April C. Heaslip, PhD, is a mythologist and educator who earned her doctorate in Mythological Studies with emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and holds a master's in Social Ecology from Goddard College. Uniting interconnected levels of inquiry via Women's + Gender Studies, Literary + Film Studies, post-Jungian Psychology and sustainability, her work focuses on applied ecofeminist mythology and the curative powers of creativity and synchronicity. Her forthcoming book with University Press of Mississippi, Regenerating the Feminine: Chronicling the Radical Rise of the Feminine in Psyche, Culture & Nature, considers the impact of this monumental resurgence as healing agent across individual, collective, and environmental realms.
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
Psychology, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil (transferred)
T E A C H I N G
Southern New Hampshire University, New Hampshire
Greenfield Community College, Massachusetts
Keene State College, New Hampshire
Community College of Vermont, Vermont
A W A R D S
Kore Award for Best Dissertation in Women & Mythology, Association for the Study of Women & Mythology, 2018.
P U B L I C A T I O N S
Regenerating the Feminine: Chronicling the Radical Impact of Emerging Patterns in Psyche, Culture & Ecology, Forthcoming, University Press of Mississippi.
“Regenerating the Feminine: Taking the Long View on Fear, Violence & Changing Culture” in Proceedings: The Second Brazil-Germany Interdisciplinary Workshop: Historical Conflicts and Overcoming Violence. Núcleo de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Forthcoming, 2020.
“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
“Regenerating the Feminine: Launching a Year of post-Jungian Study on the Feminine.” Jung Society of New Orleans, LA. Forthcoming: January 7, 2020.
“Regenerating the Feminine: Taking the Long View on Fear, Violence & Changing Culture.” Second Interdisciplinary Workshop Brazil-Germany: Historical Conflicts and Overcoming of Violence. Latin American Institute for Advanced Studies, Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. November 19-23, 2018.
"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
Perspectives in Interdisciplinary Studies
Women + Spirituality
Gender + the Environment
Introduction to Women’s + Gender Studies
Women of the Pioneer Valley
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
I N T E R V I E W S
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.