Summer Odyssey was Powerful for All
Ashland was the place to be this past summer for Social Artists! Some were just starting out on their Social Artist journey, and some have been involved for years.
Emerging Leaders (young adults 18-35) led a Social Artistry retreat at the Jackson Wellsprings Resort in Ashland, OR August 22-28, 2015. It was an intergenerational event with two and a half days of Introduction to Social Artistry facilitated by Elisha Hayden and his training team of Katie Dutcher, Rebecca Narrowe, and Firefly Walter. A two-day community story bridge event with a theater approach was orchestrated by Richard Geer, with the assistance of two emerging leaders, Alana Miller and Rebecca Narrowe. Firefly Walter facilitated SPARK, a day of providing resources for participants who have projects or want to start projects.
One of our participants, Douglas Williamson, from Costa Rica gave this feedback about the Odyssey experience.
“The Story Bridge workshop was the highlight of the week for me. Theater and story are already my areas of experience and work so the two days were very interesting for me to observe and learn the methodology and power of the Story Bridge workshop in building community. Apart from observing the methodology, I was also called upon to exercise patience, flexibility, and acceptance as I am usually in a facilitation role in such workshops and not a participant. It was excellent to see how powerful the experience was for the participants and I am very impressed with the methodology and I hope to carry out a version on my own someday.”
Firefly Walter, a member of the Odyssey leadership team expresses the value of tribe that was formed during the summer experience.
“Fires, floods and earthquakes are happening left and right. Beloved community is more important than ever. I was inspired to help bring Odyssey into being because I knew there was a time coming soon where a larger network of heart warrior strength would be needed. Now is the time to know how much we are loved by one another. In our daily practices, we can use the Social Artistry tools to invoke the memories of how we felt with each other in circle, in song, in sacred waters.”
Check back after the first of the year for dates and more details about the next summer Social Artistry Odyssey in 2016.