I have a vision. Imagine this...a small group of people sitting around sharing their stories in a safe, welcoming environment. healing. finding hope. experiencing a renewal of spirit. building lifelong relationships. and ultimately walking away with a better sense of their self and their journey.
Imagine books with stories of strong, vulnerable characters. Stories that empower men and women struggling with mental illness. Imagine words that create healing and inspire honest conversation.
That is the power of storytelling and that is my dream.
Storytelling is the oldest art form. Without stories & the ability to share those stories our society and future societies would lose a means to connect, interact & relate.
I have been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I filled journals with words and angst and tried to understand the world around me and the inner workings of my mind. Words became my release. My savior. My tool for overcoming the greatest of life's obstacles, and there have been many.
So what is Wander?
Wander is a short story podcast I started in January 2015. It is a unique take on storytelling. It explores the notion of spending a moment in someone’s life wherever they may be, to wander into their world and just experience it with them. Currently Wander is a once a week podcast, but I want it to be more. In short I will continue to grow Wander by creating 12 story book collections from the stories featured on the podcast as well as short films from your favorite stories and continuing to share stories that celebrate the vulnerability & frailness of the human condition.
The larger goal is to create a workshop Survival Storytelling™, that will dig deeper into the idea that storytelling can help you heal. Through the creation of Wander I have been able to see and understand fully the impact of our stories and the art of storytelling. It holds so much power in it. The power to free you from your past, your pain, your mistakes. Storytelling is freedom. With your support I will be able to publish books, make films but ever more importantly I will be able to start the Survival Storytelling™ workshops and retreats to continue to guide and empower people to tell their stories.
With your support I will be able to make this all happen & ultimately inspire others to write, create & share stories and share meaningful conversations about life, love, loss & all things storytelling.
Come Wander with me...you never know where it will take you!
Frequently Asked Questions
How many episodes will you release a month?
In a typical month i will release 4 - 10 posts a month including a mix of podcasts and blogs. (As a patron you will not be charged for more than 5 episodes a month)
Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course! You can cancel or adjust your pledge for any reason at any time. You can also set a monthly maximum to ensure you are never charged more than you can handle. (Please note setting a monthly max below the normal episode release amount could result in the reduction of certain rewards)
Do I have to pay in US Dollars?
Nope! Everything is shown in US dollars on the website, but you may use any currency and it will be automatically converted.