“If you want to change someone’s mind, tell them a story.”
– Dr. Craig Chalquist, PhD, depth psychologist, Pacifica Institute
Dr. Craig Chalquist has created a course in how to use dreams, myths and deep storytelling to inspire positive change. He is also a master gardener, which adds an ecological element to the work–our well-being is connected to the health of the living planet. He calls this practice “Enchantivism” because of the need to re-enchant, or bring magic back into the world.
Chalquist describes Enchantivism simply: “Activism for Introverts”.
All of which sounds perfect for Goddard’s MFA in Creative Writing program.
Goddard College was founded in 1938 by Tim Pitkin, as a response to the rise of fascism in Europe. History has been looping back around in recent years. One need look no further than the latest headlines to see familiar archetypes on the rise– the God of War stalking the land; King Midas turning everything to gold, including the food he eats, the children he is meant to protect. Innocents and the nurturing world being reduced to numbers and bottom lines. Enchantivism offers a way to respond to this new rise in fascism in the spirit of Pitkin.