Winter-Spring 2017

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Happy New Year, friends!little prince

Just a quick update to let you know some of the upcoming events that will be happening in the new year.

An Interview Series on Spells in Life and Fairy Tales

I am doing a series of three half-hour interviews with the Immanence Journal, founded by Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

The topic is “Spells” and what fairy tales can tell us about how they are made and broken in life. I’ve been investigating this topic for some time and truly appreciate having the opportunity to converse with Immanence Journal contributing editor Hannah Custis. The programs are due to come out in the spring.

The Healing Power of The Briar Rose

I will be telling a long story that will take us into the healing dimension of the Grimm’s story, The Briar Rose. Over the years, I’ve invited many people into this deep and powerful tale. I’ll be telling the story, singing its haunting music, and sharing my own and others’ healing stories. The session will be held on Sunday afternoon, January 22. It’s by invitation only so if you’d like to come, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Power of Spells: Storytelling at the Gladstone

At 3:30, March 26, I’ll be telling stories at the Gladstone Hotel inToronto 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.

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 plan to offer a “city retreat” in early June at the Old Mill in Toronto for those who wish to dive deeper and begin that adventure. If you’d like any further information, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I’ll keep you posted on all the events here. If you subscribe to the newsletter, you'll be first to know!

Wishing you love in 2017, and faith in all you love!

A Delightful Interview

I have had the pleasure of being interviewed in the inaugural issue of the Immanence Journal, available October 31, 2016.

The "The Power of Fairy Tales" is a half-hour conversation with journalist Elisa Markoff, whose professional experience includes CNN, Radio Netherlands, Huffington Post, and several other international media outlets.

Immanence was founded in 2015 by depth psychologist and graduate mythology teacher Craig Chalquist, PhD to provide a forum for exploring how myth, legend, and folklore appear and reappear today.

The new Immanence Journal is a power of ftswonderful opportunity for mythic writers and storytellers to publish 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.”‘

Submissions for are now open until 15 December 2016 for the Spring 2017 issue. The upcoming theme is: IMAGINING BETTER FUTURES: The role of story, myth, imagination, legend, fairy tale, and/or fiction in giving us glimpses and anticipations of desirable, delightful, and just ways to live. 

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.