Revisiting Iron John: A Six Part Online Exploration of Mythic Masculinity for Today
With Ian MacKenzie, Stephen Jenkinson, Sophie Strand and Others
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Note: This course is open to All Genders.
In 1990, Robert Bly’s book Iron John: A Book About Men ignited a generation of men towards what would become known as the mythopoetic men’s movement. Suddenly, men (at least in Western culture) had a map to their inner landscape and their outer experience. The exploration of a German fairy tale, alongside poetry and ritual, offered a pathway into the realm of soul work – and the book has continued to touched millions of men around the world.
In 2022, the spiral has come around as a new generation discovers Iron John alongside an urgent crisis of masculinity. What might Iron John offer in the era of COVID, the #metoo movement, AI, post-truth, multi-generational trauma, and biospheric breakdown?
Join Ian MacKenzie, host of The Mythic Masculine podcast, for this six part online exploration to discover once again the mythic ground of possibility amidst the peril. Each week, Ian will be joined by a number of Special Guests including Stephen Jenkinson, Stefanos Sifandos, Michael Gay and more.
Check out Ian MacKenzie and Sophie Strand discussing the epilogue of Iron John
SESSION 1: Michael Gay
Pillow and the Key
When One Hair Turns to Gold
SESSION 2: Ramon Parish
Road of Ashes, Descent and Grief
SESSION 3: Stephen Jenkinson
Hunger for the King In the Time of No Father
SESSION 4: Stefanos Sifandos
The Meeting with the God Woman in the Garden
SESSION 5: Shay Au Lait
To Bring the Interior Warriors to Life
Riding the Red, White and Black Horses
SESSION 6: Philip Folsom
The Wound by the King’s Men
Over the last 15+ years, Ian has used a variety of media (film, writing, photography, podcasting) to amplify seedlings of emergent culture, from the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St. His work spans the themes of activism, culture, and relationships, and emergence, as facets to understanding the question: how humanity might reach a thriving future? Among his films are Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, and Lost Nation Road. Ian’s recent work includes The Mythic Masculine podcast exploring masculinity and A Gathering of Stories, a live series bringing together renowned storytellers, musicians and poets from around the world, providing new insight and perspectives on the most vital themes of our time. The latest series, The Pandemic is a Prism, aims to offer a mythopoetic bridge between divided worldviews.