Myth and Storytelling: The Ancient Journey

Myth and Storytelling: The Ancient Journey
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Facilitator: Bill Woodburn, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT
Donation: $10 and Thrive Community Card is accepted.

Hundreds of stories have been told over thousands of years around tribal fires and in village markets. The stories teach us the path, warn us of the perils, and show us the hidden doors. Along the way we find a life breathed into our souls, renewal of our humanity, and a clearer ear to the callings of Spirit. All we need is the ability to listen with the ancient understanding of our ancestors.

In this Meetup we will explore the art of listening to traditional wisdom tales. Using stories from around the world, we will explore what they teach us about the parts of every human life, such as community, calling, loss, love, and spirit. We will take time to discuss, question, and use them as maps on our own journeys. Along the way, we will look for and nurture the hero inside ourselves.

Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC, LMFT has been a practicing counselor since 1988, also a professor and national workshop presenter. Growing up in a family of round-the-kitchen-table storytellers, he has never been too far from the power of stories. As a professional, storytelling has become part of his work with individuals and groups, helping them explore the art of being human.

This Circle is for anyone interested in shamanic practice. Shamanism is not a religion or a dogma. It is not dependent on any particular organizational structure or belief system, but is a practical world view based on ancient understanding of the relationships between humans and nature or Spirit. The shamanic perspective on life and living is extremely relevant to the challenges and concerns of our modern world and ordinary life experiences, and is compatible with all religious and spiritual beliefs.

What to bring with you?
In addition to curiosity and willingness to explore something new, bring a journal or notebook with you to record your journey and insights that you receive. Wear comfortable clothes for floor seating on pillows and yoga blankets. If you have a hand drum, feel free to bring it, but it is not necessary. You might also bring a bandanna or blindfold to cover your eyes.

A $10 contribution requested to cover time and space rental. RSVP is requested for attendance. PayPal is available, but not required. You can also pay by cash or check at the door.

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  • Rosemary

    Oh I missed the 9/18 Storytelling. :( I am just SOOOOO disappointed that I got too many wheels spinning and missed it. Would someone Pleeeeeease, tell me just a little something about our story we build together? what happened? I feel like a child that missed my own birthday party from wondering around out in the woods too long and losing track of time. I love coming to Open Lotus and participating and learning. I have so much love for our Myth and STorytelling time. You are ALL so SPECIAL to me. I missed seeing you. I will see you again soon. If you have a little update snippit for me and you'd rather email me. My email is [masked]. Much, Much, mucho Love. Rosemary

    September 25, 2013

  • Cecilia

    The story telling was not only fun and engaging, but created a deeper connection to something much older - ancient even - and wiser than me. I felt the expansiveness of the field of possibility while moving through each story and witnessing the fluid nature of their directions. Thank you Bill for your guidance through the stories, and thanks to everyone else for holding the field so openly :)

    1 · September 19, 2013

  • William

    Storytelling is a practice that we have in common with our ancient ancestors; it is good to renew that shared connection.

    2 · September 19, 2013

  • Kasey

    It's a joy to share in this ancient way of communicating with Spirit. I appreciate the group participation and experiencing the story as it blossoms in a collective journey.

    1 · September 19, 2013

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