Auburn Storyteller Joan Stockbridge has been honored by the National Storytelling Network. She will receive the Oracle Award for regional service and leadership from the National Storytelling Network this summer at the national convention in St. Louis.
Stockbridge a member of Auburn’s Foothill Storytelling Guild and featured speaker at the January 30, 2016 Auburn Winter Storytelling Festival. She will present a workshop titled “How To Tell Stories That Connect and Inspire” during the January 28, 2017, festival in Auburn.
The National Storytelling Network writes that the winner of an Oracle Award in 2016 is for service and leadership in the Pacific Region. Joan’s repertoire includes traditional, historic, and original stories for adults and children. She has performed twice for The Apple Seed, broadcast on Sirius Radio. A former business communications trainer and college English instructor, Joan designs workshops and performances to meet specific educational, community, corporate, or civic objectives.
She presented workshops at the 2003 National Storytelling Conference and the Healing Story Alliance Conference. She presented a sold-out performance at the Stories At Work program at the 2004 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro. With the support of an NSN grant, she and a colleague developed a transformative storytelling curriculum for homeless women, which she has been using in a transitional program since 2006.
She is author of 3 collections of Japanese, Mexican, and African folktales for a reading series. She leads weekly healing story groups for court-mandated women in recovery. Joan is also a trained spiritual director and Soul Collage(R) facilitator and frequently leads workshops, retreats, and healing story groups. Check out her website and blog at www.joanstockbridge.com.