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The Place of Story in our Stories of Place by Ann Yeoman, PhD, Jungian Analyst

Non-members $15 / Members $12 / Students $7
"We will explore together the use of story (reading, writing, telling, retelling, imagining ...) as an activity in which we are all engaged, most of the time, whether we are conscious of our intimate involvement with "story" or not. How can we become more consciously and constructively engaged with "story"? What is the place of story in the development of our image of ourselves, family and others, and of our understanding of the place, community and history in which we find ourselves? Are we defined by 'history' or do we freely explore 'histories' in an attempt to re-vision ourselves, our communities, and the places in which we live? Do the stories we accept as 'true' have the power to entrap or ensoul? How might we develop our capacity to "rewrite," "edit," and "re-imagine" our stories to help us cope with present issues as well as realize possibilities not part of the "plot" which we might currently identify as our unchangeable "lot in life"? Can we change, re-imagine, the stories of past, present ... and future ... in which we are embedded? How might "story" and creative "re-storying" help us heal ourselves, our disenchantment, our relationships, our communities? The capacity to "re-story" and so "re-create" ourselves and our relationship to the world, work, community, place and self, is a capacity that connects us to our depths, to a sense of meaning in our lives, and to a vital engagement with the ever-changing "story" we are living. "Story" then becomes an activity of soul-making--a responsibility!--and storytelling a possible means of healing and re-enchantment."

Ann Yeoman, PhD, is a graduate of the C.G. Jung Institute (Zurich). She taught Jungian Studies courses at New College, University of Toronto, where she served as Dean of Students. Ann is the author of Now or Neverland: Peter Pan and the Myth of Eternal Youth (Inner City Books). She recently moved to her homeland in South Devon, England, where she continues her private practice as an analytical psychologist (Jungian Analyst).Questions or comments: Please email us at [masked]

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