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About Cista Mystica

Cista Mystica Press is established to publish the work and ideas of Dr. Martin Shaw, and a select group of authors. Its concerns range from mythopoetics, romanticism, philosophy, magic, folklore to initiatory encounters with wilderness. The press believes that eros can be the bedfellow of rigour, and that all these areas have something essential to contribute to the state of our times. The press makes books, audio, and artisan goods available for purchase at cistamystica.com/shop. More information can be found at cistamystica.com/about.

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About Westcountry School of Myth

An unrivalled immersion into myth, wilderness and soul, the Westcountry School of Myth is rooted in the belief that myth has something vital to say about the connection and condition of both our lives and the earth. Raising up a Culture of Wildness is the task.

A learning community located in Dartmoor in the United Kingdom, the school is focused on a five-weekend programme over the span of a year. Each weekend entails the telling of myth or fairy tale, response and study, accompanied by time and reflection in wilderness. Learn more about the Westcountry School of Myth at schoolofmyth.com.

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About Martin Shaw

Dr Martin Shaw is an acclaimed teacher of myth. Author of the award-winning Mythteller trilogy (A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower, Scatterlings), he founded the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, whilst being director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK.

He has introduced thousands of people to mythology and how it penetrates modern life. For twenty years Shaw has been a wilderness rites of passage guide, working with at-risk youth, the sick, returning veterans and many women and men seeking a deeper life.

His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Orion Magazine, Poetry International, Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine and the Mississippi Review. His most recent books include The Night Wages, Wolf Milk, Courting the Wild Twin, and his Lorca translations, Courting the Dawn (with Stephan Harding). His essay and conversation with Ai Weiwei on myth and migration was published by the Marciano Arts foundation in 2019.

In the Media

Dr Martin Shaw has been featured in Yes! Magazine and numerous media outlets including The Mythic Masculine, Emergence Magazine and others. See media mentions for a list of articles, interviews, podcasts and book reviews.