Storycatching Events and Keynotes
RESTORYING YOUR LIFE WITH CHRISTINA BALDWIN (E-COURSE)
Led by Christina Baldwin of PeerSpirit and
Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice
Words are how we think; stories are how we link. Stories are how we create order and make meaning out of our life experiences — whether we are sitting down at the end of the day and recounting a jumble of events until they come into sense, or looking back over the decades in search of patterns. We do this verbally, weaving through the social fields of our daily lives, and many of us — millions of private writers — also commit to sorting our lives in journals, blogs, emails, Facebook posts, letters, scrapbooks, collages, and photo collections. Technology for recording our lives is expanding exponentially.
"ReStorying Your Life with Christina Baldwin" is a new one-month e-retreat in Spirituality & Practice's Elder Spirituality Project. It is designed for people of all ages interested in what is commonly called "life review." Life review can occur at any stage of life, particularly around transitions, leaps of growth, awareness of aging, and desire for more consciousness in how we are living out our life stories.
The e-course is divided into four weeks with these themes:
1. Getting present with our stories
2. Living in history, time, and place
3. Grief and gratitude
4. Legacy through story
Sponsored by the Spirituality and Practice online network and hosted by Mary Ann Brussat, the retreat will be led by author and educator, Christina Baldwin. Christina's most recent book on writing, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, reflects her passion for the stories of our lives that emerge from this practice. Describing her motivation for creating this e-course, she says:
"I believe story is what makes us and saves us. My current exploration is how journal writing creates a life narrative of enduring strength (yes we have to first endure several decades of whining — but when that’s over, wow!) that allows us to serve as storycatchers for our communities and as leaders in understanding how story can save us on a collective level. We journal writers have work to do to help shape the social, scientific, and spiritual stories we need to survive our current crises. Write on!"
LEADING CHANGE THROUGH STORY
A Keynote Speech and Reception with Christina Baldwin
Sponsored by The Chrysalis Foundation
Des Moines, Iowa
The Chrysalis Foundation of Des Moines is a public foundation dedicated to empowering women & girls in the Greater Des Moines area by increasing resources and providing opportunities for growth and achievement. They offer an annual speaker series, and the theme of the 2013 series was "The Wisdom of Experience".
Christina was their keynote speaker for May. For 30 years and through 5 books, including Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, Christina has taught individuals and groups the necessity of story in all areas of personal and professional life. Her talk focused on how to use Life Story to reflect, navigate and lead.
Keynote & Conference/Workshop Topics
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