Living Story Project

About Us

Living Story Project is an initiative focused on storytelling to foster connection, creativity, community, and mentoring relationships.

Stories allow us to better understand what is often incomplete, untold, or hidden in prevailing mainstream narratives. Using an array of oral and written storytelling traditions from across the globe, Living Story Project creates an inclusive space for interactive and dynamic conversations about issues that matter.

Our commitment to creativity, creative expression, and creative identity, underlie and inform our focus and forms of engagement, forms which include art, movement, writing, and storytelling.

While Living Story Project’s theme-based events center around specific topics about the human experience, it is the vitality of the conversations among participants that generate community learning and bring these topics to life. These explorations occur through workshops, courses, retreats, and collaborations with other like-minded humans. The objective of Living Story Project is to connect people to themselves, to one another, to time, and to place.

Deborah Schnitzer and Kristy Taylor, founding members of Living Story Project, welcome you as contributing members to the development of this project.

All funds accrued from Living Story Project events support direct costs and ongoing project initiatives.

Co-Founders

Deborah Schnitzer, PhD

Deborah Schnitzer, PhD

Deborah works with words, images, and genres to tell stories as fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and screenplay. Her practice includes particular interests in experiential learning, as well as creative inquiry and expression. She brings these interests to curriculum design and facilitation within diverse, shared learning settings. A National 3M Teaching Fellow and Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, Deborah developed courses in literary, inter-arts, and creative writing courses, and established community-university internships in relation to arts-based, literacy, human rights, and social justice organizations.

Kristy Taylor, M.Ed., C.C.C.,

Kristy Taylor, M.Ed., C.C.C.,

Kristy  is a Certified Canadian Counsellor currently working in private practice. She works in both individual and group settings and has offered group counselling in the areas of trauma, grief, women’s bodies, and inner psychic landscapes.

Grounded in depth-oriented psychotherapy, she supports healing and well-being by helping people build self-awareness and discover insights that allow for the development of meaningful relationships, creative expression, and empowered choice-making. She has worked in both community-based and public-school settings as educator, activist, and counsellor. Kristy has trained with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés Women Who Run With the Wolves, using archetypal psychology and the healing power of myth and story to guide people toward deep healing.

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