Bridging the Gulf
Genius, Joy, and Rejuvenation
The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey as presented by Bridging the Gulf is a 8-part series inspired by the ideas of Joseph Campbell and many others. Designed for adults and seniors, its didactic, interactive, and experiential elements can be structured for particular target audiences and organized for a variety of time constraints. The material presented on this website represents the basic orientation of each section. Click on pictures or words below to access pages.
The Hero's Journey:
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled,
but a fire to be kindled."
Plutarch of Chaeronea,
1st century Greek historian
"The call to adventure signifies that destiny
has summoned the hero."
Joseph Campbell, mythologist
"In the middle of the road of my life
I awoke in a dark wood
where the true way was wholly lost."
Inferno, Canto 1
"The Trickster is the master of initiation . . ."
Beyond the Hero
Allan B. Chinen, M.D.
"Our story is not about heroism,
but about failure and repair . . ."
The Maiden King:
the Reunion of Masculine and Feminine
Robert Bly and Marion Woodman
"If he could learn to love another
and earn her love in return
before the last petal fell,
the spell would be broken.
he would remain a beast for all time."
Beauty and the Beast
"Only letting go,
the great drum,
the great instrument of the wild nature, only that creates."
Women Who Run With the Wolves
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
"That’s what we storytellers do.
We restore order with imagination.
We instill hope
again and again and again."
Saving Mr. Banks