OARS in the Water: Finding Wisdom






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OARS In The Water

Wednesday, August 23rd
7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT – Online
Hosted by: Elisa Pearmain and Diane Rooks
Theme: Finding Wisdom

Sometimes when challenging things happen in our lives, we are not able to glean the wisdom from it at the time. It is only later when we look back and examine the experience that we can see how we changed because of it, and how perhaps we have even been able to help others. 

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 below:

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


About our Hosts for August 23rd

Diane Rooks was one of the founding members of the Healing Story Alliance. She has been telling stories her whole life and received her M.Ed. in Storytelling from ETSU. She is the author of two books including Spinning Gold out of Straw: How Stories Heal, (2001), a book focused on helping people to grieve and heal after the loss of a child or loved one, and the recently released book, Unlocking your Life’s Wisdom: Stories are the Keys (2022).

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.

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