The Hero’s Journey : Educating Through Authentic Story Telling

Julie Haagenson, (USA) M.Ed, Montessori Adolescent Teacher, TIES alumna and Adjunct Faculty

Joseph Campbell dedicated his life’s work to exploring the common threads that weave together the human story. He identifies it as the Hero’s Journey.  Campbell described three distinct stages that underlie myths, legends, and movies from cultures around the world: Separation, Initiation, and Return.  In this seminar we explore this model and look at how the Hero’s Journey relates to our own stories and how  these stories emerge in our practice as educators. Arising questions include: How can we share authentic stories of our experience to connect and educate? How does Campbell’s idea of the monomyth present itself in stories-past and present- and in our own lives?