Friday, October 19, 1:30-4:30pm
Murphys Old School House
65 Jones St., Murphys
1:30-3pm Open General Session for All: Community Crossroads~Storytelling as an Integral Part of Communities. Storyteller BZ Smith shares ways to extend the power of storytelling into your community. Create project time-lines & action plans to build support, develop sponsors & find audiences.
3pm-4:30pm FR-1/ Needle Felting a Finger Puppet or Story Prop. Puppeteer Jennifer Aguirre helps us create a finger puppet with needle felting. She'll also provide poems to bring your puppet to delight children of all ages.
3pm-4:30pm FR-2/ Dilemma Stories and Critical Literacy with Dr. Sara Armstrong, PhD"What would I have done?" How do stories challenge thinking and allow us to view issues from various perspectives? Learn ways that stories open possibilities for rich discussion and encourage a variety of insights. Let’s explore imaginable options in several tales in this interactive workshop.
5-6:30pm Tea-Totaller's Happy Hour
WELCOME TO MURPHYS!
Check in. Have a light snack during our "Meet & Greet" as we gather for our exciting weekend.
Saturday, October 20
Murphys First Congregational Church
509 Algiers St., Murphys
8am Morning Goodies!
8:30am Willy Claflin's Opening Presentation
9:30 - 11am Coaching Sessions Begin
Saturday Workshops Round #1 9:30am-11:00am
9:30-10:45am SAT-1/ Beginning Storytelling: Jump In & Get Started with Kathy Martinez. Join the world of storytellers as we learn the basics of getting started.
9:30-10:45am SAT-2/ Changing the Lives of Children & Adolescents through Storytelling. Storyteller & Waldorf Educator Marianna deCroes offers methods for choosing & learning a story to address common problems in the lives of young people today. Stages of child development, can be paired with storytelling genres that are age & stage appropriate.
9:30-10:45am SAT-3/ Take Your Show on the Road with Storyteller & Actor Tim Ereneta How can you build your reputation as a storyteller? And get more experiences with audiences? Put together a one-hour program and get ready to have a show that might put you on the bill!
9:30-10:45am SAT-4/ Give Your Historical & Fictional Story Characters a SPARK of Life! Emerging Performance Teller Donna Porter shares pros & cons with a few tricks to liven up your programs. Have fun and bring those characters through playful learning.
Saturday Workshops Round #2 11:00am-12:25pm
11am-12:25pm Coaching Sessions Continue
11am-12:30pm SAT-5/ Using Gestures, Body Language & Facial Expression to Strengthen Storytelling. Storyteller & Home Educator Holly Britton discusses the importance of choreography in the interpretation of our stories. She helps us see how gestures, body language & facial expression offer critical elements to construct our stories.
11am-12:30pm SAT-6/ Forget Memory--Ignite Imagination with Storytelling for Memory Loss using TimeSlips™. Storyteller Liz Nichols, a certified trainer & facilitator, for this dynamic program, helps us learn a comfortable, fun way to share storytelling with people, whose cognitive challenges, including Alzheimers' & Dementia, often cause disconnect, depression & fear. Replace the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine
11am-12:30pm SAT-7/ Going Under the Hood: Getting to the Nuts & Bolts of Your Story. Award-winning storyteller Tim Ereneta helps you dive into story structure. Come away with tools to build stories from scratch or tune up the tales you already tell. Whether you're looking to create stories for the classroom, the board room, the stage, or maybe you're hard at work on a novel, you'll come away with strategies to overcome blocks and the stories flow.
11am-12:30pm SAT-8/ Cultural Sensitivity when Sharing Indigenous Stories, with Storyteller & Communications Coach Mike Tomson Increase awareness, sensitivity and accuracy to become more effective culturally specific storytellers. Explore how attitudes, stereotypes and motives seep into our telling of culturally specific stories. Discuss who has the "right" to tell certain stories, and who "owns" them. Mike grew up immersed in the indigenous life & lore of the South Pacific. He remembers histories, carved in the hearts of the people and shared in fire's light. He understands how the power of words shapes our perceptions and experiences.
Saturday Workshops Round #3 1:30pm-2:45pm
1:30pm-2:45pm Coaching Sessions Continue
1:30pm-2:45pm SAT-9/ Weaving Cultural Flavor into Traditional Tales. Emerging performance teller Esperanza Phoenix guides beginning storytellers on how to give stories a new filter to expand understanding and enthusiasm. Learn tips on working with new elements in familiar stories and themes that can give a different understanding of select stories. Phoenix lived in Costa Rica for 7 years, and now shares her experience of telling traditional tales that she's adapted to fit diverse listeners. Participants will divide into small groups and work on pre-selected stories to create their own versions with new cultural twists.
1:30pm-2:45pm SAT-10/ Fired-Up: Connecting & Inspiring Through Story. Joan Stockbridge, winner of a 2016 NSN Oracle Award, presents a showcase/workshop that invites listeners the chance for personal reflection and growth. Whether in a school, library, campground, stage or mental health clinic, storytellers create community, foster resilience and bring hope. During this workshop, learn non-threatening activities and safe, accessible techniques that invite audiences to experience the story's deeper impact.
1:30pm-2:45pm SAT-11/ “The Art of Tandem Telling,” presented by Linda Kennedy & Joan McCammon, the “Do-Tell Duo." Double the pleasure! Double the fun! Double the telling--That's how Tandem is done! This hands-on workshop of The Art of Tandem Storytelling teaches you to select and edit stories for two voices; how to create dialog; when to consider improvisation. Enjoy a discussion of character/voice development and physicality. Participants will work in pairs to develop & present short tandem tales.
1:30pm-2:45pm SAT-12/Using Stories in Mediation & Facilitation Work” with Veteran Teller and Communications Coach Mike Tomson. Learn innovative approaches to strengthen your skills to help increase awareness and your own tool set to become a more effective leader and coach in your own work in social service, human resources, or community development. Explore how stories can create safe spaces, build bridges of connection and trust with Mike Tomson, a veteran storyteller and long-time facilitator in ways to improve communication and help defuse conflicts.
Dilemma Stories and Critical Literacy
What would I have done? Stories that challenge thinking and viewing from various perspectives offer possibilities for rich discussion and encourage a variety of insights. Let’s explore imaginable options in several tales in this interactive workshop.
WHEN THE WORKSHOPS END,
WE INVITE EVERYONE TO "BOOK IT" OVER TO THE CHURCH'S CHAPEL FOR OUR COMMUNITY FORUM ON STORIES OF FIRE SURVIVORS
WITH FACILITATOR CYNTHIA RESTIVO.
THEN ON SUNDAY MORNING...
Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am
Murphys Historic Hotel
457 Main St., Murphys
10:00am - 12pm Live, Open Coaching Session and Brunch: Live Coaching with coach and three advanced tellers. All retreat attendees gather at the Historic Murphys Hotel to enjoy morning coffee and treats before we become the audience for an Open Coaching Session with three advanced tellers. Afterward, the Historic Murphys Hotel prepares a delicious brunch for Sierra Story Winds Attendees.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (209)532.7697 OR EMAIL US MOTHERLODESTORYTELLERS@GMAIL.COM