Mythology is not a lie; mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth -- penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words, beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.

The Joseph Campbell Foundation's Mythological RoundTable® (MRT) groups are gatherings of people drawn together by a deep and abiding interest in all things mythological. Much like the Round Table of yore, it is a place where individual and community come together -- a place to play, plan, create, partake in ritual, and share tales of one's own quest with companions well met. But the Mythological RoundTable® groups do more than just enrich the individual; they also offer the opportunity to introduce Joseph Campbell's work to the wider community, carrying his vision off the page and out into the real world.

There is no set curriculum for Mythological RoundTable® gatherings -- each group takes on the character of those who form it. Membership and activities vary widely, from groups as small as five members gathering every few months to watch Sukavati or The Power of Myth in someone's living room, to those as large as 300 or more scheduling myth-related lectures, performances, or other organized activities on a monthly basis.

As part of our Mythological RoundTable® Program, we publish the 49 page resource-rich MRT Leader's Guide and provide mentors to leaders of new MRT groups.

New Mythological RoundTable® groups are labeled "Emerging" - once we determine a group has met the few standards laid out in the MRT Leader's Guide, the local MRT group attains "Chartered" status. Apart from these minimum requirements, Mythological RoundTable® groups remain largely autonomous and free to evolve in ways that best meet the needs of their community.
 



JCF Mythological RoundTable® Request Form

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