with Stephen Gerringer of JCF
and Potluck Picnic
BEYOND THE HERO: THE GODDESS WITH NO FACE
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."
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.