Dr. Peppler is a dynamic speaker who always involves her audience in her talks and leaves them feeling inspired as well as equipped with helpful insights and tools. In addition to her upcoming book on the archetypal psychology of home, her research focuses primarily on the hero and the Goddess in religion and popular culture. She always enjoys speaking on mythology as well as on home: why we love it and why we leave it; how home reflects our inner psychic activity; Mom as a metaphor for home; how to find and create home in our modern mobile lives, and more.

Popular Presentations

The Power of Myth The four functions of myth and Joseph Campbell's connection to C.G. Jung's ideas about archetypes and the collective unconscious are explored to reveal myth as allegory for our own personal experiences.

The Hero's Journey: Accessing Your Inner Hero & Embracing Your Adventure   A half-day or full-day workshop on Joseph Campbell's idea of the hero and the hero's journey, illustrated through popular stories and accentuated with exercises, reveals the magical pattern of our individual lives.

Home and The Hero's Journey: Understanding Home in Our Psyches and Personal Myths Every hero's journey begins and ends with home. Why is leaving home so important? Why are we unable to do the deep work of slaying dragons and finding the Holy Grail when we remain home? What is home? What does it mean to return? Is returning to our original home really what we seek?

Aphrodite: Myth, Love, and Power Re-examining the myths of Aphrodite as instruction for responding to the subjugation of women in the United States. The two contrasting origins of Aphrodite illustrate our culture's struggle with women and contribute to our psychic conflict as mothers, lovers, and independents. The secret of Aphrodite's virginity acts as a force for transformation in one's self and in the world.

Enduring Abuse is Not Enough: How New Interpretations of Bible Stories Transform the Lives of Battered Women   One in four women in the U.S.—including Christian women—experiences physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse in their intimate relationships. Numerous studies have found that religious women find comfort in enduring the abuse by relating to Bible stories that feature suffering as a sign of faith and faithfulness. Religious leaders and counselors have a responsibility to recognize when remaining in an abusive relationship jeopardizes the emotional, physical, and spiritual welfare of a woman. Changing how Bible stories are told and interpreted can increase women’s sense of personal power, self-worth and control. This workshop explores new insights into popular Bible stories and inspires new models for responding to abuse.

Re-Reading Job & Esther as Models of Empowerment for Battered Women   New readings of the stories of Job and Esther, as found in the Hebrew Bible, speak directly to the battered woman’s experience and provide new approaches to dealing with her abuser.

Sky Father / Earth Mother Motifs in Myth and Movies This presentation examines the mythic motif of the hero’s father in the sky and mother of the earth. From Greek mythology to Jesus, to Monster Slayer in the Navajo Diné Bahane’, and Peter Quill in the wildly popular film Guardians of the Galaxy, the father’s celestial lineage bestows the son with super-human powers that save the world while the earth mother nurtures the child even into adulthood, and even after the mother has died. What this means to us today - to be partly human and partly divine – is explored from the lens of mythology and depth psychology.

Disguising the Goddess in Classic Puritan Literature The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne has long been considered a classic in American literature. Popular from its first printing in 1850, Hawthorne wrestles with spiritual ideals in Puritan culture and in Christian themes of sin, redemption and purity. Or perhaps Hawthorne’s inspiration and objectives had nothing to do with Christianity and everything to do with Greek mythology…

The Princess Bride: A Myth for Modern Times Rob Reiner’s 1987 film The Princess Bride is often referred to as The Wizard of Oz for our times; continuing to rise in popularity and garnering enthusiastic fans with every passing year. What is it about this story that resonates so deeply with us 30 years later? The Princess Bride is more than a fairytale: it is a myth for modern times. This presentation explores how Westly is a model for how we each can live as a hero in our lives and in the world.