Storytelling for Change

3-Day Retreat for All — May 12–14, 2017

Boone, North Carolina



All-inclusive packages start at $593.00

Learn the art of storytelling with JAC Patrissi


Storytelling for Change is a creative workshop aimed at strengthening your ability to tell the story of the work you do in a way that is brief, natural, and compelling. Together, we will explore how audience, character, conflict, and calls to action impact our message. We will clarify our own understanding of the kind of change we seek through the work we do and the message we want to impart. You will learn simple ways to use your voice and body to convey your message naturally. During the session, we’ll tell our stories to one another in small learning groups in a supportive, safe environment. You will leave with two stories ready to tell and the skills to tell many more.


Who is this retreat for?

The retreat is open to all levels of expertise, all gender expressions, and is appropriate for people in all physical conditions. Please contact us using the form here if you have any special requirements.


What you should bring

Ideas or notes for two stories you have been telling about the work you do.



Starts: May 12, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Ends: May 14, 2017 11:00 a.m.


The Art of Living Retreat Center
639 Whispering Hills Rd.
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: (800)-392-6870

About JAC Patrissi

JAC Patrissi, MSW, is a professional storyteller and author. As a former writing teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall, she coaches development and social change professionals in storytelling, runs storytelling events, and regularly tells stories through film, newspaper, radio, and local television. JAC brings extensive practical leadership experience to her use of storytelling, having designed and facilitated human services projects and policy interventions for criminal justice, community-based advocacy, social service efforts and the United States military.


I went to a large conference on using creativity in our field, attended by a wide variety of nonprofit membership. This workshop was not the keynote, but should have been, as it was hands down the best thing about the conference. What I learned over the few hours in the workshop has completely changed how I communicate the work of the nonprofit I work for. One other thing stands out for me—at one point JAC shared with us a storytelling ritual that she was given by some women she had worked with in North Africa who had asked her to share the gift with others she worked with. One of the young women in the room “called her out” on cultural appropriation and was quite rude about it. I felt myself getting angry. When JAC responded, she was not defensive. It was like there was not a defensive bone in her body. I may have learned more about leadership from that interaction than I did about storytelling for change, if that is possible!
Janice Leisenring, Maryland