Stories We Live

Stories We Live

Welcome to “Stories We Live”, a place to explore the myriad uses of personal story and narrative to promote healing and conversation. Included below are personal stories, reflective narrative accounts of the experience of telling and working with personal story, and thoughtful observations and explanations of how personal stories are used to help create occasions of healing for self and others.

We welcome your reflections on what you find here. We are eager to hear how these and other stories have evoked memories or hidden stories within you or a listener. We would also appreciate your contributions of a personal story or experience working with story in your healing work, whether it is in a formal healing setting or an informal interaction.

We encourage you to use these stories and commentaries as examples to help you create and use your own personal stories and/or to develop approaches to using personal story in your healing work.  However, we ask that these stories not be performed, recorded or reused for any commercial purpose without specific permission from HSA and the author.

Those interested in submitting reflections, stories or experience with stories to “Stories of Self and Community” are encouraged to send their copy to Allison Cox.

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Gemma B. Benton


Voices of Our Ancestors: Remembering “A Power With” Through Story & Song

with Gemma B. Benton

November 15th, 2017 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
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Much like a thumbprint, our voice is a unique expression of identity and belonging. Our voice, both the literal sound as well the artistic expression contained in story serve as a living connection with our ancestors and to the generations to come. Join us as Gemma shares with us her experiences working with story and song in traditional healing programs for Native American and indigenous communities.

Special  Giveaway:  Gemma will be giving away one of her giclee, fine art prints. Perfect as a gift for you or for gift giving. To qualify, sign up here to receive email reminders and then be on the live call.

Gemma B. Benton  is a traditional Native American singer, spiritual activist, mixed media artist , storyteller and the new coordinator for our own Healing Story Alliance.  Through her transformational art workshops, Gemma shares stories and wisdom gathered during her twenty-seven years of working in Native American and indigenous communities. Gemma is the creator of the “Ancestors Journey” online creative course that uses storytelling, sacred song, art and ritual to empower people to heal the wounds passed down through the generations by our ancestors.
gemmabbenton.com

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Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford

Boo-Tickle Tales: Stories that Teach Kids Resilience

Sherry Norfolk and Lyn Ford
October  18, 2017 at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
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Not-so-scary stories for young children can serve a deeper purpose of immunizing children from fear, encouraging creative problem solving, offering coping mechanisms and building resilience, while being fun to tell and fun to hear. Join the authors of Boo-Tickle Tales (Parkhurst Brothers, 2016) to learn more about the multiple positive impacts of “scary” stories – and hear a story or two.

Special Book Giveaway: Parkhurst Brothers has generously provided 2 copies of Lyn & Sherry’s Boo Tickle Book for a giveaway on our show. Just sign up here and be on the call on October 18th.

 

storytellerlynford.com
www.sherrynorfolk.com
parkhurstbrothers.com

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Onawumi Jean Moss

Storytelling In Times Like These
The focus of this teleconference is on storytelling as a pivotal instrument to spark interest in social change. Storytelling is an integral part of our consciousness. In the best of times it is sent forth to nurture our dreams, aspirations and our ability to think highly of ourselves and others. In those moments, unfettered by bigotry, prejudice or discrimination, we celebrate! On the flip-side, story’s archives are overflowing with nightmarish tales of resistance to social change of which inclusivity and diversity are inseparable. So given our right to freedom of speech what, in real time, is a storyteller to do? So many answers…so little time.

Onawumi will share stories from her Sankofa Collection–UNCHAINED VOICES…along with anecdotes from experiences in the field.

Each piece, selected to cast light on and encourage advocacy is told to honor those on whose shoulders we stand, those who stand before us, and those who are yet to come.

JOIN this interactive experience-be ready to lift your voice and SAY WHU-U-UT!!!

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Onawumi Jean Moss is an award-winning storyteller, playwright, and actress. During her prolific career at Amherst College (1985-2007) she conceived and produced the Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival (1993-2006), an avant-garde multicultural event.
Learn more @ onawawumi.com   

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Lee Ellen Marvin

Lee Ellen shares from her experiences as educator and arts administrator for the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service in Ithaca, NY., and specifically how she utilizes storytelling to educate the community and reach the populations in crisis, and support those left behind.

Recorded November 10, 2015

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Michael McCarty

mccartyMichael spoke of his work with the California’s Arts in Corrections program: Inmates learn the power of the art of storytelling. “But I don’t know how to tell a story” is a phrase I hear often at the beginning of my workshop – followed by the telling of a touching or humorous tale. Using a variety of story games, prompts and and Talking Story, they learn how to find, develop and tell their stories. AND have fun in the process.

Recorded January 12, 2016

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Video of an inmate telling stories

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Regi Carpenter

carpenterLiving Out Loud. The exploration and expression of the self can be fraught with fear and anxiety. We are so often concerned with how our stories will be met by the world that we silent our voices. This teleconference discusses the things we fear: ridicule, judgment, failing, being vulnerable, feeling incompetent, being misunderstood and being shamed, how to release the destructive voices of our inner critics and connect with our full creative power and possibility. Then we share it – OUT LOUD. This teleconference featured some discussion and also interactive exercises and conversation.

Recorded April 20, 2016

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Healing Story Pre-Conference Preview 2016

Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana, Lani Peterson

concerttellersThis teleconference gives you a sneak preview into some of the Healing Story gems that will unfold at the NSN Conference in Kansas City the third week in July. The focus of both HSA’s Wednesday night Concert and Thursday morning Pre-Conference is Social justice.

Whether you plan to be in Kansas City or not this coming July, this is a chance to hear behind the scenes reflections from our HSA concert featured performers, Michael McCarty, Susan O’Halloran, Lilli Pang, Emily Lansana and Pre-Con facilitator, Lani Peterson. All are involved in storytelling for social justice, working towards the empowerment of disenfranchised voices. Come join our virtual panel as we all learn from each other’s story work in social justice arenas. What are the stories we tell? What are the stories we listen for? How can we address social inequities and create social change through storytelling? How are we changed by the work that we do?

Recorded June 14, 2016

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Joan Stockbridge

 

Tips, Tools, and Stories: Highlights from 15 years of Healing Story Work. In this teleconference, we’ll do a virtual mini-healing story session. I facilitate these sessions regularly in residential drug treatment programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and beyond. My primary focus in the groups is to foster resilience, self worth, courage, forgiveness, strength, perseverance and other positive qualities. This approach to healing story is applicable in many environments. I’ll describe some of my challenges and rewards. I’ll also have handouts available with outlines of tried and true healing story sessions.  My hope is that the teleconference will be inspirational and will empower you to look for opportunities to bring healing story to your own situations and environments.stockbridge

Recorded September 22, 2016

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Tom DeWolf and Sharon Morgan

morgan-dewolfGather at the Table: Story Sharing between Descendants of Slavery and Descendants of the Slave Trade. Centuries of injustice and trauma that face us every day in this country have no place for half-truths.  Sharon and Tom took the harder road – searching for healing, they walked together into painful histories and forged an honest friendship along the way, contributing to healing a nation in the throes of racial upheaval. Join us to hear the stories of their journey, the work of Coming to the Table in fostering this story exchange across the country, and the power of story writing and telling in this healing process.  The following links will be referred to during the program:

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Arthuretta H Martin

martinSankofa: Fetching our Souls through Story. Sankofa 2016 – December is a time that we traditionally wind down and reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one to come.  Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as “Go back and get it.”  In the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back.  The presentation will be on the need to go back and fetch our souls using story as one of the most precious tools we’ve been given. Aspects of Arthuretta’s PanaFest journey to Ghana will be woven into the presentation. Panafest is a cultural event held in Ghana every two years for Africans and people of African descent.

Recorded December 14, 2016

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Laura Simms

Laura Simms will tell a tale and use it as a touchstone for inspiring a meaningful conversation about how we are feeling at present and how we can be helpful to ourselves and others in this time of sudden potential change, even danger.  This will be a facilitated workshop, not necessarily a talk.  However, “it is my hope that following on our listening, and responding” we can engage in questions and answers about the application of this approach in our own healing work as storytellers.

Recorded January 4, 2017

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Norah Dooley

Stories as Blueprints for Resistance and Solidarity: A presentation and story swap led by Storyteller Norah Dooley

At a  time in this country when the  language and  behavior of  the incoming  president, and  that of his proposed administration, has encouraged a rise in racist and sexist behavior, anti immigrant fervor, climate change denial, and demeaning of minorities and the poor, many people are now seeking ways to effectively respond to this  threat to our environment, democracy, and indeed the world  itself. Nora Dooley will describe her program  “Stories  as Blueprints  for Resistance,” and tell several stories (folktales) of challenges that have been  faced bravely and wisely, in opposition to various forms of tyranny. Participants on the call are encouraged to add their stories to Norah’s, as she guides the evening into a “swap” which may be a model for how to encourage hopeful sharing in the days and months ahead.

Recorded January 25, 2017

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Donna Jacobs Sife

 “Together for Humanity – Telling Stories to Heal Conflict”
This SEMINAR explores several practical techniques and story treatments that Donna has successfully used over the years through her work with communities in conflict, and in response to cross cultural misunderstandings. Drawing from Donna’s work in South Africa, Israel and Palestine, with indigenous and refugee communities in Australia – and as Program Director for “Together for Humanity” – This seminar is a mixture of storytelling and activities for listening, connecting and reflecting. It will be peppered with anecdotes and scenarios that will enable the participants to truly sense the nature of this work and ways to approach it. For tellers and professionals who want to make a difference.

Recorded February 22, 2017

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Sara Armstrong

Dilemma Stories Help Teach Social Justice
Dilemma Stories – stories in which there are several options, all of which have some appeal – stimulate conversations about different perspectives and open up ideas different from our own. Dilemma Stories can be included in discussions about empathy, citizenship, literature, social studies topics, indeed, any situation in which communication and understanding are valued. Sara shared some of the work of Charles Temple on dilemma stories for democracy, and Maria Asp’s and Jack Zipe’s work in having students immerse themselves in perspectives in stories. She offered stories and activities for engaging audiences in considering the dilemmas posed.

Recorded March 22, 2017

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Jenni Cargill-Strong 1a

From Stories of Place to Rewilding our Consciousness
Jenni will touch on the breadth of stories she sees as relevant to environmental education and empowerment and that they are not all about nature or environmental issues. Jenni will tell the story “The Shambala Warriors” made famous by Deep Ecologist, Joana Macy, as well as a few traditional and original tales she has told at rallies and protests. She will also share her experience of working with stories and outdoor labyrinths, an ancient form of walking meditation (distinct from mazes) and a powerful way to connect to place, especially when they are created with intention and outdoors.

Recorded April 19, 2017

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Matt Hopwood

Love Stories Can Change the World
The A Human Love Story project is all about sharing; our lives, our experiences, and our humanity as a way of creating ‘deep community’. The sharing of these stories together becomes an act of connection, something that can transform and continue the world. The resonance of these stories reaches across cultural boundaries and many stories are recorded and shared online throughout the world through the online audio collection. In this teleconference Matt Hopwood shared aspects of his journeying 2000 miles on foot across the UK, and most recently in 500 miles of Scotland, and how he facilitated the gathering and sharing of stories. He told a few of the many love (in the widest sense of the word) stories he heard and collected, and will talk about how this process has been transformational for the listeners and tellers. www.ahumanlovestory.com

Recorded May 24, 2017

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Jenni Cargill Strong

From Stories of Place to Rewilding our Consciousness
The Conversation Continues!

Jenni will begin with a guided nature visualization and then outline some of the key concepts she teaches in her environmental storytelling workshops. She will tell a Buddhist prophecy ‘The Shambhala Warriors’, which Jenni has come to see as a potent and apt tale for our times. Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy, creator of ‘The Work that Reconnects’, used the story extensively. It is also woven into The Joyality™ Program, which empowers personal and planetary transformation. After telling the prophecy and discussing it, she will discuss tales she has told at environmental rallies and community actions.
Web: www.storytree.com.au or www.storiesonfoot.com
You Tube: jennistorytree/videos
Recorded June 22, 2017