The land which makes us

The land which makes us

What is psyche, or soul? It’s a question, of course, which sits at the very heart of psychology; it’s one I’ve been studying in one form or another since, at 17 years old (51 years ago) I decided I was going to become a psychologist, and set about...
Mythogeology

Mythogeology

Those of you who’ve ever attended any of my workshops which are focused on place and the mythic imagination will remember that I’m always waxing lyrical about geology. About the need to know, and to understand, the rock on which our feet are planted.  The...
The land which loves us

The land which loves us

All the courses and workshops I offer in the mythic imagination have relationship with place, and with the land on which our feet are planted, at their heart. It couldn’t be otherwise; my ancestry is entirely Irish and Scottish, and these are the two countries...
Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous roots

Reclaiming our indigenous Western roots. Some days, that seems like a big ask. But it’s been the focus of my work for a very long time now. It’s the reason why I wrote If Women Rose Rooted, where I had this to say: In our own Western societies we are seeing more calls...
Finding the gods in our places again

Finding the gods in our places again

A couple of decades ago, when I was once again delving deeply into my roots in psychology and mythology, I discovered the writings of Kathleen Raine. I’d long admired her as a poet, but hadn’t really grasped the extent of her scholarship in the realms of...
Life, lost and found

Life, lost and found

Maméan: ‘Pass of the Birds’. Early this morning. Scrambling up a mountain, looking down on Loch an Dá Éan (‘Lake of the Two Birds) or Loch an Tairbh (‘the Bull’s Lake’) depending on the local folklore. I don’t know any...