Vashon Wilderness Program sponsors a free family friendly event on January 26th at the Vashon Theater.
Vashon Wilderness Program will host its 13th Annual Storytelling Festival on Sunday, January 26 at 1pm the Vashon Theatre on Vashon Island. This event is free for one and all and will feature nature-based stories – personal, mythic, and ancestral – told by VWP’s seasoned staff and audience members alike.
“Storytelling is a core routine at our nature-immersion programs,” explains VWP’s Executive Director Stacey Hinden, “and our staff have told hundreds of stories over the years to children of all ages.” VWP mentors practice oral traditions to inspire and instill lessons and to help cultivate a learning community that values each person’s life story; and VWP students practice sharing their story of day to both help deepen their learning journey and discover their authentic voice.
“Storytelling is inseparable from human life,” notes Hinden. “For generations, we have been telling story – be it around a fire to convey lessons for survival; at the dinner table to relay a funny happening from our day; or snuggling up in the dark night to whisper a bedtime tale of wonder. The Storytelling Festival will stir the imagination of all who listen, allowing our unconscious to take flight into sensuous realms of magic, myth and hero.”
Audience members of all ages are invited to bring a prepared 5-minute story, or spin a tale in the One-Minute Story-thon, or join the fun, interactive group storytelling improv games.
The Storytelling Festival is best suited for ages 4 and older. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to purchase snacks, and sign up for a tellers’ spot.
VWP (a 501c3 non-profit) provides nature immersion programs for people for all ages from Vashon and surrounding Puget Sound communities. To date, VWP has helped nearly 4,500 children, teens, adults and families connect deeply with themselves, each other, and nature through their transformative nature mentoring programs, camps, workshops, and trainings.
In addition to the Storytelling Festival, their next free seasonal community celebration is on April 26th: the “Spring Feast and Bizarre Bazaar” is a magical evening to share a spring-inspired potluck meal and enjoy a poignant opportunity to let go and receive at their silent trading market.
For more information about the Vashon Wilderness Program’s Storytelling Festival, visit the website: https://vashonwilderness.org/