Telling Our Way Home
So many of us grew up inside mythologies and scriptures deracinated from their original ecosystems. Using the triple lens of MYCO ECO MYTHO, we can replant our favourite legends and parables back into the mycorrhizal nourishment of their original soil, uncovering more-than-human wisdom hiding just below the surface of stories of human supremacy. The MYCO perspective reminds me that stories live interstitially. How do my stories center relationships over individuals? How can I understand that storytelling isn’t a monologue? It’s a consanguinity with landscape. ECO reminds me that every story arrives from a specific ecology, a specific assemblage of stones, animals, fungi, and histories. ECO encourages rootedness and curiosity about the ground below our feet. How can I honor the home of every word and idea and story? And MYTHO reminds us to keep my stories oral, interrogative, and participatory. Using this model, we can compost our old beliefs into new narratives as textured, complicated, and diverse as an old-growth forest. As feral and involuted as a spoonful of dirt holding one billion bacteria, up to ten miles of mycelial fungi, and thousands of protozoa. Let us come home to our favourite stories by planting them back into their original soil.
This course is part of Week 7 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 7, we dive into Relational Imagineries.
We will delve into the role of mythology, stories, art, and poetry in cultivating kinship. How do stories create/relate to belonging? How do notions of kinship appear in and influence the way we weave our cultural (& other) stories? What do the stories we tell imply about our relationships? How might we transform these stories so kinship is at their core? What are the stories which come from the land that connect us to the other? How does the language of animacy weave relations in this way?
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.