Workshops: Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure

July 8-14 2018

Asheville, North Carolina

Join us July 8-14, 2018 for Connie’s 13th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure – 7 days of practice and performance, feedback and discovery.

Our workshop was brimming with the poetry, laughter, quiet, memory, and adventure of the Story. How Connie held this overflowing container, without losing one single juicy drop, is one of the great, sweet mysteries of my life.

Nancy Shapiro-Pikelny

Every gardener knows that plants need two things: time and sunlight. The same is true for stories. Come to this week-long storytelling workshop in picturesque Asheville, NC and encourage your stories to come out of the shadows. Enjoy a whole-life approach to being a teller, one in which “telling” is as much about listening to yourself and the world around you as it is about skills and preparation to tell. You will engage in exercises, conversations, tellings, teaching, and ‘deep listening’ that will nourish your being and your stories while bringing them into the light whether the telling is for a family gathering, a corporate event or a storytelling festival audience.
At this storytelling workshop, all levels of expertise are welcome, from beginner to experienced teller. In a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture their creative flow while developing skills to:
  • Find, create, learn, and polish stories
  • Effectively integrate voice with image, gesture, and emotion
  • Embody a story and break free of memorization
  • Engage in companion listening and learn to give self and partner appreciations
  • Activate your body as a key component of a well-told tale
  • Use your voice, breath, and silence to support the audience’s listening journey
Connie with her 2016 Summer Retreat Workshop Participants

Guest Artists

Enjoy a visit – and an opportunity to learn from a seasoned storyteller. Each year a guest artist/storyteller is invited to lead a session on their particular area of expertise. In years past, we have spent afternoons at the Hicks Homeplace, visiting and hearing stories with Rosa, Ted, Lenard, and Orville Hicks.
Doug Elliot gives a 'mini-workshop' at Connie's 2016 Summer Retreat
More recently we have welcomed storytellers David Holt, Kim Weitkamp, David Novak, Andy Offutt Irwin, Lloyd Arneach, Diane Wolkstein, Regi Carpenter, Doug Elliot, as well as voice teacher Tiffany Bussard and singer-songwriter and storyteller Danny Ellis into our circle. By listening to other tellers, we see what techniques work for them and how their approach might resonate and influence our own storytelling.

Free Time

On your free afternoon, you might want to explore downtown Asheville with its abundance of art and craft galleries, or take a hike to a waterfall, indulge in a spa treatment at the Grove Park Inn, work on your stories with a new friend, or tour the famed Biltmore Estate. Experiencing the world with all our senses and taking time to notice the unfolding stories of the natural and human worlds is often a catalyst for our creativity. And what better place to engage these stories than here in one of America’s most creative cities, nestled in the Appalachians, known as the oldest mountains in the world.

Performance Opportunity and Finishing Touches

Our week of story work and story adventure culminates in a performance opportunity with either invited guests, family, and friends or a more intimate setting with fellow workshop participants. An eager and supportive audience of listeners come to help us celebrate our week of exploring story. Then, on Saturday, each participant is given time for encouraging, appreciative and useful feedback. And before we say our good-byes, we end our week together by reflecting on our experiences and imagining our storytelling futures.
Workshop Registration Fee: $790
A $150 deposit holds your place
Early Registration Discounts: $655 if paid in full by February 15, 2018
$695 if paid in full by March 15, 2018
$750 if paid in full by June 15, 2018

Make checks payable to Connie Regan-Blake and mail with the Printable Registration Form to the address listed on it. If you would like to pay with credit card/PayPal, please contact Connie by phone or email.

Registration/Refund/Cancellation Policy: Pay in full by published dates to receive early registration discounts.  Deposit of $150 holds your place. Full refunds are available until May 15th. Refunds, minus deposit and handling fee, are available until June 30th. Refunds after that date will be prorated.

WHAT: Summer Storytelling Retreat and Adventure with Connie Regan-Blake

WHEN: July 8-14, 2018 (7:00pm Sunday evening through Saturday afternoon)

WHERE: In the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.  Asheville is home to Shindig on the Green, the Biltmore Estate and a host of reasons to come early or stay an extra day!

TRAVEL: Asheville (AVL) is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Elite and United Airlines. Search for all Asheville flights with flyavl.com.

LODGING: Contact the Asheville Chamber of Commerce , toll free 888-247-9811 for nearby motel, hotel and B&B’s.  The closest motel to the workshop location is Ramada Inn River Ridge. Call Connie for details on other reasonable housing possibilities including ‘homestays’ and shared accommodations.  Also check out Asheville area Airbnb.

CEU credits: Check with your local unit for prior approval. Asheville City Schools call 828-350-6112; Buncombe County call 828-255-5883.

What participants are saying . . .

Connie creates an atmosphere that is safe and accepting, free from criticism. Everyone has a chance to participate and is encouraged to tap into their creative side.

Special thanks to you for your insightful suggestions about my own storytelling…You gave me just what I needed, not just for that story, but as I work through the expression of other stories your suggestions will guide me.

Connie’s technique provides grounded, practical tools that let a story, and its teller really take flight.  She’s a master, and she generously shares her wealth of useful wisdom and experience.

Being with you and learning from you was and is a profound gift.  I will use what I learned from your workshop in so many ways–as a grandmother, as a workshop facilitator, as a story-teller, as a writer, and as a human being in this world.

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