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Creature Comforts & Sublime Mysteries
Celebrate the Wonder & Wisdom of Movie Monsters! What can we learn from The Invisible Man on the subject of our inhibitions? What can Carrie tell us about the tyranny of harassment? What can King Kong teach us about love? What lessons about human somatic experience can be gleaned from the movement of zombies, werewolves, and daikaiju? Venture beyond the hero’s journey to the wisdom in the monster’s journey. The unforgettable monster characters of cinema have much to teach us about identity, grandiosity, difference, solitude, shame, family dysfunction, and other aspects of being human. Through this multi-dimensional exploration you will be invited to: ✦ Learn a unique epistemology of monsters and the various ways monster movies have been interpreted and used in psychology and cultural studies. ✦ Enjoy film clips from across genres: horror, comedies, dramas, musicals, and animated films in which monsters appear. ✦ Write; using dynamic writing exercises, explore the roles these cinematic creatures have played in your life story. ✦ Play with art and experiential exercises that deepen the meaning of these modern myths. ✦ Engage in group discussions; share your observations, reflections, and personal associations. Get a jump start on Halloween with this highly interactive event honoring and celebrating movie monsters! Free Admission - Space is Limited! Must RSVP to [masked] About the Facilitator: Doug Ronning, MA, is a screenwriter (HBO’s Tales from the Crypt), a Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#LMFT 51086). He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the CIIS Drama Therapy Program. He is currently writing a book about the life lessons found in monster movies.

California Institute of Integral Studies

1453 Mission Street, San Francisco near Civic Center BART · Oakland, CA

Respond by: 10/20/2018

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A group that celebrates the wonder and wisdom of movie monsters through highly interactive events that include communal film viewing, engaging dialogue, personal writing, art-making, and dramatic play.

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