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Come learn about the folklore of the Sea and how to turn that wonder and enchantment into a compelling story to share with others.
Our method is fun and foolproof and no previous storytelling experience is required.
Cost is $345/person and includes sailing adventure to and from the island, all materials, and tea, coffee, and light refreshments; bagged lunch is available for an additional fee
Join storytellers Kate Chadbourne and AbbyLynn Haskell for a creative and inspiring day of Storytelling and Sea-lore on Wood Island in a beautifully restored Maine Lighthouse.
We’ll equip you with everything you need to tell a short tale with confidence. You’ll choose from a menu of story building blocks to create your tale and you’ll learn storytelling tips and tactics to tell it well and for maximum enjoyment.
There will be plenty of breaks, plenty of individual help and coaching, and plenty of fun and laughter.
At the end of the day, we’ll feast on a fisherman’s platter of stories – YOURS included.
Storytelling participants will journey to Wood Island aboard a 42’ sailboat that departs from Camp Ellis Pier at 9am. After anchoring there is a short dingy ride to the shore of Wood Island to be followed by a ½ mile walk to the lighthouse. Storytellers will return to the sailboat by 4pm to be back ashore by 5pm. This will be an intimate gathering of no more than 8 storytellers.
We look forward to a magical day with you!
Kate Chadbourne is a singer, harper, and storyteller, an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England. She has been honored as a “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered.” She has released six solo CD’s, three collections of poetry, and two books to encourage and support artists, musicians, and creators. Her latest CD, A Celtic Blessing Year, takes listeners on a mythic journey through the eight feasts of the traditional Irish year, and her latest book, A November Visit, explores the bleak and beautiful late fall season through poems, stories, and Irish folklore.
Named as one of “The Most Fascinating People” in Central Massachusetts by the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper, Kate is also the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for writers, musicians, singers, and young scholars. She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.” Access her many free resources and connect with her online at www.katechadbourne.com.
AbbyLynn has been delighting in the joy of storytelling since she began pastoring in 1999. She has her Doctorate of Ministry from Portland Seminary of George Fox University. AbbyLynn teaches the art of sacred storytelling for use in ministry for the Maine School of Ministry and the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.
She currently serves as part-time co-pastor at the Acton Congregational Church UCC in Maine. Since the pandemic she has been diligent in learning the secrets to developing the craft of oral storytelling for the virtual world and now the hybrid church. She is thrilled to pass along these secrets to others wanting to learn more about the art of oral storytelling. AbbyLynn also loves sailing, is a USCG Captain and runs broadreachministries.com a coastal sailing retreat business with her husband that operates out of Saco Bay.
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