STORYTELLING is a powerful tool for connection, personal transformation, and social justice.
Through creative, energetic, collaborative storytelling workshops and showcases, youth and adults can discover the joy and power of telling their stories, finding healing, hope, connection, and a new understanding of themselves and the world. In turn, they become effective, powerful voices for change.
"I won my first Moth Story Slam in 2016 with a story about being a risk-taker all my life, from breaking both arms riding horses as a kid, to chasing a drug high into back alleys and jail cells and almost into the morgue. People came up to me after the show to share their own stories about addiction and recovery. A new passion was ignited, to use the power of stories and storytelling to bring people together and strengthen communities in the process."
Click on an image below to see an example of Recovery Storytelling
The Recovery Storytelling workshop experience offers a place for anyone on a journey to greater wellness to grow, learn, heal, and move forward. We're all in recovery from something - substance use disorder, mental illness, grief, trauma, addictive behaviors... the list goes on.
Whether you want to free yourself from your past and the old stories you tell about yourself, learn how to craft powerful messages from your personal experience that have deep impact and broad appeal and help others, or simply be in a warm, open, supportive and fun space to explore and create, Recovery Storytelling empowers participants to choose their own path through the experience.
The workshop process combines the art and science of recovery coaching with the art and science of personal narrative storytelling to help participants achieve greater resilience, a stronger voice, a better understanding of themselves, and a deeper connection to their communities. It’s fun, energetic, and collaborative and allows people to bring their stories to life in a whole new way.
The workshop is eight hours and can be done virtually or in person. It can be modified for specific organizations, groups, and populations, with an emphasis on personal transformation, team and community building, or strengthening advocacy skills.
CHECK OUT A FREE MONTHLY STORY GATHERING!
On the first Monday of each month, those interested in Recovery Storytelling are invited to gather, connect, and swap stories. The evening will include everything you'd expect from the Recovery Storytelling experience - laughter, tears, joy, hope, connection, and some really great stories!
I’ve facilitated workshops with diverse people and organizations, including:
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery
Boston Medial Center OBATT Team
Scituate Education Foundation
Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance of Boston
First Event National Transgender Conference
Families For Depression Awareness
The Multiple Pathways of Recovery Conference
Creative Outlets at Cape Cod Museum of Art
South Shore Peer Recovery
To The Moon And Back
And many more...
I'm very grateful for my mentor and friend, Andrea Lovett, who taught me so much about storytelling, and who created and honed Recovery Storytelling with me. Please check out her amazing work at https://massmouth.ning.com/