What is Storycatching?
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 – Interviews & Podcasts
Storytelling for Understanding and Healing – Episode 77 of the Podcast, What Could Possibly Go Right?
A Podcast with Vicki Robin of Resilience.org and Christina Baldwin
In each episode of What Could Possibly Go Right? host Vicki Robin asks “cultural scouts”— artists, activists, and academics who endeavor to see clearly, act courageously, and serve the common good — what they see on the horizon. In early May, she interviewed Christina.
In this interview, Christina discusses a variety of topics, including:
- The “need for story to survive” and to capture our humanness
- That journal writing and archiving allows us to process experiences for greater understanding
- The role of story in healing trauma and organizing our insights
- That our lives are a blessing, sharing wisdom with futures we cannot see or know
- The intersection of heart-led “squishiness” and fierceness in conversations, to find commonality with others
To listen, or to watch on YouTube, click here.
Hanging by a Thread: A Braid of Stories that Define Who We Are
with Christina Baldwin (Online)
Offered by The Jung Center, Community for Conscious Aging Lunch and Learn Series
Life hangs on a narrative thread. This thread is a braid of stories that define who we are, what the world is like, and how we make our way. In this interactive seminar, Christina Baldwin, co-founder of The Circle Way, and author of Storycatcher, will speak to her decades of work on the power and practice of story and its capacity to make meaning of life’s raw experiences. She believes personal narrative is the foundation for resilience and engagement in these times and that as we “stand in our own stories” we discover how to also stand with the larger story.
Click here to go to the Community for Conscious Aging website and listen to the archived interview.
In Conversation with Christina Baldwin
A Podcast with Sheila Bender and Christina Baldwin
Sheila Bender, author, poet, writing instructor, and founder of the website, Writing It Real, interviewed Christina at the end of 2019. Listen as they discuss Christina’s writing journey from her early journaling years to her current projects by clicking here.
Visit Sheila’s website, Writing It Real to learn more about her, her online classes and the books she’s authored, and sign up for her newsletter.
Why Keep Writing in the Age of Text and Tweet?
October 30, 2019
Telechat between Christina Baldwin and Lynda Monk of the IAJW (International Association for Journal Writing)
“Whatever happened to reflection? Everywhere I look people are hunched over devices and thumb typing bits and bytes or scrolling through newsfeeds or Instagram making hearts and comments. Me too—AND I invite us to remain committed to telling ourselves the longer story of our lives because we are the only ones tending that narrative, and that narrative is the rock we stand on for making every decision and setting direction.”
In this telechat Christina and Lynda Monk delve into the importance of attaching to oneself through journaling, making meaning of our stories, and being responsible for our own meaning-making.
Listen to the interview here.
The IAJW is a membership organization dedicated to providing inspiration and education to journal writers worldwide. It offers online courses, telechats, products, monthly journal-writing circles, and more. Christina is a member of the IAJW Journal Council.
Special invitation! If you’d like to join the IAJW, Lynda is offering a special $20 savings on an annual membership, which provides many member benefits. Simply go to https://iajw.org/journal-writing-products/iajw-annual-membership/ to learn more and use this special discount code: Christina20 and your savings will be automatically applied.
Breathing in Full Sentences: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Journaling.com podcast)
At the end of October, Christina was interviewed by Rebecca Kochenderfer, founder and host of Journaling.com. Rebecca is the author of Joy Journal, an uplifting collection of journaling tips and techniques.
This interview explores various practices (flow writing, collage, using dialogue) that Christina uses in her journaling life. She describes journaling as a spiritual practice, and provides insights and steps to connect with one’s deeper inner life.
“The deeper self is always talking to us; it’s just that we aren’t always listening. The act of writing slows us down to the pace of listening so that we can receive insight and guidance.”
Click here to listen to the interview and to read the summary notes.
Journaling.com is a free, online resource for journal writers. Joining gives you access to:
- interviews with leading journaling experts
- book reviews that inspire and provide new perspectives
- tips to keep your writing life fresh and deeply satisfying
- guides to the most trusted journaling resources available
Wonder Quest – Online Series
In late March of 2019, Christina was the first interview in Wonder Quest, an international online series on writing coordinated by Maram Taibah, a young Saudi Arabia writer and filmmaker. People were invited to sign up for the series (offered free of charge), which included several women authors, book coaches and publishing experts who were each interviewed by Ms. Taibah.
To listen to Christina’s interview, click the link below. (Link will take you to the video interview on Google Drive).
Story the Future – Learning Encounter
StoryMaking & StoryShaping in a Divided World
January 21 – February 10, 2019
In September 2018 and January 2019 Christina was featured in the Story the Future on-line Summit, and the Story the Future Learning Encounter. These interviews are legacy pieces garnered from decades of teaching, writing about, and tending to the story-field. Click on the links below the brief descriptions to view her interviews.
Christina was the lead-off interview featured at the STORY THE FUTURE – Learning Encounter . This was a 3-week online event featuring interviews and workshops with Story practitioners filled with practice tools, inspiration, and ideas to support participants’ ability to claim their personal past to “story the future.”
Christina’s interview explored 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.
To view the video of Christina’s Story the Future Learning Encounter, click the link here:
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 the links below to view Christina’s interview and the 2-page handout from the Summit.
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.
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.
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.
…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
The Power of Conversation! The 17th Annual Fall Conference of NWONE (Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives)
With Margaret Wheatley, Marie Manthey & Christina Baldwin
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