The highlight of our Inaugural Event in Santa Fe was the insightful program of New York based professional story teller Regina Ress. She began by sharing with us that while personal stories are very powerful she hangs out in the metaphors of traditional stories and that this evening she would be sharing stories that evoke the theme and issues related to Healing Voices – Personal Stories: how to journey out of abuse, how to say no and how to help those in need.
Her first story was a traditional Grimm’s Fairy Tale featuring a Princess and Old Rinkrank. When the Princess falls down into a cave and becomes a servant to Rinkrank she forgets who she is and even her own name. The story ends with her learning to say “no” and finding her voice. Next she shared a portion of an epic from Borneo featuring a mother crocodile who couldn’t lay her eggs and her husband who asks for help from a tribe’s woman. Crocodiles are very dangerous animals and yet the woman helped by listening and birthing the new. The story illustrated choices made when your worst enemy is at your door and that sometimes to get unstuck one needs someone to listen.
A Haitian folk tale featuring the character of Tapingi engaged the audience in learning and chanting several lines and demonstrated how important the community can be in helping save a young girl. Regina concluded with a short Norwegian story about a woman seeking light in her house and how “to have light you have to be open to it.”
Thank you Regina for a thoughtful program.