An Evening of Story and Poetry with Dr. Martin Shaw & Tony Hoagland

Friday, December 15, 2017  7-9PM

Myth insists that in each of us a great kingdom presides: filled with forests, remote castles, giants, witches, lovers, the dreams of the earth itself.

To hear a story well told is to bear witness to the wily tale of your own life meeting the bigger epic that those before you have walked. Such speech is a way you taste your ancestors. We don’t have such stories: such stories have us.

Tony Hoagland will read selections from his poetry, and Martin Shaw will bring stories from the Celtic and Russian tradition that emphasize our relationship to the earth. These stories suggest that in the absence of what the British used to call “marrying the land”, there is a frailty to our walk on the earth. Dr. Shaw speaks to this endeavor as crucial to anchoring the soul in the stormy weather of our times.

Bring your curiosity and your wild twin, and we will set off on this adventure together. 

Please arrive no later than 6:45 so you can check in and find your seats in plenty of time!


RED BEAD WOMAN: An Earth That Thinks in Myth 

A Gathering with Dr. Martin Shaw

Saturday, December 16, 2017  10AM-5PM

In Siberia, there still exists a barely whispered rumour of a folk tale about a woman who lives at the very edge of things. It is told that when she arrives at her wedding in the village, precious red beads will pour from her mouth and sables will run at her feet: a culture that revives both village and forest will born.

Join mythologist and storyteller Martin Shaw for a day of  storytelling and exploration of this electrifying myth. A man whom poet and translator Robert Bly claims “speaks an outlaw language—Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers we have; a true master.” He will carry this immense story faithfully.

During the day with Dr. Shaw, several questions will run like wild horses alongside the story:

“What does it mean to trade comfort for shelter?”

“How is betrayal a gateway into soul?”

“What could it mean to speak a red bead language in times like these?”

Expect conversation, humour, deep poetics and a teacher who speaks from the deep interior of myth. His direction is informed and urgent.

Please arrive no later than 9:45 so that we can greet and check you in and be ready to dive in at 10. We have an adventure to embark upon together!

Bring something to write in.

There will be a lunch break from 12-1:30. There are many restaurants and food markets right in the neighborhood, or you are welcome to bring a lunch and eat in the main lobby of the Center. We encourage you to plan ahead for lunch, as we will aim to begin again promptly at 1:30.



Santa Fe Center For Spiritual Living

505 Camino De Los Marquez, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Tony Hoagland

Tony Hoagland’s fifth book of poems, Application for Release from the Dream, was published by Graywolf Press in 2015. He teaches at the University of Houston, and is working on a craft book about poetry, called Five Powers, Forty Lessons. His collaboration with Martin Shaw of translations from Anglo Saxon and Celtic literature, titled Rough Gods, will be published in 2018.

Martin Shaw

Dr. Martin Shaw is a mythologist, author and storyteller. Author of the award winning Mythteller trilogy, he led the Oral Traditions and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, and is co-designer (with Dr. Carla Stang) of the Myth and Ecology MA at Schumacher College. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth, Dr. Shaw spent four years living in a black tent on a succession of English hills, exploring remaining pockets of English wilderness.


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