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Conference 2020 [CANCELLED]

May 27- Masterclass Options

The 2020 Annual Conference in Parksville, British Columbia, which was scheduled for May 27 to 31, is cancelled. 


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Masterclasses - May 27th Options

All Masterclasses run from 9am-4pm with a coffee break and lunch included.

Noa Baum- Stories Old and New: A Path to Healing and Resilience

Interweaving traditional and personal stories to foster connection and transformation. Traditional stories ignite our connection to self and affirm our belonging to community. Connecting our personal stories with traditional stories we can access a deeper wisdom about life. In this dynamic workshop we explore the intersection between storytelling and healing arts and learn skills to guide others in a creative and empowering experience. Through a variety of interactive exercises participants learn:

  • To tell a short traditional tale and uncover personal meaning in timeless themes & structures.
  • The universal element in their own personal story.
  • Skills to guide others in a non-threatening creative process of exploring a traditional story that leads to insight, resilience, and transformation.

Loren Niemi & Elizabeth Ellis- Inviting the Wolf In: Telling Difficult Stories

A difficult story is any story whose content makes it challenging to tell or difficult to hear. Told for the wrong reasons, it can be as painful for the listener as for the teller. However, told properly, a difficult story can powerfully alter not only he who tells it, but those who hear it. Stopping our ears or stilling our tongues will not make tragedy go away; rather, the first step in ending suffering is to name it for what it is. 

Hugh Lupton's Masterclass is now full. A wait list is available. 

Hugh Lupton- The Dreaming of Place: Storytelling and Landscape

Alan Garner describes the stories as being: ‘How a People Dream’. James Hillman talked about the importance of ‘Re-storying the Landscape’. the Aboriginal peoples of Australia talk about how the stories that are embedded in a place are its ‘Dreaming’.

In this masterclass, we will be exploring and retelling stories from our own personal interactions with place, and from the collective dreaming of traditional narratives… always looking at the way a landscape contains its stories. And holding, in the backs of our minds the questions:‘What does it mean for a landscape to have forgotten its stories?’ and ‘How differently might we value the landscapes we inhabit if we knew their dreaming?’

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