Sue McAlpine has been a tai chi practioner and teacher for over 20 years. She is inspired by Buddhist and Taoist principles. As an oral historian she has listened to hundreds of life stories. She is currently studying conflict resolution, leadership skills and group faciliation with NAOS in collaboration with the Forgiveness Project and One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. Sue believes in the power of story telling and narrative to heal conflict and move towards peace and reconciliation. In this workshop Sue would like to find out how storytelling and tai chi enrich each other.
We are storytelling creatures. We connect by telling each other stories and we understand our lives by telling our stories to ourselves and others. The life story or the myth is the tale we repeatedly tell ourselves about who we are, what we want, what we can and cannot do. The workshop will be an opportunity for people to tell their story or parts of their story. We will explore and use as inspiration Joseph Campbell’s ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and its archetypes which are common to all myths and cultures and we will use deep listening, tai chi movements and meditation to guide us towards healing and transformation through sharing our stories.