A crow sits on the shoulder of everyone that rolls in, and we make sure she stays well fed. There are no passengers.
Maybe our greatest sign of health is the faculty working together at the school now – David Stevenson, Tina Burchill, Tim Russell, Lucy Cooper, Michael Martin, Adam Hunt, James Wood and Del Saunders. They are like something from the old stories. They cause me some trouble, and rescue me from plenty too. We always, and we mean always, take the stories back out into the living world.
Tina Burchill stepped into the school’s year programme in 2009, and never left. She became the first port of call for emails and enquiries about the school, and is now a key figure in managing the school’s practical affairs.
After going back to academia for a year, she gained an MA in Myth and Ecology, and completed a four year training as a wilderness vigil guide. She is an occasional storyteller and never tires of the bounty that the stories so generously offer.
Her previous career includes some 18 years in journalism, including working as a freelancer for national magazines and newspapers. She qualified as a homeopath in 2005 and still maintains a small practice, as well as working as a consultant in marketing and event management.
With two degrees in biology and psychology, David Stevenson was a participant on the very first year programme run by what evolved into the School of Myth.
19 years later, which has included a third degree in fine art, an MA in Myth and Ecology, and four years of training with Martin to guide wilderness vigils, he is an integral part of the school’s faculty, and is still being nourished by the magic of the stories.
His career has been varied, including several years as a Shiatsu practitioner, managing a wholefood warehouse and caring for his elderly mother. Currently he is focusing his artistic talents with the artisan arm of the Cista Mystica press. He also brings a wealth of outdoor experience and has previously worked with the Mankind Project for 14 years.
“I once found myself in the heart of a story, some years before meeting Martin, it was a powerful moment; I never remembered the later part of the story, but I am trying to live it as best I can; to make something worth giving in payment for a life lived. This is the business of the School of Myth; beauty, generosity and what it is to be a human being.”
Tim is a graduate of the MA programme in Myth and Ecology at Schumacher College and has undergone training with Martin over four years in guiding Wilderness vigils. He has worked previously as a gardener, acupuncturist, mental health worker and is currently working with ceramics and book making with Cista Mystica Press. He’s an occasional storyteller and offers some of the talks throughout the year course.
“It’s been necessary soul food plain and simple. Martin creates a space where story and nature walk side by side, where we take a step into the myth world and find that we are on a journey that our souls have been crying out for. It has been an unexpected deep dive into the unknown, and has woven the world of myth into my everyday life in a way that I didn't know was possible before.”
“The School of Myth weekends have offered me a depth of inner exploration that other self development work hasn't previously. My appreciation of the weekends has mainly centered around the deep connection I have felt with nature, the community spirit, the revelry, creative offerings and fresh air 24⁄7. However, the main thing I would recommend is hearing a mythical story come to life in the words of Martin Shaw, a master storyteller who has you gripped from beginning to end - try one and see what I mean !”
“Martin has an uncanny ability to speak, talk and walk with the relaxed swagger of a pirate after a raid but underneath this, serious focus and intention lurks. He clearly works hard at building and holding a transformational container where quite extraordinary things can and do happen. I testify from direct, startled and humbling personal experience to this man’s work and commitment to myth, nature and deep, much needed change in our world.”
“… a course that has initiated deep movement and change within me and is developing a greater understanding and significance of the mythic world. Beautiful wild locations, excellent food, warm and friendly companions, inspiring and knowledgeable teacher.”
We have the facts but where on earth has the story gone?
The Wandering Court
To recognize that the treasury of myth is your inheritance, and it is just waiting for the delight of hearing it told again through the word-magic of your speech.