The Power of Myth: The Hera’s Journey
Many are familiar with Joseph Campbell’s monumental work in Comparative Mythology, especially his identification of the hero’s journey or the ‘monomyth’. Campbell identified that the stories found in cultures around the world had similar – or even identical – structure, indicating an undeniable universality of the main theme or teaching. This theme of the ‘hero’s journey’ outlines the key stages each hero must go through for his initiation into herohood.
But the language of the monomyth presupposes one significant detail that speaks perhaps more to Campbell’s generation than to relevance in the 21st century. The hero’s journey is presented from a masculine perspective and has always been approached as applicable regardless of gender. If a female protagonist is dropped into the story, the mythic structure has always remained unchanged.
Powerful as the hero’s journey is as a mythic structure, it does not speak to a key monumental difference between the hero’s journey and the hera’s journey. This experiential workshop presents a revisioning of Campbell’s monomyth with the particularities of a feminine call to the adventure of reclaiming wholeness. With a combination of lecture, storytelling and creative expression, we will illuminate the signposts that mark the hera’s journey from containment to freedom and empowerment.
Tiffany Lazic (BAA, RIHR, RP) is a Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director with a private practice in individual, couples and group therapy in Kitchener (Canada) and internationally via Skype. As the owner of The Hive and Grove Centre for Holistic Wellness, she created and teaches two self-development programs, “The Great Work: Patterns of Conscious Living” and “Spiritual Language of the Divine” Programs, as well as teaching in Toronto’s Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training’s Spiritual Directorship and Divine Connections Training Programs.
An international presenter, retreat facilitator, and keynote speaker, Tiffany has conducted workshops for many conferences and organizations in Canada, the US, Mexico, and the UK. She is the author of The Great Work: Self-Knowledge and Healing Through the Wheel of the Year (Llewellyn Publications, 2015). Tiffany has been a member of the Sisterhood of Avalon since 2007. She served as Hearth Mother to Kitchener’s Aelwyd am Gwenyen Arian Novice Hearth from 2009 – 2014 on the Board of Trustees as Administrative Director. She currently serves on the Council of Nine as Lorekeeper Matron. For more information about Tiffany’s work, please see her website at http://www.hiveandgrove.ca.