Is your work a calling? Would you like it to be? What if you
could spend your days doing work that is not only deeply fulfilling, but that makes the world a better
place? The path to this kind of right livelihood may be closer than you think.
We all have the capacity to become heroes if we allow ourselves to claim our own greatness. If you feel called to
serve others in a more significant way and think you may be ready to take action on this calling, please join us for one of our informal
gatherings or retreats.
From time-to-time, groups of How to Become a Hero readers get together with C.J. to
connect with each other on topics related to finding right livelihood on the path of service. We talk
about our own hero's journey, the work we are currently doing, and any support we need. These
gatherings most often take place at a tea parlor in San Francisco, but we may meet in other locations
around the country or world as the reader community grows.
If you might like to attend one of these gatherings, please email me and I
will make sure you receive an invitation. There is no charge to attend. Be sure to let me know where you are located when you write.
On occasion, How to Become a Hero readers meet in person for a full day of
exploration, reflection, and community. The description of our Oct 2006 retreat is below. We'll be holding
our next retreat sometime in 2007, and details will be posted here. To receive a personal invitation when
details are available, contact C.J.
Oct 2006 Retreat - How to Become a Hero: Your Call to Action
The focus of this day will be on the first three steps in C.J.'s path
to becoming a hero:
1. Develop your heroic qualities
2. Listen for the call
3. Take action
We will examine questions such as:
• What is your true mission in life?
• Who do you feel called to serve?
• What is the contribution you were born to make?
• What heroic qualities would you like to develop in yourself?
• How can you overcome the obstacles blocking your heroic path?
• How can you bring your service-oriented dreams and goals alive?
With discussion and experiential exercises, we will learn about these topics together, and seek out
the next step for each one of us on our hero's journey.
This retreat will take place in San Geronimo, California, near Spirit Rock Meditation
Center off Sir Francis Drake Blvd in western Marin County. We'll spend the day in and around a spacious
private home in a park-like setting. Weather permitting, we will spend part of the day out of doors.
Beverages and snacks will be provided; please bring your own lunch. Carpooling is encouraged, and we
will assist you in finding a rideshare partner.
Who Should Attend
- Coaches, counselors, therapists, and others in the helping professions
- Activists, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, and others working for change
- Healing practitioners, clergy, and others who help bodies and minds heal and grow
- Authors, journalists, speakers, teachers, and other educators
More About This Work
C.J.'s work about becoming a hero is strongly influenced by the
Hero's Journey work of comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell. But C.J.'s How to Become a Hero programs are not a
study of Campbell's teachings. Instead, participants explore together how they can become more heroic,
finding personal fulfillment on the path of service to others. The core of the work is C.J.'s eight-step
process for finding your true calling and bringing it to life. If you feel called to serve others as your vocation,
and are ready to deepen your commitment to this calling, this work is ideal for you.
Right livelihood: Work consciously chosen, performed with full awareness and
care, and leading to enlightenment. The term originates in Buddhist teachings, where right livelihood
is one of the steps on the Noble Eightfold Path leading to the end of suffering for all beings.
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How to Become a Hero with C.J. Hayden
Hosted by Eva Gregory (55 minutes; 12 MB)