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Harvest Celebration with Guest Speaker Stephen Gerringer of JCF

Harvest Celebration
with Stephen Gerringer of JCF

and Potluck Picnic


Though best known for his popular explication of the Hero's Journey, Joseph Campbell determined this masculine heroic motif to be of relatively recent origin, dating only from the Bronze Age. Chronologically, the Mother Goddess precedes mythologies of the Hero, while Her Mysteries carry humanity beyond the Hero and into the future. Stephen Gerringer* will discuss the Goddess figurines of the paleolithic era, and highlight the practical role this mythological motif can play in our lives.

Our Master of Ceremonies is Rebecca Pottenger** who will lead the merriment! New members are welcome. All members may bring guests.

Schedule of Events:
1:30 - Meet & Greet
2:00 - Opening Ceremony
2:15 - Potluck
3:00 - Guest Speaker
4:30 - Closing Ceremony

About the Picnic: For our pot-luck style picnic, we ask that everyone bring a covered/cold dish to share portioned at 4 servings plus yourself or the size of your group and your own beverage (no electricity or BBQ at the site). Please bring your own plate and silverware. We will supply table coverings, napkins, water, and ice and a few big coolers.

Our reserved site is B2, next to the American River Trail, and seats 48. Take a look at Hagan Community Park for amenities (off-leash dog park, mini-trains, etc.) and the park map.

Parking: $4 per car to park inside. Follow the "JCF" signs from the parking booth to the end of the park. Free parking available at park entrance in lot adjacent to parking booth.

*Stephen Gerringer is a member of the leadership team that steers Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF). A longtime political activist and eventual candidate for legislative office, his career trajectory was interrupted when a major health crisis and subsequent brush with death prompted a deep inward turn. Stephen “dropped out” and, in the best tradition of Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac, spent most of the next decade “on the road,” thumbing his way across the country on his own Hero’s Journey, in quest of self-knowledge and insight.

Stephen did eventually “drop back in,” accepting a position teaching English and Literature in junior high school. Over time, though, inspired by Campbell’s advice to “follow your bliss, and doors will open where you would not have thought there’d be doors,” he resigned to pursue writing full time.

As the primary author of JCF’s “Practical Campbell” essay series, which examines the relevance of mythological themes to everyday life, he has written articles on subjects ranging from dreams, virgin births, ritual regicide, and tricksters, to shamanism, oracles, and the relationship between nature and mythology. Currently, Stephen is editing a book for JCF drawn from obscure and difficult-to-find interviews given by Joseph Campbell the last thirty years of his life.ll open where you would not have thought there’d be doors,” he resigned to pursue writing full time.

**Rebecca Livingston Pottenger has an M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is a Jungian-oriented Marriage & Family Therapist Intern at HOPE Counseling Center. She is the author of "The Maiden's Missing Anger: Contemporary Women, the Archetypal Feminine and the Unmaking of the Patriarchy."

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As usual, meetings are free, but we would welcome small voluntary donations to be forwarded for the maintenance of the Joseph Campbell® Foundation's Mythological RoundTable® Program.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so happy to meet new people and see people again. This was a great idea and everyone really gave their heart and souls to it- a real celebration (:

    October 4, 2012

  • Jeanne A.

    Stephen posted on our Facebook page:
    "Thank you for a magical afternoon filled with food, friendship, and conversation - a wonderful way to celebrate the Harvest Moon.

    And thanks for letting me ramble on about the Paleolithic goddesses and how the realization of harmony between the celestial rhythms of the Moon and the terrestrial rhythms of the womb provided the impetus for the primary impulse informing all mythologies: the recognition that our relationship to the Universe is the same as that of the baby in the womb to its mother - a myth/metaphor that can be read in the heavens, or in the human body ...

    Blessed Be!"

    October 3, 2012

  • Art L.

    Excellent speaker, could have listened to Stephen for hours!

    October 2, 2012

  • Jeanne A.

    Thank you all for coming to our harvest festival and being part of such a lovely day! Rebecca's beautiful opening ceremony, Stephen's enlightening and eloquent presentation, the committee's decorations and harvest altar, great food and company in a beautiful setting all culminated in connecting us with the Goddess, Nature, one another, and the subliminal message of myth.

    September 30, 2012

  • Ann S.

    Informative presentation. Friendly group and great food!

    September 29, 2012

  • Jeanne A.

    Here's an event flyer to you to print or e-mail

    September 21, 2012

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