Heroes and Heroines: a Deep Dive in Their Journeys

In this workshop we will embark on an experimental ride along the so-called Hero’s Journey. The journey identified by mythologist Joseph Campbell reveals the ubiquitous human quest for personal growth and development and can be understood as a metaphor for change and innovation. An interesting aspect we would like to highlight in this session is: How do men tell their journey? And how do women tell their journey? Christopher Vogler said women do not go through the Hero’s Journey as they are already whole. Is there any truth to this or is there, in fact, a different, feminine, Heroine’s Journey? Are the steps a woman needs to undertake on her way to personal growth different than the ones a man follows or do we all follow the same human plot?  We will use movie plots to support and illustrate our discussion.