HSA OARS in the Water






HSA OARS in the Water

May 24th from 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT

Hosted by Sara deBeer & Donna Marie Kuczynski

Theme: Welcoming and Receiving

Throughout our lives, we welcome invitations from others and we have benefited from inviting others to join us. At other times, we have welcomed the opportunity to be by ourselves. At this gathering, we will reflect on the welcomings and receivings that are part of our life’s experience.

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 24th

Sara deBeer’s great love is telling traditional folktales from world cultures. Since 1978, Sara has been telling these stories to audiences of all ages. A listener said, “Sara is a captivating storyteller, sensitive to her audience and their interests.  Her extensive repertoire enables her to present programs on a wide variety of themes.”  Sara is a published poet who also teaches poetry-writing classes. In 2004, she was awarded the Barbara Reed Award for Distinguished and Outstanding Service to the Connecticut Storytelling Community. She was a featured teller at the 2023 Connecticut Storytelling Festival. http://storydebeer.com/

Donna Marie Kuczynski writes, “When I first decided to tell a story instead of read one, I wasn’t sure about the whole idea; but I remembered loving the stories that my grandmother (Katie Corcoran Barry) told me, so I started with one of hers and added a few details of my own.  Telling stories isn’t easier than reading books, storytelling is a completely different art.  Storytelling is a responsive art form.” Donna Marie won the 2002 National Storytelling Network “Oracle” award, North Central Region for exemplary service and significant contributions to the community through storytelling.

For the Schedule of upcoming OARS Meetings visit:



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