The Newsletter of the Mythic Imagination Institute, a Non-profit Arts and Education Corporation
   in preparation for Mythic Journeys 2004 in Atlanta, GA
October, 2004
2004 Calendar of Events


The Mythic Imagination Institute was created to be a community resource connecting you to events and resources all over the world. We'll continue to update this page of Mythic Passages regularly to keep you up-to-date on performances, workshops, conventions, exhibitions, classes, films, conferences, and more.

If you know of any mythic events we've missed, please let us know. You may also call us at 404-832-4127. We'll continue to update this page regularly, even after each issue of the newsletter is published, so please check back often.

October, 2004

Do you have a writing project that needs a jump start? An idea you'd like to take time to reflect on? A manuscript or collection of songs that just need a little push to get done?

You are invited to a guided retreat for writers of all genres -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and song.  SOLATIDO begins on Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2004  and runs through noon, Sunday October 10.  As director of the Duke University Writers' Workshop, I'll be leading the group in optional morning writing prompts and reflective exercises.  We'll have optional late afternoon hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  In the evening, participants will gather to talk shop after dinner.  Our special guest is Cosy Sheridan, a singer and playwright, who will be performing her one woman show, The Pomegranate Seed: An Exploration of Appetite, Body Image, and Myth in Modern Culture. If you've never been to Wildacres Retreat, it is a 1600-acre mountaintop center with a long literary history. Wildacres is approximately one hour and 15 minutes east of Asheville, NC, only 30 minutes from I-40. 

Total cost for the event, including double room accommodations, all meals, events and Cosy's performance is $195! (There are lovely spaces at the center besides your room where you may write, read and reflect, including a library, but the center does require two persons per room.)  See and and come enjoy the fall foilage in a quiet space where you may be productive.

Registration Deadline is September 15. You may register by e-mail by contacting Georgann Eubanks, for further instructions.

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LA and Orange County Joseph Campbell RoundTables Host Reception for Dr. Fred Alan Wolf

Friday, October 8, 2004
7:00 - 7:30 PM

(What The Bleep Do We Know?)... a Spiritual film that combines quantum physics, multidimensional visual effects and animation, a dramatic story and interviews with leading scientists and mystics.

Make your reservations for...

How the Mind Can Defeat Time

Friday, October 8th, 7:30-9:30 PM
Lecture $20

Saturday, October 9th, 1:00 to - 4:OO PM

Workshop $30 prepaid or $35 at the door Reservations Suggested... Please Call (714) 533-2311


We tend to use the words mind and time to mean different things without realizing some new and surprising ways in which they can relate. From quantum physics and ancient wisdom, we are now able to comprehend how the concepts of time and mind are reconcilable--and can, in fact, have the same meaning. This realization comes from recognizing that the mind works by a process of defocusing and focusing, which means it can learn how to let go of memories (allowing them to return to the great blur of possibility) and it can learn how to focus in on possibilities (allowing a specific event to come into being). This process is also the practice of mind yoga. While that much may seem sensible, I have added a new twist by suggesting that this process is actually what brings time about.


Based on his new book, Yoga of Time Travel, we will explore the ways of time travel in this PowerPoint SEMINAR. We will explore the meaning of time travel and the roles played by memory and attention and consider different forms of time travel reviewing basic principles of physics involved in our notion of time. We will look at some of the time travel paradoxes that arise simply because we aren't used to thinking beyond time. Depending on "time" we will explore: Why the teachings of yoga are pertinent to time travel - The spiritual quality of the timeless spaceless realm and how ordinary scientific space and time compare with spiritual, or sacred, space and time - The basic reasons why physicists now take time travel seriously through a brief exploration of Einstein's general and special theories of relativity - How adepts of India master time travel, specifically the adept Sri Ramana Maharishi and how he showed that the self or ego traps mind in time and space - How modern physics explains time travel by going through space, time, energy, distortions, black holes & gravitational time machines - How, although the general theory of relativity predicts time travel, two major paradoxes, the knowledge paradox and the grandfather paradox arise - How we might engage in time travel - How the notion of time arises from the mind and how mind-yoga is a means for time travel - How the squaring procedure from quantum physics results in a pattern of possibility-waves producing the past and future as well as the present.

National book-award winner Dr. Fred Alan Wolf is an internationally recognized physicist, writer, teacher, author of 11 books. Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA and has taught at San Diego State University, Univ. of London, Univ. of Paris, the Hahn-Meitner Inst. for Nuclear Physics in Berlin, and Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

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Public Lecture - Meinrad Craighead

Tuesday, Oct. 19th – 6 pm Kanuga, Hendersonville, NC

Sacred Imagery and the Numinous in Art

Dinner followed by lecture – $45 (Student with ID – $20) Reservation deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 12th

Accommodations at Kanuga are available for Tuesday night. Contact the Journey office to make arrangements.

Meinrad Craighead, artist, writer and creative visionary, creates art that speaks to our experience of God as Mother. Her work manifests the mystery of the Divine Feminine within each of us. Her paintings are in public and private collections in North America and Europe. Her highly acclaimed books The Mother’s Song and The Litany of the Great River express her deeply personal imagery of the union of spirit, woman and nature. Using the abiding images of water, river, and litany – that ancient repetitive prayer – she reveals the sacred interconnectedness of all that lives. Crow Mother and the Dog God, a forty year retrospective of Meinrad’s work, was published last fall.

Meinrad will have original works with her and will be available for informal discussion after her presentation.

For reservation or information call: 828-877-4809 e-mail: or visit our website Journey into Wholeness

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James Flannery’s book/recording Dear Harp of My Country: The Irish Melodies of Thomas Moore

Sunday, October 24th, Noon - 1:00 pm
"The Thistle and Shamrock" hosted by Fiona Ritchie
WABE FM 90.1 (Atlanta's NPR-affiliate)

Ritchie has described Flannery’s recording of thirty-nine of the airs of Moore as “a landmark collection” and credits his work with gaining an understanding of Moore as Ireland’s first internationally-known Irish artist as well as a seminal figure in the revival of Irish traditional music and the establishment of the Irish literary and dramatic movement. She also praises Flannery’s effort to establish the connections between Moore and the Scottish bard Robert Burns, especially in their effort to create a cultural identity for their respective nations by writing patriotic lyrics to ancient Celtic airs.

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Harvesting the Myth

Mythic Journeys director and artist Charles Vess announces his upcoming art exhibit, Harvesting the Myth, at the New Light Gallery, 226 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 23210. Phone: 276-623-1500. The exhibit opens on October 22nd from 7 - 9 p.m., and runs through December 2, 2004.

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If you know of any mythic events (including conferences, classes, conventions, performances, signings, films, etc.) we've missed, please let us know. You may also call us at 404-832-4127.

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