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Mundus Imaginalis - A Myth and Ecology Exploration

A woman standing in the woods
Key Info: 
  • Understand and experience the intricate relationship between myth and the natural world
  • Find subtle and unusual tools of activism for the times we are in
  • Includes simple, private accommodation within a beautiful community

With Martin Shaw and Carla Stang

£ 795.00
Course fees include a four-night stay in private accommodation with shared bathroom and all vegetarian meals.
Fee also includes any field trips, materials as well as all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday to Friday afternoon. If you would like to take this course as a non-residential participant, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 1803 847237.
This course is full.

Poets insist that somewhere between you and the tree lives the poem. Islamic mystics speak of the Mundus Imaginalis, a realm of imagination that is greater than just the human. Renaissance scholars were fascinated by the Anima Mundi or world soul. For centuries and from many cultures comes articulated experience of creative contact with a world that is filled with its own intelligence. And it is from that dynamic that we can learn something of how to recreate culture, how to make beauty, how to care for the earth, our children and each other; radical and urgent knowledge in these times. 

During the week, Carla, Martin and the participants will be exploring how the imaginal world can be accessed by myth, poetry, philosophy and time in nature. Wrestling in the disclosures of a fairy tale or witnessing the luminous thought of Henry Corbin, the aim is participation not passivity, your own way in to the numinous foundation of existence.

This course is full.
With Martin Shaw and Carla Stang
Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw is a writer, storyteller and acclaimed teacher of myth. Author of the award winning Mythteller trilogy, his essay and conversation with Ai Wei Wei was published by the Marciano Arts Foundation in early 2019. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore have been published in Orion Magazine, Poetry International, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine and the Mississippi Review. He leads the Mythic Life course at Stanford University and is a visiting fellow of Schumacher College. Much of his work derives from a four year period living in a tent on a succession of English hills.

Carla Stang

Dr Carla Stang

Carla earned her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.  She has held the position of Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney, and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology. Carla’s work explores events of consciousness in different cultures, in particular those of ordinary reality, mysticism, ritual and the experience of landscape. She has an abiding interest in wisdom from other times and cultures, especially wisdom about the natural world. Much of this research has concerned the history of alchemy, the Tungus culture of Siberia, and the Mehinaku Indians of the Brazilian Amazon. Based on her fieldwork with the Mehinaku Carla wrote a book called “A Walk to the River in Amazonia” (Berghahn Press 2011). Most recently she co-created the first Masters of Philosophy at Schumacher College, and is currently at work on a new book, an ecological, cross-disciplinary and collaborative project.

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Residential accommodation for "Changing the Frame"  is at Higher Close, a 20 minute walk from Schumacher College. All meals will be provided at the college.

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More about our growing areas and philosophy

We follow ecological cycles as much as possible. Much of the food is grown in the five and half acre agroforestry field – in a system of alley cropping and in the developing forest garden. The field also has fruit trees and bushes; young nut trees; a flock of pasture fed poultry; two wild life ponds, a craft and pollinator garden and a hazel and willow coppice.

Other areas include two herb gardens; four polytunnels; a perennial no dig vegetable garden and several fruit areas. We compost our garden and kitchen waste for use on site, and use green manures for fertility building.

Our students find their time engaging with food growing, and all it entails, a truly transformative time.   Our gardens are as much about nurturing people as plants, and hundreds of students have found the contact with the land and soil to be a rich learning journey.

Integral to the College’s international learning community, you will get to know students, staff and volunteers through daily meetings and shared activities. There is also a diverse programme of events and evening talks, offered by college residents, visiting teachers and local experts.