On Monday afternoon we are offering a second series of workshops, which are designed to deepen your knowledge and use of Story as a meta skill for our New Storied world-in-waiting and to offer experiential work in ritual and creative expression. Many of these options may seem similar on first reading so please do take time to tune in and feel what you are most called to do.
Changing Your Story
As we set out to influence World Stories, it is important to examine the stories we ourselves are living. Some that feel too real to question could sabotage our best efforts to imagine and participate in a new world. We will explore those inner stories and use the power of creative consciousness to change any that work against us.
After a lifetime of writing fiction, Stephanie Tolan now helps people discover the power to change their lives by recognizing the stories they have been telling and changing them for the better.
Speaking to Inspire
This workshop and talk looks at what is really required to engage and inspire others. How can we really engage in a manner that is authentic, heartfelt and memorable? That is the question this workshop will address.
Ben Walden runs the international education company ‘Contender Charlie’, a branch of Mythodrama. He runs talks and workshops for school leaders, staff and students around the world.
Generation Waking Up
The Generation Waking Up Experience – called a “WakeUp” for short – is an interactive, multimedia, storytelling workshop for young people spotlighting the challenges & opportunities of our time, and inspiring participants to take meaningful action toward a thriving, just, and sustainable world for all. This is a storytelling tool that can be adapted freely for use in your own community and schools.
Joshua Gorman is a writer, speaker, youth organiser and a leading voice championing the paradigm-shifting role of the Millennial generation.
Exploring the Potential of the Feminine: a circle for women
It is becoming clearer and clearer that the feminine has a hugely important role to play in our rapidly unfolding future. Drawing on this powerful Myth of Demeter and Persephone we will look at the triple goddess, Maiden/ Mother/Crone and explore our personal inner transformations through these stages in our lives, and how we can move toward reunion and integration internally and externally.
Gill Emslie: International process-orientated facilitator and long-term advocate for social & environmental justice, emphasises deepening democracy and social change in her work. Lesley Quilty: Olivier Mythodrama lead presenter and coach, theatre artist, clown and Clown Doctor, long-term Findhorn Community resident.
Awakening the Planetary Heart
In this workshop, we will explore the theme of my recent book called ‘Awakening the Global heart: a guide for spiritual activists’ and look at a) the enormous transformational power of the heart, b) what exactly the global heart is and how we can best activate its emergence inside us and c) ten distinct ways which as activists of the heart , we can make a difference to our planet.
Dr Serge Beddington-Behrens M.A. (Oxon), Ph.D., is a transpersonal psychotherapist, business coach and spiritual educator. His recent book is called Awakening the Global Heart: a guide for spiritual activists.
What is your Role in Co-creating the New Story?
Each of us has within us an oracle of wisdom, vision, and inner knowing. Some call it soul, entelechy, God, or even Impulse of Evolution. In this experiential workshop we will illuminate our contribution to the Larger Emerging Story of our time as well as uncover the voices within us that hold us back from fulfilling our own deepest calling.
Lynnaea Lumbard is a transformational psychologist, evolutionary leader and co-president of New Stories living on Whidbey Island WA and Cortes Island B.C.
Imagining the Future
In Imagining the Future participants will create vivid pictures, through the use of futures trends and storytelling techniques, of what a more sustainable, connected world would be like. They’ll create stories together that portray what this future might hold, and what the steps are that could help us realise it starting now.
Charlene Collison Briault guides conversations about the future and how to meet it through futures facilitation, scenario planning and visioning. She is a specialist on the use of systems thinking and stories in engaging with futures questions and systemic change. Charlene has worked with NGOs, most government departments, and private sector companies to explore the future in accessible and dynamic ways that connect insight to action for a more sustainable world.
The Power of Creative Story Harvest. Learning from our past to seed the future
Stories are the library of humanity, but how can we really learn from the past to create our future? Using Collective Story Harvest we will listen to a group of Story Holders and give our golden nuggets back to the community. You’ll walk away with a deep experience and a practical tool.
Mary Alice Arthur is an international Story Activist and a steward of the’Art of Hosting’ She uses story in service of positve systemic shift and to access and create collective intelligence on critical issues.
The New Story for Men
A time for bringing ourselves up to date with the challenge of being a man in this time of deep equality across gender and hierarchy.
Craig Gibsone is a longterm resident of the Findhorn Foundation and community – a feral elder with shamanic influences. Michael Boyle is founder of Abandofbrothers charity and a worldwide leader for the ManKind Project.
Healing and Nature Energy
In this Workshop I will share about all the Miracles that we can receive from Mother Earth. There are sacred elements in nature that when humanity uses them in wise ways they will produce new life for humanity. There is a fine balance and equilibrium in nature’s life and we have much to learn from all the magic that happens in nature. We call it magical because it is mysterious and can not be defined as a set concept. Leaving it as Mystery is aknowledging its sacredness and power. In the Andes, we have a sacred law called Ayni that says nothing goes one way: what goes around comes around. So for everything we receive we must also give. Actually we have no choice but to keep receiving; only then can we give. When we maintain this sacred law, we live our lives in perfect harmony with all life on this planet. Everything alive constantly cooperates with everything else in ways that humanity doesn’t understand. it is important to make human beings more conscious, because unconsciously we are hurting not only our selves but also our beautiful and awesome planet.
Puma Quispe Singona is an Andean high Priest, Keeper of the ancestral lineage of the Children of light called the Illa people.
Nature Connection games and activities
We will be playing in Wilkie woods, behind the Findhorn Foundation. The games and activities will help us connect to the nature around us and all the benefits that entails, as well as being fun! We will go out whatever the weather, so bring a waterproof.
Ruaraidh Milne trained as a wildlife biologist to postgrad’ level and has been working and playing in nature all his life. His more recent work, both in the circus and the field of environmental education has had the ongoing theme of nature connection at its core.
Rites of Passage for the People and the Planet
For all ages. Gigi and Will will offer a workshop on the Rites of Passage Ceremony for marking changes and transitions in life.
Gigi Coyle and Will Scott are ambassadors for Lost Borders, Beyond Boundaries, Weaving Earth, and The Ojai Foundation. They are co-leaders of Rites of Passage for individuals communities, young leaders and people of all ages around the world.
Finding your Authentic Voice through Singing and Movement
This workshop will give you freedom to communicate your stories effectively with any audience or group. Explore techniques used by professional singers and actors to help you confidently communicate your message.
Kira Emslie, B.A. Professional Musicianship, is a voice coach and founder/director of Edinburgh School of Music. She is an experienced performer, voice coach and choir leader.
Emissaries From the Future
Sometimes at special gatherings like this one people get the sense that this is not just some respite from the grim normality, but a glimpse of what is possible for humanity – and not just a theoretical possibility but something that can actually happen, that it is ours to create… yet knowing this feeling co-exists with the doubt, despair and grief the planetary situation evokes. Without bypassing any of these, the powerful ‘emissaries from the future’ will plug you into an innate knowledge that a more beautiful world is possible, to carry it forward beyond the summit and to act from it.
Charles Eisenstein sees himself as one of the story-tellers of the emerging world, focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money and human cultural evolution. He graduated from Yale University in 1989 with degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy.
The Feminine/Masculine Design and Sustainability
The Five-Fingered-Ones have the honor of holding one place on the Sacred Hoop of Life. Indigenous perspective speaks to how our Biological Design is intrinsically linked to our part in sustainability, or Thriving Life Design. Through storytelling and drum journey we re-frame our spiritual capacity for Thriving Life that our Biological Design affords.
Patricia McCabe, Woman Stands Shining, is a writer, artist, activist, speaker, mother of five, of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, in service to the Design for Thriving Life.
Healing and Reconciliation
This is a workshop for people seeking healing and reconciliation within themselves and with the ‘Other’. Our woundedness creates a rupture with self that impacts our relationships with others. Using song/dance, discussions/dialogue and experiential activities within the embrace of Circle, we explore ways we block healing and reconciliation and look into ways we may invite back ‘stillness’ into our lives.
Karambu Ringera and Lua Bashala work in Africa to inspire peace and bring healing and reconciliation in post-conflict communities.
Traditional Songs and Dances from Latin America
A space to sing and dance together, settling into a harmony that will build a potent group field. The session will combine traditional songs and dances, dances of universal peace and circle dances, tuning into the different energies and to each other.
Margarita Zethelius (Council of Sustainable Settlements of Latin America and member Gaia Education’s Board), Jennifer Obando (Columbian Ecovillage Network and Former Host and cofounder of Impact HUB Bogotá), Leticia Rigatti (cofounder of the Común Tierra Project and creative education through diverse multimedia) and Ryan Luckey (musician, videographer and writer, passionate about permaculture, regenerative design and community).
Open Source Everything, True Cost Economics, and Holistic Analytics
A convergence is occurring between Open Source Everything, True Cost Economics, and Holistic Analytics. After a century or more of Vampire Capitalism, Unilateral Militarism, and Virtual Colonialism, power is returning to the public. The Internet is helpful but the human is central. We are, we will, unfence the commons and achieve a prosperous world at peace through intelligence with integrity.
Robert David Steele is a recovering spy, an honorary hacker, the #1 Amazon reviewer for non-fiction reading in 98 categories, and the leading proponent for both intelligence reform and open source everything.
The New Story: From a Cosmology of Separation to a Cosmology of Connection
Explore the roots of the New Story and the movements emerging at the confluence of ecology, social justice, and cosmology. Discuss the “Old Story” and the “New Story” in Western culture, and the “Original Story” of Indigenous wisdom. Explore the worldview of MLK Jr., the shift from a cosmology of separation to a cosmology of connection, and building movements with the powers of Dream, Story, Art, and Action.
Drew Dellinger, PhD, teacher, writer, poet, and speaker, is author of Love Letter to the Milky Way and the upcoming book, The Mountaintop Vision: Martin Luther King’s Cosmology of Connection. For 25 years he has been speaking and writing on worldview, story, art, and activism, and the intersections of cosmology, justice, and ecology.