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My Project in Haiti: GIRLS WRITE HAITI – creativity for change
Due to illness I did not go to Haiti this winter. Please keep in touch
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Highlights March – August 2017
March was definitely a month of elaborate weathers, worrisome outer events and remarkable projects:
Early March – 20 March Storytelling Coach and Moderator for UN WOMEN – (UN Euqity for Gener Equality and the Empowerment of Women). I held interviews, engaged in writing potential presentations and coaching presenters from five countries who would speak about Gender Equality and Faith based transformation – Breaking Stereotypes. Intense, challenging and inspiring to support those working on The Role of Men and Boys in changing how women are treated, seen and included in the world. It was an honor to moderate a two and a half hour panel. Heart strengthening.
18 March Led a 2 hour workshop with parents at The Earth School, downtown Manhattan – Telling Our Stories. It culminated in five parents telling their transformative life stories at a Town Hall Meeting for children, parents and staff.
WRITING throughout March – finished a first draft of a new book WILD ROSE: The Personal Life of a Fairytale – exploration of the images, events and symbols of a tale and how it reveals profound truths about my life.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STATUE schedule and curate four months of storytelling programs held every Saturday in Central Park, NY. This summer’s theme – the wisdom of diversity in culture. What a pleasure this year to create a rivetting multi cultural program that is free for children and adults.
3 April Storytelling/ Workshop for Women’s Group – Chabad Synagogue, Basking Ridge, NJ. Prepare for the storytelling feast of Passover: tales of liberation of heart and mind. I told the story of Miriam focusing on her prophecy and leadership – and the third miracle of holy days – constantly replenishing well in the desert.
“We have come so far that all of the old stories are whispering once more” Robert Duncan
28 – 30 April Laura Simms MINI Storytelling Residency – in New York City. A weekend of going deep with delight and discovery. Each participant brings a traditional story for this renowned excavation of how to bring a story to life. Personal stories abound. Friendships made. Friday evening through Sunday night. $300 (lunch included) RSVP: 212 674 3479
THE KINDNESS AND POWER OF A TALE WELL TOLD STORYTELLING RETREAT WITH LAURA SIMMS 4 August – 9 August 2017 at Unstone Grange , Derbyshire, UK Bring a story and expand your understanding of the special preparation of a tale for engaged and compassionate storytelling as transformation in the world today. Information and reservation contact registrar Fiona Cooper – firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ROAD 30th Laura Simms Storytelling Residency July 23 – 30th 2017 Held at: Kemper Campbell Ranch, California Participants work together on a single fairytale for seven days arousing personal narrative, spontaneous poetry and practical and awareness and presencing skills unique to the engaged storyteller in the world. for more information: www.storymentor2010.wixsite./LauraSimmsres2017
JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Every Saturday, 11am – noon
Laura Simms, Artistic Director