It’s community building, it’s networking, it’s spiritual growth. It’s one of the best programs I have ever done.
Liz Munoz, Oakland, CA
I learned my story matters which has given me confidence and bravery in my personal and professional life.
Robbie Goldman, Denver, CO
Not only will you become a better storyteller, you will learn how to use story as a great democratizing force within your community.
Fumiaki Tosu, Portland, OR
The Certificate in Community Storytelling provides practical tools that draw individuals and communities together in meaningful and healing ways.
Shannon Savage-Howe Thousand Oaks, CA
Improve your storytelling skills while learning how to build and strengthen community within a transformative, collaborative, and supportive learning environment. The Certificate in Community Storytelling: In-Person Cohort is for anyone interested in learning how to use the power of personal storytelling to heal, enrich, and mobilize communities for good.
The training is a one-week long intensive April 23-28, 2023. The training involves lectures, narrative exercises, small group sharing, and group discussion. This year’s program will be held in a retreat-like setting on the edge of the Columbia Gorge just 30 minutes outside Portland, Oregon.
In addition to the week long intensive, participants will receive four months of online group teaching (90 minute gatherings once a month) and five months of personal story coaching (one personal phone call/zoom meeting a month). In order to receive certification, participants will be required to design and complete a community storytelling project with individual coaching and mentorship by Hearth facilitators. Participants will present their projects at a final zoom meeting in September 2023.
Individuals who complete the certification course will:
Understand how stories function in our personal and public lives
Learn how to create transformative events that deepen relationships within a local community or organization
Explore narrative practices that promote individual growth, social awareness, and community action
Learn how to create a variety of public story-sharing platforms that engender trust and vulnerability
Gain concrete skills for community storytelling including story recruitment, event promotion, audience building, public participation, media integration, and fundraising
Learn how to craft personal stories for speaking, teaching, and facilitation
Increase skills for coaching groups and individuals in personal storytelling
Discover methods for amplifying the voice of marginalized populations
Learn how to apply storytelling techniques within families, friendships, and other informal gatherings
The Certificate in Community Storytelling is ideal for nonprofit staff, social entrepreneurs, government officials, educators, parents, ministers, therapists, journalists, artists, social justice activists, and anyone seeking to strengthen families, local communities, or charitable organizations. Registration is limited to thirty-five participants.
Portland International Airport is closest to the retreat center.
We will organize a shuttle from PDX to Menucha in the early afternoon of Sunday, April 23rd and from Menucha to PDX at 1pm on Friday, April 28th.
The Hearth is dedicated to creating a safe environment for our participants and staff as we return to in-person workshops and events. We will follow state guidelines and will amend our policies as the current situation changes and guidelines are updated.