OARS in the Water






OARS in the Water

Nov 22nd – 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT

Hosted by Galen Brandt & Elisa Pearmain

Theme: Thankfulness

Many are the gifts of thankfulness.  Perhaps especially at challenging times, thankfulness can reframe our perspective, help soften our griefs and calm our troubled hearts, and remind us of life’s precious, daily joys — the beauty of nature, the kindness of others, the miracle of breath. As the Dalai Lama has said:  “If the only prayer we ever say is ‘Thank you,” that is enough.”  In this Thanksgiving season, let us gather in community to explore and celebrate thankfulness.


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:   https://square.link/u/d9xbGN2I

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



About our Hosts for Nov 22nd

Elisa Pearmain has been telling stories professionally since 1987, and always with a penchant for the many healing benefits of story. She is the award-winning author of 52 Wisdom Tales from Around The World, Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying, and the double CD Forgiveness: Telling Our Stories in New Ways. Elisa is also a Psychotherapist in private practice, is on the Advisory Board of the Healing Story Alliance and is chair of the HSA Programming Committee.

Galen R. Brandt is a writer, songwriter, singer and teller of stories.  She has been an award-winning composer for Disney, Hasbro, Lorimer, and Little Golden Books ‘n Tapes, a new product marketing expert for Fortune 500 companies and the Franklin Mint. She has been a corporate speechwriter, a conference convener and speaker, a gatherer of indigenous songs, a singer in innumerable wonderful bands nobody’s ever heard of, and a cultural journalist for a wide and wild mix of publications.  She pioneered the exploration and use of interactive virtual reality technologies as an alternative healing modality in live performance, arts and education, and especially in the area of special needs.  She’s now writing two musicals — “The Piglet Opera” and “The Memory Box.” Galen serves on the HSA Advisory Committee, the HSA Programming Committee, and is chair of the OARS in the Water program.


For the Schedule of upcoming OARS Meetings visit:   https://storynet.org/groups/hsa/oars/

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