THE POWER OF MYTH AND THE COMPASSIONATE JOURNEY OF THE HEROINE/HERO:
Healing and Transforming Self and the Wasteland
Throughout our lives, we experience numerous calls to seek new learning or adventure, face various personal and collective challenges, and contribute our gifts to a world that needs us. At this historic Time of paradigm shifts, upheavals, and what some might describe as a ‘Wasteland’ experience, our Best Selves are being called forth to Step Up and support each other in ‘Seeding the Chaos’ with the values, visions, and compassionate energy we need for a Healing Emergence into a New Story.
The Journey of the Heroine/Hero stands as a model for how we might identify, accept, and move through this critical, yet exciting, challenge. In a 2018 series of three workshops, I invite you to explore that mythic model in community with others. Together, we’ll follow the three primary phases of this transformational process: Call, Journey, and the Return.
Though helpful, it is not necessary to attend all three events. There are no pre-requisites for any of them, and the overall heroine/hero’s journey is incorporated into each event. However, the May workshop focuses on the Call; the June event focuses on the Journey of Spiritual Transformation (often called the Road of Trials ); and the October workshop focuses on the Return.
You are most welcome to join in Community with others, as we explore our individual calls, encourage each other as we journey through struggle and transformation, and support our mutual empowerment in returning to our families, communities, countries, and global connections with the gifts that are uniquely ours to share with the World.
All three events are experiential explorations that incorporate theory and practice, cross-cultural inclusive spirituality, action methods, music, movement, and other expressive arts that facilitate and support integration of new insights. These events acknowledge and honor intergenerational Life Stages, and along with other empowering resources, uses a Sociometric Wheel to explore Seasons and Stages of this Heroine/Hero’s Journey.
WORKSHOP FACILITATOR: MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess, PhD, LPC, TEP
Founder of White Buffalo Associates in 1993, MaryCatherine brings decades of experience as a teacher; workshop and retreat facilitator; shamanic practitioner; trainer, educator, and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy (TEP); chaplain/minister; CTT Facilitator with Barrett Values Center; graduate facilitator for the IONS Conscious Aging Program; pilot facilitator for Death Makes Life Possible workshops (to accompany DMLP film); co-facilitator of ‘Conversations About Living and Dying’ series; licensed mental health practitioner in Nebraska; musician; student of Jean Houston’s Mystery School and School for Social Artistry; and co-founder of the Omaha Celtic Group.
She chaired the Religion Department at Holy Name High School in Omaha during the late 1970s and then worked for 13 years at Union Pacific Railroad in the areas of personal injury claims, medical management, quality integration, leadership, and organizational effectiveness.
When she moved to Scotland in 2001 to pursue a PhD, Cathy started working at the University of Edinburgh (UofE) in Edinburgh, Scotland, initially as Chaplain for Spirituality and Multifaith, where she also facilitated Feminist Spirituality retreats, workshops on Core Shamanism, and Shamanic Journey Drumming groups, as she’d done previously in Omaha.
In 2012-2013, she was hired as a UofE research fellow on a project exploring the relationship between spirituality and counselling. Then, in 2015, she taught two courses in the UofE’s Summer School. One was The Power of Myth and the Hero’s Journey, and the other was Enacting Personal Collective Stories (using action methods).
MaryCatherine currently is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Health in Social Science at the UofE, a role that includes periodically serving as second supervisor for doctoral students in Counselling, who are exploring the relationship between spirituality and counseling. She also has been the Internal Examiner for graduating doctoral students whose research explored aspects of the spirituality and counseling connection.
She collaborates with leaders of various compassion and empathy initiatives at the UofE and serves on the UK Task Force for the Charter for Compassion. In 2018, she will complete facilitator training for the Boundless Compassion program, which is headquartered in Omaha.
Cathy began her psychodrama and sociometry training in 1979 in Omaha with John Nolte and Katlin Larimer. She’s also trained with Ann Hale and Donna Little, who often incorporate methods such as sociodrama, Playback Theater, and Family Constellations into their training. A trainer herself since 2010, when appropriate, Cathy integrates some of her experience and further training in Playback Theater, Family Reconstruction, and Theater of the Oppressed into her workshops and retreats.
DESCRIPTIONS of 2018 Workshops
CALENDAR for 2018
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT for 2018 Workshops