OARS in the Water




OARS in the Water: Stories as Touchstones

June 14th – 7:00pm-8:30pm EDT

Hosted by Elisa Pearmain and Ai-Lin Chuah

We may all have many favorite stories. We love myths, folk and fairytales for their wisdom, metaphors and shared humanity. We love biographical stories that give us courage, understanding and hope. Religious stories may inspire us and guide us. Join us as together we will explore and reflect upon the stories that have been touchstones in our lives. (Please do not come prepared to tell a full story. We will share only brief descriptions and why they have been meaningful in our life journeys.)

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 appreciated. https://storynet.org/donate/

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


 About our Hosts for June 14th

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 Executive Board of the Healing Story Alliance and is chair of the HAS Programming Committee.

Ai-Lin Chuah – Once upon a time, a data-processing geophysicist with a liking for green spaces walked into a storytelling meeting. …  And 20 years passed.

Ai-Lin lives in Singapore.  She has taught storytelling in classrooms, facilitated workshops for children and adults, and performed in museums, schools, at events and at storytelling festivals in Singapore. She enjoys fact-based tales as much as fantasy,  and is partial to Zen and Sufi stories.  She loves trees, forests and the sea.  “Nature is a giant story-web.  All those Connections, the way things work ….  How can one not be in a state of constant Wonder?”

Ai-Lin is also a licensed Nature guide and Tourist guide, with special interests in sustainability, heritage, culture, and history.  She has discovered that storytelling skills work wonders on walking tours!


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