With less than 5 months to go until our big Sierra Nevada Regional Storytellers’ Retreat, the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild is very excited to let you all know how this project is blowing, growing and going!
We have two wonderful nationally known tellers who will be with us. MaryGay Ducey is our keynote teller. She will bring us inspiration on Saturday morning, October 18th, when all of the retreat attendees gather to hear her wise words on the power of storytelling. That same night Gay will offer a rich evening storytelling concert on Saturday, October 18th, that is open to the public ($12 tickets for the public; ticket included with retreat registration). On Sunday morning, October 19th, retreat attendees will have a chance to sit in on a group coaching session, with MaryGay as our guide. We will learn carefully crafted techniques to improve our storytelling and expand the power of our reach as tellers. MaryGay Ducey is a veteran Children’s Librarian and the Guardian Angel of the California Storytelling Movement. She has been a vital performer on storytelling stages across the nation since the mid-1970’s, bringing innovation and thoughtful support to many tellers. She is a co-founder of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival that just celebrated its 28th year. Our Guild is honored to have her join us! That morning Retreat attendees will also enjoy a brunch together at the Historic Murphys Hotel.
Then we will also enjoy stories, coaching and guidance from nationally award winning teller, Steven Henegar, who also serves as the National Storytelling Network Board Director for the Pacific Region. Steven has been a strong leader on the national storytelling stage for more than 20 years. He is an experienced, well-trained actor, who found his way to storytelling. Once he got to The Art of Storytelling, he opened us up to a laid-back, familiar charm of stories with a Southern bent, told on the front porch on a lazy summer day with a glass of lemonade…or bourbon.
We hope that you’ll join us for Sierra Story Winds: Sierra Nevada Regional Storytellers’ Retreat, October 17th to 19th, 2014, in Historic Murphys, CA. Be sure to visit our retreat webpages to help you plan for journey. Or feel free to give me a personal call at 209.532.7697. . .
bz smith, president of the mother lode storytelling guild