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Myth Salon: Lost Notebooks of Sisyphus with Phil Cousineau

Updated: Dec 11, 2023


Will and I are pleased to bring the best-selling author Phil Cousineau into the Myth Salon. It is impossible for me to tell which of his many books is my favorite: The Hero’s Journey (biography of Joseph Campbell), Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, Stoking the Creative Fires, The Oldest Story in the World.  I think it might have to be The Accidental Aphorist – a brilliant collection of quips, quotes, sayings, and razor-sharp darts of poignancy.  We plan for Phil to start with his latest book The Lost Notebooks of Sisyphus, but I’m not above pressing him to invoke Campbell, Huston Smith, and the spirits that drive him to produce this excellent body of scholarship.  





PHIL COUSINEAU is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, story consultant and editor, travel leader and inspirational speaker on myth in the modern world. His fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him from Michigan to Marrakesh, Iceland to the Amazon, in a worldwide search for what the ancients called the “soul of the world.” With more than 40 books and 30 scriptwriting credits to his name, the “omnipresent influence of myth in modern life” is a thread that runs through all of his work. His books include Stoking the Creative Fires, Once and Future Myths, The Art of Pilgrimage, The Hero's Journey, Wordcatcher, The Painted Word, The Oldest Story in the World, The Book of Roads, The Accidental Aphorist and The Lost Notebooks of Sisyphus


PANELISTS


Rosalie Bouck, Ph.D. was raised by artists in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies and brought up in a contemplative Yogic tradition that honored Hindu principles (Self-Realization Fellowship). Before she went on to be a recognized scholar, Rosalie was a mountain child, a tarot card reader by the age of ten, a teenage punk rocker, a musician, and a lifelong globetrotter. All of these lifestyles inform Rosalie’s work and scholarship: always cutting-edge, authentic, earth-honoring, and decolonizing. Rosalie is also a PhD with degrees in cultural mythology, psychology, philosophy, and political science. Her classical Western education is complemented by the wisdom and ways she was fortunate to learn while living among the K’iche Maya in the Highlands of Guatemala, time spent learning on the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Reservation, and education in the ways of the Yoruba of West Africa. She has been trained in ancestral healing by Dr. Daniel Foor and is a longtime practitioner of animism. Her worldview and teaching has also been deeply informed by more than a dozen trips backpacking throughout Europe, Central America, and Asia (starting at the ripe age of 16) and time living in Northern New Mexico, the Mississippi Delta, and Eastside Detroit. Rosalie became known for her approach to “re-writing the narrative of community engagement” and later she coined the term “feral femininity” and has lectured widely on the revelations of the dark feminine. Her work has been featured on The Science Channel, National Geographic Channel Mexico. She is a popular lecturer and award-winning essayist. Before becoming a mythologist, she was a community organizer and non-profit community project developer. She is currently an active lecturer, consultant, and college educator with a passion for reclaiming classical education and academic spaces as places to re-connect humanity and uplift underheard voices and practices. Rosalie is mother to two wild beautiful humans, Emerson and Aila, one nanny-dog, Joe Louis, and partner to Matt, a lifelong social activist/organizer.


Dennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the Mythological Studies Program At Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has authored, coauthored, edited or coedited 33 volumes of poetry, non fiction and fiction. His most recent titles include The Way of Myth: Stories' Subtle Wisdom and The Fiction in Our Convictions. His web site, dennispatrickslattery.com contains a series of blogs, paintings, adventure invitations and online courses.



HOST


Dana White, Ph.D. a contributing faculty member to Pacifica's myth degrees and author of numerous volumes on mythology. Over the course of his career, Dana has worked in radio and industrial television, as a vice president of marketing for Merrill Lynch, and as an academic department chair at an art college. He edits and designs books, produces films and motion media for universities, corporations and non-profits, and is a professional photographer with more than 40 books to his credit.He currently produces and hosts the Myth Salon, a venture he co-founded in 2016 with Dr. Will Linn,



MODERATOR


Will Linn, PhD, Will is a Creative Mythologist. For three seasons and thirty episodes, he anchored the Sky, ZDF and History Channel TV show, Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity as one of the two recurring “meta experts.” He is the founder of mythouse.org and Head Mythologist for Fascinated by Everything—a visionary experience company that creates narrative art in next-generation mediums. Will served as a leader for the Joseph Campbell Foundation over an eight year period and was the founding chair of an innovative film and performing arts college called Relativity School in Los Angeles Center Studios. From 2015-2023, he taught myth, anthropology, writing, story and philosophy at the college while leading high school, graduate and professional coursework in the United States and Europe. His media and conference appearances, publications and roundtables have been focused on the poesis of nature and technology, meta-narratives of transformation, historical arcs in the mythic imagination and the archetypal revolution of meteor-steel.


MYTH SALON


The Myth Salon is all about cultivating community – bringing people and ideas into a delicious convergence every month to explore ideas of substance. Dr. Will Linn and Dr. Dana C White, the indefatigable moderators of our Myth Salon, congregate the mythological community to explore upon this rich and fertile path, and increase the amperage of myth and substance wherever we are. When we nurture and sustain our community relations and involvement, we all benefit! The full playlist of Myth Salons since the Spring of 2020 can be found Here.


MYTHOUSE INVITATIONS


Mythouse.org - Mythic Calendar: The Mythic Calendar integrates the world’s major holidays into a single calendar of media and information rich portals that explore the mythic dimensions of each holiday, sign of the zodiac, flower of the month, birth stone and celestial event. Check in with the mythic calendar each month and with every holiday to stay engaged with mythic time.


Mythology Channel: Explore ten years of mythic radio series, round tables, myth salons and special events in the Mythology Channel’s content library.



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