Nourishing the Soul

This year’s Nourishing the Soul will talk again about story, the ones we’re told and the ones we tell. It will be wide-ranging, from myth to Shakespeare, from Homer to Updike, from fairy tales to urban legend, and maybe most important, our own. We think storytelling is the most human of activities. It helps make us who we are, tells us where we are, and gives us some sense of where we want to be. Each night the dreamer visits us with his wild tales. All our earthly stories are, in a way, a way of catching up with him/her.

Frank O’Connor takes a sentence from Gogol’s “The Overcoat” to give an alternate description of the short story: “and from that day forth, everything was as it were changed and appeared in a different light to him.” All of us have had many such moments where there is a turning, a pushing in a new direction. The seminar will give us a chance to explore our own “turning moments” as well as those of others real and fictional in the context of story.

We have planned also some wonderful art and music projects.

This years’s seminar will be held from April 3 to April 6 at Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg. We will meet for 2 hours on Monday night, from 7:30 A.M. till noon, 2:00 P.M. till 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and 7:30 to noon on Thursday. “We have raised the fee for the seminar this year to $700 because the amount we are being charged by Bishop’s Ranch has increased significantly from last year. We are negotiating a lower fee with Bishop’s Ranch and, if successful, will reduce the fee for the seminar.” (There is also a $50 nonrefundable registration fee.)

Date:       Monday, April 37:00pm – Thursday, April 612:00pm

Place:      Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.

Leaders:  Maureen Draper, Nils Peterson, and Sue Renfrew.

Fees:        $690, which includes $50.00 registration fee.

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