Do you dare to re-imagine yourself? Are you hungering for a quest? Yearning to change your paradigm? Join JCF President Bob Walter for Your Hero’s Journey® Redux: A Mythological Toolbox® PlayShop this July!

Five days of inspired, inspiring, creative, chaotic, joyful, and challenging play following your hero’s journey at the extraordinary historic Catskills creative retreat center, Spillian: A Place to Revel.

Together we will recall our dreams, rekindle visions, and discover the myths we are living by through drawing, dance, story-making, song, masks, medicine bags, silliness and deep imagining of our own hero’s journeys.

The Mythological Toolbox® uses the deep wisdom of myth to poke a proverbial finger in the mix that is the way you look at yourself, your goals and the life want to dream into being. Join us in this magical, mythical summertime ritual of rebirth. It can change everything.

A Little Background

For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. 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, several of his friends again gathered at Esalen for “Campbell Week” — a tradition that has endured. Eventually these festivities were dubbed “A Mythological ToolBox” to acknowledge that familiarity with Campbell is not needed to retool the myths that shape one’s life — though a sense of humor certainly helps.

We are delighted to offer the third Mythological Toolbox PlayShop at Spillian in 2016 — the sole location for this workshop on the East Coast after almost 30 years at the world-famous Esalen. This workshop is facilitated by our good friend and colleague 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. Come and experience the Hero’s Journey in creative, chaotic, joyful, and challenging play.

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