Leigh Melander has an eclectic background in the arts as well as consulting in strategic planning, outreach and marketing, and event planning for over 20 years. She has performed and taught internationally as a speaker, actor, dancer, singer, and harpist.
Her undergraduate degree is in performance, literature, and history from Penn State, and she studied writing by invitation with Nobel Poet Laureate Derek Walcott at Boston University. She has a doctorate in cultural mythology and psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and wrote her dissertation on frivolity as an entry into imagination. She has published articles in Spring Journal, The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies, The Mythology CD-ROM, and has appeared in various media outlets, including the History Channel, as a mythology expert. She hosts a weekly radio show on an NPR affiliate and podcast: Myth America, an exploration into how myth shapes our sense of identity and serves as the editor of the Joseph Campbell Foundation MythBlast series.
In 2013, Leigh and her husband opened Spillian, a Catskills NY historic lodge and retreat center offering world-class workshops and events, working with creatives from around the world to dream forward programs that inspire imagination. Leigh also works as a coach and faciliator for individuals and groups, helping them to imagine and leap into their most creative ideas for work and life. Her book, Just That Side of Crazy: Soul Rules to Guide Your Wild Idea to Life, is scheduled for release in 2019.
Leigh is honored to have served on a range of regional and national boards, and currently serves on the boards of the MARK Project, a regional community development foundation in the Catskills; Rosemary Farm Equine Sanctuary; Spring Journal & Books; as well as the Joseph Campbell Foundation.