on Desmond Tutu's leadership program at Oxford university in the United Kingdom.
Time: March 22-24
Friday 7:30 pm, Pt. Reyes Presbyterian Church (Fri. eve open to public by donation)
Cost: $250 - $300 sliding scale.
Cost is the same, whether you attend full workshop or not (exception=Friday's performance, which is open to the public by donation).
Attendance is limited. Your payment holds your workshop reservation. Note: workshop is non-residential.
Email registration questions to Jen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make checks payable to Point Reyes Books.
Pt. Reyes School of Myth
c/o Jennifer Bader
3301 Clay St. #605
San Francisco, CA 94118
This workshop is the third of three.
Participation in all three workshops is highly encouraged, though not mandatory.
Download the workshop flyer for details
For more info on Martin Shaw: http://www.schoolofmyth.com