Men & Mythology, A Four Week Group Seminar with Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D.
Saturdays, February 6 – February 27
10am – 11:30 am PST
Sessions will be hosted online + Recordings will be provided for one week access.
What does it mean to be a man today? How is this definition created, let alone grasped? Can each man define it for himself?
This four-week group seminar with Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., will offer men and male-identified participants the opportunity to gather together to explore their personal and collective experiences through myth.
Each week, Kwame will share a portion of a myth. Participants will then be invited to bring their understanding of the story to life and in the process, reflect on their own life as an epic tale full of heroes, mentors, victories, and trials that take our whole being to overcome. This unique, proven, and timeless process is designed to increase awareness of one’s “life behind the life” and promote a sense of connection and empathy.
Kwame has been guiding youth and men of all ages through self-inquiry via mythology for over twenty years. He was introduced to the healing properties of myth through the work of Michael Meade, with whom he has since worked through Alchemy Inc. half a dozen times. Kwame is adept at using mythic stories to guide participants into a greater understanding of their place in the world, activating the knowledge that provides the impetus for living with meaning and purpose, becoming the heroes in our stories.
About Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D.
Kwame Scruggs has over 20 years of experience using myth in the development of youth and adults. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Kwame also holds a MS degree in Technical Education with an emphasis in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Akron. In 1993, he was formally initiated into the Akan System of Life Cycle Development (an African-based rites of passage).
Kwame is the founder of Alchemy Inc., a non-profit organization in Akron, Ohio that has used myths to engage adolescents since 2004. In 2012, Alchemy was one of 12 programs to receive the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award by the President Obama’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities. Alchemy was also the backdrop for a feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.”
He has taught and lectured widely, including various Jung Institutes nationwide. In 2020, Kwame received the Association of Teaching Artists (with Lincoln Center Education) Innovation in Teaching Artistry award. Kwame is a board member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation.