Yesterday afternoon The Sisters facilitated their very first workshop. The title of the workshop: "A Question Leads to a Story", the conference: Bioneers, the venue: Northern Michigan College. It began with The Mom and The Dad asking our own question: how do we help our daughters lead a workshop? The Big Sister loves to talk in front of groups and The Little Sister prefers a silent presence, broken only by an inspired thought to share. With research and many talks around our dining room table we came up with an outline and had many different ideas depending on our audience --we felt ready, sort of.
Yesterday morning we gathered around The Bean and The Poet's** dining room table to do a final run through. The Bean is wonderfully affirming and The Poet a seasoned public speaker and with their guidance we edited and crafted our ideas into a workshop! With this we were ready, this time completely. We prepared a statement, to focus The Big Sister and to simply explain why story is a part of The Books for Walls Project and the main goal of our workshop: "In
a fast paced world we need to slow down and return to story and
which requires someone to tell a story and someone to listen." And then, gathered in a circle of family, friends and conference participants, The Sisters facilitated their first workshop!
Today we are happy to announce that our workshop was a great success! The Big Sister even lost a tooth in the middle of the session and handled it like a pro! In fact it went so well that we are going to develop some exercises to encourage everyone to begin telling and collecting stories and to share everything we learned at The Sister's first experience facilitating a workshop!
For now, here is a story of The Poet's first experience with Bioneers, enjoy!
**The Bean and The Poet are also know as Nana and Bapa, the Sister's maternal grandparents.