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Mythtelling with Martin Shaw


“There is foxfur and woodsmoke in his thinking. A kind of outlaw language.” – Robert Bly

Join us for a woodland farm weekend (3 days) under the tent, with mythteller and author, Martin Shaw. Dr Shaw is at the forefront of the revival of the mythic imagination and widely regarded as one of its most accomplished teachers. He claims the stories we need arrived right on time about five thousand years ago. They were provocative, mysterious, wild and deep. They were the weft and weave between us, the land and the Otherworld. A mighty currency that has lost all its purchase in modern times. This is the inheritance no one ever told you about.

Pour your tea and a take comfortable seat as the lights twinkle and the day sings into night. This time together with Martin Shaw will revolutionize our capacity to behold ancient stories, to find out what they taste and feel like on our tongues. We’ll find ourselves in the stories and claim our mythic ground.

How do we move from a society of taking to a culture of giving? How do we develop the capacity to not just see but behold our stories, to trade fantasy for imagination, and comfort for shelter?

These stories could be central to the major conversations of our time: the re-building of culture, the ecological imagination, the capacity for paradox.

Join at Sparkroot Farm us for an incredible weekend not to be missed. 

Purchase tickets for one day, or all three!

1) FRIDAY (evening), May 18

7-9 pm

FOX WOMAN DREAMING - An evening of myth, poetry and conversation.

Are you ready for story, laughter, learning, and the twinkling eyes of ancient mysteries told? This is our one evening suitable for families with children ages ten and up!

“I can still remember the first time I heard Martin Shaw tell a story. The tale that emerged was like a living thing, bounding around, throwing itself at all of us there listening. I had never heard anything like it before. Shaw is a one-off, his work is urgent and necessary…” – Paul Kingsnorth, author of The Wake

$15 adult/$ 8 children ages 10-14 (early bird-through April 13) 

or $18 all ages (April 14 through May 17) / $20 at the gate


2) SATURDAY May 19 - Daylong teaching

10 am – 4 pm (with a break between 12 – 1:30 ) – catered lunch available for pre-purchase (ticketed), or bring your own! This is a lovely time for a stroll along the woodland trails and permaculture farm and gardens.


From the fairy tale "The Goose Girl" to the poetry of Lorca, a day exploring language of the deepest and most beautiful perfume. What is our oldest and barely remembered birthright to carry story to raise up not just ourselves but the barley in the field, the salmon in the stream, the ones that are to come? 

This day is women and men, including older teens.

The heart has a true-north, says Martin Shaw. He uses it. His work combines a magnificence of soul with a deft acuity of intellect, portraying a quintessential comprehension of the human spirit in its mythic path. He writes in a rare register of an earthy seer and I am in awe.” –Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape.

$80 early bird (through April 13) 

or $100 (April 14 thru May 17) 

or $120 at the gate (seats are limited! Book ahead!)


3) SUNDAY, May 20 - daylong gathering

10 am - 4 pm (with a break from 12 -1:30) – perfect time for lunch and a walk about the land, trails, permaculture farm and gardens. Farm lunch will be available.


For all of us, today is a real cultural moment: the most degraded elements of a toxic masculinity is being being paraded in the full view of the western world, and a degree of consequence is being metered out. Let it be so.

For men that love and admire women, that are raising kids, and are lovers, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, mentors, partners, we need deep and profound wisdom to draw from at such a time. How do we rise to this cultural moment gracefully, with acute listening, honesty and capacity for depth?

It can be an exhausting business to maintain the shape of being human.

Myth tells us that women and men may only actually be human for a few minutes a day: that any moment we may feel the swoosh of a swans wing, the pad of the fox paw or the bellow of the black bear erupt from our bodies. And that some of those animals are exhausted, wounded or in exile. That we’re not just a revolving door of kings, queens, warriors, and the rest of it. It’s more subtle than that, more porous.

So what’s going to happen?

For the large part of the gathering we will explore an old story, a fairy tale. A mythic story that brings together masculine relationship to animals, magic, the living world, courage-under-fire, tenacity, and the capacity to support those that are to come.

How do we learn how to handle failure elegantly, admit the limits of our wingspan, know what to defend and what to surrender?

We will track where you find yourself in the story and how you could let it have its way with you. There will be some time in the natural world, and shared conversation between us.

It’s a simple and profound thing. Men sitting together for a while, trying to tell the truth, being soaked in story.

Are you coming?

(For Men only including older teens)

$80 early bird (through April 13)

or $100 (April 14 thru May 17) 

or $120 at the gate (seats are limited!! book ahead!) 


We do have a number of gift economy/donation tickets available - please see below to offer what you can. 

To break even we must sell tickets at the listed prices. If you can pay more please consider offering donations to the gift scholoarship fund to allow folks who cannot afford to attend! Thank you!

ON SITE CAMPING -- Sparkroot Farm offers primitive camping in the woods between the farm field and the farmhouse. We have running water in the barn and portapotties, and an outdoor shower.

TO BOOK CAMPING at the farm please go to our HIPCAMP site


Approximate travel time: 20 minutes or less:
Small B&B
219 East St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 537-1909

Rosemary House
76 West St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 542-5515

458 West Bed and Breakfast
458 West St, Pittsboro, NC
(919) 491-4229

Air B&B - Moncure

Approximate travel time: 30 minutes or less:

Econo Lodge
1403 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 774-6411

Comfort Suites
1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 842-5600

Hampton Inn Sanford
1904 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2000

The Fearrington House Inn
2000 Fearrington Village Center, 230 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-2121

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sanford
2110 Dalrymple St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-6600

Days Inn Sanford
1217 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 213-7238

Americas Best Value Inn Sanford
1143 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-5121

Comfort Suites
1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 842-5600

Baymont Inn & Suites Sanford
2614 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 708-7400

Palomino Motel
1508 Westover Dr, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-7531

Budget Inn
3114 Hawkins Ave, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 775-2814

Approximate travel time: 45 minutes or less

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
1120 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 301-8467

La Quinta Inn & Suites
191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 851-2850

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
5630 Dillard Dr, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 851-1220

Hampton Inn & Suites
111 Hampton Woods Ln, Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 233-1798

Comfort Suites Arena
1200 Hurricane Alley Way, at Trinity Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 854-0502

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
1020 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 535-9657

Red Roof Inn
1800 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 469-3400

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel
500 Caitboo Ave, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 239-4777

La Quinta Inn & Suites
191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518
(919) 851-2850

SpringHill Suites by Marriott
1128 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 977-7244

Hyatt Place Chapel Hill
1090 US Highway 15 501 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 929-9511

Best Western Plus
1722 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 481-1200

Motel 6
1401 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 467-6171

102 Edinburgh S Dr, Cary, NC 27511
(919) 481-9666

Holiday Inn Express
1006 Marco Dr, Apex, NC 27502
(919) 387-3636

Rizzo Center
150 Dubose Home Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 913-2098

Earlier Event: November 3
Later Event: April 6
Deep Time Dreaming