Just catching our breath – by all accounts and measures, a wonder-filled time was had by all – presenters and attendees at the First (probably Annual) Woodstock Story Festival.
From top: Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, Richard Schwab, Paul McMahon, Audience members holding puppets representing parts of the brain (skit), Mitch Ditkoff, Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barb Mainguy, Khenpo Pema Wangduk, Gioia Timpanelli, Elizabeth Cunningham, Doug Grunther, and David Gonzalez. Many more pictures (and videos!) to follow…
(By Peter Blum, for the Poughkeepsie Journal, 1:29 p.m. EDT, April 20, 2016)
“What was I thinking?”
I wonder how many other first-time producers and organizers of large public events have stopped at some point and asked themselves this question. The first Woodstock Story Festival is scheduled to take place very soon, and as the creator and producer of this weekend event (April 30-May 1), I am discovering just how many details and how much work is involved in such an endeavor.
As the The Talking Head song asks, “How did I get here?”
One day last fall, an idea appeared in my mind. There are times when certain ideas announce themselves with an unmistakable flair and depth. This was one of those: a BIG idea! I was thinking about some old friends and a couple of new friends who were very involved with “story.” I was thinking, “Wow, it would be great for them to meet and find out how each one views and uses story.” I pondered how that could happen …
Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barb Mainguy will be presenting Saturday morning – here’s a funny little clip of Lewis telling a story…
Here’s a portion of a recent presentation Richard did on Myths… A Mythological Consultant, Richard will be our one of our featured presenters Sunday afternoon May 1.
Despite the Chronogram leading off with a beautiful picture of Mr. Paul McMahon sitting in a stream, captioned “Peter Blum”, a nice article in this month’s Chronogram. Digital edition has been corrected. Check it out!
P.S. Here’s the “real” Peter Blum
The one and only Paul McMahon, who will be appearing Saturday night April 30, as his persona/alter ego “The Rock and Roll Therapist”. But here he is, telling a story of how he came to be a featured exhibitor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art…
Thanks to Lewis & Barb and the Coyote Institute a weekly webinar has been going on for the past three Tuesdays where Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, Peter Blum, and Elizabeth Cunningham have been talking about Story. These three episodes have been recorded and are now downloadable at the Coyote Institute link http://www.coyoteinstitute.us/catalog_1.html
during every period of recorded history, in every corner of the world. Recently, the importance of personal narrative, and cultural narrative in the fields of medicine, commerce, education, therapy, and entertainment, have come front and center.
Both the inevitability of story (humans are story creators), and the conscious use of it in every field of human endeavor are in the media every day. Psychiatrist and neuro-researcher Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona has pointed out that the brain’s “default setting” is story!