At the Center for Symbolic Studies our mission is to participate on our regional level in the urgent task of building a world community of individuals who will act with respect for the environment, responsibility to others, and awareness of the rich world within us. No less today than from the beginnings of human culture, the symbolic imagination invites interconnectedness. It is this need which informs all our programs at the Center.
To this end we explore dreams, creative art, and the mythic imagery of all peoples; in our Drumhorse programs for young people we place an emphasis on multi-ethnic experiences; and we present workshops in healing, interpersonal and interspecies sensitivity and environmental awareness. Our belief is that a psyche grounded in its own deep mystery will be in a fundamental accord with the surrounding world.
Since the late 1960’s, Stephen and Robin Larsen have been actively involved in national and worldwide efforts, both of private groups and professional organizations such as Council Grove East, Vision Humaniste, and the International Transpersonal Association, whose purposes include addressing the interface between psychological, spiritual, and environmental areas of concern. But it is not enough to meet annually at international gatherings. We must bring these insights and programs of action to our local communities: For this purpose, we founded CSS.