Wisdom Keepers ~
Sharing wisdom through the art of storytelling
When I was a young man, I remember it was common to sit around an elder, a group of people, and even peers and listen to their stories, experiences and life lessons. In my childhood this would happen in my mother’s beauty shop, fishing with my uncle and during summers with tribal elders around a fire with lots of drumming. With so many other ways now to communicate, the tradition of verbal story telling has lost its power.
I still believe this is a very useful and empowering form of communication and knowledge sharing—so every month I am going to ask a few students to share their story. You are more than welcome to come and join this powerful communication practice of live Storytelling.
If you missed a Storyteller live, video links are below.
Join us for our next Storytelling events:
March 18, 7:30 pm: Managing Chaos
Black belt Ken Yee will talk about some of the principles he has learned to work with situations that appear unpredictable, rapidly-changing, and “out-of-control.” Being able to do this in your life as well as in Kung Fu is a very powerful skill. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn this valuable lesson.
March 23, 11:30 am: Staying Grounded as a Teenager
The world has a lot of ideas about who you should be—especially as a teenager.
Dorian Wiederholt Kassar has always thought about big philosophical ideas—but it was all theoretical; it just confused him. At fifteen, he asked a family friend to find him a therapist— “Someone weird. Really weird. Who won’t try to turn me into a conformist robot.” A week after his first session, Dorian started Kung Fu.
Dorian will share how he learned not to conform to or rebel against the world’s ideas but to instead discern what works for him.
If you are, know or have a teen who is struggling with identity, conforming or rebelling, this lecture and discussion will be beneficial to you.
Previous Storytelling events:
Like a veteran who collapses when his own son registers for the draft, Kathleen Buckstaff experienced PTSD when her daughter reached the same age she was when she experienced sexual abuse at a New England prep school.
Watch this powerful video of Kathleen sharing some of the things she has learned on her journey around sex, love and healing. Many of us have experienced past and present trauma around power and abuse. The wisdom this courageous story and message can offer will help everyone, especially young adults.
About the storyteller:A soon-to-be Yellow Belt in Kung Fu San Soo, Kathleen is an award-winning author, columnist and artist. Her latest book is
Feb. 11: The Creative Power of Intention and Living an Authentic Life
There is an ancient formula for receiving and attaining what you want. The key to maintaining what you receive is being and living authentically. Master Wayne Dahler shared his experiences with this process from intention to manifestation and discussed the importance of living an authentic life to sustain it.
It’s not about the acquisition of stuff; it’s the gratitude, worth and love of what you had, have and will have.
January 26th: Rape Prevention — Healing the Family Legacy of Rape
Master Barbara Koehler’s grandmother was raped at 18 years of age and this violent act meant deep shame, stigma and secrecy. Somehow, she survived, got married and had Barbara’s mother. But the legacy of shame, powerlessness, and guilt stayed with her family and has been passed down and manifested in a variety of ways that we can label as both healthy and unhealthy.
“Kung Fu means so much more than just defending myself.”
Master Koehler will share how the history of her Grandmother’s rape has affected the women in her family and how this art and her life’s journey have and continue to reframe the historic story of past trauma. ~the video of this storytelling will be posted soon.
January 14th: BOBBY-D CHILD - Changing the labels
Master David Williams was a “Bobby-D Child,” which is a term for someone who was brought up in the foster care system. The negative labels, judgments and biases that are imposed on these children affect their lives in a variety of unhealthy ways.
Master Dave shared his unique story of the effects of being a “Bobby-D Child” and anecdotes about how he learned to survive and thrive. This wisdom keeper’s story and learn life lessons that can apply to everyone and to every aspect of your life.
About the storyteller:
Master Dave is an entrepreneur and owner of SuperDaveDog where he specializes in walking, sitting and training for dogs and cats—“it’s all about the cats and dogs.” A true dog and animal whisperer, Dave lives in the city with his wife Kirstin and his two sons.
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