Winter-Spring 2017

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Spells in Life and Fairy Tales: An Interview Series

little princeOn April 1st, 2017, The Immanence Journal will be presenting three interviews that I had the pleasure of doing with contributing editor Hannah Custis.

In the three programs we addressed three questions. What fairy tales can tell us about how we come under spells in life? How do we come to see that we're under one? And how are spells broken?

I'll be able to share the first program with you on the Wonderlit site. To see the others, please subscribe to Immanence here. It's a nominal fee, and well worth it. Founded in 2015 by depth psychologist and graduate mythology teacher Craig Chalquist, PhD, the Immanence Journal is full of timely, jargon-free articles that demonstrate the power of myth in life.

Storytelling at the Gladstone

At 3:30, March 26, I’ll be telling stories at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as part of the annual International Storytelling Festival. The topic is “The Power of Spells” and I’ll be telling a fairy tale and a personal story to illustrate how spells are made and broken in life.

The Spells Weekend Workshop

Join us for The Spells Weekend – a writing and storytelling retreat to explore spells and enchantments in life and fairy tales.

Over three days we’ll look to the fairy tale and ask the questions that we addressed in the interview series: How do we get put under spells in life? What can fairy tales tell us about waking within a spell? And how do we break free?

We'll investigate the questions through writing, storytelling exercises and improvisation. You'll have ample opportunity to get fresh air, walk by the river, and reflect on your own experience. In the end, you'll understand what fairy tales have to say about how spells are made and broken in life, and you'll have new insight into your personal story.

Place: The Old Mill in Toronto,  Kingsbrook Room
(Bloor subway west to Old Mill station)
Time: Friday, June 2 to Sunday, June 4
10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $320

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Please be advised there is a maximum and the workshop is already filling up!

Wonderlit Coaching

I’ve been working with coach (and Wonderlit enthusaist) Katie Curtin to develop a training opportunity for people who have done my courses and have a strong wish to offer the methods to other communities as facilitators. We're still working out the details but if you’d like any further information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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A Delightful Interview

In the fall issue of the Immanence Journal, I was interviewed by journalist Elisa Markoff, whose professional experience includes CNN, Radio Netherlands, and The Huffington Post.

We talked about why fairy tales are important and how they can help us to understand our stories and even help us to heal our emotional wounds. 

By the way, writers and storytellers, the Immanence Journal is a power of ftswonderful opportunity for you to submit poetry, personal anecdotes, and researched articles that illuminate the myths and how we are living them today. A primary goal of the new Journal is to generate an experience of recognition so that the reader feels, “Aha! Now I see how these stories, images, and motifs apply to situations in life that I encounter.”‘

Click here to subscribe to the Journal and see the interview.

Click here for submission guidelines.

Announcing the Release of A. Seeker's Storybook

At the end of 2016, we released the new version of A. Seeker's Storybook -- a collection of mythic stories that sail into the life of a young man named named Albert Seeker.

Albert has a job he doesn't like very much and a passionate heart he doesn't know very well. When he reads these magical stories, he sees himself deeply and the stories (quite literally!) draw him out.

Originally published by the Canadian Career Development Foundation, A. Seeker's Storybook is now available in full color, with gorgeous illustrations by Richard Leach.

Purchase it here. Or read one of the stories here on my blog!

Ongoing Reflections on Fairy Tales

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Check Out Storytelling Toronto

Storytelling Toronto is a lively community of storytellers who have a depth of knowledge and experience in storytelling. In addition to holding an annual spring Festival, Storytelling Toronto offers regular storytelling events and a banquet of courses for anyone interested in telling stories. For more information, click here.

Want to Know More?

If you'd like more information on WonderLit or the courses I offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can dig deeper into my books and methods by going to my main website.