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It has been my joy to help people discover new ways to be with themselves and each other by learning more about the wisdom awaiting us in folklore and myth, the presence of place, and our power to dream practically.
To bring deep and transformative learnings out of the classroom directly to you, who seek the kind of knowledges, visions, and practices that grow lasting change.
Our happiness with ourselves, the quality of our work, and the health of our communities depends on the stories we tell ourselves and each other. We cannot move from depletion to fulfillment in these areas until we learn to tell different stories.
DECLARATION OF ENCHANTMENT
When the powers of imagination come under attack by mass commodification, by religious fundamentalism, by intellectual mechanization, by political opportunism, by fiscal greed, by cynical disparagement, or by any other ideological enemy of what should be respected as a primary source of personal and collective liberty, it is incumbent upon us to defend these powers by making explicit how they engender our humanity.
We can live a few weeks without food, a few days without water, and a few hours without shelter in an inhospitable clime, but we cannot live for even a moment without some movement of imagination in mind and body. To restrict its enlivening flow is to cripple the wellsprings of health, vitality, and sanity.
“Enchantment” as used herein refers to the mood of eager, inviting wonder: a precious gift of the free uses of imaginative capacities such as fantasy, awe, reverie, foresight, fancy, vision, play, and invention. Enchantment is a self-evident basic right. An assault on enchantment is an assault on the human spirit.
These courses focus on symbol, story, imagination, dream, and
myth as vital expressions of the wholeness of human consciousness.
These courses contain concepts and practices for healing the perceived
splits between self and world, culture, and nature, and mundane and sacred.
“Dr. Chalquist’s transformative ideas are nothing short of brilliant. His work and teachings are critical to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. He has always had a profound impact on his students. I highly recommend his books and any opportunity to attend his workshops or classes.”
Rebecca Elliott MA