Three Thursdays in Spring: A Group Study of Six Main Archetypes Found in the Myth of Persephone and Demeter

Facilitator: Lou Galloway-Zapiain
Dates and Time: Thursdays 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 6-7:30 PM (Central)

Location: The Richmond Heights Memorial Library (Meeting Room) 8001 Dale Ave. Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Maximum Participants: 15 
Registration price: Friends – $45; Others – $60




This three-part, three-week study group will explore six main archetypes found within the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter. Each week will focus on two specific archetypes. Each session will explore those archetypes’ basic energies, how those energies are represented in the myth, how those energies show up in our current American culture, and how they appear in our own personal lives.

The six archetypes we will explore are Kore, Persephone, Hades, Demeter, Hekate, and Zeus. The dates and corresponding archetypes to be studied are:

  • Thursday, April 25: Kore & Persephone
  • Thursday, May 2: Demeter & Hekate
  • Thursday, May 9: Hades and Zeus

Learning objectives
By the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Know the six main archetypes found within the Persephone/Demeter myth
  2. Understand various dimensions of those six archetypal energies and ways those energies impact our society, as well as our personal lives
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of what is meant by the terms “archetype” and “archetypal energy”

Lou will provide participants with his booklet “Six Archetypes Found in the Myth of Persephone and Demeter,” originally made available at the January 19, 2024 presentation he put on for the society. 

Lou Galloway-ZapiainA lifelong student of mythology and intercultural 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 50 years of experience as a classroom teacher of world history, world cultures, and English as a Second Language.

Lou is a founding member of the Man Kind 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.

He has led Jung Society presentations and study groups focusing on Emily Wilson’s The Odyssey, the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter, and archetypal energies found within those stories.