A few years ago, I was at an AWSNA conference here in the twin cities. I was at a difficult point in my life, and a difficult point in my teaching career. During the conference, I attended a workshop led by Leah Walker and Kathleen Bowen of the Center for Biography and Social Art. They walked us through a day of exercises that literally changed my life. First, they read us a fairy tale; it was "The Donkey," from the Brothers Grimm. The fairy tale was the catalyst for a day of self-discovery, artwork, and sacred conversation. The images I worked with that day, and the power of the simplicity and whimsical folk tale, were the prompting for my own journey to allow my donkey skin to be burnt, and to take up the work to which I was born.
When I had the impulse to begin working one-on-one in a coaching capacity with individuals, the beauty of that workshop returned to me full force. Weaving elements of the work with Kathleen and Leah into my own work as a storyteller, adding inspirations from other sources, and then experimenting with a gracious and responsive group of women all over the globe, has resulted in Story/Reading, an interactive journey into your own story.
Here's how Story/Reading works:
First, you tell me a little about yourself and your situation. Are you looking for insight into a particular aspect of your life? Wondering how to move forward into a new expression of your life's work? Needing to gain wisdom with regards to a painful memory or a confusion experience? Perhaps you'd like to be surprised! I take in what you've told me in your email or contact form, and I let your story work itself into my subconscious as I sleep.
The next day, or after a few days, depending on your story and your needs, I intuitively choose a folk or fairy tale that feels right. I don't always know why I choose a particular tale and not another; I just look for the one that resonates as the best fit. I record this story for you and send you a link to the audio file, along with some questions for your work.
You listen to the story at your convenience, and at a pace that feels right to you, or you can hear me read of tell the story live. You work with the questions I offer, and we start our conversation. We can work by email, chat, phone, or video chat -- you choose the format that works best for you. As these conversations progress, you will find yourself unpeeling layers of your story, led by the ancient wisdom living in these tales. The rich, evocative imagery of traditional tales helps to uncover the hidden gifts and challenges you are facing, and helps you to move into the next phase of your journey as the hero or heroine of your own tale.
I have openings for this work in June, and I'm offering an introductory special. You can find all the information at the Work With Me page on this website.
I look forward to walking the path through the forest with you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have.
Sara is a storyteller, writer, artist, teacher, wife, mother, and singer living in Minnesota. I write about storytelling, and about living a life with stories.