Since opening its doors in 1990, the Center for Symbolic Studies has become a creative nexus for healers, scholars, writers and artists, both mature professionals and youthful creators and performers. Our programs include workshops, lectures, and performances for the general public, organized in the following programs:
Our Core Seminars in Symbolic Studies include: The Joseph Campbell RoundTable series; summer visionary film program, Movies Under the Stars; and the Mythic Imagination Workshops with a focus on the experience of myth alive in dream, art, and shamanic enactment.
Community Seasonal Festivals, OutdoorStage & Concert Series brings together our own Hudson/Catskill neighborhood of many ethnicities and all generations to celebrate the wheel of the year with our wealth of local performing artists. The Stone Mountain Masquers are an open group of volunteers who create giant puppets and masks for performing at festivals and parades.
The Traditional Wisdom Program invites respected Elders from traditional societies to our region to share their teachings with both adults and children, and to present performances of their arts or to lead ceremonies. Our Archive for Traditional Wisdom assists with the translation, editing and publication of books by these teachers, healers, and lore-masters.
Drumhorse Programs for Youth & OutDoor Adventure include among other courses SummerDance, OutDoor Adventure for Youth-at-Risk, Fantasy Adventure Roleplay (such as WayfinderExperience). Some CSS programs crossover, such as Judith Havrilla’s Wildwood Project, which enriches our OutDoor Adventure with wildlife experiences; and Trapeze Club, whose staff provide special classes for Youth-At-Risk.
Meditative & Martial Arts is comprised of on-going courses in Aikido, Judo, Karate, Kyu-Do,Tai-Chi, Yoga, and special seminars by noted teachers. (All courses are not offered at any one time.) See our calendar for a schedule of classes.
Our EarthHome Environmental Program seeks to cultivate awareness of bio-regional environmental issues; sponsors projects in earth-friendly technology; and cooperates with MidHudson region organizations seeking a sustainable future. The Wildwood Project is an EarthHome program which interacts with our DrumHorse programs for Youth.
Professional Training Seminars are directed primarily toward the psychotherapeutic and human services professions. Go to Stone Mountain Counseling Center for more information about Open Houses and ongoing events.
Trapeze Club is a special project of CSS’s OutDoor Adventure Program which nurtures the winged spirit in our physical bodies in a transformative and playful way.