Living Story Project 🌱

 

Founding Directors

Kristy Taylor and Deborah Schnitzer

livingstoryproject.com

Living Story Project is an initiative focused on storytelling to foster connection, creativity, and community. Stories allow us to better understand what is often incomplete, untold, or hidden in prevailing mainstream narratives.

Using an array of oral and written storytelling traditions from across the globe, Living Story Project creates an inclusive space for interactive and dynamic conversations about issues that matter.

While Living Story Project’s theme-based events centre around specific topics regarding the human experience, it is the vitality of the conversations among participants that generate community-learning and bring these topics to life. The objective of Living Story Project is to connect people to themselves, to one another, to place, and to time.

Old Woman, once banished, is resurfacing in the lives of people — young and old — within culture and in relation to the earth. Old Woman\: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype invited the Winnipeg community to reconnect with old woman wisdom, to reimagine aging and rediscover the profound importance of mentoring relationships between old and young. These two half-day workshops were attended by 120 people The Good Will Social Club on Janurary 25th and February 9th of 2019.

A three-hour Zoom interactive workshop using the story of Bluebeard exploring predatorial forces that sabotage women’s rights   to live fully took place on Thursday, September 2020, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., hosted by Living Story Project.

“In order to banish the predator, we must unlock or pry ourselves and other matters open to see what is inside. We must use our abilities to stand what we see. We must speak our truth in a clear voice. And we must be able to use our wits to do what needs be about what we see.” —Dr. Clarissa Pinkola EstĂ©s – Women Who Run With the Wolves

The story of Bluebeard explores a crisis in culture pervasive in contemporary society. For thousands of years, women’s power, creativity, insight, and knowing have been written out of history. Women have been maligned, muzzled, and murdered by patriarchal predators who contend that women have no integrity of vision, no deep insight, no original voice, and no decisive action.

We all pay a price when women are diminished. Devastating global imbalances—there are many—demonstrate this truth. In Bluebeard, women are hunted and held captive by predatory forces; their freedom depends on discovering the key that unlocks their inner resources—resources long buried, but not destroyed.

In this workshop, we explore these predatorial forces as those that sabotage women’s rights to live fully. In examining both the light and dark aspects of the Saboteur archetype, we track processes of entrapment and liberation. This tracking allows us to ask questions; it exposes the rules, regulations, and conventions that are malignant, divisive, and life-denying within culture.

Reclaiming women’s history, experience, and authority matter to all peoples. This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to engage in this conversation.

Please joins us as we explore the symbolic journey of the Handless Maiden.

This is a profound story about power, identity, and the courage to take one’s life into one’s own hands to reclaim that which has been wrongfully taken.

The tale is a gruesome one. It involves not only the severing of the Maiden’s hands, but also the loss of the only world she has ever known. And yet, in travelling with the Handless Maiden and watching her suffer this dismemberment, we discover the depth of her insight, the range of her resources, the strength of her spirit, and the path that ultimately leads to re-growth.

In this workshop, we explore themes of wandering, endurance, and transformation. The quest within The Handless Maiden provides both strategies and a map for how we, too, might encounter and triumph over our own psychic severing. Undertaking this journey encourages us to access our creative center, and realize our most authentic Self.

This three-hour New Moon workshop will be held on Sunday November 15th, from 7:00PM-10:00PM on Zoom. Participants can expect small and large group discussion, visualization, and personal reflection through writing and representing.

https://handlessmaiden.eventbrite.ca

This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to engage in this conversation.

Full-day workshop exploring creativity and the Mother archetype

 

“The Great Mother in Her many aspects—maiden, raging warrior, benevolent mother, death-dealing and all-wise crone, unknowable and ultimate wyrd—is now powerfully reemerging and rising again in human consciousness … Isis, Mawu-Lisa, Demeter, Gaia, Shakit, Dakinis, Shekhinah, Astarte, Ishtar, Rhea, Freya, Nerthus, Brigid, Danu—call Her what you may—has been with us from the beginning and awaits us now.”

– The Great Cosmic Mother, Monica Sjöö & Barbara Mor

 
The Great Mother is the wine of life, the mother of all living things. She is the green Earth, the mysteries of the waters. She is the creative force, the primogenitor of wave, tide, and wind.
 
While we commonly associate Mother to Child, she is not limited to the convention of childbirth, and childrearing. In her saltwater cauldron, gestates idea, art, music, dance, invention in the broadest sense – Life. She is maker, illuminator, muse. She is who we can turn to in time of need, as, in her light, she is compassionate, merciful, and loving. She is an advocate of connection, fusion, and relationship to Self, others, and the creative process within.
 
Please joins us as we explore the creative energies embodied in the Mother archetype, what happens to our creative process when those energies feel as though they have been extinguished, and how, in these times, we may reignite our creative Self.
 
This full-day workshop will be held on Saturday, February13th, from 9:30AM- 4:30PM on Zoom – both on and off-line. Participants can expect a reading of The Little Match Girl, small and large group discussion, visualization, and personal reflection through writing, representing, and Soul Collage©. Participants will be given non-screen time to complete their Soul Collage©. Preliminary instructions and materials for the Soul Collage© process will be forthcoming in the Welcome Note to participants in good time for the day’s event.
 
Mother workshop collaborative guests:
Odette Heyn C.M. Red with Grace Choreography: Stephanie Ballard
Marci Wenn, LCSW-R, Soul Collage© Facilitator
 
This workshop is open to anyone who wishes to engage in this conversation.
 
This event presented by LIVING STORY PROJECT:
Living Story Project is an initiative focused on storytelling to foster connection, creativity, and community.

 

Stories allow us to better understand what is often incomplete, untold, or hidden in prevailing mainstream narratives. Using an array of oral and written storytelling traditions from across the globe, Living Story Project creates an inclusive space for interactive and dynamic conversations about issues that matter.
 
While Living Story Project’s theme-based events centre around specific topics regarding the human experience, it is the vitality of the conversations among participants that generate community-learning and bring these topics to life. The objective of Living Story Project is to connect people to themselves, to one another, to time, and to place.
 
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Artwork by Jeanie Tomanek, https://www.jeanietomanek.com/
 
Design and communications by Krishna Lalbiharie, krishna.lalbiharie@gmail.com

Navigating Uncertainty: An Evening of Story and Conversation

 
We find ourselves approaching the one-year mark since this pandemic began. Many of us are feeling a deepening fatigue and an increased longing to return to what was once considered “normal.”
 
Often, this sense of fatigue is accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, grief, isolation, and confusion. We wonder: How long will this last? What will the future bring? What might it look like? What has been lost? What might we recover?
 
Sometimes, however, this experience releases opportunities that invite us to reflect, to rethink, and to reassess: What is important as we reimagine norms and expectations? Times of loss can thus propel us toward an inner creativity that inspires, energizes, and illuminates paths forward.
 
Please join us as we host our first by-donation event: Navigating Uncertainty – An evening of story and conversation about how we move through difficult times on Thursday, March 11th from 7:00PM-9:30PM (CST).

Times of Change: Toads, Transition, and Transformation

 

Please join us for our next by-donation, on-line LSP event, which we now happily call a meeting of The Story Society. This evening, Times of Change: Toads, Transition, and Transformation, will be held on Thursday, April 22nd from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Toads are wise mentors, able to adapt and thrive in any ecosystem and endure extremes of temperature. Long storied in myth and fable, they are celebrated as shape shifters, skin shedders, teachers of magic and metamorphosis, visionaries, and healers. Through story and conversation, we will explore how the gifts of toad may help guide and support us as we transition through the times of COVID.

You can buy tickets here.

*Photo of toad on hard light cool beige textured surface by Josch13 from Pixabay

Upcoming Living Story Projects events include three-hour and full-day workshops exploring Mother, The Fisher King, and Maiden, with information available at livingstoryproject.com

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