Mythological ToolBox® PlayShops

Mythological ToolBox® PlayShops

Do you dare to re-imagine yourself? Are you hungering for a quest? Want to get rocked right out of your socks and change your life?

Join JCF President Bob Walter for A Mythological ToolBox® PlayShop at Esalen on Big Sur’s wild coast in March or at Spillian: A Place to Revel in the magical Catskills in July.

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.

Who were you? What mise-en-scènes inspire your biographical saga? What treasures are banished to your basement, secreted in your attic? Who are you? What’s displayed in your home or dangling from your rearview mirror? Who do you aspire to be? What face do you envision in the mirror? What remains on your bucket list? If you dare to revision yourself, then join our springtime rituals of rebirth.

Please bring a meaningful but expendable totem, an unsung story, or evocative song.


Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological ToolBox® (25th ed., revised)

• March 25-30, 2018
• Esalen, Big Sur, California

For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen. Explaining why, he’d tell of Carl Jung’s wondering, “What myth am I living by?” And how Jung, realizing he didn’t know, wrote “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, his friends again gathered at Esalen for “Campbell Week”—a tradition that endures. These festivities morphed into this playshop, for familiarity with Campbell is not needed to retool the myths that shape one’s life—though a sense of humor certainly helps.

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Your Hero’s Journey® Redux: A Mythological ToolBox®  PlayShop

• July 22-27, 2018
• Spillian: A Place to Revel, Catskills, New York

For the fifth year, JCF invites you to an intimate, luxurious adventure into Campbell’s ideas and your own mythologies, with a small group and fine farm-to-table food in a center dedicated to imagination and possibility. Spillian means “to play, to jest, to revel” – participants revel in mythic and imaginal play on an extraordinary 1880’s Gilded Age mansion built by the Fleischmanns Yeast family.

This archetypal Catskills estate has brought family, friends, and dreamers together for over a hundred years on over 30 acres of forests and meadows carved with walking trails past moss-covered ruins.  The walls of this great house are filled with memories of laughter, of music,  of conversations, and strengthening bonds. Five days of inspired, inspiring, creative, chaotic, joyful, and challenging play in the high summer in the mountains.

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Special offer from Spillian: save 20% on the registration fee if you book before May 1, 2018.