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STORYTELLING WORKSHOP NEWS

Starting in late spring 2021, MyPath plans to offer in-person Storytelling Workshops-beginning with the First Layer of Story Workshop.

MyPath Workshops are structured on the Five Layers of Story. (click here to go the Five Layers page). Based on CDC guidelines, we are in the planning stage for these Workshops to be held on an in-person basis. We are currently considering whether to return to our traditional six hour Workshop model or a two hour per week for three weeks model. In either case, after the Workshop is complete we schedule a Storytelling Performance show for our tellers to have an opportunity to release their story to the world. All Workshop participants receive One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU), Certification as a Layer One Pathfinder Storyteller and a MyPath Certificate of Achievement. As mentioned, we are in the planning stage for re-starting our Workshops and we would like your input. Please send an email with your thoughts to Roger@mypath.center or visit our MyPath Bibliotherapy Facebook page. We appreciate your input. Thank you for your interest in MyPath.

MyPath Bibliotherapy Storytelling Workshops encourage and create ‘liminal’ space in the creative process of restructuring your stories into a piece of performance art. Through this process you become aware of The Five Layers of Story in a safe and supportive environment while you take ownership of your story.

Each MyPath Bibliotherapy Storytelling Workshop introduces a new layer and transforms your perspective of stories you have held frozen and unchanging since the event occurred in your past. Read on to learn more about ‘liminal’ space and available workshops then reserve your place in this transformative experience.

Workshop Details:

On a quest together, we will enter into Liminal Space... a passageway, in which, we will emerge. Similar to an artist creating a new piece of art...a painting, sculpture, poem or story... they begin uncertain of what the final output will be; yet proceeding with a vision, hope and confidence that the piece will be finished and shared with the world.

  •  Facilitated by Roger Batton, this layer of MyPath Bibliotherapy Workshop requires each participant to meet for a total of six hours. The "Coming Out Storytelling Workshop" is scheduled for three hours.

  •  Participants will receive a copy of the Storytelling Workbook by mail prior to the workshop to use and keep as a reference source.

  • A Storytelling Performance show will be scheduled for all participants upon completion of the coursework, at which time a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded along with One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

  • Focus on authentic, first person experiences rather than pure fiction.

  • Stories are targeted for a seven-minute delivery time.

  • Be mindful when developing your story content. Hate speech, discriminatory speech about race, religion, culture, gender or identity is not allowed.

  • If at all possible, share your story with a MyPath facilitator for input before sharing with the entire group in the final meeting.

  • Participants are expected to share respectful and positive feedback within the MyPath “Holding Space Agreement".

"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.

PLEASE NOTE: THE stories brought out of the Workshop can be from LGBTQ allies, parents or friends. We are not placing any restrictions on the content. 

ALL WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO TELL THEIR COMING OUT STORY / ALLY Story AT THE HARBOR COUNTRY PRIDE "COMING OUT" STORYTELLING SHOW FRIDAY JUNE 4. at the Watkins Park Pavilion in Three Oaks. 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 and recurring memories 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.

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.