OARS in the Water: Community






United States

OARS in the Water

April 26 2023

7:00pm-8:30pm EDT

Hosted by Heather Forest & Galen Brandt

Theme: Community

Our compass is community as we navigate our days. On this 3rd anniversary of OARS in the Water, join us as we celebrate the growth and joys of the HSA community and explore together what “Community” means to us as a group and as individuals.

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 April 26th

Heather Forest is an award-winning storyteller, author, and modern-day bard. Her repertoire of world tales told in a fusion of poetry, prose, original folk music and the sung and spoken word has been featured in theatres, schools, conferences and major storytelling festivals throughout the United States and abroad. She is an author of seventeen award winning folktale books and storytelling recordings and holds a PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is a recipient of both the Circle of Excellence Award for performance skills and the 2021 Talking Leaves Award for her contributions to storytelling literature presented by the National Storytelling Network. She is President of the Board of Directors of HSA and the chair of the Healing Story Alliance Advisory 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.


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