The JCF Mythological RoundTable Group of Ojai, CA is focused on unveiling the mythical layers behind modern culture. Although some see ancient religions and myths as being something of the past, the work of Joseph Campbell has demonstrated that these founding stories are still relevant to the culture of today and the artists who contribute to it. Our primary areas of exploration are how the individual can use traditional wisdom to navigate the depths of the psyche and find his or her personal mythos. The goal of such an approach is to promote artistic expression through the individual’s meeting with the creative unconscious.
At our monthly gatherings held at the Ojai Foundation, the Roundable of Ojai encourages a lively discussion on topics such as the works of Joseph Campbell, Jungian and Archetypal psychological perspectives, Eastern spiritual traditions, yogic practices, shamanism, mystical paths within the Abrahamic faiths, folklore and fairytales. Even if such themes seem esoteric, the discussion will be centered on the practical aspects of impacting one’s life. Furthermore, examples will be provided from literature, film, and art to illustrate how the culture-bearers of today implement mythical and archetypal thought in their work.
The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS
at Pacifica Graduate Institute presents:
Odette Springer, PhD
The Indigenous Psyche: Changing Woman and an Artist in Dialogue
Sunday, August 18, 2019
801 Ladera Lane Santa Barbara CA 93108
Free & Open to the Public
Who is the Navajo Deity Changing Woman and why is her mythology obscured? In this presentation, Odette Springer, PhD, will explore the many mysteries of Changing Woman and Na’ach’aanhi, the Navajo term for an artist, or “maker of things.” By engaging Changing Woman through the therapeutic technique of active imagination, Springer re-imagined her own disembodied creative spirit that had been severed by trauma and found that, as a symbol of continual regeneration, Changing Woman offered a balanced system to the fragmenting nature of the creative process. It is Springer’s hope that sharing her own rediscovery of voice and body will encourage today’s women and men to draw from Changing Woman’s invaluable gifts and inspire their own myths in the making. Join us as we explore this quintessential feminine Goddess through myth, music, and metaphor.
Odette Springer, PhD, is a writer, independent film producer, and classically trained musician. She has been a singer/songwriter and composer for over 25 films for such companies as HBO, Showtime, Paramount Studios, and the Disney Channel, as well as numerous international television networks. Her first feature documentary Some Nudity Required premiered at Sundance and immediately secured worldwide distribution. In addition to publishing her poetry, she has published academic essays in several anthologies. Her dissertation for Pacifica Graduate Institute focuses on trauma and the creative process and is entitled Changing Woman: Calling The Feminine Home.
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