Story Crafting: A New Community Tradition
October 3 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Story Crafting provides prompts to shape to share a story about a valuable experience in small groups once a week.
This event will offer an introduction to Story Crafting practice based on critical reflection with the goal of establishing an ongoing group story crafting community practice beyond October.
As we all learn to adapt to the pandemic, it makes sense to bring new ways of being into the world that support our primal need for community. Why not utilize a storytelling system used to bring people together in one of the most diverse populations in the country?
Story Crafting is a small group peer-based practice designed to build community and multicultural competency by getting present in ourselves and sharing our stories, while also making a listening space to hear others. It’s a joyful way to strengthen empathy and take the awkwardness out of building new relationships and rekindling old ones.
Storytelling is a valuable tradition that holds healing properties. The five prompt practices offered here, called “Critical Reflection” is a structured practice that ensures equitable participation and a sense of belonging. Created by Dr. Stephen Cochrane, Ph.D. in Philosophy and Psychology, Critical Reflection is a student-run program from San Francisco State University used to build community and resiliency for the last 40 years. It’s a safe, fun, accessible, and effective way to build healthy bonds with self and others. It’s akin to a talking meditation practice, or socio-emotional yoga – the prompts move us toward getting present and reflecting on one valuable experience we had during the prior week.
The artist’s aim is to launch the practice as a new tradition in this community, a new way of staying connected through the pandemic.
Participants will form groups of 5-10 and meet weekly for an hour – the schedule will be determined by the participants and start meeting weekly and move toward making these a new tradition that will carry on after Portland Textile Month. The opportunity is to build a network of Story Crafters to strengthen the sense of belonging in the textile community and beyond. This practice has both direct and transformative qualities. The ability to master a practice, be mindful, and matter to each other is an essential ingredient in healthy human and group development.
Registration for this event will open on September 26th.