Exploring The Odyssey: Using Select Jungian Principles, Cross Cultural Comparisons, and the Love of Storytelling as Our Guides

Facilitator: Lou Galloway-Zapiain
Dates: Thursdays February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 3 & 10
Time:  6:30 PM to 8 PM Central
Location: Virtual sessions will meet via Zoom
Maximum Participants: 15


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This unique study of Homer’s ageless story provides a lens through which to view our own journeys toward individuation, as well as to scrutinize a wide variety of American cultural and social norms. It takes an in-depth look at how Odysseus, Penelope, and Telemachus step
into Jung’s models of archetypes. It spotlights the gold and shadows of each of these three main characters as they appear and develop throughout the epic tale. The six-session course explores how The Odyssey both reflects and enriches American society and our own personal lives—our own personal “Odysseys.”

Participants will need to purchase a copy of The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson; W.W. Norton & Company, INC., 500 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10110; Copyright 2018; ISBN 9780393089059 (hardcover) / LCCN 2017027185.

When purchasing texts, note that Amazon Smile benefits this Jung Society.

The Odyssey is written in a 24 “book” format. Each session will focus on a group of four books. (Session 1: Books 1-4, Session 2: Books 5-8, etc.) Each session explores how Jungian principles and cultural comparisons show up within that group of books, as well as participant reactions to Wilson’s translations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify issues in their personal lives that are reflected in The Odyssey.
  2. Identify modern American social issues and cultural concepts that appear in The Odyssey and ancient Greek culture.
  3. Understand the sequence of events in Odysseus’s travels from Troy to Ithaca.
  4. Understand the interplay of events as told in The Odyssey.

A lifelong student of mythology and inter-cultural connections, Lou has lived in and traveled to over 40 countries on six continents. His travels have focused on exploring indigenous people’s spirituality and mythology, cultural similarities, and “off the beaten path” adventure. He has forty-five years experience as a classroom teacher of world history, world cultures, and English as a Second Language.
Lou is a founding member of the ManKind Project – St. Louis. Over the past 30 years he has led and assisted with workshops, trainings, and retreats based on the fundamentals of Depth Psychology and personal growth development.
An avid motorcyclist, many of Lou’s adventures have been on two wheels. His current ride is a 2013 Harley Switchback.