Stories Within is a rich and engaging creative process that weaves a love of books, story and the expressive arts.
By blending the power of art and story, we can travel alongside those tales and adventures already written, explore unfamiliar terrain, and learn the language of the soul. We can pick up breadcrumbs along the way that illuminate connections to our own life story. And when portals and doorways to sense- and meaning-making appear, we can seize the opportunity to create possibilities for transformation, healing and re-storying to occur.
Our stories are woven into the tapestry of a greater story unfolding…and it is still moving.
Since the beginning of time, story-telling has been a way to teach, learn, and transform self and others by way of the lessons and wisdom gained through personal experience and the world around us.
Everything has a story to tell: exploring them reveals themes and feelings we can all relate to – love, hope, uncertainty, fear, obstacles, triumphs and more. The hero’s journey – a story pattern explored and written about by Joseph Campbell in The Hero With A Thousand Faces, is a familiar theme in the stories we read, hear and watch.
It’s also our own story, and in the telling helps us recognize our shared stories and understanding of life.
I invite you to step INTO story as a way to connect with your own unique story and intuitive knowing.
Join us for a story-based, creative journey through a new book every season – discovering, listening, and giving voice to your own deep wisdom – and gathering all the pieces to create a visual story and keepsake book of your own.
Please note that although the books and content discussed can be an opportunity for deep inner work, this is not therapy. Rather, it's a supportive environment that offers space for participants to listen, create, and witness to others. It is the responsibility of each participant to seek out therapy should the readings or discussion bring up unresolved issues.
~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Q: Often book groups read an entire book in a month – why is this different?
A: Stories Within isn’t just a reading/book group; it’s a story-based creative process that invites you to dive into the realm of story. We read, discuss and make art with the kind of books that contain so much juicy content that we may only cover several chapters each week. This slower pace allows us to immerse ourselves in the story, explore its connection to our lives, and create an expressive response based on the content we uncover.
Q: Aside from the weekly online gathering, how much time do I need to give this?
A: That depends on the length of the book we are reading, the scheduled page reading, and how quickly you read. I suggest giving yourself an uninterrupted block of time to read and then respond to the prompts in the workbook; these are helpful during discussions and will assist your art response.
Q: What kind of art supplies will I need to purchase?
A: Sometimes specific supplies are needed, but I’ve intentionally kept the list limited to those on my favourite art supplies list. Feel free to substitute or use what you have!
Q: I don’t see myself as artistic or creative – exactly what kind of art will we be doing?
A: Visual art journaling will be our main creative tool, but a variety of other art modalities will be incorporated as well – writing, movement, photography, music, and more. You’ll be guided through specific exercises – no previous art background or skills are required. There are no rules or analysis in this process, just opportunities for creative play!
Q: Why don’t you offer this as a self-paced course?
A: I’ve witnessed the great things that can happen when women gather – creativity, community, and connection unfolds in a most wondrous way. Telling our stories helps us to process what has happened in our lives, and through our shared experiences, we have opportunities to heal. Though some people love the flexibility of a self-paced class, my experience (and I’m not alone in this) is that many want and need the tangible energy and company of kindred hearts to keep them committed and engaged, and to fill their longing to be seen and heard.
Q: I notice the cost is in Canadian dollars – what is that in my currency?
A: Because I live in Canada, my workshop prices are in Canadian currency. PayPal lets you know what the cost will be in your currency before making the purchase. You can also check here to get an approximate idea of what the cost is in your currency.
NOTE: If money is tight or you’ve been impacted financially by the pandemic, please email me to discuss a PWYC option.
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