Men are damaged from an early age and this quote from Bell Hooks says it all:
‘The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead, patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.’ ― Bell Hooks.
Mythology can give us efficient tools to create awareness about our current situation beyond the problematic circumstances we find ourselves in. The societies we live in effectively alter both core manhood and womanhood, depriving us of the best qualities of both genders to create a balanced, harmonious and fair partnership. Further, the modern world is only beginning to understand the traditional knowledge of further genders that humans inhabit. The great divide around themes related to masculinity and manhood has never been so obvious and lethal with frontal and co-lateral victims we cannot hide anymore. Something has gone wrong and we can take this chance to gather, create meaning through the study of perrneial wisdom, and create the basis of a return to our core values and life purpose, something sometimes hidden in the ancestral expereince of the varieties of maleness. With the knowledge of ancient lore on the topic, more possibilities for understanding ourselves open up.
To this end, we will journey through the following mythological and historical archetype especially chosen to provide the proper environment for our practical seminar:
Module 1 – Zeus, The Father Figure
Module 2 – Ares, The Warrior
Module 3 – Herakles The Hero
Module 4 – Agamemnon, The Corrupt and Selfish Ruler
Module 5 – Achilles, Rage Culture
Module 6 – Ajax, Rape Culture
Module 7 – Odysseus, Extra-Marital Affairs
Module 8 – Aeneas, The Career & Personal Life Divide
Module 9 – Alexander, Vanity and Role Models
Module 10 – Julius Cesar & Octavian, Role Models and Destructive Leadership
Module 11 – Closing
Please watch and/or listen to our presentation of the program:
That is 11 evenings in total, pre-paid for the amount of 250 USD. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Each evening includes participatory experiences like the presentation of art, film and media by participants, based on their experiences with the archetypes, and practices of embodying the archetypes in a form similar to a systemic constellation. We will trace the influence of mythic maleness through collective expereince, news items, art and, our own emotional and somatic experience. All seminars will be recorded and available to participants afterwards.
Dr. Logan Sparks, Nicolas Lecerf