What is Storycatching?

Story is a map.
The map that gets one person through gets the next person through.
We depend on story to learn from each other,
to inspire values-based action,
to imagine the new ways forward.

Storycatching—how we speak, write, and listen to each other in our personal, professional, and community lives—has always been a core practice of PeerSpirit work. Since the publication of Christina’s book, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, we often combine circle practice and storycatching.

Storycatching Events

Story the Future – Learning Encounter
StoryMaking & StoryShaping in a Divided World

January 21 – February 10, 2019

Christina will be the lead interview featured at the STORY THE FUTURE – Learning Encounter . This is a 3-week online event featuring interviews and workshops with Story practitioners filled with practice tools, inspiration, and ideas that support participants’ ability to claim their personal past to “story the future.” Its theme is StoryMaking & StoryShaping in a Divided World.

Christina’s interview explores how our stories are sourced by our moral code and sense of values, and how important it is to shape our experiences into resilience and inspiration that keep us moving steadfastly in alignment with our values, even if story is falling apart in media and politics.

The free interviews feature an array of global story practitioners: there is a fee to join in the 2-hour-long workshops that accompany the interviews. Each week two hands-on workshops will also be on offer to enhance skills and put new ideas into immediate practice.

Participants can purchase a ticket to each workshop separately, or buy an ALL-ACCESS Pass, which gives them access to all of the workshops. (ALL-ACCESS Pass holders will also have access to all the workshop recordings and 2018 Summit material – see below – until the end of June, 2019.)

Following is the line-up of interviews. These are amazing story-based leaders and thinkers Christina had the chance to meet last fall in the original Story the Future Online Summit:

January 21: Christina Baldwin, Michael McCarty
January 22: Chené Swart, David Drake
January 23: Richard Olivier, Roi Gal-Or
January 28: Juanita Brown, Lorna McDonald Czarnota
January 29: Peter Block, Kiran Singh Shah
January 30: Joe Lambert, Wendy Morris
February 4: Mike Love, Samantha Slade
February 5: Colin Craig, Paul Costello

For more information, and to register, visit the Story the Future website!

Previous Storycatching Events

Story the Future – An Online Summit
September 10-30, 2018

Christina participated in the global online summit: Story the Future  in the autumn of 2018. She was part of an online gathering of more than 60 of the world’s most inspiring and accomplished story creators and change makers. For three weeks, they shared their stories.

Story the Future is a community passionate about story. The summit was created for those curious about the power of story and how to work with it.

Visit the Story the Future website for more information. And click below to get Christina’s 2-page handout from the Summit.

Story the Future Handout – Turning Point Star – page 1
Story the Future Handout – Turning Point Star – page 2

Women of Whidbey – Christina Baldwin, Writer in Residence – Story Comes Home
with Christina Baldwin

Watch Christina talk about her life and evolution as a writer, and how Story creates maps for us to follow in this You Tube video of her talk at the 2017 Women of Whidbey program.

Journalverse Interview:
Pioneer Conversations
with Christina Baldwin and Kay Adams

The Journalverse is a learning community for journal writers and facilitators worldwide. Join Journalverse founder Kay Adams as she and Christina discuss how we can keep cool and communicative in these times. How do we speak and listen with those who are polarized from our own point of view? How do we move beyond anguish and into action? What are some concrete steps we can take?

Click here to download an audio file (mp3) of the interview, which took place on May 24, 2017.

Be a Storycatcher

Every day you can make the world around you a friendlier place by exchanging stories! Storytelling is how we introduce ourselves, discover commonalities and differences, build community, and learn from each other’s experiences. The artful interplay of storycatching is fun, heart-warming, and free! Download our Storycatching Tip Sheet and practice on your own in the grocery line, at the dinner table, in the office.

Download

Christina Baldwin’s Spiral of Experience, a map for making sense out of life that can be applied to any life event we work with in story over time.

Subscribe to and Read Our Blogs

Check out the latest on our Blog page, where Christina and Ann share their stories. And subscribe there, so you’ll get a notification when a new post is published.

Learn about Storycatcher

In her entertaining and profound book, Storycatcher, Christina Baldwin explores story as the core of life experience. Through stories, education, writing and oral prompts, the book illustrates how we use narrative to make sense out of what is happening to us and around us. Don’t have your own copy yet? Learn more about it.

Listen…

…to the podcast in which Christina talks with Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, host of the Unity Online radio show “Creative Spirit: Connecting Art and Soul“. Rev. Maggie is an ordained Unity minister and the author of 6 books. She has been exploring the creative spirit both personally and professionally for many years.

…to the podcast, “The Life Purpose of a Spiritual Storyteller”, where Christina is interviewed by Angie Swartz, Founder of Life Purpose Advisor. Angie’s mission is to empower people to find their life purpose through knowing themselves, incorporating daily practices and transforming their bodies. Angie’s Life Purpose Advisor Podcast asks spiritual leaders and difference makers the deep questions around living a life of purpose, meaning and joy. Listen now >>

…to an interview between Christina and Ruth Folit, founder of IAJW (International Association for Journal Writing) as they discuss the power of journaling, how to move forward when stuck, tips for new journal writers, recent epiphanies about writing, and more. This interview is a part of a series Ruth created called “Celebrate Journal Writing!” – where she interviewed 9 journal-writing luminaries.
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…as Christina talks with Jennifer Louden as a guest on Jennifer’s “Teach Now” series. Christina speaks about her introduction to teaching, how to open the teaching space to what wants to emerge, preparing to enter and leave teaching space, self-care, addressing self-doubt and how to get out of your own way.
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In this podcast, Michael Margolis (of Get Storied) interviewed Christina as part of The New Storytellers series. They discuss self-reflection as a leadership and storytelling practice, and explore the role of narrative as the basis for life transformation.
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Storycatching Keynotes & Courses:

ReStorying Your Life with Christina Baldwin (E-Course)
4-week E-course Led by Christina Baldwin of PeerSpirit and
Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice

Leading Change Through Story
A Keynote Speech and Reception with Christina Baldwin
Sponsored by The Chrysalis Foundation
Des Moines, Iowa

Storytelling Intensive Workshop
With Christina Baldwin & Ann Linnea
Melbourne, Australia

The Power of Conversation! The 17th Annual Fall Conference of NWONE (Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives)
With Margaret Wheatley, Marie Manthey & Christina Baldwin
Seattle, Washington

From Life to Life Story: Transforming Self, Family, and Community Through Story
A course offered by the Kripalu Center, taught by Christina Baldwin

New Year, New Story: The Power of Story to Change Your Life and Your Career
Women’s Business Exchange Breakfast Meeting with Christina Baldwin
Seattle, Washington