Together with her husband, Dr. Robert Masters, human capacities scholar and researcher Jean Houston has co-directed the Foundation for Mind Research for the past 37 years. Their work has focused on the understanding of latent human abilities. She is the founder of the Mystery School--a program now in its 19th year of cross-cultural mythic and spiritual studies--which is dedicated to teaching history, philosophy, the new physics, psychology, anthropology, myth and the many dimensions of our human potential. This year she will initiate and teach an international program to develop social artists.
Houston was the protégé of the late anthropologist Margaret Mead, who instructed her in the workings of organizations and power structures in many different cultures. In addition, Houston and the late mythologist Joseph Campbell frequently co-led seminars and workshops aimed at understanding interrelationships between ancient myths and modern societies.
In addition, Houston has made cross-cultural studies of educational and healing methods in Asia and Africa. Her principal areas of interest apart from her work are theater, archaeology and the philosophical and societal implications of contemporary physics. Houston's mind has been called “a national treasure.”
Her specialty is the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in some 17 books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 40 countries. Houston is often invited to work personally with leaders of such groups, as well as heads of government and non-government agencies, to assist them in rethinking their goals and agendas.