Archetypal Playground

This is where we get to explore these different faces of human nature and see how much of a mirror they hold up.

Sometimes it’s a single call, sometimes a short class. Often they’re free, sometimes they have a small cost.

I do them because they’re fun, and because every time I start talking about this stuff people ask me for more. 🙂

To sign up to find out about these calls, get the call-in deets, and get the recordings after (AND ONLY THIS – I will not use this list for anything else, or add your name to any other list) please click here.

Current Adventures

How To Keep Your Mermaid
From Drowning The Rest Of You

A Six-Part Mythic Adventure

10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Dec 13, 20, (skip Xmas week), Jan 3, 10, 17, 24


24 spots

Many of us carry and live with the archetypal pattern I call the “mermaid” – that part of us that yearns to be in a state of blissful dissolution into something that feels so exquisite we never want to leave. It can be a person, a group of people, a substance, a behavior, a place – whatever it is, we want to disappear into it and never have to come out.


Sometimes it’s not so blissful – it’s more anxiety-driven, a panicky fear of losing a sense of connection to something we think we have to have to survive. The very thought of being without that “umbilical” to that thing/person/behavior is enough to make us feel like we’re actually going to die, even if “logically” we’re clearly not. Even when that umbilical is draining us or flooding us with toxicity.

Needless to say, this makes having healthy boundaries somewhat….challenging.

Not impossible, though. You just have to learn a different way to get there.



The “mermaid” part of you is beautiful. Necessary. Deeply valuable.

It’s just that she doesn’t know how to get along well with the REST of you. What she needs is not what other parts of you need. When she’s driving the “bus of you,” the rest of you is in danger of drowning…but when she’s not, she’s in danger of drying up.

This struggle, this “push-pull” between your mermaid and the other parts of you, can generate more chaos and confusion in your life than most other archetypal patterns I’ve seen.

Through myth, story, and archetypal exploration, I want to show you a different way to honor this magical, shimmering, shapeshifting face of your being – WITHOUT threatening everyone else in the bus!



We will spend TWO of our six weeks SPECIFICALLY addressing this question of how to have workable, healthy boundaries when you’ve got a mermaid in the crew, and I’m particularly excited about this because it’s not something I’ve seen anyone else talking about and this is a SIGNIFICANT issue for part-mermaid people!

My goal at the end of our journey is for you to have a significantly re-negotiated relationship with your mermaid (and between her and the rest of you.)

I’m confident that this will result in greater clarity, less compulsion and struggle with yourself, more effective boundaries, and (because paradox is the game around here) BOTH more elusive magic to swim through AND more solid earth under your feet.

Click here to join us, or here to email me with questions!



Photo by Steve Wilson on Flickr under CC2.0 license – click image for original!

The Primal Animal

Mon Jan 28

9:00am-10:30am PDT


Look at that face.

Do you think that tiger gives any shits whatsoever about how you feel? What you want? Do you think it would hesitate for a single instant to eat YOU if you made a try for its dinner?

And do you think it would “feel bad about it” afterward?

How do you feel about the fact that this face and stance is almost the same one as when the tiger is mating?

We understand these qualities FAR BETTER in animals than we do in human nature – but there is an archetypal pattern that looks a lot like this.

People have ALL KINDS OF ISSUES with this one, whether it’s in themselves or they encounter it in others (and even when that happens, often enough it’s because it’s in them but they don’t know how to allow it, so they project it instead.)

I am the first one to admit that when these primal qualities turn up in human beings in a “shadow” way, it’s about as ugly as it can get. Humans don’t often handle these energies well, and when they don’t….yeah. It’s every headline, every real-life horror film you have ever dreaded.


The issue is not these archetypal qualities themselves.

They’re no more “bad” or “wrong” in us than they are in the tiger – when we can live cleanly with them.

And we have a much better chance of doing that when we don’t try to hide them, or hide from them.

Come find out more about this in January’s call – click here to get on the list and get call details!