There are four “themes” to the program: Storytelling, Multi-faith Foundations, Spirituality, and Jewish Foundations. The themes rotate throughout the program and are held in small-group, online sessions; additionally, Spiritual Direction is one-to-one guidance with me.
There is one free “core” class which must be completed prior to admission. In that class, we cover:
- The cybernetics of learning and how it relates to storytelling
- Basic concepts in neuroplasticity and how they make storytelling both necessary and effective
- Transformational storytelling through example, drawing on the above
- An overview of the class program
You can register for this core class by contacting me.
In addition to the content below, classes are set aside for guest faculty (two per semester) as well as the practice of spiritual storytelling.
The themes alternate from semester to semester, and cover these topics:
- Practical storytelling
- Hasidic stories
- Telling stories
- Sourcing / Folklore
- Finding and prepping stories
- Creating a story program
- Persuasive storytelling
- Multi-faith perspectives
- “Short Stories of Jesus”
- Teshuvah / Repentance
- Jewish / Muslim stories
- Sufism and Kabbalah
- Storytelling without notes
- Finding the story that pursues you
- Telling Transformational Stories
- Mussar / Ethics
- Creating a Program – Themes
- Spiritual Practices
- Wrestling with spiritual stories
- The Ba’al Shem Tov
- Stories in the Talmud
- Jewish folklore
- Studying Midrash
- Creating opportunities
- Challenging stories
Order of the Classes
The dates are flexible to reflect students’ schedules.
At the end of each semester there will be a weekend onsite retreat, culminating in a public storytelling.
The details of the class schedule can be found here.