OARS in the Water: Image as Medicine






United States

OARS In The Water

Wednesday, September 13th
7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT – Online
Hosted by: Laura Simms and Sally Pomme Clayton
Theme: Image as Medicine

Join us for an exploration of the potency of images in myths and fairytales. Laura and Pomme will take you on a journey into the heart opening layers of meaning that emerge from images;  what significance they have for you  and how ancient images  bring insight and visceral healing. Laura will tell a ‘Roma’ magic-legend ‘Apples into doves’. And together Pomme and Laura will lead the group through a short and gentle creative writing task, and a dynamic break out room.The group will share writings and thoughts as we gain knowledge of the efficacy of the spoken image as symbol, more direct than metaphor. We will finish by taking the images deeper, asking what are the images of stories telling us today?

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 September 13th

Laura Simms is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, writer, and humanitarian who brings over six decades of experience performing and teaching worldwide. She performs mythic stories woven with personal narrative and has worked in the capacity of story advisor, mindfulness instructor, and mediator. She is presently a storytelling consultant for the Fetzer Institute Shared Sacred Story Project, and artistic director of the H C Andersen Storytelling Center.  Laura lives in Manhattan and is the author of six books.

Sally Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer who has been creating performances, books and plays for more than 40 years. She played a pivotal role in the UK storytelling revival. She creates unique work for theatres and museums, gardens and galleries, festivals and broadcasts worldwide.. Recently appearing at: Museum of Comedy, Bloomsbury Festival; West Horsley Place; Exeter Lit Works; The Royal Opera House; Chelsea Physic Garden; Cambridge Junction; The British Library; Thames Festival; Kings Place; Edinburgh Literature Festival; The British Museum; Dhaka Lit Fest, Hakaya Festival, Jordan. Her ground-breaking shows focus on powerful female protagonists, She is Associate Artist at Omnibus Theatre and author of 15 children’s books.  She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985 spearheading and transforming storytelling across the UK.

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