Welcome to the

School of Mythopoetics

The Underworld awaits.

You find yourself at a threshold to the dark woods. Everything in your life has brought you to this place.  Although dangerous, there is an allurement to the dark and wild. Do you heed the call?

What is myth·o·po·et·ics?

The practice and lens of using story, poetry, and myth to wrangle meaning for oneself and our collective journey. It’s the reawakening of the mythic imagination in modern times.

Humanity is undergoing a great initiation right now.

Uncertainty is the increasing measure of our days.

The control-oriented maps of meaning fail us here.

These dark hollows are the terrain of soul.

To find our way, we must learn to speak the soul’s language, the mythopoetics that arise of bird-song, of thunderstorm, of cross-road, of metaphor and myth.

Your initiation will require you to court once again these wild Gods.

This School will be a container for a regenerative cultural movement.

We weave master teachers and guides who offer compelling perspectives on mythology, ritual, activism & culture:

Martin Shaw

Mythologist and Writer.

Pat McCabe

Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker.

Bayo Akomolafe

Philosopher, writer, activist, professor of psychology, and executive director of the Emergence Network.

Michael Meade

Mythologist & Storyteller

Charles Eisenstein

Author, philosopher, and educator of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Jan Blake

One of Europe's leading female storytellers.

Stephen Jenkinson

Author and culture activist.

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

International speaker on Peace, Indigenous and Mother Earth perspective.

Tyson Yunkaporta

Academic, arts critic, and a researcher who is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland.

Andreas Kornevall

Andreas Kornevall is a Swedish storyteller, independent scholar of Norse Mythology, writer and ecologist.

Leah Lamb

Leah Lamb is writer, storyteller, and performance artist who works with story as a tool for healing.

Sophie Strand

Writer and poet, focused on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology.

Maya Luna

Maya Luna is a poet and teacher of Feminine Gnosis.

Asher Packman

Renowned mentor, meditation teacher and avid scholar of the mythopoetic.

Riane Eisler

Author, scholar, and systems scientist.

and many more...

The School is for you if you are:

  • Ready to learn from the greatest teachers and guides in mythopoetics
  • Seeking initiation into the mysteries of soul
  • Drawn to story, myth and imagination
  • Recognize there is a lack of initiation, rites of passage & eldership in our culture
  • Longing to belong, to be challenged & integrate
  • Looking for lucid perspective for the times we are living through

What Current Scholars Are Saying:

"Hard to see the screen for weeping. Wish I had [more] money to give you for all the magic in this site and its marvellous members, it's beyond any mythic dragon's hoard."
Tricky Singer
Scholar
"I feel such a resonance with this hui, this group. I think I've found my peeps! I have been looking for a place away from the usual watering holes of social media connections, and this is feeling like such a solution. I had no idea that this kind of circle was even possible."
Kanani Aton
Scholar
"This community has been able to offer me insight, ideas, culture, community and connection at a time when I need it the most."
Zain
Scholar

Together we will find our way through the dark...

MENTORSHIP

Culture is built from the invisible learning that happens in a relational web of mentorship. We weave this fabric and connect you in relationships where you are held, reflected and challenged to alchemize your wounds into gifts.

INITIATION

Initiatory process needs strong containership. Together we build containers based on the age-old model: Preparation, Severance, Threshold, and Return. The underworld is only generative if we are anchored in the return.

BELONGING

The chief problem with Initiation in the modern era is an addiction to Severance. Here we braid our belonging through our willingness to return, share our stories and together feel our way through the dark.

Included in School Tuition:

No one can walk your path for you, but here are the stepping stones of groups, guides & paths you’ll connect with when you join. More will be revealed as the path unfolds!

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Astro-Mythological Wheel of the Year

Receive a monthly transmission weaving astrology, insight and myth.

Story Weaver Study Group (Scholar level)

Twice a month, we wrestle a story together and learn how to apply its medicine to your life.
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Solar Sessions Guest Teachers

We bring the best teachers & guides for sessions aligned with the Solar Theme.

The Crow's Nest

Co-founder Ian MacKenzie offers an exclusive weekly pulse on the School and culture.

Shadow Integration: Way of Council

Deepen connection in a weekly heart-centred sharing circle with fellow scholars.

Men's/Women's Lodges

Twice a month we break into Lodges to integrate our process in a sacred container.

Mythic Progress Logs

Each New and Full Moon, track your progress and get feedback in your own mythic journal.

Ritual Apprenticeship

Train to step into Mythopoetic leadership in your community. (Coming Fall 2022)

Plant Spirit Allyship

Diet, quest and commune with a plant as we reconnect to the heart of nature. (Monthly)

Storyweavers Study Group

Available for members at the Scholar Level

For millennia, humans have gathered to drink from the well of story. The pan-cultural tradition of oral storytelling is a vital practice and technology that brings us into coherence with one another and offers space to reflect, imagine, and orient ourselves in deep time.

In our Storyweavers calls, we will build our mythic village by delving into two contrasting stories a month, guided by the archetypal themes of each Zodiac sign we traverse. In each session, we’ll gather to hear a story, then reflect on how it weaves with our lives and the astrological theme as a whole. These storytelling sessions will take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays after crossing the threshold into a new sign.

Together, we’ll deepen our understanding—and living—of our place in the ever-unfolding story we share with the earth, the other-than-human realms, and one another.

School Tuition

We encourage our students to enroll for a full year to gain the most value. 


If you prefer to pay monthly, use these options:
– Monthly Wanderer
– Monthly Scholar

 

Scholarships are available if you are needing support. Please fill out this form.

 

Any questions? Email hello@schoolofmythopoetics.com

WANDERER

$ 700
USD per year ($58/month)
  • Solar Sessions with Guest Teachers
  • Astro-Mythological Solar/Lunar Reports
  • Men's/Women's Lodges
  • Shadow Integration Council
  • Mythic Progress Logs
  • Private Community

SCHOLAR

$ 1100
USD per year ($91/month)
  • Storyweavers Study Group
  • Discounts on All Upcoming Courses & Special Events
  • Solar Sessions with Guest Teachers
  • Astro-Mythological Solar/Lunar Reports
  • Men's/Women's Lodges
  • Shadow Integration Council
  • Mythic Progress Logs
  • Private Community

Letter from the Founders

We live in dark times. Too many of us have plunged into the dark through “rough” initiations, and the wreckage accrues on the shores of our lives.

We are lovers of stories, and in the times of our own dark nights, we turn to stories to find solace, meaning and guidance. The old stories speak of uncertainty and of danger but also of allurement, magic, of hidden treasure. In these stories, those in trouble lose their way—only to find themselves, after tribulations, chance encounters, and much unexpected help, opened to deeper truths about something sacred within and without. Through their journey in the unknown, they become re-oriented to the meaning of their own path and what they now must do.

In these stories, the trouble bears the heft of undoing as much as it bears the weight of its own healing—and when the collective skies grow dim, we find that what is most ugly and wounded often is the precise measure of salvation.

In these stories, there is also held an eldership, a perennial pattern of human design that we know as initiation—whereby through being guided and held in the underworld, one realizes their wounds as the seeds of the gifts they are meant to give.

As young people, we needed spaces to be held, mentored, guided, seen, and challenged. We often didn’t receive this. Now, we follow the words of the ecstatic poet Rumi: “If you’ve not been fed, be bread.”

This School was born from our own immersions in the dark, the visions and gift-sprouts of our wound-wrestling and wound-tending, and we hope it can offer a breadcrumb trail for you back into relationship with the many mysteries. The human soul—and the more-than-human spirits and forces—are waiting for us to deepen, listen, and learn together.

Come and walk the path into the catastrophe with us. Together we’ll find our way.

Your Stewards

We are the weavers, curators and care-takers for this community.

Ian MacKenzie

Filmmaker, Podcaster and Creative Mentor
Ian MacKenzie is a filmmaker and writer who lives on the Salish Sea with his partner and young son.  For over 12 years, he’s been tracking the global emergence of new culture. From the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St, he has sought and amplified the voices of visionaries, artists and activists who have been working toward planetary system change.

He is most known for his films Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, Occupy Love, and Lost Nation Road. He has studied with Stephen Jenkinson at the Orphan Wisdom School since 2012, and Tamera Healing Biotope since 2015.

In 2019, he founded The Mythic Masculine podcast and in 2020 he launched A Gathering of Stories.

Marie Louise Goodwin

Writer, Animist, Forest-Being, Mama Bear

Marie was trained as an archaeologist but now is recovering from academia as a writer, animist, historian, and lay-herbalist. Her ancestors hale from Wales, Cornwall, Cumbria, Northumbria, and Scotland and thus carries a life-long resentment of the Romans for their attempts to colonize her people and the destruction of their animistic beliefs.

After studying Bronze Age Aegean archaeoastronomy in graduate school, Marie transitioned into a career as an alternative currency and Transition Town advocate. This, in turn, led to her work as a consultant to authors, public speakers, and non-profits, helping them make the most of their online presence, coordinating projects and administrative structures, and planning events and retreats.

Marie also unschooled both of her children (now thriving teens and adults) and is passionate about alternative education and partnership parenting. Marie lives in the borough of Media, Pennsylvania, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lenni-Lenape people. When not dancing at EDM festivals and making plant medicine, Marie is birthing her first series of speculative historical fiction based in the medieval North Atlantic.

John Wolfstone

Rites of Passage Guide, Facilitator, Story-teller

John is third-generation settler, working on the Traditional and Unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ and W̱SÁNEĆ  peoples.  His blood and bones hold Hebraic, Norse and Celtic ancestry, and his spirit is from the Stars.  As a wilderness rites-of-passage guide, ritualist, community consultant, relationship coach, and transmedia story-teller, John is on a mission to reclamate adulthood initiation rites-of-passage.

Holding space for the great grief of our times, John designs and facilitates rituals of transformation, in service to regulating the personal and collective nervous systems back to belonging with the Earth.  John apprenticed in numerous Indigineous and ancestral ritual healing lineages during his decade long adulthood initiation quest, and bows in reverence to his many teachers, mentors, guides and elders.

John tends thresholds of all kinds, and can often be found praying by a fire, whistling bird song, invoking his ancestors, and training his craft as a sacred huntsman.

Daniel Robert

Astro-mythic Wanderer, Facilitator

Daniel is an astrologer, facilitator, professional mediator, artist, and embodied movement practitioner and teacher. His Irish and Italian roots anchor him with a fiercely devotional and rebellious spirit, as well as good taste, and a propensity for well-crafted dark beer.

He lives and works on the Traditional and Unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples in a place now known as Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Daniel is devoted to offering his gifts in service to the re-emergence of village, the healing of the masculine, and the re-rooting of human beings as guardians of celestial and earthly time through embodied men’s work, astro-mythological guiding, and facilitating processes for personal and collective revolution.

After years of living and leading in intentional community projects, Daniel is now building his own home on a communal farm. Daniel holds a blue-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and when not building, facilitating or grappling, can be found playing music, at the skatepark, or crafting illustrations.

Kirsten Louise Webb

Writer, Storyteller, Feral Scholar, Facilitator, Ritual & Performing Artist

Kirsten Louise Webb is a writer, multidisciplinary and performing artist, wildcrafter, lifelong animist, and creative guide; she is of of Samí, French Canadian, Irish, Scottish, Cornish, Scandinavian, and German ancestry, and currently shares her time between the Salish Sea and the Island of Hawai’i. A devotee of the mysteries of intuition, embodiment, and living as the Earth, she spent almost two decades traversing the underworld of chronic illness, which led her to live much of the past few years nomadically and entirely outdoors.

Her facilitation, performance work, and writing focus on cultivating the experience of collective as emergent organism, tending ancestral threads, reweaving with (and feeding) the more-than-human realms, the power of story and ritual to illuminate and transform consciousness, and living into experimental and edgewalker ways of being to help evolve what’s possible amidst deep cultural and planetary shifting.

Benjamin Murphy

Storyteller, Writer, and Mythosomatic Guide

Ben has guided groups and individuals into deep states of embodied presence through breath and bodywork for over ten years. This body-centered work merges with his study of myth and story in his role as a Mythosomatic guide, bridging the gap between the stories we tell ourselves, both big and small, and how we enact them in the world. He integrates a spectrum of mythological, philosophical, and psychological thought in his writing and facilitation, drawing on the Mythopoetic Movement, ReWilding, Attachment Theory, and Animism. Since 2017, he has focused on the path toward a transformed concept and embodiment of masculinity, aiming to cultivate a more holistic, heart-centered orientation that prioritizes meaning and belonging.

Ben currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and works with the School of Mythopoetics and ReWild Portland to foster resilience and personal fulfillment within his community.

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