‘The Mythic Imagination’ is a unique six-module, six-month online course in the field of mythological studies. It is informed by depth and archetypal psychology, and is designed to present myth and fairy tales not just as entertainment, or a collection of stories which offer insight into beliefs and traditions from the distant past, but as a living principle, deeply enmeshed in our lives and the life of this beautiful, animate Earth. During the course we explore the many ways in which myth can illumine and inform our journeys through life. Theory and background information is presented which will help you in your studies, but the major focus of this course is to offer practical guidance, exercises and writing meditations to help you develop and deepen your own mythic imagination.
The unique content of this course derives from my many years of research and practice – as a psychologist, a writer, a Celtic Studies scholar – into the functions of myth and story. It is relevant to anyone wishing to explore the relevance of myth and story to their own lives – to writers, artists and craftspeople who are looking to nourish and inspire their creative work; to therapists looking to incorporate narrative work into their practices, and to anyone else who wishes simply to enrich and enchant their lives. This course is open to both men and women.
The specific examples we work with are drawn from the mythology and folklore of my native Northern European culture, but the principles of the teachings are applicable to all cultural traditions.
Here are some of the subjects we cover during the six modules:
- Myth, folklore, fairy tale: background, theories, and definitions
- Narrative elements: symbols, archetypes, metaphors, plot …
- A selection of key themes in myths and fairy tales: shapeshifting and animal metamorphosis; the liminal; the Otherworld …
- Mythic and fairy tale themes and imagery in literature
- How to choose and conduct a deep analysis of a myth/story which is relevant to your own life, or to specific life stages and transitions
- The Hero/Heroine’s Journey and other initiatory journeys
- Composing and writing your own personal myth
- Working with the myths and stories of place
Each module contains reading recommendations, and a list of online and other resources. Materials and articles are available for download. There is also be access to a private Facebook group for course participants only, to discuss all things mythical and fairy tale-ish. (This is not an integral part of the course, but an optional extra; there is no additional teaching element, so please don’t worry if you don’t do Facebook.)
The course is offered on a rolling basis, and so you may join at any time and still begin at the beginning. On the first day of each month following your sign-up you’ll receive an email with links to download your course materials for the relevant modules. (If you subscribe later than the third day of each month, you’ll be held over to the first day of the following month before you can begin. I’m so sorry but as mailing lists are automated, I can’t make exceptions to this rule.)
This is a self-study course; you don’t need to worry about completing it in any particular timeframe, or being available on any particular day, as all materials are available for you to download and explore at your leisure. Please note that the course is priced to make it affordable to as many people as possible, and so (other than via the Facebook group) the fee doesn’t include one-to-one/discussion time with me.
The course fee is 100 euros; please use the button below to make your payment. (PayPal will accept your payment in any currency and automatically convert it, without exchange fees.) Please note that you don’t need to have a PayPal account to make the payment. If you would prefer to transfer the funds directly into a bank account (in euros or pounds sterling only) please contact me to arrange.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ THIS INFORMATION CAREFULLY!
1. If you are paying by PayPal and have a PayPal account, please make sure that the email address associated with your account is correct, to ensure that your course materials are sent to the right place. If you would like to have your materials sent to a different email address, or if you would like to purchase the course as a gift for someone else, please email me (sharon[at]sharonblackie[dot]net) with the details as soon as you’ve made your PayPal payment.
2. Once you’ve made your payment you will receive a PayPal receipt for your payment. I always then acknowledge all sign-ups individually by email. If you do not hear from me within three days of signing up (allowing time for weekend breaks or the possibility that I might be travelling) please check your junk mail folder. Although fortunately it happens only rarely that these emails end up in spam, it is important to be aware of the possibility. So many email programs now have strong spam filters, and links to your course materials will come via emails which are sent to multiple recipients and contain hyperlinks, and so are strong candidates for filtering. If your course emails do not arrive as expected, you will undoubtedly find them in your spam folder! Please do check before you contact me, as if my emails are being sent to your junk mail folder, then you will not receive my replies to your queries and life can get rather complicated. If in doubt, and if your email program permits it, please add the email address Sharon[at]reclaimthewisewoman[dot]org to your ‘safe senders’ list, as this is the email address the materials will be sent from.
I recommend you don’t use a Hotmail email account for this course as it is notorious for screening out emails which are sent to mailing lists before they even make it to your spam folder.
3. Please note that once you begin the course and have downloaded your first materials, no refunds can be given.