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Voice Your Story, Hear Your Heart

  • Historic Train Depot 110 Higgins Canyon Road Half Moon Bay, CA USA (map)

Voice Your Story, Hear Your Heart: Healing & Transformation Through Embodied Storytelling

A Discovery Experience

Come for an introduction to the techniques and process of embodied storytelling.

Facilitated by Lisa Chu, MD, SoulBodyMind life coach & multidisciplinary artist

with special guest artist Jovani, improvisational sound healer

Sunday, January 13, 2019

10am to 3pm

Historic Train Depot, 110 Higgins Canyon Road, Half Moon Bay, CA

"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."

- Audre Lorde, from "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"

These questions will form the basis of exploration and inquiry:

How do we navigate the journey from silence to language and action?

How do we invite the stories inside us that want to be told?

Who do we become as we tell our stories?

As humans, we are hungry to hear stories, and we are hungry to have our own stories heard. We seek the understanding that can come only from a story of a real human being’s lived experience. We crave this contrast to the packaged stories of mass media, advertising, and entertainment.

In this workshop, stories are written and told “off the page”, using the whole body, mind, and soul, in movement, words, gesture, vocal sounds, and imagination. Creating community and witnessing each other’s stories serves as catalyst for our own storyfinding.

Together we will practice ways of embodied, active storytelling that embrace the gifts and strengths of your unique voice, life experiences, and spontaneous expression. Be in a space of community in which each story is given and received with support and encouragement.

A variety of playful, creative expressive arts will be used as entryways for finding the stories in us that want to be told. In this one-day workshop, each participant will gain experience with several types of warm-ups and prompts for working individually and with others to find and tell stories from our lives. Through the course of the day, each participant will also have a chance to use their voice and body to create a brief storytelling experience for the group.

- No prior storytelling or performance experience required.

- All of your life experiences definitely required.

- $125 special introductory rate

This workshop is for humans who…

  • aspire to be more creatively expressive

  • are working creatives needing a renewal or refresh of your creative practice

  • are in a life transition from prescribed or reactive ways of being into more authentic or creative ways of being

  • are on a path of searching for more ways to tune in, hear the heart’s truth, and live from the heart’s choices

  • want to make a deeper or broader impact with the stories you are already telling

  • are ready to become the author of a new story in your life

*Note: This is a trauma-informed workshop, meaning that we each bring an awareness of the past experiences that may be informing our present responses to situations or triggers. If you have further questions about this, please feel free to contact the facilitator, Lisa Chu.

Location: Historic Train Depot in Half Moon Bay

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The Historic Train Depot in Half Moon Bay is a secluded, private location at the south end of downtown, on Higgins Canyon Road.

Directions from San Francisco (north):

Take Highway One south, passing through the town of Half Moon Bay. Turn left on Higgins Canyon Road (away from the ocean). The Historic Train Depot is the first building on your right, tan colored, one story.

Directions from Silicon Valley (south):

Take Highway 92 West from either 101 or 280. Turn left on Highway One (heading south). Turn left on Higgins Canyon Road (away from the ocean). The Historic Train Depot is the first building on your right, tan colored, one story.

Public Transportation:

SamTrans bus route 17 stop: Main/Higgins Canyon Road. Walk 10 minutes to Historic Train Depot.

What to Bring:

Please wear clothing that is comfortable for movement.

Bringing your own reusable water bottle is recommended.

There will be a short break for lunch. Bringing a picnic lunch is recommended. You can stop at New Leaf Community Market (corner of Highway 92 and Highway One) before the workshop to get your own picnic lunch.

There are many places on Main Street in Half Moon Bay to get a quick lunch if you don’t bring your own.