Finding And Telling Your Stories

A Storytelling Workshop with Lisa Libowitz

Saturday, November 11th 10:00 AM -2:00PM


Program Leader:

This program will be led by Lisa Libowitz, who in addition to being a writer and poet is a professional storyteller who performs for both children and adults. She weaves stories from memories of a childhood divided between Appalachia and the Midwest, her many travels, and her love for global folk tale traditions. She is an adjunct professor at Towson University, where she teaches storytelling. 


Meeting Location: Meet at the Niles Cabin. Please plan to arrive a bit early to meet folks, use bathroom, etc. and settle in before program is scheduled to start and if it is your first time visiting the Friends Wilderness Center, PLEASE read and follow the ‘Driving Directions/Driving Time’ instructions provided below.

Food & Drink: You may bring whatever snacks and beverages you might like to have during the program. Lunch will be available if you wish to have it (see below). Please retain all recyclable materials and take them with you when you leave.

Lunch Cost: Lunch will be home-cooked, tasty and very nutritious. A $10 payment is requested for each meal. 

Program Context: FWC programs afford participants chances to connect with Spirit and to explore their inner landscapes within the supportive environment of the lovely outer landscape at the FWC. Sharing stories can be a deeply spiritual experience. Our ancestors’ earliest attempts to preserve our history and explain our interactions with nature came through oral storytelling. Each of us carries stories that when told with candor, clarity and feeling can be empowering to both the teller and the listener through reinforcing our common bonds of humanity and shared experience through the sharing of stories.

Program Content: Lisa will guide participants through the creation and sharing of personal stories, by helping them explore the elements and structure of stories, and the power of language to express them. With the forest and pond around the Niles Cabin both bursting with the energy of new life, a fine lunch and fellowship of fellow storytellers, this will be a wonderful way to usher in spring. Feel free to hike the trails following the program or even spend the evening to extend your stay at the Friends Center.

  What to bring: Bring a journal or notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes. Check our Helpful Info page on the website for other items which might make your visit even more enjoyable.

 Driving Directions/Driving Time: If you have not been to the FWC before, please go to our DIRECTIONS page ( and print out driving directions as it is easy to miss key turns and to end up miles from where you need to be if you are going from memory. We also recommend that you estimate your driving time from your point of departure by using MapQuest or Google and adding in 15 minutes of extra time to give yourself a cushion.

 Registration: Contact Sheila Bach at or (304) 728-4820 for more information, to register for this program, and to make reservation changes.

Program Cost: Although the Friends Wilderness Center does not charge for any of our programs, we do ask those who can afford it to make a suggested donation of $10 per person (a family discount is available), or more if you would like, to help us continue the upkeep on our facilities and the land.   Donations and meal payments (if applicable) can be made using a personal check or cash at FWC or by credit card via the FWC website ‘Support’ page which uses PayPal for secure online payments. If this event interests you, then by all means drive out and join us and set aside any concern you might have about a donation if this is an obstacle to your attending.