The telling of sacred story begins with the preparation of materials. Materials include meditating on the sacred story, maybe doing some research, and following any questions that arise. My favorite part of the preparation though is usually the trip to Michael's to gather up all the craft supplies! Once the stage has been set, we find our own way into the story and retell it in our own words. Then we allow the listeners to wonder. We allow silence and inner wisdom to speak. Following the wondering, we respond to the story by incarnating it in some way: we create our own crafts, paint, color, work with clay, and sometimes we even share a meal (or a snack) together.
I spent ten years creating and telling sacred stories to children in The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Sacred Storytelling is based on the Montessori approach to learning. I am a Level I trained Catechist in the Catechists of the Good Shepherd. I am also trained in Godly Play (and a former trainer). I found that the sacred stories also work well for adult retreat settings. I am excited to expand offerings of sacred stories that also include myths from around the world. I plan to offer a sacred kids camp this summer (probably July) where I will share sacred stories with kids 3-6 years old (the ideal age for this work). I am also available to come to your church group or Montessori school and share sacred spaces with you in your own sacred places.