MyPath News Update

Harbor Country Pride Week Storytelling Show
Friday June 4 at Lyons Pavilion in Watkins Park. Three Oaks Michigan
Stories begin at 6pm and end at 8pm edt. 
Donation request $10 per person.
All proceeds to Harbor Country Pride

"COMING OUT STORIES" FREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY MyPath Bibliotherapy    Thursday May 20 at David's Deli (False Front) in New Buffalo 6 to 9pm.

THIS THREE HOUR WORKSHOP COVERS THE CRAFT FUNDAMENTALS FOR STORYTELLING ALONG WITH THE FIVE LAYERS OF STORY PHILOSOPHY. WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS WILL PROCESS THROUGH THE CRAFTING OF THEIR COMING OUT STORY IN A SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT. COMING OUT CAN BE A VERY LONELY PATH TO START AND A TOTALLY EMPOWERING MOMENT AT THE FINISH. 

ALL WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO TELL THEIR COMING OUT STORY AT THE HARBOR COUNTRY PRIDE "COMING OUT" STORYTELLING SHOW FRIDAY JUNE 4. (Venue to be announced). The MyPath Storytelling Workshop is designed to facilitate self healing through bibliotherapy. When the story is shared with the world at the performance, the pain attention of the trauma are released from both the body and soul. In addition, the storyteller becomes a giver of light to those considering their first steps on the path to healing.

MyPath Bibliotherapy of Three Oaks, MI, in conjunction with Oaklawn, the community mental health center for Elkhart and St. Joseph counties in Indiana, and SJC Cares, St. Joseph County’s system of care, announce the launch of the Storytelling for Youth Initiative, scheduled to start this spring. This Initiative is designed by MyPath to coach youth members of Oaklawn’s Transition to Independence program in the art of storytelling. MyPath’s methodology is based on the Five Layers of Story Philosophy. The participants use story craft to shape personal experiences at various life stages into performance ready personal narratives, then share on stage before a live audience. The Storytelling for Youth initiative will include two Storytelling Workshops and Performances for all participants. Included in the Initiative will be enriched storytelling experiences for three Oaklawn staff members, resulting in their certification as Certified MyPath Bibliotherapy Facilitators. The Storytelling for Youth Initiative is created for Oaklawn by Roger Batton, Managing Director of MyPath Bibliotherapy. 

From Roger Batton, Managing Director of MyPath. “This partnership between MyPath and Oaklawn creates a meaningful opportunity for these young folks to take a big step forward on their path to ownership of their stories and share them with the world. We at MyPath are grateful to Oaklawn for this partnership and their trust and confidence in MyPath and all of our associates.” More information about MyPath Bibliotherapy can be found at www.mypath.center

Lessons in loneliness in the time of pandemic. This is a picture of me on Muldrow Glacier in Denali taken in July of 2008. I was very alone that day, even though I was on vacation in a National Park full of people. Alone inside myself due to circumstances outside of my control. This past year, during the pandemic I've lived alone and felt lonely at times, but carried through with connection and love from family and a few others I'm close to. In the beginning of the isolation I was angry because I had dedicated two years of my life to writing and working on a theatrical production about school shootings called "MyPath the Musical" which came to a full stop in March 2020. This is a play set in a high school before , during and after a school shooting. MyPath is also a vehicle for young people who were present during school shootings to share their story with the world. I don't pretend to know the loneliness they feel every day because of misunderstanding by most around them about what they went through. I believe their stories must be heard for healing to begin. Today I received the following email...
"Hi Roger,

Thanks for submitting for an End of Play virtual table read! I'm thrilled to let you know that MyPath the Musical has been selected for one of our reading slots. 

Your reading will take place on Thursday, May 13th from 6pm-8pm ET."

This will be an invite only Zoom reading by professional actors from L.A. and New York.
My hope is enough interest and energy will be generated to bring this work to the stage. For more information please go to www.mypath.center

MyPath Mission

  • To provide bibliotherapy for individuals and communities having experienced trauma.

  • To provide learning experiences and performance opportunities in the art of storytelling.

  • To provide resources to individuals and communities affected by mass trauma.

Ethics Statement

  • Through supportive peer-based Workshops, MyPath provides a space and a structure for participants to explore stories emerging from the stages of their lives. 

  • The bibliotherapy benefits of MyPath’s Workshop Process emerge from sharing stories together in a structured safe environment and then crafting those stories for performance.

  • MyPath Bibliotherapy is not traditional therapy and persons seeking or in need of professional therapy will be referred to certified providers.

  • All MyPath Facilitator’s and coaches operate as Mission guided “servant leaders” by putting the participant’s storytelling experience first, ahead of any personal objective the leader may have.

What is MyPath Bibliotherapy?

In human experience story is universal. Every one of us have our stories and share our stories. Our path through life is defined by the stories of our experiences. Bibliotherapy simply means "healing through story." Discover the roots of your story in the world you were born into. Revisit the stories given to you as small child on through adolescence when you started creating your own story. Some of us have overcome difficulty or challenges with stories to share of their path to triumph and success. Others may have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences. The MyPath Bibliotherapy process reveals and heals your stories at their source. Through storytelling you become a force for healing and empowerment as you walk your path into the future.

Please help us in our Mission by:

  • Volunteering your time.

  • By making a donation.

  • By sharing our Mission on social media.

The MyPath Bibliotherapy Process...

Learn storytelling craft, take

ownership, share your stories with

the world

and

own the path ahead...
Say the word...
MyPath.

To make a direct donation, please go our registered charity page:

paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3519550

Why should I donate?

MyPath Bibliotherapy is a 501(c)3 Public Charity. All donations are tax deductible. Revenue from productions fund the operation of MyPath and, more importantly... establishes support resources for individuals, families and communities affected by mass trauma. Please add your support to the MyPath Mission because...

Every story deserves to be heard!

Own your story. Share it with the world. Humans crave story in all its glory... the joy... the pain... the triumphs... the sorrow. Learn to own your story on your path.

MyPath Bibliotherapy - a 501c3 non-profit public charity

© 2019 Roger Batton