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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

Fee: 
£ 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.

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.

With Martin Shaw and Carla Stang

Martin Shaw

Dr Martin Shaw is programme co-ordinator for the Schumacher College MA in Myth and Ecology. Director of the West Country school of myth he has also devised and lead the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University in the U.S. Author of the award winning Mythteller trilogy (A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia), his translations of Celtic folklore and poetry (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Poetry International, The Mississippi Review, Poetry Magazine, Orion, and The Kenyon Review. His book of Lorca translations (with Stephan Harding), "Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca" is due out in 2018 with White Cloud Press.

Carla Stang

Dr Carla Stang

Carla Stang is co-coordinator of the MA Myth and Ecology programme at Schumacher College. She received her first degree at the University of Sydney and was awarded the Frank Bell Memorial Prize for Anthropology for her studies there. In 2005, she completed her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Since then she has held the position of Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and Associate Researcher at the University of Sydney. Carla’s work explores events of consciousness in different cultures, in particular those of ordinary reality, mysticism, ritual and the experience of landscape. Most of this research has focussed on the Tungus people of Siberia, and the Mehinaku Indians of the Upper Xingu region 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).

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