Mythological ToolBox at Esalen, March 23-28, 2014   Print | 

Esalen Cliff Baths 

Every year for decades, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday (March 26th) 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 21st 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 Tai Ji dancer and author, Chungliang Al Huang.

If you dare to revision yourself, you are invited to join our improvisational rebirth rituals, March 23 -28, 2014, at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur CA.. Reserve your spot today!

For more information on this year's Mythological ToolBox™ Playshop, visit this page>>

New Joseph Campbell Book on Goddesses!   Print | 

Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

"And is it likely, do you think, after all her years and millennia of changing forms and conditions, that she is now unable to let her daughters know who they are?"
—Joseph Campbell

In this provocative volume (edited by Safron Rossi—a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives and Research Center), Joseph Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance. He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration.

Purchase a copy for yourself, and as holiday gifts for family members and friends who appreciate the Goddess.

Order Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, today

MythNow Blog: Living in the Between – Raven & Story in Haida Culture   Print | 

Haida Raven 

In the current MythNow Blog, Seattle Mythological RoundTable® Founder Allison Steiger shares her exploration of Haida culture. The Haida, traditionally residing on islands off the coast of western Canada, consider themselves boundary dwellers, reflected not just in their geography, but in their mythology.

Allison led the Seattle MRT for eight years before turning it over to others in 2012. She holds an MA in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and has been teaching, writing, and leading workshops on myth and creativity, and blogs regularly at The Creativity Post and Mythic Stories.

Read Living in the Between: Raven & Story in Haida Culture>> 


New to Mythological Resources   Print | 

The Need to Say No 

New to the Mythological Resources category in our online bookstore: The Need to Say No: The Importance of Setting Boundaries in Love, Life, & Your World - How to Be Bullish and Not Bullied (Little Book. Big Idea.)

The Need to Say No is a simple inspirational guide and instructional manual to help the reader gain command of their relationships by setting boundaries. This work draws on the metaphor of the bull to examine the behaviors of bullies and boundary violators. Author Jill Brooke (writer, journalist, stepfamily coach, playwright and a former on-air CNN correspondent) includes mythological, historical and contemporary bull stories and myths to identify 10 bull archetypes of aggressive personalities and how to deal effectively with them.

Click on the image or the title to visit our bookstore and learn more. 

Also new to Mythological Resources is Coyote Still Going: Native American Legends and Contemporary Stories, by Native American storyteller and therapist Ty Nolan. Currently available in Kindle, but soon to be out in paperback,click on the title to learn more about this work.


JCF Board Transition   Print | 

Leigh Melander

Joseph Campbell Foundation's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Leigh Melander, Ph.D., has graciously consented to join JCF's Board. Founder of the Imaginal Institute and of Spillian, Dr. Melander's background in the performing arts, business, mythology, and play make her a valuable addition to JCF's Board of Directors.

At the same time, JCF's Board bids a reluctant farewell to Dr. Elise Collins Shields, whose guidance and advocacy on behalf of the Joseph Campbell Foundation will be missed. 

For more about Dr. Melander and her predecessor, Dr. Shields, please visit this link>> 

Joseph Campbell’s Historical Atlas of World Mythology – Digital Edition   Print | 

Historical Atlas of World Mythology – Digital Edition

Joseph Campbell's multivolume Historical Atlas of World Mythology marked the culmination of his career as scholar, writer, teacher, and one of the foremost interpreters of our sacred traditions. JCF has always planned to make all of the existing work available—and release additional volumes if possible.

As densely cross-referenced and full of opportunities for multimedia enrichment as the Historical Atlas of World Mythology is, technology has finally caught up to Campbell's vision and provided us with the ideal medium for his magnum opus. We are pleased then to announce this initiative: Joseph Campbell's Historical Atlas of World Mythology — Digital Edition

Given the complexities involved, JCF will be rolling out this work in sections, as a series of E-Singles. In "The Mythological Dimension" – the majestic essay that forms the prologue – Campbell introduces his theme: the ways in which myth has served both as a universal, unifying tool across cultures, and as a distinguishing factor between them. The second half of this E-Single is made up of creation myths — familiar and unfamiliar — from every inhabited corner of the world that bear out Campbell's thesis.

To learn more about this longterm project, click here>>

Download this section as our Thank You gift with a donation of $2.99

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Upcoming JCF & Mythological RoundTable® Group Events

The Hero's Journey
MRT Group of Dublin

RoundTable: October 22, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland
Dia de los Muertos Festival - MRT of Mesa, AZ
RoundTable: October 25, 2014 in Mesa, AZ
MRT of Joshua Tree, CA
RoundTable: October 28, 2014 in Joshua Tree, CA
MRT of Berlin 2, Germany
Mythologie des Judentums

RoundTable: October 29, 2014 in Berlin 2, Germany
MRT of Dublin at Mythic Links, Ireland-CelticGod Lug & St.Colmcille
RoundTable: October 30, 2014 in Dublin at Mythic Links, Ireland

See the entire calendar of events >>

It’s like a tree growing. It doesn’t know where it’s growing next. A branch may grow out this way, then that way, and then another way. If you let it be that way and don’t have pressures from outside, when you look back, you’ll see that this will have been an organic development. Just remember: Parzival blew the job when he did what people expected him to do.