April C. Heaslip, PhD, is mythologist and educator who earned her doctorate in Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation “Regenerating Magdalene: Psyche’s Quest for the Archetypal Bride” considers the impact of the resurgence of the feminine in culture as healing agent for psyche, communitas, and Gaia. Uniting interconnected levels of inquiry within Gender + Women's Studies, Literary + Film Studies, and post-Jungian Psychology, her work focuses on applied ecofeminist mythology and the curative powers of creativity.
E D U C A T I O N
PhD Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute
MA Social Ecology/Ecofeminism, Goddard College
BA Psychology + Women's Studies, West Chester University
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil (transferred)
T E A C H I N G
Southern New Hampshire University
Greenfield Community College
Keene State College
Community College of Vermont
P U B L I C A T I O N S
“Securely Attached: Brazilians & Their Black Madonnas,” in Myths Shattered and Restored. Marion Dumond and Gayatri Devi, editors. Goddess Ink, 2016.
“From God Complex to Complex God/dess(es): A Gaian Cosmology,” in Evolving God Images: Essays on Religion, Individuation, and Postmodern Spirituality, Patrick Mahaffey, editor. iUniverse, 2014.
“Bricolage: Psyche’s Eco-Healing Agent.” Depth Insights. Spring 2013. depthinsights.com.
P R E S E N T A T I O N S
"Wonder Women: The Radical Impact of Cinematic S/Heroes." North East Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Amherst, MA, October 27, 2017.
“Re-Initiating Psyche: The Academy as Sisterhood.” Association of the Study of Women & Mythology Symposium, Philadelphia. Upcoming, March 25, 2017.
“Reclaiming Isis from Daesh: From Traumatic Othering Toward Re/membering the Dark Feminine.” Association of the Study of Women & Mythology Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, April 2016.
“#MagdaleneTrending: Healing the Compound Wasteland with Dynamic Creativity.” Association of the Study of Women & Mythology Symposium, Portland, Oregon, April 2015.
“Securely Attached: Brazilians and Their Black Madonnas.” Association of the Study of Women & Mythology Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2013.
Within & Without: Current Movements in Women’s Spirituality. Film. Women’s Studies Conference, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1995.
C O U R S E S T A U G H T
Women + Spirituality
Gender + the Environment
Introduction to Women’s + Gender Studies
Women of the Pioneer Valley
Perspectives in the Liberal Arts
Diversity (via the Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies)
Invoking Eirene: Psychology of Peace + Conflict with Women’s History (Co-taught--Learning Community)
Awakening to the Divine Feminine: Women + Spirituality with Western Religions (Co-taught--Learning Community)
I N T E R N A T I O N A L R E S E A R C H
Research Team, Seeking Libyan Amazons Archaeomythologically: Tunisian Diasporic Roots, Tunisia, 2005
Translator/Interpreter & Photographer, Lacandona: The Zapatistas and Rainforest of Chiapas, Film, 1996
S E R V I C E
Board of Directors, Association for the Study of Women & Mythology, 2016-Present
Conference Organizer, Association for the Study of Women & Mythology, 2014-Present
Alumni + Student Subcommittee, Diversity + Inclusion Council, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014-Present
Walter Odajnyk Memorial Scholarship Committee, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016-Present
Board of Directors + Facilitator, Making the Most of I, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1999-2010
National Board of Directors + International Exchange Leader, Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV), Madrid, Spain, 1995-1996
Organizer, Women’s Film Festival & Art Exhibit, Women’s Crisis Center, Brattleboro, VT, 1999-2001
A R T E X I B I T I O N S
Artist, “Prayer of Londonderry.” Mixed Media. 7000 Acres: A Residents History of Londonderry Township, Street Road Artists Space & Gallery, Cochranville, PA, 2016
Collaborating Artist, “Sister Space,” with Sandra Duli. Art installation. Visions & Voices: Brattleboro Women’s Film Festival Art Exhibition. Hooker Dunham Theater & Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, 2000
Solo Exhibit, “Adventures in Anti-Thesis.” Collaborative Art Installation. Master’s Solo Thesis Exhibition, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, 1997
Artist, Photography. Look for Us: The Art of Four Women, The Art Shop, West Chester, PA, 1995
Artist, Photography. Senior Art Exhibition, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, 1995
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
Green Design: Constructed straw bale home off the grid as featured in Serious Straw Bale by Michel Bergeron and Paul Lacinski (Chelsea Green, 2001).
E N T R E P R E N E U R
Founder and Educator, The Inside-Out-Stitute
Co-Owner, Mind Your Own Business, Brattleboro, VT
Co-Owner, Twilight Tea Lounge, Brattleboro, VT
Owner, Wizard English School, Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
The exile of the feminine in Western cultures--lasting for millennia--has had enormous traumatic impact.
Her return is regenerative and offers perhaps the most significant potential for change in our times.