A Psyche the Size of Earth

New Mexico, August 30 – September 2, 2019

This workshop is now full; please email us if you’d like to be put on the waiting list in case of cancellations. 

Workshop theme

I’m delighted to be offering, for the first time, an intensive three-night, three-day workshop in the beautiful high desert of New Mexico. The workshop begins late afternoon, Friday 30 August, and ends after lunch, Monday 2 September.

The old myths, stories and philosophies of the West offer up a world in which everything is not only alive, but has purpose, intentionality of its own. Over the centuries, this old knowledge has been deliberately overwritten. And so we’ve forgotten how to listen to the song the mountain sings. We’ve forgotten how to listen to the voice of the ancestor who comes to show us how to take up the shimmering mythlines of the past, and weave them into the tapestry of the present. We’ve fallen out of myth.

In this unique workshop, we’ll learn once again how to fully participate in what psychologist James Hillman called ‘a psyche the size of Earth’. We’ll go out and listen to the land’s dreaming, and in the process, we’ll find ourselves getting dreamt. We’ll deepen our relationship with the soul of this world – the anima mundi – in order to uncover and explore not only our own unique mythopoetic identity, but the unique gift, or ‘calling’ – the hidden treasure – which each one of us brings to this world. Through personal myth, fairy-tale narratives and imagery, journeying, dreamwork and land-based practices, we’ll find our own unique bridge to the imaginal world: the mundus imaginalis of ancient tradition; the richly mythic and archetypal Otherworld of the Gaelic tradition to which I belong..

The work we’ll do is rooted in mythology and archetypal psychology – but above all, it’s rooted in authentic relationship with this beautiful animate Earth, and a deeply grounded participation in the land where our feet are planted.

This workshop is open to both men and women.

Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies, and a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. See www.sharonblackie.net



Now I know why people worship,
carry around magic emblems,
wake up talking dreams
they teach to their children;
the world speaks.
The world speaks everything to us.
It is our only friend.


Location: Synergia Ranch



Located 30 minutes from the center of historic Santa Fe and a 45-minute drive from Albuquerque, Synergia Ranch is a private ranch and retreat center set on 111 acres of high desert prairie, dotted with pinon and juniper trees. The ranch is home to individuals who were the original inventors, creators, designers and managers of the Biosphere 2 project in Oracle, Arizona, until 1994. Today, these and other residents at the ranch collaborate in ecotechnic and artistic enterprises all over the world and locally, as well as continuing biospheric research and development. Synergia Ranch as a Center for Innovation provides the environment that supports creative individuals in the fields of ecology, biospherics, engineering, architecture, wastewater gardens, sustainable forestry, orchardry, book publishing, cuisine, fine arts, healing-arts, theater, writing, painting and poetry. For more information, please visit www.synergiaranch.com.



Several types of accommodation are available at different prices, on a first come, first served basis; the PayPal buttons next to each category will be removed once that category is fully booked. Commuter rates are also available if you’d like to travel in from Santa Fe (average 30-minute drive) or Albuquerque (average 45-minute drive).

If you choose shared accommodation and are travelling with a friend, please send us an email with your names – after you’ve both booked your places – to info[at]thehedgeschool[dot]org so that we can be sure to room you together. If you’re travelling alone, you’ll be allocated a room-mate.

MEALS: Accommodation packages, including camping rates, include dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday; breakfast and lunch on Monday. The commuter rate includes dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch on Monday. Meals are vegetarian; if you have special dietary needs (eg vegan or wheat-free) please email us after booking and we’ll pass your details along to the kitchen. Please note, though, that Synergia caters for groups, not for individuals, and if we incur extra charges because of heavily restricted diets we may need to pass these along to you.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND POLICY: If you cancel at any time up until May 1 2019, your payment will be refunded less a $100 admin fee. If you cancel between May 1 and July 18, then if another person can be found to take your place, your payment will be refunded less a $150 admin fee. If you cancel within 6 weeks, i.e. from July 19 onwards, then with apologies, no refunds will be possible. Please note that refunds can only be given the same way that payments were made, ie via PayPal.

Please use the PayPal button underneath your room choice to make your payment. (You don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay – you can use any credit card.) With apologies, we can’t accept personal checks or bank transfers. If you would like to propose a payment plan, please do email us and we’ll do our best to help. Fees are inclusive of accommodation and meals as specified, and workshop costs.

This is a private retreat, so if you have any queries about rooms or booking, please do NOT contact Synergia Ranch as they will not be able to help. Please contact us at sharon[at]materiamythica[dot]ie.

WORKSHOP FEE BY ACCOMMODATION TYPE (prices are per person and are all-inclusive)

This workshop is currently sold out, but if you’d like to be on the waitlist in case of cancellations, please email us at the address above.

Single room with private bath (SOLD OUT) – $725.00

Single room with shared bath (SOLD OUT) – $695.00

Shared room (two people per room) with shared bath (SOLD OUT) – $650.00

Camping rate (SOLD OUT) – $555.00

Commuter rate (SOLD OUT) – $495.00

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