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Myth Salon: Atlas Obscura with Carlyle Coash

On Thursday, December 13, Carlyle Coash, the Los Angeles Head of Atlas Obscura, is coming to visit the Myth Salon! Atlas Obscura, in case you don’t know about them, is a multi-platformed organization that in addition to a hosting a diverse multi-cultural website ( with a a variety of online magazines, has published an incredible resource book: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders that is dedicated to pulling on the cord of story and myth. They have a love curiosity – and something that might seem a little weird, wacky or other worldly. They wonder about the myth of place. They constantly wonder what can we learn when we slow down and open our eyes? 

Highly visual and constantly evolving, much of Atlas Obscura’s success can be attributed to contributions it receives from the thousands of followers throughout the world who serve as the central nervous system of the prolific digital media company’s goal of mining the webs of the inter-connected cultural worlds for cool content. They have over a million likes on Facebook alone! 

For the last ten years Atlas Obscura has strived to celebrate three core things: wonder, a sense of place and curiosity about the world around us. Their online interactive Atlas currently has 15,000 locations tracked from all over the world – with a focus on those places off the beaten path and not in the usual guide books. They publish regular articles, calendars and currently have two best seller Adventure Books. They also host international trips (90 planned for 2019), as well as local events in 7 cities in the United States. 

Carlyle Coash is the Head of Atlas Obscura in Los Angeles. He has been a leader in the fields of performance, education and spiritual counseling for over 25 years. In his various roles he has performed and presented in front of large audiences, bringing compelling content, insight and the occasional dramatic moment. 

He contributed to the creation of the book Making Healthcare Whole and has a chapter published in The Arts of Contemplative Care by Wisdom Press. He is also a founder of The Actor’s Gymnasium, a Chicago based school dedicated to the alternative theatre arts and performance. He is a certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and the first Tibetan Buddhist practitioner to be Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is also part of Wisdom Spring, a non-profit that creates and implements water and education projects in developing countries. 


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