"If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves."
Barry Lopez, Crow & Weasel
It's time to get skillful with the power & practice of story
When all else is stripped away, what we have left are our stories and community. This is a time to get skillful at both of these ancient practices of humanity.
We can discover story as a container for collective wisdom and community as a place to hone our skills, be in respectful practice with each other and warm ourselves at the fire. We can to go back into the world once more wth renewed strength and courage.
Welcome to THE STORY DOJO!
What is the THE STORY DOJO?
Be prepared to be surprized...
THE STORY DOJO is a community for exploring, ideating and practicing the power of story. It is both a playground and a practice space, offering members the opportunity to connect and collaborate with others committed to becoming skillful in working with story.
It is a place where worlds meet, imagination explodes and you can explore the facets, the edges and the applications of storytelling and storywork. There's always more to learn in the fusion of story, hosting and Story Activism.
"Dojo" is a Japanese word for the place where martial artists gather to practice. "Do" means way and "jo" the place of practice. Literally, the place you practice your way. We think STORY is a way of life, as well as an intrinsic human capacity. It's good to practice and get skillful with it, and it's even better to have a place to practice with others!
Storytelling is an intrinsic human capacity, but it is also a multi-faceted and highly flexible tool and art form, easily at home across all types of media and applications. We explore the heart and the edges of this amazing human superpower.
Story shows us the range of possibilities each of us can express and also determines our sense of agency in the world. How we use it and for what purpose makes all the difference to what kind of world we shape and experience. This is a place for trying out new ideas and noodling together on what might be.
To be a practitioner, one needs to keep practicing. Like any skill, story offers itself as a practice field, whether you are interested in working with it for yourself or with others. Practice leads to Mastery. And from there, you can begin to try your Artistry and finally, if you are fortunate, Mystery shows up. It is up to each of us to choose our practice level.
Join our FREE April events
Register to receive the Zoom link and join us for:
• April 12: Fireside Conversation: What is story now? What is the story community now?
• April 26: Story Café: Join the conversation and meet story people from around the world
How does it work?
THE STORY DOJO will be engaging with a different theme every month. Membership includes access to the monthly Fireside Conversation and monthly Story Café, as well as access to the growing digital library. Members also receive discounted entry to other programs, publications and special events.
Become a Foundation Member in April
Join as a FOUNDATION MEMBER for $20 monthly and $200 annually until the end of April