A Traveler’s Tale

by Shawn Small. Our small group of Boise, Idaho, high school students sat under the shadow of the ornate, white-chalk Comayagua Cathedral in central Honduras. We circled up on the ground, most cross-legged, creating an ideal atmosphere to process an exceptionally challenging yet remarkably fulfilling week in the summer of 2007. The soft breeze, brought …

A Traveler’s Tale Details »

Stories of Spiritual Transformations

by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD. Major life shifts, including the curing of disease1, do occur following transformative spiritual experiences2. Spirituality has been defined as those aspects of human striving that relate to God, the Divine, the Universe or Largest Whole, Higher Beings, and/or those things that we have construed to be sacred. Spirituality is a …

Stories of Spiritual Transformations Details »

From “Once Upon a Time” to “Now I Know”: Healing Story at the Adirondack Arts & Healing Retreat

by Fran Yardley. A number of years ago, a beloved storyteller named Nancy Duncan taught me a valuable technique for eliciting stories and poems from others. She said to start with the phrase “Once upon a time…” and explore what that brings up. Then move to “Then one day…” and do the same thing. Finally, …

From “Once Upon a Time” to “Now I Know”: Healing Story at the Adirondack Arts & Healing Retreat Details »

Stories Embrace: Readers’ Theatre for Cancer Education in Alaska

by Melany Cueva, R.N., Ed.D. The intent of the Readers’ Theatre, created for my doctoral dissertation, was to open hearts and minds of Alaskan residents to address cancer issues through the reading aloud of, and simultaneous listening to, a scripted conversation. As story, Readers’ Theatre embraces a holistic, interconnected process of living and learning as …

Stories Embrace: Readers’ Theatre for Cancer Education in Alaska Details »

Playback Theatre: Putting Story on Stage as an Opportunity for Healing

by Barbara Esrig. I have been the Writer-in-Residence with the Shands Teaching Hospital Arts-in-Medicine program and involved in an oral history project at this Gainesville, Florida, facility since 1999. Every week I go to patients bedsides and ask them to share their life stories. I tell them that in every room there is an amazing …

Playback Theatre: Putting Story on Stage as an Opportunity for Healing Details »

The Public Voice Project: Creating a Storytelling Program with the Formerly Incarcerated

by Lani Peterson Psy.D. The first Public Voice Project (PVP) was launched in November of 2004 by the City Mission Society in Boston. Over the course of four evenings, seven formerly incarcerated men met for the purpose of exploring the use and effects of storytelling. My participation with PVP was as the storytelling coach. Carla …

The Public Voice Project: Creating a Storytelling Program with the Formerly Incarcerated Details »

Healing Storytelling: An Old Technique that Reaches the Young

by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota. For the past ten years, I have worked with at-risk youth. One of the facilities I visit regularly is a residential treatment center or minimum- security detention center. Although it originally housed only girls, three years ago the facility added two boys’ cottages. It currently houses up to 30 boys in …

Healing Storytelling: An Old Technique that Reaches the Young Details »

Peace in the Family: Stories and Skills to Build Healthy Families

by Susan Kaplan, M.S.W., M.P.A. “So nice to know that I am not alone! exclaimed one mother. “Now we can create something that is meaningful to us and not fight about it!” Earlier in the evening, she had shared with the participating families how explosive struggles between her and her daughter had stopped the planning …

Peace in the Family: Stories and Skills to Build Healthy Families Details »

Scroll to Top