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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Joan Stockbridge

370 Hammond Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

(530) 823-9610

(530) 210-1601


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Storytelling connects. My life is about connection--to family, friends, community, self and Spirit. When I stumbled upon storytelling in 1980, I discovered a life path. After 10 years of telling in schools, libraries, and local festivals, I broadened my focus to include therapeutic storytelling. For 15 years I've led groups in mental health and transitional settings where we use myths to foster growth and healing.

Highlights of my storytelling life so far include:
*Receiving an Oracle Award in 2016 from NSN for service in the Pacific Region
*Performing a sold-out performance at the Stories At Work program at the 2004 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro.
*Performing twice on The Apple Seed on Sirius Radio
*Writing 3 collections of Japanese, Mexican, and African folktales for a reading series.

I enjoy telling traditional, historic, and personal stories. You can hear some stories and learn more at my website. www.joanstockbridge.com.

Long-Term Storytelling Projects

2000-present: Ongoing Therapeutic storyteller with the Women's Empowerment Program for homeless women
2004-present: Ongoing Healing Storyteller at New Leaf Residential Program for women in substance abuse recovery
2003-2006: Therapeutic Storyteller at the Placer County Mental Health Department. Provided monthly staff training on using stories in groups.
1987- 2002: Storyteller in Residence, Family Camp week, Bishop's Ranch

Some Sample Storytelling Appearances and Workshops
Two annual appearances with Colla Voce of The Sierra, 2007-present
Auburn Storytelling Festival 2016
Sierra Story Winds(workshop presenter and storyteller) 2015
Dengburg Historic Ranch 2015
Southbay Storytellers Winter Workshop (workshop presenter and storyteller) 2015
Healing Story Alliance Conference (workshop presenter and concert performer)
National Storytelling Conference (workshop presenter)
Roseville Community Center
Applegate Library
Mustard Seed School
Colfax Library
Wise Hearts, Love Around the World, and Befriending the Enemy--benefit performances at Faith Lutheran Church
Tellabrations in Sacramento and Auburn
One Root Festival
Live Oak Waldorf School-- May Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Full Moon Festivals
Auburn Sutter Faith Hospice Celebration of Caring, multiple years
Placer County Nature Center
Befriending the Stranger, St. Gregory Episcopal Church, San Francisco
Salmon Festival
St. John's Shelter

Types of stories I tell:

Traditional tales. Personal stories. Historic pieces, including the story of the first Japanese person to set foot on US soil and a piece about the end of the Civil War.

I tell stories for:

All Ages

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Organizations I belong to:

Healing Story Alliance