Winter-Spring 2018

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Saved By Rapunzel: Storytelling at the Gladstonerapunzel mother

On March 4, I'll be presenting "Saved by Rapunzel" at the Storytelling Festival in Toronto. I'll be telling the fairy tale and weaving it with my personal story to show how my relationship with chronic pain was transformed by my experience of Rapunzel.

If you're interested in the healing power of fairy tales, please join me at the Gladstone Hotel. The details are here.

The Threads of Melusine

This year I'll be doing a different kind of "Threads" course -- we'll be working with Melusine! The Melusine legend comes from France and features a benevolent enchantress who becomes demonized. Her story is has many dual dimensions -- pagan and Christian, material and magical, historical and mythological.

The course will be held for five Sunday afternoon sessions (1-4 pm) at my place starting April 1, 2018. The dates are: April 1, 8, 22, May 6, 13, 2018. 

In the course, you will be invited to develop your own personal connections with the story so that we can collectively gain insight into the legend and its deep, feminine wisdom.

Click here for more information on the story and the course. There are only a couple of spaces left, so if you would like to join us, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with your interest. If the spring course is full, we will consider holding it again in the fall.

angel4WonderLit Coaching Opportunities

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Sir Viss: A Timely Fable

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My latest film, "Sir Viss" is about the relationship between a sophisticated robot and his rather depraved master, "Popeye" Irving.

The 16-minute film, directed by David Adkin, features me performing the story with powerful illustrations by Richard Row.

We are entering "Sir Viss" in several prestigious film festivals and are pleased to announce that it has just been selected by the L.A. Film Awards.

You can see "Sir Viss" by subscribing to the Immanence Journal. The fall issue's theme is "rulers and rebels," and the journal is filled with thought-provoking articles that explore the relevance of myth, legend, and folktales to our lives today.

Breaking Spells: A Powerful Interview Series


If you're interested in the subject of spells and their relevance to real life, check out the spring 2017 issue of the Immanence Journal. In the three programs, interviewer Hannah Custis and I discuss three questions. What can fairy tales can tell us about how we come under spells in life? How do we become aware that we're under one? And how are spells broken?

To view the first program, click here.

To see programs 2 and 3, please subscribe to Immanence. For a nominal fee you can have access to interviews, poetry, art, and jargon-free articles that demonstrate the power of myth in life.

My Blog: Bringing Fairy Tales to Life

I've had a blog for some time now and I just love posting articles, original stories (sometimes even unpublished ones!) monologues, cartoons, and audio performances. 

If you'd like to subscribe, I'd be chuffed to have you aboard. And feel free to participate! Comments always enrich and enliven the conversation.

To subscribe, put your email in the box at the upper left hand side of the blog page. As we've assured our newsletter subscribers, we don't spam!

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. www.michelletoche