Public Programs in Depth Psychology 2016
Martin Shaw, Ph.D., The Soul and the Star
|Saturday March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ives 101 Warren Auditorium, Sonoma State University
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Free admission, Donations accepted
$30 fee for 3 hours CE for therapists (BBSE); CE registration at the door the morning of the event
$5 parking in Lot E next to Ives, other parking in Lot F, G (download campus map)
Certain myths, certain stories, contain such nourishment that they continue to unfold throughout our whole lives. The poet Lorca describes an old women who glimpsed a saint—Santiago—and was gifted a star. When children asked if the star had left, like a temporary enchantment, she replied:
No, my sons, the star still shines brightly
For I carry her nailed to my soul
Dr. Martin Shaw will be bringing stories and poems that he believes have such vitality, that have something direct to say to us in the early 21st century. From the fairy tale of The Earth-Gnome, through to his recent translations of Irish and Welsh lyric poetry, we will be looking for the images, or moments in the tale that claim your wonder—a moment James Joyce called “aesthetic arrest.” Out of these opens a door to myth as living currency, as a way of beholding. Shaw will encourage further work on specific moments to deepen relationship to image and narrative.
Martin Shaw, Ph.D.,is a mythologist, storyteller and award-winning wilderness rites of passage guide. He is the director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story in England, roots immersion in oral myth and storytelling as a direct connection to the wild. He is a 2014 visiting lecturer in Stanford's Oral Communication Project, and a visiting lecturer on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Leadership Programme at Templeton College, Oxford. His books include A branch from the lightning tree: Ecstatic myth and the grace in wildness and Snowy tower: Parzival and the wet, black branch of language.
This event is cosponsored by the Psychology and Spirituality Lecture Series at Sonoma State.