Join us this summer for a Storytelling Retreat & Adventure – 7 days of practice and performance, day-trips and discovery. It is an in-depth storytelling and story-listening workshop, designed for all levels of expertise; from beginner to experienced teller. We will work on finding, developing, learning, and polishing stories in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Delving deeply into story, we will focus on integrating the voice with images, gestures and emotion. Also included are companion listening, Tai Chi, and individual feedback sessions; and all the while, paying attention to and nurturing our creativity. There will be free time to work on our stories, relax, or explore Asheville. During the week, we will journey to the Hicks home – the birthplace of Ray Hicks who was the patriarch of Southern Traditional Storytelling. Along the way we'll see breathtaking views and waterfalls on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop for lunch at a funky general store. We will spend the afternoon with Ray's widow Rosa and their son Ted, who open their home and hearts to us. During our time there, we'll hear traditional stories and ballads and enjoy Rosa's field of dahlias in full bloom. We will also visit Ray's final resting place and arrive back in Asheville as the sun is setting. This full week of story work and story adventure prepares us for a performance opportunity on Friday evening for invited guests, family and friends. Saturday will be an occasion for feedback and critiquing Friday evening's performance and reviewing the week. And then a closing ritual on Saturday afternoon before we say our good-byes.