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Revisioning Your Hero’s Journey®: A Mythological Toolbox (25th ed., revised) Week of March 25-30, 2018

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For years, Joseph Campbell celebrated his birthday (March 26th) at Esalen. Explaining why, he’d recount Carl Jung’s wondering, “What myth am I living by?” and realizing he didn’t know, Campbell 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 and what Esalen is about.” In 1988, five months after Campbell’s death, his friends again gathered at Esalen for “Campbell Week” — a tradition that’s morphed into this annual “playshop.” Who were you? What’s inspired your biographical saga? What treasures are secreted in your basement or attic? Who are you? What’s displayed on your refrigerator? What dangles from your rearview mirror? Who do you aspire to be? What’s on your bucket list? If you dare to revision yourself, then join our springtime rebirth rituals. We’ll recall dreams, rekindle visions, deploy mythmaking tools like drums and dance, music and song, masks, medicine bags, and altars. Individual, small-group, and collective activities provide opportunities for reflection and expression. You need not be familiar with Campbell to retool the myths shaping your life — though a sense of humor definitely helps. Please bring a meaningful but expendable totem, an unsung story, or evocative song.

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