“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Since the earliest days humans gathered around campfires, the act of stringing words into stories - like the beading of a necklace - has been one of our most powerful tools. And yet, in a world dominated by digital displays and rapid-fire communication, we may be losing touch with the deeper, more personal connections between people and place.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO TELL YOUR OWN STORY?
WHY DOES SHARING YOUR STORY MATTER?
IN WHAT WAYS DO ALL OF OUR STORIES CONNECT?
HOW DO OUR INDIVIDUAL STORIES TIE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD?
Asking these questions and more, The Common Ground Project is inviting students from all walks of life to freely explore what we have in common with each other and the natural world. STUDENTS + STORYTELLING is a workshop that teaches students how to shape and tell their own stories, and listen to the stories of others. In this 5 day retreat – led by storytelling experts and wilderness guides – students will be introduced to a variety of cultural narratives distinct to the Rocky Mountain West. We will draw from Montana’s rich history of stories about place; Inspired by writers such as Wallace Stegner, William Kittredge, and Annick Smith.
STUDENTS + STORYTELLING delves into deeper understandings of “Self” and the broad connections that exist between people and landscapes. We’re calling on inspired young leaders (ages 18 and up) to co-create this powerful experience through the art of spoken and written storytelling.
The experience includes tipi camping, guided hikes, river rafting, campfire discussions and lessons in wildlife biology, natural history, and more. Together we will share adventure, campfires, and stories enhanced by the beautiful and wild landscape of Tom Miner Basin.
This year’s STUDENTS + STORYTELLING retreat will be led by the gifted, Becca Frucht.
Becca is a self-ascribed "Tumbleweed Queen" whose eclectic personal and professional journey has taken her from the red carpet to the Rocky Mountains. Becca’s recent adventures in the American West were first ignited by a family trip to Yellowstone and an Outward Bound experience in Montana, the wild state she now calls home. Becca loves telling stories almost as much as living them -- she's shared escapades onstage for hit shows like NPR's "The Moth" (she performed all over LA and won the Denver StorySlam). She fervently believes "oversharing is caring" so she's most passionate about coaching others to "hone and own" their narratives and speak their truth.