Folx Tales: A Celebration of the Narrative Worldview

Thu Apr 25 2024 at 09:00 am to Fri Apr 26 2024 at 05:00 pm UTC-04:00

Boston's NonProfit Center | Boston

Narrative Therapy Initiative
Publisher/HostNarrative Therapy Initiative
Folx Tales: A Celebration of the Narrative Worldview
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Please join NTI for a very special 2-day conference featuring Vikki Reynolds and members of our community sharing influential stories of their lives and work!
Folx Tales will be a two-day immersion into narrative therapy and community work where attendees will get to live the rich experience of being in narrative conversations while simultaneously developing their narrative skills and preferred ways of bringing the narrative worldview to their lives.
With this event, NTI is re-imagining what a “professional” conference can be. This gathering is purposefully not shaped by the normative assumption that outsider, “expert” knowledge is inherently more valuable than the diverse local knowledges found right here in our community. Instead, we’re organizing this conference around a key narrative belief: that every community has vast, rich, valuable knowledges that are deeply precious and worthy of sharing. All we need to do is bring our genuine curiosity and willingness to be moved to new, unpredictable places.
Conference Presenters
At Folx Tales, attendees will have the chance to hear from members of our own narrative community — therapists, community activists, poets, artists, organizers — who will be sharing important stories of their lives and work. These storytellers are not necessarily “professional presenters” — but this is exactly what has us most excited about this gathering. These are people we admire greatly and who regularly inspire us with their ways of being and relating. They are people living and working hard every day in ways shaped by narrative ideas and ethics. They include a variety of folx who reflect some of the diversity of our growing community. We believe their stories will provide a rich reflecting surface for us all to think about our own work, hopes, intentions, and achievements.
Conference Structure
Each morning will begin with a "key-note" event. These key-notes will be energetic dialogues, not monologues, with opportunities for spontaneous responses from attendees. The first day key-note will center a Steve Gaddis roundtable conversation, and the second day will feature Vikki Reynolds, who will be joining us in person both days. If you don't know Vikki, learn about her work on her website: https://vikkireynolds.ca/
Following these, attendees will head each day to breakout rooms where they will witness Storytellers sharing precious stories. NTI will then facilitate an outsider witness process where storytellers and participants can engage in a two-way, mutual meaning-making practice. We believe this process has immense potential for opening up new, yet-to-be imagined possibilities for how we work and live.
This is a conference born from a hope to relate to each other and to our work from our hearts, not only through academic ideas or prescribed therapy methods. Our dreaming has led us towards a spirit of Solidarity and Celebration, so in addition to the featured stories and keynotes, we will be weaving in music and poetry throughout the gathering, along with an exciting community art project that all participants will all have a chance to contribute to.
Learn more at: https://www.narrativetherapyinitiative.org/folx-tales-2024
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