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Unleashing the power of Story:
A unique workshop with Sankirtana das

Posted April 8, 2004

Before high-tech there was storytelling. Stories help us retain ideas, focus the mind, learn new things, and help bring the listener to a stage of submissive aural reception.

An all-day story telling workshop is planned for Thursday, May 6 at New Vrindavan, a pre-conference event for this year's Festival of Inspiration. This hands-on workshop with Sankirtana das is a storytelling intensive that will help participants understand techniques for rehearsing and telling stories to an audience. Learn how to hold people's attention by engaging their imaginations. Participants will also work on the use of voice and gesture.

Come to explore the joy and power of the spoken word and discover the storyteller within yourself. This a great opportunity for devotees doing any type of speaking, teaching, preaching, and performing. Participants are encouraged to bring a story of one to three pages (double spaced) which they can work on. If you don't, that's OK. Sankirtana will have printed stories available for participants to work with.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants, and the fee is only $20 US. To pre-register contact Sankirtan das at (304) 845 6840 or story108 -at- juno.com.

Sankirtana das has a degree in theater from City University of New York. Since the mid-1970s he has written and presented numerous devotional dramas in ISKCON, including Nandulal -- the story of Bilvamangala Thakur, an evening with Krsnadas Kaviraja, and The Pandavas retire timely.

He now performs multicultural storytelling programs for over 20,000 school children each year, as well as offering programs and workshops at colleges, libraries, museums, conferences and churches. He is the author of The fish who wouldn't stop growing -- and other wisdom stories from ancient India. To find out more about his work see www.sacredvoices.com and www.hanover.edu/newvrindavan.