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About MyPath Storyteller Workshops
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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.
MyPath Storyteller Workshop Layer One: Earth - The Roots of My Story
Three consecutive Zoom classes on Mondays at 7pm EDT beginning July 20, 2020
The first layer of story is our inner voice, as well as, the world and conditions at the time of our birth... our family, environment, community, society, media and institutions. Re-connecting with our inner voice and reflecting on the world at our birth and infancy opens each of us to understand the roots of our daily story.
I came into the world with my first language in me. So did you. Our newborn minds and spirit were one with the Universe, even as our bodies emerged into the physical world. You and I had the language of the Universe in us before we learned the ways of human society and the consensual meaning of words.
During this Workshop, you will take a walk through the world, the place and the family you were born into. This root re-discovery process is essential to understanding all the stories of your life that follow. Even
though we don't remember our first days, this is a period when our story was given to us. By focusing on the context of this part of our lives, we are able to see the influences factoring into our lives thereafter.
MyPath Storyteller Workshop Layer Two: Water - Finding My Inner Voice
Three consecutive Zoom classes on Thursdays at 7pm EDT beginning July 23, 2020
Our family, caregivers and community - Making up the second layer of story are inputs and sensibilities from family, caregivers and community as we experienced life. In our early childhood the events of our lives are out of our control. When we are little, our stories are given to us by our context and significant others in our lives.
It is important to recognize that the impact of those stories is still with us today and so with everyone else around us. When we think about this fact, that our stories are given to us, we have compassion for ourselves and for everyone else. Compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and for others.
As we reflect on the Second Layer of Story we find this is where we have our very first memories in life. A precious moment for each of us. Our consensual vocabulary and ability to read faces and body language is rapidly accelerating, replacing our inner voice. During this Workshop we will explore those first memories and push back into the deep connection we had with our inner voice at that moment in our lives. Our inner voice is still with us and as our Second Layer story develops, we will share our discoveries with the world.
Reflect on the first and second layers of your story. The events of every one of your stories rests on the foundation poured into you by the world you were born into and the people who taught you about life and language. As we pass through childhood into adolescence, we begin to become agents in our stories.
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 on three consecutive Tuesdays for two hours in the evening on Zoom.
Participants will receive a copy of the Storytelling Workbook by mail prior to the workshop to use and keep as a reference source.
During your participation in Zoom, do your best to eliminate distractions in your participation space. This will allow you and others to focus on the lesson and freely interact with other participants.
Specific assignments for additional Zoom break-out sessions will be made at the end of each of the first two Zoom meetings. Participants will schedule a mutually agreed upon time and day for one-on-one Zoom session with a fellow participant to share story progress between group sessions.
A Zoom Storytelling 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".