Somewhere inside, each of us has a big cavern full of dreams. Enormous dreams. These dreams pour into us from all around — from the sky and the stars, the waters, the plants, our friends and family. When we go into this cavern alone, we can get lost, feel overwhelmed, unable to live up to the vastness of these giant dreams. Out of fear, we may put a huge gate and a padlock on the cavern. Sometimes we lose our vast mythic ground.
Since 2009, the School of Myth & Movement has been making a place for people, big and small, to come together and open up to the wonderful power of our mythic dreams. In these spaces, we have seen people expand, grow and change with incredible ease, speed, joy and intensity. We have seen animals hear the call and join us, even winds and rains have joined the dance.
Our events — classes, camps, performances, workshops — are works of art, and many of them are works in progress. Those who have participated or witnessed go away feeling more daring, more willing to open the gate again, and go into the cavern of dreaming. We welcome you to join our mailing list to get updates on upcoming events.
Director Laura Melling guides the School’s philosophical foundation. Her life experience is part of our story:
As a nationally-ranked child athlete, Laura received early training in mind-body integration through yoga and focused visualization. She became fascinated with the power of symbolism in heightening our intellectual and physical capacities.
Laura focused her undergraduate studies in Jungian, philosophical and religious views of the role of symbolic experience in human development. .
Beginning as a doctoral fellow in Anthropology of Education at the age of 20, Laura examined the issues plaguing our modern educational systems. She began articulating her belief that the prevailing paradigms of education are out of sync with our evolutionary needs for engagement with the earth and symbolic thought.
With no prior dance training, Laura left her academic fellowship to train and later perform with the dance company of the Isadora Duncan International Institute. IDII programs follow Isadora's vision for a holistic integration of the self through the symbolic practice of dance. She performed in theaters, temples, and sacred sites in Europe, the Mediterranean, North and South America. Her teacher in Duncan dance, Jeanne Bresciani, PhD, was the protege of Maria Theresa Duncan, Isadora's daughter --making Laura a fourth-generation lineage holder in direct connection to Isadora.
Laura's work is also grounded in a love affair with travel. In her late teens, she backpacked and climbed mountains around the US for months at a time. She then traveled on her college scholarship as an exchange student to recently liberated South Africa, and was forever changed by the people and land of south and east Africa. Later, Laura was befriended by a group of indigenous Ecuadorians who invited her to visit their community in the high Andes, and she has continued to visit and learn from them over the past 15 years. Later on, Laura's dance touring allowed her to travel and live in Europe for long periods of her twenties, and she eventually settled for three years in the west of Ireland. For the past few years, Laura has been living mostly off the grid in the US. She currently lives in a hidden valley in New Mexico.
Laura carries a post-graduate degree in Isadora Duncan Studies, a Masters in Anthropology of Education from New York University, a Bachelors in her self-designed program 'Culture, Psychology and Human Development' from Rutgers Honors College, and post-graduate training in Mythology. She was privately mentored for ten years by philosopher Bruce Wilshire. Laura is a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher and selected teacher trainer in Waldorf early childhood. She has more than ten years experience in Bioenergetics, the somatic psycho-therapeutic work of Alexander Lowen. She is deeply immersed in the work of Marion Woodman, bringing body into the Jungian approach, as well as the work on James Hillman in Archetypal psychology. Laura is a student of RJ Stewart and Anastacia Nutt on the indigenous traditions of Celtic Europe.
Ms. Melling's work has received support from the National Arts Council of Ireland, Boulder Arts Council, Boulder County Arts Alliance, New York University, the Isadora Duncan International Institute, Rutgers University, the state of New Jersey, Galway North Beach Poetry, Vicky and Robert Sloat, and a generous anonymous patron. Laura has held teaching and directing positions at National University of Ireland, Queens Botanical Garden, Galway Dance Centre, The Meadow Studio New York, Shining Mountain Waldorf School, Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten, among others.
Musician, teacher and creative collaborator Margot Krimmel, is an award-winning, nationally-renowned harpist who has been composing, arranging, recording, performing and teaching for over twenty years. In that time, her creative style has been featured on over twenty recordings. She is a carrier of hundreds of ancient songs, learned in the traditional way by ear alone. To learn more about Margot, join her newsletter, and view her performance schedule visit her website: www.boulderharp.com
Teacher/Inspiratrix Forest Rogers is a world-renowned sculptor and illustrator whose work is inspired by mythological themes, expressed within a figurative mode. An international sensation in the world of fantasy art, Forest inspires students and professionals alike with her rare blend of imaginative daring and technical mastery. To learn more about her work, visit forestrogers.com