THE ALCHEMY OF STORY

TOOLS FOR CHANGE

A PROGRAM FOR LEADERS, HEALERS, FACILITATORS, GUIDES, & ELDERS IN THE MAKING WHO WANT TO ENGAGE STORY AS A TOOL FOR PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION & GLOBAL CHANGE. 

An online-program for people who are saing YES to building a stronger, more beautiful world and understant how to engage one of the most powerful tools on the planet: storytelling . 

Tell Your Biggest Story.   

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Meet Your Guides

Gigi Coyle

Gigi Coyle

Jyoti Ma

Jyoti Ma

Asher Lyons

Asher Lyons

Jacqui Bushells

Jacqui Bushells

Johnny Moses

Johnny Moses

Laura Simms

Laura Simms

Heather Salmon

Heather Salmon

Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe

Lei'ohu Ryder

Lei’ohu Ryder

Joshua Michael Schrei

Joshua Michael Schrei

Franchelle Ofsoske Wyber

Franchelle Ofsoske Wyber

Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox

Liz Lerman

Liz Lerman

Leah Lamb

Leah Lamb

Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish

Lewis Mehl Madrona

Lewis Mehl Madrona

Nick Boraine

Nick Boraine

Nick Boraine

Nick Boraine

You want to help ride the waves of change

Join a global community of facilitators, guides, counselors, therapists, mentors, leaders, or angel in the making who are engaging the ancient healing modality of Storytelling as a tool for healing.

The Alchemy of Story: Tools for Change is designed to support those who are committed to supporting others on their personal growth and healing journey, rites of passages, and through major life transitions.

During this journey, you will be guided by a global community of teachers who are leaders and pioneers in how to engage story as a tool for healing. You will be guided through an experiential curriculum from teachers who come from a diverse array of disciplines.

Through this healing storytelling training you will experience 3.5 day intensive modules and will learn 5 different types of story structures. Along the way you will learn tangible tools, practices, and techniques you can use as a practitioner of story— both in how you tell your own stories, and in how you guide and support others in how they share their stories.

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A highly interactive & experiential course 

Online

During this storytelling training you will experience lectures, live interactive small group discussions and exercises, have ample opportunity to receive feedback and support, will walk away with new teaching stories, wisdom stories, your personal mythos, and know how to facilitate story circles for grief and rites of passage for others.

No experience is necessary, however a commitment to support other people’s journeys is a requirement.

Participating live is the most rewarding, however recordings of all modules are available.

You will define and deepen your relationship with storytelling as a tool for personal, community, and global healing.

What is an angel in the making?

These are people who don’t have the “official title” mentioned in their job role… but show up as helpers where ever they go.

The people who reach out of their world and into another’s…and understand that a few words spoken at the right time can change someone’s story.

YOUR STORIES ARE POTENT MEDICINE

During this enrichment program, you will:

Fill your tool box with skills & techniques on how to work with story as a tool for healing in your personal and work life.

Learn 5 story modalities that you can integrate into your personal and professional practice including: wisdom stories, teaching stories, medicine stories and vision stories.

Learn both the science of storytelling and how it connects our hearts and minds, the energetics of storytelling, as well as the magic of storytelling as a tool to engage the unseen world.

Learn how and when to engage story as a tool to process grief, personal development, and community building.

Learn how to tend to your own stories, while also standing as a pillar and support as you guide others in working with their stories.

Learn from respected leaders in the field of psychology, and medical narration.

You are the antidote for what is separating us

This is an invitation to to become masters of language:

to learn how to engage story as a tool that serves life.

This means as sacred storytellers… we have the capacity to see (and make visible for others) the places in our collective story where we are being pulled and broken a part by how the stories of our time are being told.

We use our own life experiences to reconnect what has been broken through every word that we speak.

This a journey for brave hearts. For those who are daring to explore their cultural stories, their personal stories, and our collective global stories.

Every word you speak has the capacity to create, destroy, heal. This program will explore the science behind what happens to our neurology when we tell stories–and this is an adventure in to Sacred Storytelling….and explores the magic, and medicine, and power when we connect to earth and allow the spirit of life to run through us in the form of a story.

This ancient healing tool rests at the tip of our tongues:

and when we know how to engage it we can transform internal and external realities.

This is your invitation to cross the threshold of Sacred Storytelling as a healing art.

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HUMANS HAVE GATHERED AROUND THE FIRE TO TELL STORIES SINCE THE BEGINNING

Stories have always been used to help guide us, inform, teach, and shape healthy communities and societies.

Our storytellers played the role of trusted guides, historians, bringers of news and help make meaning.

But in the ancient ways… stories were known to hold medicine. And were understood as being the gateway to the unseen realms while shifting and shaping the world as we know it.

In our modern days many of our stories have been hijacked and this technology has been used against us infusing fear, scarcity, and lack. In this course you will have an opportunity to receive story in its oldest form, and learn how it wants to be lived through you as helper, healer, and guide through these times.

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM BUT HAVE QUESTIONS?

Schedule a 20 minute discovery session with Leah to learn more.

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Evolution has wired our brains for storytelling –

but do you know how to use this tool?

This enrichment program is for you if…

Engage an expansive understanding of storytelling that includes the science, unseen energetics, and tangible tools and practices you can apply to your personal and professional life

Bring optimism, inspiration, and joy into every room you speak stories into

Committed to being the best version of yourself and are inspired to help others be their best selves

Incorporate a global perspective on storytelling with diverse perspectives and worldviews

Join a global community of people who are committed to being helpers, guides, and leaders through Quickly changing times

Explore your unique path with storytelling, and want a place to practice and explore how story wants to live through you

Those who tell the story rule society

– Plato

What Makes This Program Unique?

The Science of Storytelling

You will learn the science behind how story impacts the brain and influences the narratives have on our cognitive and emotional functioning.

By understanding how stories affect the brain, we can harness the power of storytelling to educate, inspire, and connect with others in meaningful ways.

You will learn about: Engagement of Multiple Brain Regions, Mirror Neurons and Empathy Release of Neurochemicals, Memory Encoding and Retrieval, Influence on Decision Making: Cognitive Processing and Mental Simulation

Indigenous Knowledge & World View

You will come into a state of wholeness with your storytelling as you come into relationship with our oldest stories, and the storytellers who still have a direct connection to the oral tradition. This is an opportunity to learn by guides who provide a direct transmission of story.

Each module will be guided by a guest mentor of indigenous lineage and you will be exposed to a variety of cultures and practices for how to how to be in relationship to story as an ancient art.

The Energetics of Storytelling

This program includes seasoned guides and healers who will provide you the tools, techniques, and practices for how to tend to projections, energetic boundaries, and the unconscious agreements that can take place when working with people’s stories.

A Place to Practice Marching to Your

Own Drum

The storytellers path is filled with adventure, because there is no path” ~Laura Simms

We each have our own unique contribution to offer to our times. This program is designed to provide you ample opportunity to experiment and practice your unique way of working with story. Perhaps you engage story in social change and public policy, or as a birth doula to help guide woman become mothers, or you host grief circles, or you engage story as a tool in healing PTSD, or you are guiding youth through rites of passage.

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THE CURRICULUM

Module 1

3.5 Days of Training – June 6th – 9th, 2024

Module 1: Story as Ceremony

Understanding the mechanics behind the mysteries of creating a space where story can be used as a tool for healing. There will be a focus on witnessing circles, and learning from those who have been on the front lines of the Maui Fires.

Module 2

3.5 Days of Training – July 11th – 14th, 2024

Module 2 – Returning to the Bones

Getting to the Roots of Your Stories: Origin Stories, Telling Cultural & Personal Mythos Stories

Module 3

3.5 Days of Training – September 26th – 29th, 2024

Module 3 – Storytelling for Trauma & Major Life Disruptions

Telling Wisdom Stories

Module 4

3.5 Days of Training – November 14th – 17th, 2024

Module 4 – Engaging of Mythic Imagination

The Ancient Magic Hidden in Stories. (Creating Medicine Stories)

Module 5

3.5 Days of Training – February 6th – 9th, 2025

Module 5 – Alchemy: & Creation: Creating and developing your own storytelling for healing practice.

All 5 Modules

Join the full certification 12 month program

All 5 modules

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Exclusive Online Platform & Community Learning Space

You will receive a personal login to an easy-to-use website where you can access all the module materials, watch recordings, and engage in conversations with your fellow cohorts.

Story For Healing Modalities + Structures

Throughout this healing storytelling training, each module will provide an immersive experience where you will get to experience a new way of being with and experiencing how story can be engaged with story as a tool for healing. You will leave with a strong foundational knowledge of how story can be used in council, grief circles, healing trauma, and more.

Committed Allies

Every class room will provide an opportunity to join a Group of Greatness. This will be your flock, pod, or tribe (depending on your personal mythos) . This cohort of peers will support you in practicing, staying aligned with your specific goals and expectations, and a great place to practice storytelling.

Members-Only Online Community

You will have access to an exclusive online community where you can stay connected with fellow The Alchemy of Story participants, share your experiences and insights, be inspired by the reflections of others, discover local & online events hosted by your peers, and connect with collaborators on projects. While our module portal is private, you will also be part of a larger community where you can join alumni from past modules and other souls committed to the art and craft of being a sacred storyteller.

Attend any module of your choice OR JOIN The Certification Program

The Certification Program for this healing storytelling training, provides support for those who want extra peer support, mentor support, and the experience of a practicum. In addition to the 5 3.5 day modules, certification participants also receive:

5 – 3.5 day training modules with 3-5 additional guest mentors in each one.

1 small “group of greatness” that you work with throughout the year

12 monthly meetings

2 – 1 hour private sessions with Leah

1 bonus course on marketing + engagement + outreach strategies

Your Practicum Includes

You will give a presentation on your perspective on working with the Alchemy of Story

You will facilitate an experience for your community and receive peer, particpant, and instructor feedback

I Want to Engage Story for Myself 

I will take all 5 MODULES

$2,485

$207/ month

REGISTER NOW

CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

ALL 5 MODULES + Private sessions

+ Monthly Meetings

$4,500 or $375/ month

REGISTER NOW

Attend Module 1 Only

One-time payment $597 

Payment plan 2 x $300

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This was an initiation….

an activation of your imagination,

our courage, our intuition, and our magic

LEARNING HOW TO HARNESS STORYTELLING AS A HEALING MODALITY

Use your voice as a force of good

Broaden your knowledge of stories around the globe

Guide others in bringing meaning to our contemporary world

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SCHEDULE

SESSION TIMES

Thursdays 5pm – 7pm PST /8pm – 11pm EST

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays 10.30am – 6.30pm PST

Each session includes guest mentors, which includes an elder, and mentors who support you in developing very specific tools and techniques.

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YOUR HOSTESS

Leah is a Story Practitioner who engages story as a tool for healing and transformation. She is supporting the re-emergance of Story being recognized as an ancient healing art that supports the liberation of consciousness and is a tool that can support the expression of our full potential.

Through her courses, international retreats, and presentations, she explores the relationship between story, earth, spirit, and healing, and how this alchemical union impacts our consciousness and capacity to access the unseen world.

She is committed to creating spaces where participants can explore human consciousness and life mastery.

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Leah has toured Sacred Storytelling Ceremonies of up to 200 people around the country, and has presented at Bioneers, Hollyhock, Google, among other conferences. Her writing has been published in Spirituality & Health Magazine, Good Magazine, National Geographic News Watch, Fast Company, and Huffington Post. She produced The Green Channel for Al Gore’s Current TV, and covered The UN Climate Talks in Paris & Copenhagen.

Leah is the founder of The School for Sacred Storytelling, and created The Speak Your Spark program. She was the arts and dialogue consultant for The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, her work as a social worker involved crisis intervention and guiding youth at risk through the wilderness for 7 years.

Leah has studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Orphan Wisdom School, The 13 Moon Mystery School, among many other wonderful guides and teachers, including the forests and ocean. Leah has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

TESTIMONIALS

This was an initiation … an activation of our imagination, our courage, our intuition, and our magic.”

– Julianna C

LIFE-CHANGING, It gave me insights that I never would have had otherwise, while being fun, filled with community connection, and mind blowing.”

– Ruhie 

“It touched so many chords of knowing in my soul, that I feel inspired, enlivened and emboldened to step deeper into commitment in walking the sacred path of Story Ceremony. It was an initiation on its own, gifting tools for supporting further initiation in others.

My heart is blossoming with gratitude and delight in the mystery of not knowing where this path may lead me, but in the allowing of having been totally swallowed by Story Ceremony.”

– Ana

“This Inspirational workshop will help deepen your understanding of your role as a storyteller, and the power of story to change consciousness. I left with more confidence and clarity, more inspiration. and a greater sense of context for what we are doing as storytellers.”

– Ana

A magical gathering of hearts, filling each other with love and inspiration!

One learns not only deeper and broader ways of telling and listening, but how to engage with story in ceremony, in sacred ways that guide a seeker, someone yearning for healing, for change, clarity. Whether facilitating others through the experience or doing it for oneself. You will learn the dynamics and all the spicy flavors of story, what ingredients are needed for certain outcomes. The harvest is splendid, rich, and you continue to savor the flavors long afterwards.”

– Karianna

“What I learned from Leah has made me a more effective therapist, coach, healer, teacher and mother.

My clients have experienced a significant increase in their transformation and healing once I implemented Leah’s techniques into my practice.

What’s most amazing is that I am better able to take care of myself while I work so that it no longer drains me or makes me sick.

She taught me how to be a wealth of health and positive energy with strong boundaries and protection.

Natalie R.

Storytellers hold the keys to thriving through the initiations of life.

MONTHLY TUNE-IN DATES

(FOR CERTIFICATION STUDENTS)

Monthly Check-In –  June 14th, 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

Monthly Check-In – July 26th, 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

Monthly Check-In – August 2nd, 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

Monthly Check-In – September 6th, 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

Monthly Check-In –  October 4th, 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

Monthly Check-In – November 8th , 2024 – 11am -1pm PST

2025 Check-In sessions go through Jan, Feb, March, April, May

FAQs

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those who support others and want to engage storytelling as a tool for healing and meaning making. You may already identify as a leader, healer, facilitator or guide, or you may want to, or you may be an angel in the making… meaning you don’t need titles to show up as a pillar and supporter in the world you walk in, and you know these skills will provide more capacity to grow yourself, and support others. 

What is the difference between the certification program and each module?

The five modules create a comprehensive program that walks through 5 different kinds of story modalities and stages of working with storytelling as a tool for healing. And yet each module stands on its own as a complete experience. 

Those who complete the certification program receive 5 added components: 

  • Private sessions with me
  • An opportunity to present on your understanding of story for healing
  • A practicum of hosting an event for your community (in person or online) 
  • Small groups to work with throughout the year
  • Monthly group meetings
Can I register for just 1 module?

Yes, you can register for 1 or more modules, and not go through the certification process. 

Do I need to have any experience in storytelling to attend this course?

No experience is necessary. You will be guided through all of the storytelling development processes along the way so you will experience everything first hand for yourself. This course is not designed for professional storytellers, but rather those who want to understand how story impacts and influences their healing practice. 

If I cannot attend the live session will there be a replay?

All participants have life long access to replays. 

What is the Cancellation Policy?

The nature of the work working with story as a tool for healing will require that you leave your comfort zone.You will meet the edges of what is familiar. There is a powerful field that supports movement and growth when you are in a collective where everyone is committed to keep showing up, to moving through the blocks and the uncomfortable places. This cancelation policy is not just about business, it is about doing what we can to ensure that we are all in this together, engaging and using the tools of sacred storytelling to face whatever discomfort or challenges may present. Therefore, by registering for this course, you are signing up to go the distance.

Cancelation within 48 hours of when the first class begins: Occasionally someone walks into a first class, and in the first moments realizes they are not in the place that is in alignment for them. If this is you, you will receive a refund minus a $30 admin fee. We thank you for understanding that there are admin costs associated with dropping out of a class and we still pay the entire processing fees of your tuition. Cancelation 48 hours after class begins: Occasionally major changes in life situations happen such as a death or massive transition that prevents you from attending. We understand these moments, if you find yourself in one of those life situations, your tuition can be applied to the tuition of a future class, minus a $30 admin fee.

GUEST MENTORS

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Heather Regal Salmon

Guardians of Presence: Crafting Sacred Spaces and Energetic Boundaries in Group Facilitation

Heather Regal Salmon is a pioneering sound healer, mystic, and cultural creative with over 25 years of experience. Rooted in Jamaican and Celtic heritage, she co-founded the Black Swan Temple Eco Sanctuary in Maui with her husband, offering transformative retreats and sacred ceremonies.

Heather’s innovative approach to healing and spirituality resonates worldwide. Heather’s diverse background, coupled with an Economics degree from the University of Toronto, led her to co-author acclaimed books and create her own recipe collection.

Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber
Franchelle Ofsoske-Wyber

The Sacred Path of the Healer

Franchelle is the founder of the Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies. She is a clinical hypnotherapist, multi-award-winning vibrational medicine expert, and author of the Sacred Plant Medicine of Aotearoa. At the heart of Franchelle’s work is working co-creatively with the power of soul, and nature for a holistic healing outcome, to facilitate the re-storying of soul.

Through her training establishments, she offers a safe and structured pathway for those who choose to step onto the ancient sacred path of the healer-shaman and experience the universal and timeless teachings, training, techniques, rites of passage, and self-initiations of the healer priest-priestess. Franchelle is the recipient of the New Zealand Health Industry Distinguished Service Award in recognition for pioneering, developing and establishing New Zealand native flower and plant essences to facilitate holistic healing.

Leiʻohu Ryder
Lei’ohu Ryder

The Relationship between Ceremony, Healing & Story

Lei’ohu is a spiritual leader, visionary, healer, singer/songwriter, and educator on Maui. She is an emissary of aloha and an advocate for the indigenous soul in all people.

Lei’ohu has received the Gandhi-King Peace Hero Award, the Peace Educator Award from the United Nations, the Woman of Honor award from Women’s History Month, the Educator Award from the Peace Corps, and the Malama Ka’Aina Award from

Bayo Akomolafe
Bayo Akomolafe

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.), rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden Abayomi, the grateful life-partner to Ije, son and brother. A widely celebrated international speaker, posthumanist thinker, poet, teacher, public intellectual, essayist, and author of two books, These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home (North Atlantic Books) and We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak, Bayo Akomolafe is the Founder of The Emergence Network, a planet-wide initiative that seeks to convene communities in new ways in response to the critical, civilizational challenges we face as a species. 

He is the host of the post-activist course/festival/event, ‘We Will Dance with Mountains’. He currently lectures at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. He sits on the Board of many organizations including Science and Non-Duality (US) and Ancient Futures (Australia). In July 2022, Dr. Akomolafe was appointed the inaugural Global Senior Fellow of University of California’s (Berkeley) Othering and Belonging Institute. He is also the inaugural Special Fellow of the Schumacher Centre for New Economics, the Inaugural Scholar in Residence for the Aspen Institute, the inaugural Special Fellow for the Council of an Uncertain Human Future, as well as Visiting Scholar to Clark University, Massachusetts, USA (2024). He has been Fellow for The New Institute in Hamburg, Germany, and Visiting Critic-in-Residence for the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (2023).

He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been Commencement Speaker in two universities convocation events. He is also the recipient of the New Thought Leadership Award 2021 and the Excellence in Ethnocultural Psychotherapy Award by the African Mental Health Summit 2022. In a ceremony in July 2023, the City of Portland (Maine, USA) awarded Dr. Akomolafe with the symbolic ‘Key to the City’ in recognition of his planet-wide work and achievements. Dr. Akomolafe is a Member of the Club of Rome, a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts in the UK, and an Ambassador for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona
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Liz Lerman
Liz Lerman

Choreographing our Futures: Reclaiming Embodied Knowledge

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant”Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, and construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011.

Liz was recently an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and her current work Healing Wars just finished touring across the U.S. Liz conducts residencies on the Critical Response Process, creative research, the intersection of art and science, and the building of narrative within dance performance at such institutions as Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University, University of Maryland–College Park, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Theatre Studio, among many others. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and released in paperback in 2014.

Laura Simms
Laura Simms

Laura is an internationally acclaimed storyteller, writer, coach, and humanitarian. She combines traditional stories with personal narrative. Laura’s focus is on storytelling as compassionate action.  She is artistic Director of the  HansChristian Andersen Storytelling Center, and  served as a Senior Research Fellow for Rutgers University Peace Center under the auspices of UNESCO. Laura won the Sesame Street SUNNY DAYS AWARD for work with children worldwide,  received the Hasbro September 11 Grant and a lifetime achievement award from the National Storytelling Network.   She is a certified dharma art teacher, senior meditation instructor , and works with The Constellation. Her most recent book is Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling. Her new book The Story of Wild Rose: Summoning The Restoration of the World is being published by Sentient Books (TBA).

Asher Lyons
Asher Lyons

Asher Lyons is the founder and visionary for Medicine Theater, a program with the mission to support people young and old to find liberation, joy and healing through the art of spontaneous play, improvisation and story creation. Asher has been facilitating this type of work for nearly 20 years, and has found that real freedom is discovered through connecting to our creative spirit and the natural world.

Beginning in 2003, Asher became an instructor for the San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Youth Theatre Project where Asher learned to facilitate inner city youth in creating their own original play performed in San Francisco. It was this training that planted the seed and gave Asher the much needed understanding and clarity of vision to eventually begin his own organization, Medicine Theater where he discovered that offering this style of transformational creative expression was just as effective for adults as for youth. Asher has been facilitating this work ever since!

Jaqui Bushell
Jacqui Bushell

Jacqui Bushell has been dancing with the mythic imagination for much of her life, through her love of the wisdom held in fairy tales and her work as a spiritual herbalist listening for the voices and stories in the land. As a writer and speaker, she is passionate about encouraging others to explore their own mythology at the borderlands of psyche, body, culture and landscape. Jacqui guides people to awaken their creative soul essence through connecting with the mysteries of the earth, story and their own sacred nature.

Her work weaves together plant spirit alchemy, energetic healing, Otherworld realms, embodiment practices and journey work to inspire transformational shifts in the way people connect with self, each other, spirit and nature.

Jacqui has been facilitating women’s circles, ceremonies, retreats, workshops and courses in Australia and internationally for 30 years.

Jonathan Fox
Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox is the co-founder of Playback Theatre and founder of the Listening Hour. He was artistic director of the original Playback Theatre Company from its inception in 1975.. He is the author of Acts of Service: Spontaneity, Commitment, Tradition in the Nonscripted Theatre and Beyond Theatre: a playback theatre memoir; as well as co-author with Jo Salas of Personal Stories in Public Spaces: Essays in Playback Theatre by the Founders. He is a former Fulbright Scholar with an MA in Political Science from Victoria University (NZ), a BA in English from Harvard University; and a D. Phil. h.c. from Kassel University (Germany) for his artistic and scholarly contribution to theatre.

Jyoti Ma
Jyoti Ma

Jyoti Ma is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher. She has devoted her life to bringing unity to the planet by facilitating the development of alliances between individuals who are the guardians of indigenous culture and traditional medicine ways. Through this work, collaborative relationships with organizations that are focused on economic, social and environmental solutions have developed, creatively addressing the global challenges of our times.

Johnny Moses
Johnny Moses

Johnny Moses is a Tulalip Native American raised in the remote Nuu-chah-nulth village of Ohiat on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada. He was raised in the traditional ways by his grandparents, and sent by his elders to share their teachings with all people. Johnny is a master storyteller, oral historian, traditional healer and respected spiritual leader.

Johnny, whose traditional name is Whis.stem.men.knee (Walking Medicine Robe), carries the Si.Si.Wiss (sacred breath, sacred life) medicine teachings and healing ceremonies of his Northwest Coast people.

Fluent in eight Native languages, he is a traveling ambassador for Northwest Coast cultures. He shares the knowledge and richness of his spiritual and cultural traditions with people across the United States and Canada through storytelling, lectures and workshops.

Johnny has been a featured storyteller at hundreds of venues, including: National Storytelling Festival, Jonesboro, TN, Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle, WA, Talking Island Festival, Honolulu, HI, Three Apples Festival, Harvard, MA, Sierra Storytellers Festival, Nevada City, CA.

Between 1981-85, Johnny Moses taught the Coast Salish traditional songs and dances to a group of children at the Tulalip Reservation, many of whom were members of his family. They became known as the Tulalip Coast Salish Powwow Club, and ended up performing the dances at many local schools and cultural events.

Gigi Coyle
Gigi Coyle

Virginia “Gigi” Coyle has served as a community activist wherever she is, a council trainer wherever called, and a life passage guide and trainer with many individuals and organizations. She is learning to be an elder, and serving on such councils for the Ojai Foundation, Youth Passageways, European Council Network, and Weaving Earth… She was recently described “as a field catalyst of moments and long-lasting commitments to heart’s truth of self, circle and life.”  She has contributed extensively in the area of citizen diplomacy, women’s empowerment, and the healing ways with money. Founder of the alliance, Beyond Boundaries, (livebeyondboundaries.net) she is devoted to inter-generational pilgrimages and projects of prayer, action and service. She more recently co-founded Walking Water (Walking-Water.org) as her home, teacher and life source is water. Co-author of The Way of Council, the Waysofcouncil.net and The Box, Remembering the Gift.

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Joshua Michael Schrei

Joshua Michael Schrei is a writer, teacher, and a lifelong student of the cosmologies and mythologies of the world — in particular the Indian subcontinent. Throughout a lifetime of teaching, study, meditation and yogic practice, wilderness immersion, art, music, and public speaking, Josh has sought to navigate the living, animate space of the imagination and advocate for a world that prioritizes imaginative vision. Josh has taught intensive courses in cosmology, mythology, and somatic disciplines for 16 years. He has lectured on art, aesthetics, and mythology at museums and contemporary arts centers around the world. His writing has appeared in several books and he is the founder of The Emerald Podcast, featuring interviews with bestselling and award-winning authors and luminaries. He is currently engaged in an ongoing study and documentary project on the animist goddess traditions of the Indian subcontinent and their relevance to understanding embodied landscapes.

Luisah Teish
Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish is a ritual theater performance artist, a spiritual counselor, and an elder and woman chief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition. She is a writer and the author of six books, including the women’s spirituality classic Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Luisah co-authored On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land with Leilani Birely, a Hawaiian Kahuna, and has contributed to 25 anthologies and a host of magazines, including Essence, MS, Shaman’s Drum, and Yoga Journal. She has performed in myth and ritual dramas at St. John the Divine Cathedral and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, the Marin Civic Auditorium in California, the Galaxy Theater in New Zealand, and La Casa de las Poesia in Venezuela. Her mixed-media art has been published in the Cascadia Subduction Zone magazine and in Coreopsis Journal of Myth and Theater. Luisah teaches through online classes, weekend workshops, and spiritual retreats.

Nick Boraine
Nick Boraine

Nick is a South African actor, voice artist, writer and director living and working in Los Angeles.  He graduated from the University Of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg with a BA (Hon) in Dramatic Art and is currently undertaking an MFA at Antioch University specializing in screenwriting.

Nick has worked extensively in theatre, film and TV as well as voicing video games and animated productions.  For the last 20 years he has also been the Associate Artistic Director of the Global Arts Corps (GAC).  The  inaugural theatre production of the GAC was a play entitled, Truth In Translation” which told the story of South Africa’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission. Touring the world with Truth In Translation was a watershed moment on both a professional and personal level.  Nick became fascinated by the relationship between, performing and storytelling and their influence on breaking the vengeance cycle.  Through countless workshops and interactions with other performers, ex-combatants, ex-prisoners and children, he saw endless possibilities to provoke a perceptual shift that might stop violence and promote dialogue.

Nick lives with his wife, actress Louise Barnes, and his daughter Scarlett.