MYTH AND THE HUMAN STORY –  Short Course

For children, myths provide imagery of the nature of good and evil that later in life support empathy and moral thinking. For adults too, especially teachers, the same stories, combined with an understanding of what they represent, can provide a rich inner experience of the human story. 

Waldorf teachers today face a growing challenge to assist their students in forming strong inner pictures. Our culture is bombarding children with ready-made imagery. The teacher can strengthen the capacity for imaginative teaching as well as forge a connection to and understanding of anthroposophy by developing their own enlivened relationship to the mythic imagery of the human story. 

Read my article at Ubuntu Learning, Living Inquiry, Mythic Image and the Working Waldorf Teacher, for an initial exploration of this theme. 

The course will compare contemporary understandings of myth with an anthroposophical perspective, captured by British anthoposophist Owen Barfield’s statement, “Myth is the ghost of concrete meaning.” We will map out the origins of various myths as pictures of the evolution of consciousness. Case studies will include stories from major mythology groups of the curriculum: Egyptian, Hebrew, Norse, Greek and Arthurian.  These case studies will help participants connect the mood and imagery of specific myths with knowledge of their origins and meaning.

Start Date: November 4, 2019

Mark McGivern will be available through email for guidance through the course and will periodically gather students who wish more sharing and conversation.