Finding our mythic ground

Finding our mythic ground

This article originally appeared on the Garrison Institute blog. We think we make them up, the myths, stories and dreams which so richly define the human imagination. But what if they have an existence that’s independent of us? What if they come to us as psychopomps –...
Re-membering our stories

Re-membering our stories

Isn’t there always a sadness when a writer you’ve loved dies – the sudden dawning that there’s never going to be a new book from them again, which leads to an equally sudden strong determination to treasure those you already have. That’s how it...
Walking the dream-paths

Walking the dream-paths

So much of modern dreamwork views dreams as a product of the personal unconscious – in other words, the theory is that somehow they come from inside us, from the workings of our own individual psyche. For this kind of dreamwork, there are all kinds of books on how to...
Approaching the imaginal world

Approaching the imaginal world

The imaginal world, the Otherworld. The mundus imaginalis, or mundus archetypalis. There are so many words and phrases to describe it, that place where the others live. The archetypal energies and beings which, when clothed in the garments of a particular culture, we...
Desert dreaming

Desert dreaming

I’m currently halfway through a 2 1/2-week teaching trip to the USA. Because the workshops I’m running are all east coast, but my heart is firmly in the southwest, I spoiled myself a little by taking four days in New Mexico before the work got started. I...
Embracing thorn

Embracing thorn

Earlier this year, herbalist and founder of the Plant Medicine School, Nikki Darrell, offered a workshop at the first of my annual HedgeWise festivals in the Burren, here in the west of Ireland. The workshop was about connecting with plants, and although this is work...