Ian MacKenzie

Workshop Leader

Ian MacKenzie

Over the last 15+ years, Ian has used a variety of media (film, writing, photography, podcasting) to amplify seedlings of emergent culture, from the desert of Burning Man to the heart of Occupy Wall St. His work spans the themes of activism, culture, and relationships, and emergence, as facets to understanding the question: how humanity might reach a thriving future? Among his films are Sacred Economics, Amplify Her, and Lost Nation Road. Ian’s recent work includes The Mythic Masculine podcast exploring masculinity and A Gathering of Stories, a live series bringing together renowned storytellers, musicians and poets from around the world, providing new insight and perspectives on the most vital themes of our time. The latest series, The Pandemic is a Prism, aims to offer a mythopoetic bridge between divided worldviews.

The Gathering Room


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Jan 26 2022 - Feb 23 2022


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Revisiting Iron John: A Five Part Online Exploration of Authentic Masculinity for Today

Revisiting Iron John: A Five Part Online Exploration of Authentic Masculinity for Today

In 1990, Robert Bly’s book Iron John: A Book About Men ignited a generation of men towards what would become known as the mythopoetic men’s movement. Suddenly, men (at least in Western culture) had a map to their inner landscape and their outer experience. The exploration of a German fairy tale, alongside poetry and ritual, offered a pathway into the realm of soul work – and the book has continued to touched millions of men around the world.

In 2022, the spiral has come around as a new generation discovers Iron John alongside an urgent crisis of masculinity. What might Iron John offer in the era of COVID, the #metoo movement, AI, post-truth, multi-generational trauma, and biospheric breakdown? Join Ian MacKenzie, host of The Mythic Masculine podcast, for this five part online exploration of authentic masculinity by way of a return to the tale. Ian will be joined by a number of special guests to discover once again the mythic ground of possibility for men amidst the peril.