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The Mythic Masculine

70 EpisodesProduced by Ian MacKenzieWebsite

Explorations on mythology, culture and the emerging masculinities. Hosted by visionary filmmaker Ian MacKenzie.

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Bonus | Capricorn and The Provider with Charles Sue-wah-Sing (School of Mythopoetics)

January 16th, 2023


This is the full recording of the latest Solar Session, a live conversation via The School of Mythopoetics. Join the School

#54 | Mastering Energetic Androgeny - Ke’oni Hanalei (Pōhala)

November 24th, 2022


My guest today Ke’oni Hanalei, founder of Pōhala, purveyor of Esoteric Hawaiian Fern Medicine.

Ke’oni caught my attention through his Instagram, where he shares profound perspectives rooted in the Mū teachings of …

Bonus: Composting the Mycelial Masculine with Sophie Strand

November 8th, 2022


What if hidden in the soil below the monumental myth of patriarchal masculinity there was a rhizomatic biodiversity of alternative masculinities? …

Bonus | Rites of Passage in an Age of Fugitivity - Chris Christou (The End of Tourism)

September 3rd, 2022


This bonus episode is actually a conversation recorded for another podcast The End Of Tourism.  The host is my good friend Chris Christou, who I …

#53 | Igniting The Playful Hearts of Men - Jason MacKenzie (Sacred Sons)

June 23rd, 2022


My guest today is Jason MacKenzie, co-founder of Sacred Sons, a men’s organization whose self-professed aim is to “steward the return of the father archetype through men's relational and physical training.”

I first met …

Live | The Fall & The Underworld - Martin Shaw (School of Mythopoetics)

May 18th, 2022


This episode is a live recording as part of a series of events leading to the Grand Opening of The School of Mythopoetics June 1st, 2022.  Consider …

Bonus | The Reunion of Jesus and Mary Magdalene - Autumn Skye

April 18th, 2022


My guest today is Autumn Skye, a visionary artist whose work holds a significant presence with transformational culture around the world.

I first had …

#52 | Can Psychedelic Masculinity Stop War? - Nicholas Powers

April 15th, 2022


My guest for this Live Episode will be Nicholas Powers, author of The Ground Below Zero: 9/11 to Burning Man, New Orleans to Darfur, Haiti to Occupy …

#51 | Building A Circle of Men - Bill Kauth (ManKind Project)

March 30th, 2022


My guest today is Bill Kauth, the resident visionary and co-founder of The ManKind Project, one of the most recognized men’s organizations in the world.

In 1984, Bill was working as a psychotherapist when he conceived …

#50 | Reclaiming Your Ancestral Roots - Dor and Ophir Haberer (Kinhood)

March 15th, 2022


My guests today are Ophir & Dor Haberer, Jerusalem-born identical twins, who are, among many things, facilitators, ritualists, storytellers, …

#49 | Agents of Cultural Regeneration- Steven Martyn (The Sacred Gardener)

March 2nd, 2022


My guest today is Steven Martyn, M.A. (traditional plant use), an artist, builder, and farmer who is also the founder of The Sacred Gardener School. 

#48 | The Second Most Interesting Man In The World - Robin Esrock (Bucket List)

February 8th, 2022


My guest today is Robin Esrock, a global adventurer, travel writer, and author of the Great Global Bucket List.

After a chance encounter on a Canadian TV talk show, Robin and I have remained friends for over a decade. …

Bonus | Sex, Men and Stealing the Key - Heather Pennell (Kin of Kind)

January 22nd, 2022


In this 60 minute conversation, Ian MacKenzie and Heather Pennell unpack the opening chapter of Iron John, the classic tale made famous by poet Robert Bly.


Revisiting Iron John with Special Guests - Begins Jan 26, 2022

January 17th, 2022



In 1990, Robert Bly’s book Iron John: A Book About Men ignited a generation of men towards what would …

#47 | Bringing Fatherhood Into Alignment - Chris Fletcher (Nine Rings)

January 5th, 2022


My guest today is Chris Fletcher, a counsellor that specializes in working with youth and their families. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming book The Nine Rings of Alignment, alongside his partner.

I first …

Bonus | Sketching The God of Ecstasy, Dionysus - Red K Elders

December 6th, 2021


My guest today is Red K Elders, a magical artist based on the Norfolk coast of England, who sketches powerful portraits of old gods and mythical …

New Series: The Pandemic Is A Prism

November 1st, 2021


Host Ian MacKenzie shares an update on the The Mythic Masculine Podcast, along with an announcement of our new series: The Pandemic Is A Prism. 

The …

#46 | Rewilding The Fungal Gods - Sophie Strand (The Flowering Wand)

October 5th, 2021


My guest today is Sophie Strand, a writer who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, and ecology. Though she admits, it would be …

Bonus | Transforming Pain Into Purpose - Zamir Dhanji + Sabrina Lakhani

September 17th, 2021


In this bonus episode, I share about my experience in the Patterns to Presence program, co-facilitated by Sabrina and Zamir on how to transform attachment patters with science and compassion. 
Learn more about their …

#45 | Navigating Your Underworld With Conscious Kink - Justice Schanfarber

September 6th, 2021


My guest today is Justice Schanfarber, an artist, marriage counsellor and couples therapist.
He is also the author of a two books, including “Conscious Kink for Couples: The beginner’s guide to using kinky sex and BDSM …

Excerpt | Are You Okay? Spoken Word by Deus Fortier

September 2nd, 2021


This is an an excerpt from the full episode A Psychedelic Guide to Healing Trauma. My guest Deus Fortier delivers a powerful spoken word transmission …

#44 | A Psychedelic Guide to Healing Trauma - Deus Fortier (The Impeccable Man)

August 18th, 2021


My guest today is Deus Fortier, a multi-faceted artist, men’s coach, and ceremonial facilitator.

He is a fire-keeper and drummer for the Blackfoot …

#43 | Gender Is A Lie, Gender Is a Truth - Zhenevere Sophia Dao (MogaDao Institute)

July 19th, 2021


My guest today is Zhenevere Sophia Dao, founder of the philosophy of Post-Daoism and the MogaDao practice tradition.
She has been a teacher and innovator of mythosomatic practices for nearly 30 years, and writes on wide …

Bonus | Karen Lee Downes on Regenerating Feminine Intelligence (FemmeQ)

July 15th, 2021


Today I'm happy to speak with Karen Lee Downes, co-founder of FemmeQ, who are holding their next event in Costa Rica as well as online July 24-31st. …

#42 | Attuning to the Deep Feminine - Maya Luna (Holy Darkness)

July 2nd, 2021


My guest today is Maya Luna, a poet and creator of the Deep Feminine Mystery School.

She has also authored a book of poetry, OMEGA: Feral Secrets of …

#41 | The Journey of Soul Initiation - Bill Plotkin (Soulcraft)

June 11th, 2021


My guest today is Bill Plotkin, PhD, a depth psychologist, wilderness guide, and founder of western Colorado’s Animas Valley Institute.

Bill has led …

#40 | Before The Patriarch, The Trickster - Allan Chinen (Beyond the Hero)

May 25th, 2021


My guest today is Allan B. Chinen, a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Clinical Professor Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.

He has lectured extensively and presented numerous …

#39 | What the Hand That Dare Seize Fire - Matthew Stillman

May 11th, 2021


My guest today is Matthew Stillman, a dear friend who has been obsessed with how modern humans fit into an ancient world since, forever.

He has a wildly eclectic background, from highlighting the connection between food …

Bonus | Reflecting On 'A Gathering of Stories'

May 4th, 2021


Happy Beltane! In this bonus episode, Ian MacKenzie and Zamir Dhanji reflect on the inaugural 'A Gathering of Stories' held during Imbolc 2012. This …

#38 | We Shall Dance With Chaos - Ramon Parish (Naropa University)

April 27th, 2021


My guest today is Ramon Parish, an assistant professor in Naropa University’s department of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Ramon has been synthesizing …

#37 | Last Stand for the Ancient Forests - Yogi Shambu (Fairy Creek Blockade)

April 13th, 2021


This is a very special episode, recorded only a few days ago, from the front lines of the Fairy Creek Blockade - a peaceful 8 month occupation to …

Bonus: Breaking Down The Mythic Mindbomb of Lil Nas X's 'Montero'

March 31st, 2021


The internet is abuzz with reactions to Lil Nas X's new video 'Montero', which abounds with a dazzling array of mythological symbolism and queer …

#36 | Video Games, Violence and Healing the Shadow Lover - Eivind Skjellum

March 30th, 2021


My guest today is Eivind Skjellum, an expert in the field of archetypes and masculine psychology.

He is also the founder of Reclaim Our Inner Throne, …

#35 | A Man's Guide to the Mystery of Menstruation - Meghan Kurts

March 17th, 2021


My guest today is Meghan Kurts, a writer and entrepreneur dedicated to self-care and planet care.

She is the solo mother of a young son, and …

#34 | No Accountability Without Community - Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawà:ke Mohawk)

March 2nd, 2021


My guest today is Taiaiake Alfred, an Indigenous scholar and activist.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including best column writing for the …

#33 | The Return of Ragnarok & Our Apocalypse Now - Rune Hjarnø (Nordic Animism)

February 17th, 2021


My guest today is Rune Hjarnø, a doctor of History of Religions, educated from the Universities of Uppsala and Copenhagen.

He has lived and worked in …

#32 | Way of the Graceful Warrior - Gary Dillon (Kekoanui)

February 3rd, 2021


My guest today is Gary Dillon, a mentor of many years and man I consider deeply grateful to know. I first met Gary through the Orphan Wisdom school, …

#31 | Into The Belly of the Dragon - Jan Blake (Storyteller)

January 19th, 2021


My guest today is Jan Blake, one of Europe’s leading storytellers who has been performing for 35 years.  Jan specializes in myths and folktales from …

#30 | We Forgot We Were Kings - Alan Cooke (The Wild Irish Poet)

January 5th, 2021


My guest today is Alan Cooke, a filmmaker, poet, and speaker from the wilds of Ireland.

Alan’s poetic and literary work is based on the narrative of the medicine of nature, forged from the sorrow of undergoing numerous …

#29 | Awakening From The Trance of Domination - Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade)

December 23rd, 2020


My guest today is Dr. Riane Eisler, a social systems scientist, cultural historian, and author whose research, writing, and speaking has made an …

#28 | Patriarchy In A Time With No Father - Stephen Jenkinson (Come of Age)

December 8th, 2020


My guest today is Stephen Jenkinson, a culture activist, teacher and author, and principle instructor of The Orphan Wisdom School, co-founded with …

#27 | The Law Is In The Land - Tyson Yunkaporta (Sand Talk)

November 24th, 2020


My guest today is Tyson Yunkaporta, an academic, poet, and carver of traditional tools and weapons. He is a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges …

#26 | The Big Epic One Year Anniversary Episode - Ian MacKenzie + Elisa Spring

November 11th, 2020


Greetings dear listener. This is a special episode of the podcast, where I reflect on the year since launching. It’s been hugely satisfying for me, and based on the feedback, for many listeners as well. I thought to …

#25 | Rebuilding Men's Culture Through Song - Murray Kyle (Talisman)

November 3rd, 2020


My guest today is Murray Kyle, a mystic troubadour from Byron Bay, Australia. Over 15 years of of writing and touring his music has built him grassroots audience from all over the world.  His songs have become anthems …

#24 | The Anthropocene is a Motherf*cker - Jane Caputi

October 20th, 2020


My guest today is Jane Caputi, a professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University.  Dr. Caputi’s primary research is …

Special Episode: Launching The Mythic Masculine Network - Daniel Robert (Community Manager)

September 21st, 2020


This is a special episode of the podcast, the first of its kind. It's a conversation with my good brother Daniel Robert, who is also the community …

#23 | The Divine Path of Intimacy - Jack Zimmerman (Flesh and Spirit)

September 15th, 2020


My guest today is Jack Zimmerman, an elder in the realm of relational intimacy.

He is the co-author of The Way of Council (with Gigi Coyle), what I consider to be a key book on teaching the foundations of functional …

#22 | Language Is A Lens - Jared Qwustenuxun Williams (Cowichan Tribes)

September 2nd, 2020


My guest today is Jared Qwustenuxun (QUEST-AY-NA-HUN) Williams, a Salish Food Sovereignty Chef and Manager at the Elders Kitchen for his community of the Cowichan Tribes. He is also a father and owner of Medieval Chaos, …

#21 | The Roam and the Rapture - Michael Gay (Sacred Sons)

August 19th, 2020


In today’s episode, I speak with Michael Gay, a therapist in private practice based in Boulder, Colorado.  Michael has worked in the field of …

#20 | Surrendering To The Wisdom Of Your Body - Philip Shepherd (Radical Wholeness )

August 4th, 2020


My guest today is Philip Shepherd, an international authority on embodiment. He is the author of two books New Self, New World and Radical Wholeness, …

#19 | Dear White Men, From An Indigenous Woman - Pulxaneeks (Haisla Nation)

July 21st, 2020


My guest today is Pulxaneeks (Pul-ha-neeks), from the Eagle Clan of the Haisla First Nation, a First Nations tribe located on the North West Coast …

#18 | Next Culture & The Rise of Archearchy - Clinton Callahan (Possibility Management)

July 7th, 2020


My guest today is Clinton Callahan, an author and cultural edgewalker that calls himself a memetic engineer. He the originator of Possibility …

#17 | Whiteness in the Wake of Hungry Ghosts - Daniel Foor (Ancestral Medicine)

June 23rd, 2020


My guest today is Daniel Foor a teacher and practitioner of practical animism, specializing in ancestral and family healing and helping folks learn …

#16 | These Monsters In Perpetual Exile - Bayo Akomolafe

June 9th, 2020


I’m very excited to share my conversation today with Bayo Akomolafe, an international speaker, poet and activist in service of a radical paradigm …

#15 | Decolonizing Men's Work - Dallas Goldtooth (1491's)

May 26th, 2020


My guest today is indigenous activist and comedian Dallas Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota).  I first crossed paths with Dallas at the Bioneers conference back …

#14 | A Village To Hold Young Men - Nicky Wilks (Journeymen)

May 12th, 2020


My guest today is Nicky Wilks, a good friend and father of 3, who has spent many years working with youth of all ages.

5 years ago, he co-founded Journeymen, an organization dedicated to guiding young men through …

#13 | Gambling With the Knuckle Bones of Wolves - Martin Shaw (School of Myth)

April 28th, 2020


I’m very excited to introduce my guest today - prolific author and mythteller Dr. Martin Shaw.

I first encountered Martin’s writing in the foreword …

#12 | Courting The Undefended Heart - Boe Huntress (Thirteen Queens)

April 14th, 2020


My guest today is Boe Huntress, a London based musician and longtime friend, whose work powerfully explores the themes and archetypes of the feminine …

#11 | The Origins of the Mythopoetic Men's Movement: Michael Meade (Mosaic Voices)

March 31st, 2020


My guest today is the venerable Michael Meade, author, mythologist, and storyteller, who was a prominent figure in the first wave of the mythopoetic …

#10 | Queering the Pandemic - Day Schildkret (Morning Altars)

March 17th, 2020


We live in wild times. So much has changed since I published my previous episode of this podcast. A global pandemic is now sweeping the world, with country after country imposing severe lock downs and many people …

#9 | Fatherhood Is The Medicine - Adam Jackson (Sacred Sons)

March 3rd, 2020


Today I’m happy to share my conversation with Adam Jackson, one of the three co-fathers of the Sacred Sons men’s organization that has been making waves these last two years.
I was introduced to Adam when I attended …

#8 | From Mother Earth to Lover Earth - Charles Eisenstein (Sacred Economics)

February 18th, 2020


I’m pleased today to share my conversation with visionary philosopher Charles Eisenstein. He is the author of numerous books, including the recent Climate: A New Story.

I first came across Charles’ work over 10 years …

#7 | Thriving Life & A Prayer for All Men: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining)

February 4th, 2020


Today I’m happy to share my interview with Pat McCabe, an indigenous grandmother, activist, artist, and ceremonial leader.   She is an international voice for global peace, and someone I seem to continually cross paths …

#6 | The Boy Hero Must Die: Eamon Armstrong (Life is a Festival)

January 21st, 2020


Eamon Armstrong is the host of his popular podcast Life is a Festival, promoting adventure and personal development through the lens of festival …

#5 | A Culture of Love Beyond Patriarchy: Benjamin von Mendelssohn (Tamera)

January 7th, 2020


Benjamin von Mendelssohn is a longtime resident of Tamera peace research village in Portugal, which for the last 5 years has been the focus of a …

#4 | The Grail, The Dragon, and the Wild Men: Sharon Blackie (This Mythic Life)

December 23rd, 2019


Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer, teacher and speaker, aimed at cultivating the mythic imagination.  She is the author of numerous books, …

#3 | Shiva and the Mystic Path of Inner Integration: Zamir Dhanji

December 10th, 2019


Zamir Dhanji is a longtime friend and ally in our mutual exploration of emerging culture. He is trained in Hatha yoga in the lineage of Swami …

#2 | A Saga of Sexual Sexual Initiation: John Wolfstone (Sacred Matrix)

November 26th, 2019


John Wolfstone is a filmmaker, wilderness rites-of-passage guide, and sacred clown focused on the work of cultural redemption.  Over the past 10 …

#1 | Villain or Messiah? The Rise of Jordan Peterson: Patricia Marcoccia & Maziar Ghaderi

November 12th, 2019


By now, chances are pretty good that you’ve heard the name Jordan Peterson, and already have a strong opinion about him.  Back in 2016, he was the controversial Canadian academic who refused to agree to the mandated use …

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