Myth as Medicine

Myth as Medicine: Tracking Vitality in a Northern Myth Cycle

Are you interested in mythology as a tool for connection, insight and reflection in the modern world?

Do you enjoy storytelling and the opportunity to go deeper with story?

Would you enjoy a collective journey, through a cycle of myths to support sense making and enriched livelihood?

If so, Myth as medicine could be for you.

Watch this short video to see if it is a good fit…

Myth as medicine 2023

I loved the Myth as Medicine course. I found it incredibly nourishing to listen to and discuss a story every week and each and every one of them has stayed with me in a powerful way.

The activities to work with in between the meetings were wonderful ways of connecting with nature and with myself. Overall I found the course to be very healing – this really is medicine for the soul.

Participant 2022

Myths are fun, they are wild, they are compelling. 

Certain myths are powerful. They can even support healing or help making sense of our world.

This course is founded on a premise that myth cycles and storytelling help us discover our place within nature and the cosmos, that stories remind us what it is to be human. This way is fundamental to indigenous living, and remembering of this way is nourishing.

It is based on a premise that the more time we spend around myth and story, the better we tune our ear to the subtle patterns of ancestral cultures, and recognise archetypes in our own lives. 

The more respect we give a story the more likely it is to reveal it’s hidden treasure. 

It is based on a premise that when we work with the cycles of nature, our life can flow more easily and effortlessly.

This course allows us to savour poetic soul-food that has nourished nature immersed people since the dawn of time.

What happens?

We meet weekly online where Dougie tells a selected myth that offers seasonal significance. We reflect and ruminate upon the story. Tools for working with that myth through the week are offered.

Additional resources are offered during the week to support the experience.

The diversity of the activities and stories ensures each week is fresh and the experience cumulative.

When is it?

An open webinar will take place on Wednesday 15th February, 7-8.30GMT.

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The course will start in earnest on Wed 1st March, 7-9pm GMT, then weekly until May 3rd. We will finish at Beltaine, the start of Celtic summer.

Recordings of the online meetings and stories willbe available for anyone who misses one.

Midweek support and resources will be provided.

Remuneration is sliding scale: £195-225 (concessions £165)
Payment in instalments possible upon request:

“I’m telling anyone who can listen about your course, I loved it. I’d totally do it again!”

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More about the Process

This course will present a specially curated mythic cycle.

It provides the opportunity and tools to go on an individual and group journey with each, taking us closer to our wild nature, ancient cultures of wild northern lands, and our inner selves at the same time.

Nature connection activities and reflective questioning will support the process.

Previous participants have appreciated the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of storytelling and myth, in a way that has enriched their dailly lives. 

Participants have awakened to mythology and story as tools for mindful living, imagination, finding points of connection to the natural world and ancestral cultures.

Participants have been surprised at the unique ways this course has supported them in navigating the trials and tribulations of their daily lives, and felt the support of a caring cohort.

This is an opportunity to approach stories and myth with mix of reverence and playfulness that helps the story sing to us, and tune our ears to hear its specific resonance to our daily lives.

By participating in Myth as Medicine you will get a chance to:

  • Immerse yourself in wild Northern Myths (from Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Siberia)
  • Optimise the dreaming potential of Spring
  • Use myth as a mirror for your life
  • Glean wisdom from ancient cultures
  • Develop ‘mythic literacy’ (understanding the coded language within myth)
  • Learn tools for journeying deeper with story
  • Use myth to connect self, community and nature
  • Spiral around a storied medicine wheel

In short:

  • Ten mythic stories are told ‘live’ over ten weeks through online story share and reflection
  • Bespoke exercises to engage with each story are given, including reflective journaling and nature connection prompts
  • Video recordings of live calls are provided (catch up in your own time) as are weekly updates and additional resources
  • Cohort support and group chat offers an engaging community environment
  • Storyteller Dougie Mackay will guide this through a tried and tested model of mythic immersion, combining his professional experience in storytelling, nature connection and community development

Storytelling is an age old craft, honed by glowing firesides since the dawn of human culture. Some people call humans ‘the storytelling animal’ as our language and brain have evolved through storytelling.

It is a powerful medium, although few utilise that power to its full potential.

Stories offer entertainment but more than that, many myths carry the wisdom of ancestral cultures who passed on the best of their knowledge through story. These insights can be gleaned from myths when we give them attention and approach them in a certain way.

Just listening to such tales is enlivening, it can rewire the brain and rewild our minds amidst the mundanity of the modern world. Yet another beauty of stories is their adaptive quality. Each listener hears something unique according to their own experience and values.

Great stories touch everyone deeply, yet in diverse and personal ways.

This course guides us through a process of tracking our own personal medicine in myth, in order to live enriched lives rooted in the ways of our ancestors and touched with wonder.

Participant feedback:

“Thank you for the course, the shift it has provided has been subtle but profound; the journeys, the conversation, the invitations to go deeper with them help open the path you speak of.” JD, USA

“What a rich group of people you have gathered! It was such a treat to listen and share.” ND, USA

“Dougie, the Medicine in Myth is real and I am grateful for the stories you are sharing, connecting with such lovely folks in your class, the thoughtful conversations, and the invitations to take the stories deeper into our own inner work.”