Feb 28 2017

March 2017: Stories of Transformation

We’re back!

close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017 6PM
“Stories of Transformation”
An Outdoor Concert of Storytelling
Celebrating Spring and World Storytelling Day!
BoonGarden, Avondale Arizona.

Find it on FACEBOOK here. https://www.facebook.com/events/112326249281303/

Are things as they always appear? If something is something, can it be another something? Do my eyes deceive me? Does the first bite give you the whole taste? Can “they” bring you down or can you rise above? Using world folktales, fables and a smattering of personal stories, our team of local and world-class storytellers gives you something to think about this World Storytelling Day, all with Spring just around the corner. Discussion with Q&A follows.

Sandy Oglesby
Harriet Cole
Marian Giannatti
Sean Buvala

StoryRise is a 90-minute fringe-theater, house-concert style performance and discussion. Join us for this outdoor event in a working garden. Suggested donation is $8. Your donation offsets costs for storytellers and for the Boon Garden expenses. Thanks in advance.

Event is outdoors in a working garden. Bring on the sensible shoes. Dress for Arizona Spring, right?

Refreshments available for purchase.

Get There:
Here’s the Map. Take the i-10 freeway to Litchfield Road. Go South on Litchfield to WESTERN Ave. Western Ave is about 1/4 mile north of Buckeye. Western Ave has a traffic light. Turn EAST onto Western Ave. Boon Garden is at 214 W Western, so north side of the road, in a white building.

PARKING: Think downtown parking. So there are a variety of lots around and some on-street parking. Look for lots at CAREFirst Center just around the corner to the west and a gravel-field parking next to auto-shop (just to the east) in the same building as the check-cashing location. Please don’t block anyone’s gates. We invite you to carpool with others.

picture showing marked spaces for parking at boon garden in avondale az

close up of onion and words always peel the onion stories of transformation march 18 2017

Jan 5 2015

Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Improve Your Personal Tales


Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop
“Creating Great Personal Tales Using the Light of the Folktale.”
January 31, 2015 10AM-1230PM
Phoenix, Arizona $27 (Register)
Eventbrite - Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Tell Better Personal Stories

a picture of sea glassSea Glass: Abandoned, Refined and Recovered.
It wasn’t uncommon, once upon a time, to toss empty bottles out from the boat you were on. Perhaps the toss was 250 years ago as pirates threw empty bottles of rum over the side. Maybe it was glass in a shipwreck where time and erosion ground away the windows and bottles contained within its hold. Maybe it was a beach party half a decade ago where empty soda bottles were tossed into the sea, forever forgoing getting that deposit back. For better or worse, no one thought much of this everyday act.

After time and the action of the sea, smashing the bottles into pieces, wearing away the broken glass, smoothing them into treasures, these shattered pieces of glass become: Sea Glass. From a common-place action of many years ago, now tiny pieces of glass then up to the shore, gleaming and a worthy find of, “oh, look at this!” And sometimes, if you are very lucky in your beach combing, you’ll find some glass with a unique color such as red, purple or teal.

People have made up stories to tell the tale of sea glass. Indeed, the origin of sea glass is simple enough. However, wrap the origin in a tale of unfulfilled love between sailor and mermaid, with the mermaids tears turning into bits of washed-ashore glass…and you have something spectacular.

Sea Glass: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
It’s easy to look at sea glass and think, “I can find broken glass anywhere.” Yet, sea glass is different. There is an unknown history. There is the mysterious. Ordinary glass becomes a spectacular jewel.

The Sea Glass of Storytelling: The World Tale.
In the art and tradition of Oral Storytelling (and in the creation of any story), we have our own sea glass: the “World Tale.” That is, the collection of folktales, myths, legends and fairytales passed down through generations. These tales have been tumbled about, polished and spread throughout the earth. Just as with sea glass, what may have started as a simple on-the-spot tales have become shining flashes in our psyche. World tales have stood the test of time because they contain very specific “refractions” that touch the minds and hearts of the listeners even to this day.

Why this workshop?
Storyteller Sean Buvala, the director of Storyteller.net and a veteran of nearly 30 years of storytelling leadership,  has identified “Three Refractions” that fill world tales (especially folktales) with compelling light, keeping these old stories in our collective minds for generations. Within this workshop, Sean will identify these “Three Refractions” that all good stories have. From there, Sean (and other members of your workshop) will talk you through identifying your own personal tales that carry all three of these refractions. If your goal is to connect with your listeners (to forgo doing “onstage therapy” or frustrated story-less stand-up comedy) and really leave your listeners with a tale that impacts, you’ll want to learn Sea-Glass Storytelling crafting.

Your Stories: The Ordinary Turned Spectacular.
For maximum impact, create your stories in the light of the Three Refractions of the world tale. With the right crafting, with the right techniques wearing away at the surface-level facts to find the core-truth of your story, you can create a spectacular moment of storytelling. You will be engaging your audience, letting them see themselves in the refracted light of your story. Your story becomes like those rare pieces of glass. Just find the exceptional moments in your stories: the reds of essential stories, the blues of emotional connection, and the teals of fresh growth that inspires action.

tiny sea glass picture  What You Will Learn:

*The Three Refractions you need to take your personal tale from “I don’t get it” to an audience-engaging “That story could change my life.”
*To recognize how good stories can elicit laughter, tears, gasps, inspiration, healing and applause.
*What happens to your story when you don’t include all Three Refractions- and why you sometimes will *want* to leave out one of the Three Refractions.
*How to avoid the shadow areas in personal storytelling. Learn what can go wrong when your personal story is out of balance and how that damages you, your audience and your story.

tiny sea glass picture  What You Won’t Learn:

*How to be a morose and serious “artiste” handing down life-lessons to your audience. Ugg.
*The basics of oral storytelling. The workshop is for the experienced storyteller, speaker, presenter and author.
*How to get more events and gigs. Marketing training is not part of this workshop.

tiny sea glass picture  Where Will You Use What You Learn?

*Public Performances
*Corporate Settings
*Sacred Settings
*Healing and Counseling
*Story Slams
*Spoken-Word Events

tiny sea glass picture  Who Should Attend This Workshop?

*Oral Storytellers
*Public Speakers
*Marketing Teams

tiny sea glass picture  When and Where

Our next open workshop for the “Sea Glass Storytelling” process is Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Phoenix Arizona. The workshop doors open at 9:30AM. Workshop begins promptly at 10:00AM will end by 12:30PM. Registration is required. Our location is at the home of a Phoenix storyteller who has hosted many events and concerts. The home is smoke free, no cats. There is one small dog. The location is near 32 Street and Cactus Road in Phoenix. You’ll get the exact address with your welcome Email. This casual environment will help you relax and work through your own tale in a home-away-from-home setting.

tiny sea glass picture  Cost

Registration is just $27. This includes all handouts and light snacks as we gather in the morning.

tiny sea glass picture  Special Note.

This workshop will be recorded via audio and video. It is possible that your face and voice may appear on future internet or print versions of this workshop, if we should create such projects.

Ready to join us?
Please get your tickets at EventBrite now.
Eventbrite - Sea-Glass Storytelling Workshop: Tell Better Personal Stories

Nov 24 2014

Thanks for Terrible Holidays 2014

Our many thanks to the audience, staff and tellers that made our “Terrible Holidays” of 2014 such a great show. We’ll post more soon, but for now, please know how grateful we are that we are able to do something of great quality out here in the West Valley. Many thanks.

Mar 24 2014

Beauty and the Beast: Performances and Discussion

What are the stories of “Beauty and the Beast?” What do they mean?

Welcome to StoryRise! We had five unique storytellers with diverse backgrounds and with local, national and international experience in telling stories. We turned them loose with the goal of telling a story from the “tale type” of 425C. What does that mean? Five tellers presented “Beauty and the Beast” stories from a variety of cultures and locations such as England, Switzerland, Southwest United States and Nigeria.

Following the great performances, a discussion was held between tellers and audience. YOU can listen in now to the performances and the discussion that followed. Soon, you will be able to read the printed transcript of the discussion, too.

Please visit Storyteller.net at this link now to get all the audios and the transcript.

Beauty and the Beast Storytellers Tale Type 425C. One Story, Many Voices March 21, 2014
(L to R)Mark Compton, Elly Reidy, Harriet Cole, Marilyn Omifunke Torres, Sean Buvala

Beauty and the Beast Event Multiple Photos

Beauty and the Beast Team on March 21, 2014