Online Retreat

The Wisdom of Storytelling: The Power of Story to Awaken Hearts

Alisa Dennis

Alisa Dennis

Since the beginning of humanity, people have told and listened to stories to engage, heal, inspire, and co-create shared worlds. In telling and listening, we discover what it’s like to be alive—to love, grieve, overcome, and laugh—and we glean insight about our world and ourselves. While we’re encouraged in Buddhist traditions to let go of the stories we tell ourselves, Buddhism has used storytelling to impart the teachings of the Buddha for thousands of years. In this workshop, we’ll practice honoring our life experiences, bringing mindfulness to listening and speaking, and understanding one another more deeply. When storytelling is diverse, a richness, complexity and intelligence emerge as we build our capacity to embrace multi-storied experiences. Developing such a capacity broadens our heart’s capacity to hold all things. Participants will share stories in small groups. We will begin with brief warm-up practices in the morning and end the day sharing longer stories.

Affinity Group

Open to all

Alisa Dennis, PhD

Alisa Dennis, PhD

Teacher

Alisa Dennis, Ph.D., discovered meditation through her study of metaphysics and ancient mystical traditions. She’s trained in Soto Zen and most recently in the Theravada tradition. Nature is one of Alisa’s wisest teachers. She is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, where she supports people somatically as they move through transitions.

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