Story-based workshops and retreats

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“A culture cannot evolve without honest, powerful storytelling.” ~ Robert McKee

Think in Narrative

There are three distinct benefits of learning to think and communicate like a writer, in terms of story:

  1. Enhance quality of communications. Storytelling is a powerful way to create a positive attitude towards your brand and move people to action.
  2. Foster teamwork. Story is the most effective way to communicate internally, whether it’s the origin and history of the organization, or understanding how and why things work within the company.
  3. Lead from a broad, deep understanding of reality. The ability to hold the full picture of reality — including competitors, suppliers, the network in which the organization is embedded, as well as its inner life — allows great leaders to see the forces working in opposition and cooperation with their vision and goals. Strong leaders see the future as a story, bringing it closer with sound strategies and decisions.

“Julie has a way of looking at the world with wonder and appreciation. Rather than the gloom and doom of environmental damage, Julie sees possibility, tied to effective, beneficial action.
~  Peter Bruun, founder and former director, Art on Purpose”

Immerse in Creativity

Our story-based workshops and retreats immerse participants in possibility and creativity, giving them wider vistas and renewed energy and inspiration. You can expect these results:

  1. Learn to draw new meaning from past events, in a fresh, open-ended way that goes beyond the analytical.
  2. Apply deep listening skills.
  3. Discover the hidden interconnections between people.
  4. Learn that everyone has stories inside, including you.
  5. Apply the gift of seeing patterns rather than problems.
  6. Discover the joy of being truly seen and heard.

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” ~ Sue Monk Kidd

Sample Workshops

The gift of being heard

Length: 1.5 hours

Content:

  • Once upon a time (introductions)
  • What’s your story? sharing in small groups
  • Closing circle

Developing empathy through story

Length: 3 hours

Content: same as 1.5-hour, plus

  • Fun with poetry
  • The “reset” button: practicing a new story

Story immersion (co-led with Jack Ricchiuto)

Full day

Content: same as 3-hour, plus

  • Story portfolio brainstorm
  • Storyboarding
  • Sharing stories and seeing patterns

“I have worked with many consultants over the years for a variety of projects and I can truly say that Jack is by far the most thoughtful, innovative, and results focused expert we have ever worked with.”
~  Valerie McCormack, Executive Director

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Weekend Restorying retreat

The Restorying retreats have flexible modules, as you can see here. They typically run Friday night to Sunday noon, with an option to extend to Monday noon. Locations are natural settings with plenty of access to hiking trails, meditative spots and expansive vistas. We have also done Restorying in an urban yoga studio as a Saturday afternoon and two sessions on Sunday.