July Eliot 2017 "The Storyteller's Compass: Metaphysical Orienteering and Narrative Wayfinding" with David Novak

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM

David Novak photo"Who are we, who is each of us if not a combinatoria of experiences, information, books we have read, things imagined?"   –Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millenium  

The same need that brought about the search engine has brought about the revival of storytelling. The Storytellers’ Compass orients us to ourselves and each other. By exploring the role of storytelling in our lives, we can deepen our understanding of who we are and where we may be headed. Telling stories gives us the cognitive tools and the story constellations that we need to find our way. The art of the storyteller is the art of the wayfinder.

International Storyteller, David Novak, shares his engaging, theatrical approach to discourse and story with a wide variety of games and activities.  Build mosaics of conversation, create story lines with string, explore persona with masks, massage ideas, co-create worlds, and enliven yourself with a world of imagination and memory. The telling and sharing of stories helps us to find our way in a changing world of ideas and issues. Together we will get creative with words, with crafts, with impersonation and improvisation and make of this week A Telling Experience!   

“The act of constructing stories is a natural human process that helps individuals to understand their experiences and themselves.”         -James W. Pennebaker & Janel D. Seagal, The Health Benefits of Narrative

David Novak is a remarkable speaker with a background in theatre and arts education. A touring professional storyteller since 1987, he is recipient of the Circle of Excellence from the National Storytelling Network, and former Master Storyteller for the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. David teaches storytelling at East Tennessee State University and has been guest instructor for the International Storytelling Institute, Oklahoma Arts Institute, John Campbell Folk School, and Walt Disney Imagineering. David frequently speaks and leads workshops at The Mountain UU retreat center in Highlands, North Carolina, and for UU congregations across the country.