The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological RoundTable® Group of OPUS at Pacifica Graduate Institute is host to bi-monthly gatherings that foster the “deep and abiding interest in all things mythological.” In the spirit of inclusivity, events are free and open to the public and feature a wide range of in-depth topics for presentation and discussion, seeking ever to understand how myth and ritual have been lived and defined in the past, and embracing the need to re-mythologize the mythic as it presents itself in variety now and toward the future.
A special attention is given to the history and contemporary practice, appreciation, and analysis of the arts and film, as well as to archetypal psychology. Potential upcoming topics include interactive explorations of virtual reality and its forming and forthcoming mythic implications, the concrete magic of mineral pigment making, and events including music and film screenings.
Located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute, which offers unique Masters and Doctoral programs in the tradition of Depth Psychology and Mythological Studies, OPUS Archives and Research Center is home to the collections of many innovative and influential artists and scholars in the field, including Joseph Campbell, James Hillman, and Maria Gimbutas. Please come and enjoy this special environment for engaging the mythic!
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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