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A day with Matthew Gantt

Matthew Gantt, is a graduate of the Seattle Film Institute and is a visual artist who has worked in various mediums ranging from film to sculpture to drawing. In 1996 he developed a technique of rendering mythopoeic images from the unconscious using randomly applied ink-blotting and line work.

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He is a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and member of the Jung Center of Houston and Winter Street Studios. Matt conducted three separate all-day workshops with our youth from Innes, Litchfield and Buchtel.

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A day with Anne Flynn

Anne Flynn, MFA, MPS, JD, is an analyst in training in analytical psychology at the Jungian Psychoanalytic Institute in New York. She has a Masters in Creative Arts Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Western Connecticut State University. She has worked as an art therapist in the foster care system and in inner city schools. Before she witnessed the power of art and image to heal the psyche, she utilized her law degree from Fordham University and worked as an attorney in New York.

Anne conducted three separate all-day workshops with our youth from Innes, Litchfield and Buchtel.

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A day with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean

Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, MFA, PhD is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator. She received her PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute and her MFA at the University of Washington. Elizabeth is passionate about the power of the visual image as a deep-seated language of culture, and she shares this love with all she meets. She has taught in a wide range of educational venues, currently in the Humanities Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and at Columbus College of Art and Design where she returns this fall to teach in their Graduate Department. She lectures nationally on the intertwining realms of image and psyche.

Talisman: Marking our Journey

The hero’s journey is a powerful metaphor to understand the challenges one faces in life. At the end of this cycle the hero often receives a boon or elixir, representing the knowledge he has gained along his journey. This metaphor has been successfully used with the youth of Alchemy, helping to provide them with a greater sense of self and understanding of their value within culture. These profound experiences and transformations need markers, objects that can symbolize this journey of growth, knowledge, friendship and understanding.

The youth of Alchemy will create their own talisman as a symbol of their boon/elixir in their journey through the program. This imaginal object will then act as a touchstone to remember the essence of what they learned and experienced within their Alchemical growth.

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A day with Michael Meade

2005, 2006 and 2008

Michael Meade has studied myth, anthropology, history of religion, and cross-cultural rituals for over 35 years. His hypnotic and fiery storytelling, street savy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths and symbols are highly relevant to current culture. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom, while connecting them to the stories of people today.
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A day with Dr. Dennis Patrick Slattery

Oct. 2010,

We explored some of the contours and content of your Personal Myth. A Personal Myth might be understood as an organizing principle that gives the events of our daily life a form and a shape so that they carry meaning for us.
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