Star Wars, Thelma and Louise, The Godfather, Mean Girls – very different movies, yet all share the underlying story arc of the Hero’s Journey.
The Hero’s Journey is a classic story-telling structure reflecting adventure, conflict and ultimately triumph over adversity. The symbolism of the journey is compelling as the themes contained in The Hero’s Journey show up in myths, folklore and stories across many different cultures and eras.
This class will explore the narrative of the Hero’s Journey and why it remains as prevalent today as it was in the earliest stories of humankind. The Hero’s Journey provides the blueprint for many compelling and beloved stories, but it is so much more than that. In this class we explore how the Hero’s Journey story arc can be used as a reflective tool to help us make sense of the challenges we face within our own lives.
What will we cover?
In this class we explore the structure of The Hero’s Journey (as pioneered by mythologist Joseph Campbell) in its many incarnations throughout different genres. We will use recognisable examples from popular culture to familiarise ourselves with the steps of the journey before turning our attention to the relevance of The Hero’s Journey within our own life narratives.
We explore The Hero’s Journey as personal road map for navigating change, both chosen and un-chosen. Reflective practices will be used to encourage your internal reflection as you begin to identify as the protagonist within your own unfolding story. We will draw on relevant psychological principles that underpin myth as a tool for meaning-making, wisdom and personal growth.
- Closed Captions
- Auslan Interpreted Upon Request
- Free Tix for First Nation Attendees
- Early Bird Cheaper Tickets
Who will be teaching?
Lisa (she/her) is a psychologist with a passion for myth and story.
In her practice, she has observed the power of stories to assist humans to make sense of themselves, other people and the world. Lisa works with individuals seeking meaningful change and increased levels of thriving in her private practice based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Outside of work, she is often found with her head in a book or lost on a hiking track somewhere on the outskirts of Melbourne. You can learn more about her work here.
Any other questions or ways we can assist with accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.