SATURDAY – April 30

1 p.m. Registration and seating

1:15 p.m. Peter BlumWelcome and intro remarks

1:30 p.m. Mitch DitkoffStorytelling At Work – Stories  not only engage, educate, and enlighten, they have the potential to significantly accelerate the transfer of insight, knowledge, and wisdom in an attention deficit disordered world.  The premise of Mitch’s storytelling work is very simple — if you want to elevate the conversation, spark brilliance, create community, and transfer learning, find a way to help people identify, embrace, and share their stories. Everyone, of course, has a story to tell. That’s not the issue. The issue is what stories will we tell and how effective will we be in the telling of our stories.

2:30 p.m. Shelley Stockwell – Here’s A True Story I Made Up – Once upon a time, you took a class called “teaching tales for results” with Shelley Stockwell-Nicholas, PhD. The experience positively changed your love life! You became more popular and got high with your higher self. Now, when you talk, others listen up, love themselves and they love YOU more… Was it Dr Shelley’s wonderful interactive class that inspired you? Or was it your innate ability to talk to others where they really live?  Looking back, Shelley must have hypnotized you to be what you’ve always been a warm, welcoming fire… who evokes a listening trance and WINNING attitude

3:15 p.m. Snack/bathroom break

3:45 p.m. Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barb Mainguy – The Story of the Story that Found a Home.  Medicine stories meet neuroscience! Join us on an interactive voyage where to accompany A Story as it hunts for a safe place to curl up. An idea appeared in the void.  Its origins were shrouded in great mystery.  It needed a home.  It floated through the ether until it found an EAR.  The EAR looked inviting, so it dropped in.  It strode down labyrinthine tunnels, vibrated tiny bones, and found itself transformed into electromagnetic energy.  But where next?  This was a bold new landscape, so different from the void.  Lions, tigers, bears, and ogres lurked in every sulcus and gyrus.  The flimsy, rope bridges from the medial prefrontal cortex to the posterior cingulate gyrus were swinging in the wind above a vast crevasse.  How could this idea become a story and find a home in the face of so much adversity?  Perhaps it could find help from within the precuneus. It needed a champion, a hero.  It needed a plot to make it go, a villain to make things interesting, but there were always plenty of those hanging about.  It needed a sound track, a lighting guy, and a couple sidekicks, and then the idea would clearly blossom into a story and reach that pinnacle point at which it would become a part of long-term memory.  The idea dreamed of being a superhighway story, one that was told over and over, whenever new people came into town.   But what to do first?  A hero?  A plot?  A villain?  So many choices and so many potential dead ends in this brain!  The idea needed a story to be remembered.  How that happened will unfold (for we don’t want to give away the plot and the ending).

5:15 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m. Musical interlude with Paul McMahon who says “You got a problem? Tell it to the Rock ’n’ Roll Therapist and he will sing a song on the spot, and it will be healed – he guarantees his 100% cure rate. If he sings a song about your problem, it will be healed.” His improvised musical “cures” are a melodic example of on-the-spot storytelling.

8:00 pm. David Gonzalez – MytholoJAZZ – the classic Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Eurydice set to scat-jazz and dynamic movement, and Three Whiskers of a Lion, a trans-national mashup that conjures compassion from chaos.  Performed to acclaim on Broadway, MytholoJAZZ is a passionate theatrical/musical piece that offers up a poetic, and swinging, vision of the heart.

9:00 p.m. Close


SUNDAY – May 1

10 a.m. Registration and seating

10:15 a.m. Peter Blum – Welcome and Intro remarks

10:30 a.m. David Gonzalez – An Introduction to The Experience of Myth Workshop. Building on the premise that great myths are storehouses of energy we will explore and re-create parts of “Orpheus and Eurydice” through a variety of arts modalities.

11:15 a.m. Elizabeth Cunningham“This Story Begins in the Night…” – When personal story and history collide. Author of The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen, Elizabeth Cunningham will bring to life a scene from her best-known book. She will then regale us with tales of how her own life led her to re-conceive one of the central stories of western culture.  As strongly influenced by fairytale as by scripture, she will conclude with a guided meditation to inspire us to re-imagine our own lives.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Rich SchwabI’ve Been Mything You – Have you ever had a recurring dream? What about the same thing, but in your waking life? It’s like you’re living out the same relationship, or feeling echoes of past moments in work over and over. In this talk, we’ll be looking at how we take these moments and begin to peer into the deeper patterns to find the stories within them. We’ll ask “which part of your story are you in now?” and find answers which show the overarching life story your life is shaping into. From there, you’ll learn ways to change your stories by finding alternates. And when that can’t happen we’ll find good ways so you can live through your story rather than having your story live through you.

2:45 p.m. Doug Grunther – “The Sleeping Brain Is A Master Storyteller” – Do Our Dreams Have a Sense of Humor? This is a story about three dreams, the hidden jokes within them, and how uncovering the dream’s sense of humor helped the dreamers make surprising breakthroughs in their lives

3:05 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Gioia Timpanelli – Storytelling – Our final presenter, who is one of the founders of the worldwide revival of storytelling says ” The old folk stories are common/ uncommon treasure boxes of the human mind and mirrors of its soulful life. These tales especially have a sneaky logic found in poetry, metaphor, and dreams. They believe in balance: what is missing at the beginning will most likely be found at the end. Full of lively images, these old tales carry with them the magic of the created world. We can be thankful that they are not given to large statements on meaning, for like the heart to which they constantly speak, they prefer experience to concepts, unity to separation. Everything in them has weight, even a feather blowing here and there.”

4:45 p.m. Closing remarks

5:00 p.m. Finis