When I realized I would never move from adjunct slave to tenured professor, I went to work in corporate America, earning a steady salary and medical benefits. I went from phone rep to corporate trainer to Organization Development wizard to managing the Organization and Employee Development department at a Colorado municipality.
I wrote strategic plans, scenarios, training classes, white papers … one book that is coming from this period of my life is Root and Web: Managing Conflict at the Edge. Available essays are Decision Making Options and Work Wants to Flow Like Water.
My mother handed me a mythology thread I’ve followed through the labyrinth. Even now I attend a small monthly class with Lara Newton who trained in Zurich with Von Franz. I both tell and teach fairy tales.
I was lucky enough to attend several fairy tale archetype workshops in Boulder in the 80’s with Robert Bly (e.g., The Witch, The Giant, The Dwarf). My husband and I have attended the Great Mother Conference (GMC), which was founded by Robert Bly, since 1985. The first conference was ten days with Joseph Campbell, Ursula LeGuin, Michael Mead, dancer Ann Igoe, and artist Rita Shumaker. The line-up changed over the years – James Hillman, Marion Woodman, Martín Prechtel, Lewis Hyde, Robert Bringhurst… so many more, without even naming the poets. Robert would tell the theme story or myth, often with Gioia Timpanelli, one of the world’s greatest storytellers. The last few years the GMC has been blessed with Martin Shaw, and studied Parzival, the Odyssey, and some shamanic initiation stories from cultures remote from the western one.