I fell in love with the magic of storytelling in second grade when I got to be one of Peter Rabbit’s three sisters in a school play. After getting my BA in Theatre Arts from Macalester College, I earned a Certificate in Storytelling from Dominican University and a Doctor of Ministry from Wisdom University.
In between I married, raised a daughter, and managed my own marketing communications business, producing numerous award-winning videos, magazines, annual reports, and other written materials for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
I have a deep interest in Indigenous wisdom teachings and practices, as well, and have spent several decades studying and traveling with traditional teachers, including Huichol, Peruvian, Mazatec, Native American, Irish Druid, Dagara, and Aboriginal Australian elders. I also completed the Foundation for Shamanic Studies' Three-Year Program in Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, and have studied with Celtic shamanic practitioner Tom Cowan, and mythologist Martin Shaw.
For five years (until the pandemic hit) I hosted “First Tuesday Tales with Tea,” a monthly event I created in 2015 for our local teahouse. FTTWT was the only place in the San Francisco Bay Area that exclusively showcased traditional stories (fairy, folk, legend and myth) told by internationally known storytellers. I told every month, too. Hopefully, we’ll be back.
An ancient Aramaic phrase sums up the essence of storytelling for me: Avra-kehdabra - “I will create as I speak.” It’s the origin of our magical incantation, Abracadabra.