HSA OARS in the Water






United States

OARS in the Water

May 22nd

7:00pm-8:30pm EDT

Hosted by Lani Peterson & Jim Brulé

Theme:  Nagi: We are a swarm of stories

The Lakota concept of self is embodied in their word Nagi, which means a dynamic “swarm of stories.” As we share stories with each other – and ourselves – we reshape who we are and the world around us. Join us as we playfully explore our nagi and those of others, and consider how we can heartfully invigorate our worlds with the unexpected.

OARS in the Water is a facilitated Zoom gathering on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month offered by Healing Story Alliance to create a listening space to share the experiences and stories that have emerged through turbulent times. This is not a therapeutic circle but we do hope it will be healing, supportive and inspiring.

Admission is free, although donations are deeply appreciated and help support our programming. Your tax-deductible donation can be made here:


 We’ll gather via Zoom. Here is the NEW link:


About our Hosts for May 22nd

Jim Brulé is a transformational storyteller, death doula, teacher, and mentor with a diverse background: he has advanced degrees in clinical psychology and artificial intelligence. His online school, Transformational Storytelling, trains spiritual storytellers from multiple traditions to tell stories that inspire healing and spiritual growth. He offers a series of classes and workshops on storytelling focusing on multi-cultural wisdom as well as facing end-of-life and grief. His most recent book, “Stories of the Heart,” co-authored with Rebecca Lemaire, lovingly curates and explores 18 folktales from around the world to accompany the reader on the journey into dying and living. You can find out more here: https://transformationalstorytelling.org/events/

Lani Peterson, PsyD, known for telling and encouraging personal stories, has a specialty in story exploration as a healing art and change agent. Her background includes over 25 years as a professional storyteller and story coach combined with a doctorate in psychology from William James College, a master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley University and an undergraduate degree in literature from Smith College. She has taught Effective Organizational Communications Skills for Non-Profit Leaders in the master’s program at Wheelock College as well as Healing through our Stories in the Expressive Therapies master’s track at Lesley University. From CEO’s to scientists, doctors, mental health providers, ministers and the homeless, Lani has worked with individuals, groups and organizations to help people find their stories, share their stories, and come together with a deeper level of connection and understanding. Her ongoing mission is to bring to light and share the stories that will open doors within and between storytellers and listeners alike.

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