The Mythic Imagination - talks, trails and mysteries
  Weekend 12-14 October 2018  
  The Primary Imagination  
"The primary IMAGINATION I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM." Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The Mythic Imagination weekend of 2018 included illustrated explorations of some of the Romantic poets: William Blake, the symbolism of W.B. Yeats, Ted Hughes - all modern links in the Golden Chain. Other events included  a poetry workshop and guided trails through some of West Dorset's most sacred and least known beauties. Speakers and facilitators included Lindsay Clarke, Patrick Harpur, Jules Cashford, James Harpur and Merrily Harpur.

The next Mythic Imagination weekend is scheduled for Autumn 2019, dates to be confirmed. To be put on the mailing list with up-to-date news of this, please email
  Friday, 12 October  
  5.45pm Welcome. Registration and drinks.
James Harpur. A brief introduction to the weekend: 'Imagination and the Golden Chain.' The tradition of imagination as opposed to reason, from the Neoplatonists via the Romantics to modern psychology.
  6.30 pm Supper  
  8.00-9.00 pm Merrily Harpur. 'They exist to be noticed': an illustrated exploration of the significance of mystery big cats and other modern daimones.  
  Saturday, 13 October  
10.00am James Harpur. Poetry workshop: Romantics and other Great Beasts. An informal but focused discussion of some of the poems of Rilke, Ted Hughes, Blake and Yeats. Texts will be provided.
  11.15 Refreshments  
  11.30 Jules Cashford. W.B. Yeats: ‘Whatever the passions of man have gathered about becomes a symbol in the Great Memory  
  12.30pm Lunch  
  2.00 Trail: The Romantic landscape. Guided by Patrick Harpur and Merrily Harpur  
  4.30 Tea  
  5.00 Discussion and questions, with Patrick, Jules and Merrily
6.30 Supper
8.00-9.00 Jules Cashford. Illustrated talk. William Blake: ‘To the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.’
  Sunday, 15 October
  10.00am James Harpur. Talk, 'The wind blows where it wishes': poetry, inspiration and imagination.  
  11.00 Refreshments  
11.30 Lindsay Clarke. Talk, ‘Creatures of Light'; a Personal Tribute to the Inspirational Vision of Ted Hughes’.
  12.30pm Lunch  
  2.00 Trail:  'The poetry of earth is never dead...'. Guided by Patrick Harpur and Merrily Harpur  
  4.30 Tea and discussion: Patrick, James, Jules and Lindsay answer questions.  
  5.00 Farewell  
  Talks are illustrated with Power Point projections as appropriate.
Patrick, James and Merrily will be present most of the time (except for lunch) for informal questions and discussion. Lindsay Clarke and Jules Cashford will be present some of the time.
N. B. The programme is flexible - timings and individual talks within it may change slightly.
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Courses overview
  The Golden Chain  
  '...Call the world if you Please "The vale of Soul-making". Then you will find out the use of the world (I am speaking now in the highest terms for human nature admitting it to be immortal which I will here take for granted for the purpose of showing a thought which has struck me concerning it). I say 'Soul making', Soul as distinguished from an Intelligence. There may be intelligences or sparks of the divinity in millions - but they are not Souls till they acquire identities, till each one is personally itself. Intelligences are atoms of perception - they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God. How then are Souls to be made? How then are these sparks which are God to have identity given them - so as ever to possess a bliss peculiar to each one's individual existence? How, but by the medium of a world like this?' ~ John Keats, letter 14th February 1819