What if the keys to understanding the universe were hidden inside of every word you speak?
What if the stories you tell had the power to heal, destroy, or transform, the world around you?
Stand in your genius
Spark brilliance in others
Influence the world around you
Build a better future
Through every story you tell
Educators, healers, workshop facilitators, creatives, change-makers, entrepreneurs, trainers, speakers, therapists, artists, leaders & visionaries
(or if you feel the calling to be one)
This is a call
For those who want to plant beauty in unrest
For those who believe they can change a life with a string of well-placed words
For those who are committed to developing their skills to speak truth to power
Storytelling is the operating system that aligns the heart, mind, and soul with purpose.
Are you wondering...
How can I make a difference?What is my role in the great story of our time?
How can I use my voice to best serve the times I am living in?
And bring forth the authentic gifts within me through the stories I tell?
“We’ve tried everything that was possible and none of it worked. Now we must try the impossible.”Sun Ra
Step into the Sacred Storytelling Cauldron and
discover what is waiting for you...
- Ignite your creativity as you engage your mythic imagination
- Liberate your voice and spark freedom in others
- Learn from a diverse group of master teachers from different traditions and from around the world
- Develop wisdom stories, vision stories, and journey stories so you can help nurture strong connections in your community
- Allow your storytelling to heal wounds you might not know you were living with
- Increase your confidence to your relationship with your creative life force & experience ease and joy with public speaking
- Reimagine activism as you experience storytelling as a tool for social change
- Stand in the role of leader as you influence the consciousness of those around through every story that you tell
- Be witnessed in the telling of your personal story
- Work within a small group of committed allies
- Expand your repertoire of myths & fairytales from around the world
Want to experience a Free Class?
How To Tell Stories Designed to Open Hearts & Change The World
You will receive:
In this 3 month course we will have a combination of classes with master teachers and group working classes. Themes for each month are the following:
Listening within and Speaking out: Talking out loud the voices of your land
Killing The Hero’s Journey
Embodying The Story: performance and practice
Walking the Path of Eldership
Master Teachers Include
Ariel Spillsbury is a spiritual counselor guided by the wisdom of the Maya and the Mayan Oracle. She is a planetary midwife whose focus is on expanding consciousness, building the Sanctuary of the Open Heart, and honoring the Divine Feminine. The author of The Alchemy of Ecstasy and The 13 Moon Oracle. Her passion is participating in the conscious evolution of this planet and all its inhabitants. This takes the form of traveling to share the wisdom of the Divine Feminine around the globe, which she has done for over thirty years. She has devoted her life to the conscious awakening of all beings. This she has offered through writing, teaching, sacred theater presentations, creating a metaphysical store, conferences, consciousness events, lectures, seminars, starting a metaphysical newspaper, moon circles for women, spiritual counseling and maintaining a temple for the Goddess for twenty five years. Ariel is a cheerleader for consciousness, ceremonialist and consciousness initiator.
She offers Initiation into the Mysteries of the Divine Feminine, Mayan Initiations, Divine Child Workshops and a sound and light technology called crystal singing. Ariel magnetizes sacred circles of light around the planet to bring people together in divine communion, love and remembrance. The present focus of her awareness is grounding a Living Mystery School, priestess training and sound and light temple on Earth called The Sanctuary of the Open Heart.
Joanna Macy PhD
Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. The author of more than twelve books, she is the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, a ground-breaking theoretical framework and workshop methodology for personal and social change.
Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain(with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke’s Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004, 2017) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007), A Year With Rilke, (with Anita Barrows, Harper One, 2009); and Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, Parallax Press, 2010), Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone, 2011); Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 2014).
Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
Rachel Bagby, author of the #1 bestselling book, Daughterhood: Sounding / Hidden Truths / Ignite Your Freedom, has devoted over 30 years to helping women voice their power. Founder of Singing Farm and Voice Blessings, she designs and leads programs with global reach, teaching change-agents to become joyful instruments of individual and organizational brilliance.
An award winning social artist, international speaker, and leadership muse with a JD from Stanford Law School, Rachel’s clients have included entrepreneurial founders and mavericks at world-renowned organizations such as Google, Facebook, Organic Valley Co-Op and Rockwood Institute. Evoking the powers of story-singing, poetic intelligence and earth-centered contemplative practices, she helps leaders, artist, and healers galvanize the forces of nature within them, to accomplish bodacious, heaven-on-earth serving missions.
Drawing on skills honed as a founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s ensemble, “Voicestra,” Rachel uses improvisation techniques to amp up her audiences’ presence and message, so that they increase their communicative power to transform the moment.
Learn More: http://rachelbagby.com/
Caroline W. Casey
Caroline W. Casey is a Visionary Activist Astrologer, devoted to the principle that Imagination lays the tracks for the Reality Train to follow. Therefore the cultivation of imagination coupled with the capacity for complex story-telling is a key strategy for personal and collective change. As the late great Native American activist, Ruben Snake, used to quip, “Here’s a little bit of Native American wisdom for you – if we don’t change our direction, we’re likely to end up where we’re headed.”
A native of Washington DC Caroline is the last of five children born to an Irish-Democrat-New-Deal Congressman, and a politically active Yankee Swede. She has a degree in Symbol Systems (semiotics) from Brown University, and has studied magic, mythology and social activism all over the world.
Based in Washington DC, Caroline broadcasts her live weekly radio show, “The Visionary Activist Show”, wedding spiritual magic to ingenious social action to Pacifica station KPFA (94.1) in Northern California , replayed on L.A.s KPFK (and can be heard live on the web, by going to www.KPFA.org at 2pm PT on Thursdays).
Primary astrological consultant for Time-Life Books’ 1989 book “Cosmic Connections”, she has offered mythological-astrological news analysis on ABC”s “Nightline”, CNN’s “Crossfire”, in “People Magazine “, on Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, CBS’s “Nightwatch”, “Fox Morning News”, “Equal Time” etc.
In 1980 Caroline was a weekly astrological political analyst on Washington Metromedia TV, with Mark Shields. Subsequently her Astrological Interpretation of World News and Politics has been sought in a full-page interview in The Washington Post, a full length cover feature also in the Post’s style section (July 2000), on the front page of the Providence Journal, the New Bedford Standard Times, the London Sunday Times, the San Francisco Examiner, and in an interview with James Ridgeway for the Village Voice. She has written astrological-political essays for Washingtonian magazine as well as an astrological-political column for George Magazine (July ’98-February ’99). And covered the 2000 election for National Journal’s Hotline.
Her audio book,Visionary Activist Astrology is published by Sounds True. She is the author of Making the Gods Work For You – the astrological language of the psyche (Harmony Books/Random House or Random Harmony) The audio version, a theatrical presentation of the material in the book, is also titled Making the Gods Work for You.
She offers Visionary Activist Revivals at a wide variety of conferences all over America as well as in South Africa (presenting at the Parliament of World Religions), Sweden, England and New Zealand. A rousing and frequent keynote speaker, Caroline invites us to imagine, conjure, and implement a more lovingly ingenious world
Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) is an ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher, lecturer and author from Covenant University in Nigeria. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. He is Coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization. Bayo and his ‘life-force’, Ej, are currently on a journey to reclaim their lives and intimacy with the earth, with others and with community. He is writing his first novel, The Boy Who Stayed Outside. Ej and Bayo are ecstatic parents of a girl, Alethea.
Disenchanted with the single story about wellness and being he had received via his Eurocentric clinical training, Bayo embarked on a quest to seek out the less-than-obvious stories his own people had told for hundreds of years. He met with Yoruba shaman-priests who spoke glowingly about the vibrancy of the nonhuman world, the limitations of human agency and identity, and a more holistic notion of prosperity and abundance. They taught him the limitations of ‘the white man’s pills’ and urged a collective shift from the hubris of modernity to a deepened alliance with the web of life, saying: ‘In other to find your way, you must lose it’. For Bayo, the shamans reinvigorated his recognition of truth as sacred play. Bayo continues to examine through his writing and talks how stories give birth to reality.
Deena Metzger completed her undergraduate studies at Brandeis University and Brooklyn College, where she earned a BA. She earned an MA at UCLA and a PhD at International College. In 1969, she was fired from her tenured teaching position at Los Angeles Valley College because of a course unit she taught on censorship and pornography. Her appeal with the California Supreme Court was decided in her favor, and she was reinstated at the college in 1972.
In her poems, Metzger engages themes of peacemaking, intimacy, and healing. In an online review for Rattle, poet Lori A. May stated, “Ruin and Beauty is a welcome cornucopia of pleasures, dares, warnings, and resolutions. For each moment of ruin, Metzger offers suggestions for reviving beauty. Where there seems to be little hope, the poems subtly shift and provide some. Metzger … knows how to solicit emotion and call for action.” Her books of poetry include Ruin and Beauty: New and Selected Poems (2009), Looking for the Faces of God(1989), and Axis Mundi Poems (1981).
Metzger’s nonfiction prose includes From Grief into Vision: A Council (2007), Entering the Ghost River: Meditations on the Theory and Practice of Healing(2002), Writing for Your Life: Discovering the Story of Your Life’s Journey (1992), and Tree and The Woman Who Slept with Men to Take the War out of Them(1981). She is also the author of several novels, including La Negra y Blanca: Fugue and Commentary (2011), which received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature; Doors: A Fiction for Jazz Horn(2004); The Other Hand (2000); and What Dinah Thought (1989). With Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson, Metzger coedited the cross-genre anthology Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (1999).
Metzger is the recipient of several awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in California.
"Speak the Spark" is an incredibly rich, meaningful, useful and inspired offering. It has been the most inspiring part of my life for the past 6 months! Before taking the class I dreamed of having storytelling be a part of my daily life. I now find myself feeling more confident, taking the initiative when I'm in a group to tell a story, and able to tune into the stories that want me to speak them and for the first time I am actually receiving stories!!! It's been such a magically fulfilling experience.
Leah is gently encouraging, offers clear & direct reflection, and has catalyzed me to find my own unique use of language and creative expression through storytelling.
How It Works
We meet twice a month online via video conferencing
The first class of each month features a master guest teacher and is held on Tuesday's from 5pm-7pm PST (Convert to your time zone here)
The second class each month will involve a progressional journey of developing your knowledge and skills in identifying, developing, and gifting stories in all areas of your life and is held on Tuesday's from 10am-12pm PST (Convert to your time zone here)
You are assigned a small group of like-minded cohorts matched specifically to you based on your interests and goals
Meet your Host
Leah Lamb, MSW, experiences story as a tool for personal transformation and social change, and views the artform as a mystical expression of the connection between earth, people, and all life forms.
Her storytelling lives in several mediums. She has authored short stories, documentaries, and award-winning PSA’s about the environment. Her articles about culture and the environment have been featured in Fast Company, Spirituality & Health Magazine, National Geographic News Watch, and Huffington Post. She produced and hosted The Green Channel on the Emmy-award-winning television network, Current TV.
Her education in theater includes studying the Eric Morris technique, the Meisner technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, and apprenticing at The Williamstown Theater Festival. Her love of the arts as a doorway to social change came alive when she began writing and producing, But it is her love of the wilderness that brought her to the threshold of listening to where the stories live. She worked as a wilderness guide for seven years, traveling from Alaska, to Nepal, to Mexico, and to the deserts of the southwest.
Leah created the format of storytelling ceremonies, which have toured in LA, San Francisco, and NYC. Her mystical storytelling, known as Soul Stories, provides people another tool to explore their archetypal structure and examine their lives through the metaphors and symbols that present in their consciousness.
Learn More About the Course
Leah Lamb is a storyteller and media strategist of unparalleled talent and unmatched wisdom. Leah’s work represents a masterful blend of keen, seasoned insight into multimedia trends + deep familiarity with archetypal forces at play beneath the surface of our shared societal narratives + unwavering devotion to the healing of the earth. A collaboration with her will leave your own work and understanding of the world forever impacted, for the better.Caitlin Sislin
“Leah Lamb is more than a teller of stories, she is a celebrant of Story as a part of human life, as a transformational process, and as a vehicle for creating social change.”Baruch Zeichner, Host of Paradigms Podcast
“I received so much from this course…I came away with a clearer sense of my “medicine”, that is, what I uniquely have to offer the world at this time. Leah is a big hearted, compassionate facilitator with a depth of knowledge, and is highly skilled at facilitating safety and opening of doors that are ready to open.”Carrie Katz, songwriter and co-founder of Edwardian Ball
This Course Is For You If:
You want more than the technical ABC’s of what goes into building a story; you want to learn the subtleties of what makes storytelling a mystical, magical, and mysterious transformational art form
You want a transformational experience where you can carry yourself, your stories, and your actions, forward in meaningful ways.
You want to develop and practice your storytelling skills in a safe and supportive environment
You want to join an international learning community while also enjoying the flexibility of learning on your own schedule.
You long to learn from elders and to receive guidance as you explore which stories in your personal life and in our culture are asking to be carried and which stories are asking to be healed
You want to learn the skills and ethics involved with changing a story
“I had long felt the call to share stories. Thanks to this class and the most impressive array of presenters, I found not only confidence in my voice, but the deep listening to hear what it’s wanting to say. Moreover, I found the invitation to see stories where I would not normally look to get a better grasp on the storybook that is life.”Ophir Haberer, participant in Speak The Spark, 2017
Storytellers Are Some Of The Most
Influential People On The Planet
WE USE AN ANCIENT TECHNOLOGY
To build realities
Shape belief and value systems
Disrupt social constructs
3 months of steeping, learning, practicing, and developing your sacred storytelling skills.
Want To Host A Group That Meets And Studies Together In Your Hometown?
Limited work exchange/partial scholarships available.
Please inquire below for more information.
“Leah Lamb is a midwife of magic and sage guide through the creative realms. I am grateful to have called her into my life at a point when I decided to commit to a creative practice in order to birth various stories that want to come through. I kept coming up against my own internal blocks for years and decided it was time to find a professional to honor this personal intention. Our weekly sessions are deeply engaging, dynamic, full of surprises, heart opening, playful and keep my muse nourished as she finds her way. She’s helped me to create my own rituals around my creative process and listens deeply for what wants to come forward without forcing a “formula” on my process. She’s taught me how to celebrate and welcome my muse in a way that the spigot of creativity has opened in my life. Leah always provides me with numerous writing prompts and exercises to play with throughout the week so I have places to go when I hit a creative cul-de-sac. As I’ve opened up to writing mythic stories, I’ve started to live a more mythic life. I don’t know what more I could ask for.”Alexandra Marcus
Want to add private coaching sessions with Leah to your experience of Sacred Storytelling?
Set up a 20 minute information session to determine if receiving 1:1 coaching sessions will accelerate achieving your goals.
The Performance Intensive
Put me on the stage!
Are you ripe and ready to learn the ins and outs of how to develop, rehearse, and produce a sacred storytelling performance?
The performance track is designed to support your full embodiment of your story. Join an intimate community and be led through a facilitated co-creation process that will result in a fully produced evening of sacred storytelling.
The Performance Intensive includes:
- Participation in three weekend retreats over the course of the 10 months (Oct 26-28, Feb 8-10, May 17-19)
- Development of confidence in your performance skills as you learn how to create and produce a story from start to finish style
- Progression through a rehearsal process that fosters the development of your personal storytelling style
- Exploring the art of giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Learning the ins and outs of what is involved with producing an event, including creative development, marketing, and production
About the retreats:
Location: Nicasio, CA
These 2.5-day retreats will take place at Solstice Grove, a 30-acre sanctuary and retreat that hosts a redwood forest, a grove, trails through the woods, vistas of the valley, a hot tub, and more. Catered meals will be provided.
Listen for your stories while walking among the redwoods
Listen for your stories as they surface through the waters
Tell your stories around the fire
Please note, there are limited seats in the performance intensive
“Leah lives in story, it resonates in her being – as a teller, as a writer/thinker, as an activist/world changer, as a contemporary artist rooted in the ancient. She knows the alchemy of myth and the miracle of life, and the tangible magic of language performed.”
~Joe Lambert, Founder of The Story Center
“I have been struggling for some time with finding my voice and therefore finding my power. I used to enjoy writing short stories in my younger days, but somehow that creativity (and my voice) got lost in the shuffle of all the hustle of life. I always felt pulled away by what I ‘should’ be doing rather than listening to the wisdom within. But Leah’s course showed up in my life and it has shifted me in a very powerful way. I was able to learn new skills (like working with myth) with ease and flow. But most importantly I was able to work with my own real life story in an empowered way that helped me bring closure to an old trauma I had suppressed for years. If I had to do it over, I would choose this course a thousand times over and over again!”
~LaShanda Brown Sell, PhD, participant in Change Your Story, Change Your Life
Leah Lamb is more than a teller of stories, she is a celebrant of Story as a part of human life, as a transformational process, and as a vehicle for creating social change.
~Baruch Zeichner, Host of Paradigms Podcast
“Speak the Spark” storytelling class has been THE MOST inspiring part of my life for the past 6 months! Before taking the class I dreamed of having storytelling be a part of my daily life, and now it is! I find myself feeling more confident taking the initiative when I’m in a group to tell a story, which is new for me. Also, I am tuning into the stories that want me to speak them and I am actually receiving stories!!! It’s been such a magically fulfilling experience.
Leah is gently encouraging, offers clear & direct reflection, models the use of language and creativity that has catalyzed me to find my own unique use of language and creative expression through storytelling. It is an incredibly rich, meaningful, useful and inspired offering. I can’t recommend this class enough. ~Elana Auerbach
“I’ve been walking with a heavy story, in bewilderment of how to relate to it, what to do with it, carrying a sense that it has relationship to a universal human story but not knowing where to begin. Leah helped me spell out the pieces through feeling ALIVE in the story, honoring it, bringing intention to the craft of it, and allowing it to reveal itself to us. I feel like dignity has been brought to my role in these painful stories, and I feel empowered to live in them with awareness and choice.”
“I had long felt the call to share stories. Thanks to this class and the most impressive array of presenters, I found not only confidence in my voice, but the deep listening to hear what it’s wanting to say. Moreover, I found the invitation to see stories where I would not normally look to get a better grasp on the storybook that is life.”
“I received so much from Leah’s course. There was a safe and rich space created to get to know the others in the group, and for each of us to unfold in our own way. I also came away with a clearer sense of my “medicine”, that is, what I uniquely have to offer the world at this time. Leah is a big hearted, compassionate facilitator with a depth of knowledge, and is highly skilled at facilitating safety and opening of doors that are ready to open.”
~Carrie Katz, songwriter and co-founder of Edwardian Ball
Leah Lamb is a storyteller and media strategist of unparalleled talent and unmatched wisdom. Leah’s work represents a masterful blend of keen, seasoned insight into multimedia trends + deep familiarity with archetypal forces at play beneath the surface of our shared societal narratives + unwavering devotion to the healing of the earth. Each of her dynamic offerings reflects her multifaceted brilliance, and a collaboration with her will leave your own work and understanding of the world forever impacted, for the better.
“Leah Lamb is a midwife of magic and sage guide through the creative realms. I am grateful to have called her into my life at a point when I decided to commit to a creative practice in order to birth various stories that want to come through. I kept coming up against my own internal blocks for years and decided it was time to find a professional to honor this personal intention. Our weekly sessions are deeply engaging, dynamic, full of surprises, heart opening, playful and keep my muse nourished as she finds her way. She’s helped me to create my own rituals around my creative process and listens deeply for what wants to come forward without forcing a “formula” on my process. She’s taught me how to celebrate and welcome my muse in a way that the spigot of creativity has opened in my life. Leah always provides me with numerous writing prompts and exercises to play with throughout the week so I have places to go when I hit a creative cul-de-sac. In our time together, as I’ve opened up to writing mythic stories, I’ve started to live a more mythic life. I don’t know what more I could ask for.”
“Kind yet firm, loving yet fierce, Leah expertly marries the magic with the mundane as she fluidly guides the unfolding of every soul’s unique story. Her ears listen for the deeper currents flowing beneath the words and actions, her words call each participant more fully to life, her eyes sparkle with the radiance of aligned purpose, and her heart sings the siren song of remembrance and returning.
Leah’s work is an imperative service to the great turning of our world and culture, and her devotion to the mystery invites all that work with her to step into their unique embodied expression of medicine and purpose… If you are ready for true transformation of the tales you tell and the germination of the seeds of growth within your soul, step into Leah’s circle and surrender to the greater story that is longing to live through you.
“I wanted an adventure with others crafting the art and narrative of their lives. I wanted a setting and community to explore my inner, outer, creative, expressive self in hopes to live the story of my life more richly and enjoy the stories of others. I didn’t know what to expect… I got to enjoy all that — an epic adventure; a beautiful, talented, and generous community; Leah’s medicine and soul offerings — and because of the workshop, I feel more resourced to live my life, my medicine, my stories more enthusiastically and full-heartedly.”
~Wendy Buffet, MD
Leah has opened up a whole new storytelling world for me. I have written a novel and have been studying story craft for years yet with Leah I experienced for the first time storytelling as a sacred ceremony. Now I want to drink up all the myth-making elixirs that Leah brews in her kitchen. She is a master of language alchemy.
“Leah’s process is gentle, intuitive, fun and powerful. She has a wonderful and truly transformative ability to support people in moving people through stuck places and into clear alignment with their own inner wisdom.
“My storytelling was mechanical and stale and in a way… unlived, unliving and underlived. After this course, and something was awakened. This course was exactly what I needed to spark my soul into finally living that story telling side that I never dreamt I could and would live up to.”
This is a call...
For those who want to join a community that practices eloquence,
who want to try their hand at creating stories,
stories that may be given as gifts,
gifts that are worthy of being carried over and beyond a lifetime
Join the Speak the Spark Wait List!
Stepping into the field of storytelling as a sacred form will invite a transformational process. This requires time, commitment and dedication, and at some point, it is very natural to say to yourself, "I don't want to do this anymore." (Just imagine what a caterpillar goes through while becoming a butterfly). For that reason, as your super ally, in support of you taking a strong and loyal stand for yourself, a 70% refund will be honored until 48 hours after the second class; after that time no refunds will be issued. Before enrolling in this course, we invite you to ensure that this is the time you are ready to say yes, because the strength of your commitment is a ripple effect that will go through you...through your cohorts, and through your teachers, creating strong binds that go in all directions.