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Deepening Presence through Storytelling


Deepening Presence through Storytelling

Facilitated by Sarah Buffie and Katie Bachmeyer

Whether you’re a facilitator, videographer, clergy person, or just someone who loves listening to someone’s story, this is a class to take those hats off, put the tools aside, and re-learn the joy of going within and listening human-to-human.

No matter our differences, a good story told thoughtfully connects us to one another’s common human experiences. This four week course teaches the art of listening to help unearth the truth inside us all and build empathy that supports healing in our communities. Learn practical ways to approach the art of storytelling with integrity, intentionality, and purpose. Story telling and story listening are ways we can hold space for ourselves and others in a way that uplifts our innate ability to heal together in community.  Join us as we develop a practice that holds our stories sacred and empowers us to deepen our ability to be present with self and others.

Please note this class starts one week later than our other January classes.

Katie is visual storyteller and has completed over 100 docu-style shorts in her career. She is passionate about illuminating the voices of people who get overlooked in popular media content. She is also a social media minimalist, and helps others learn to be thoughtful and simplistic in their social media messaging. Katie’s career is in storytelling and research, and has been collecting stories and outcomes for Starfire, a non-profit working to build community alongside people with developmental disabilities. She studied Anthropology and Video Production in college and is currently receiving training in teaching yoga and mindfulness.  She is a 2010 Fulbright Scholar and has taught English in Macedonia and South Korea. Published works include: "Organizational transformation to integrated employment and community life engagement" Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation (2016), Wellness and Social Connection: Seeking Impact through Outcome Measurement: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Data Forum (2015) Business as Unusual,13-minute documentary. Premiered: Reel Abilities Film Festival (2015) . A body of her video work chronicling the journey of Starfire can be found at:  and her personal website is

Sarah Buffie MSW, LSW, founding director of Soul Bird Consulting believes that nothing has the power to heal like supportive relationships.  Specializing in trauma responsive care, she helps organizations and individuals disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma. Sarah has worked in community organizing- specifically, Asset Based Community Development, for over a decade and has a deep passion for her work.  Her focus is to spread awareness about how trauma affects the brain and body, and teach effective approaches for developing resilience within the people organizations strive to serve, and the people closest to the work, caregivers and direct providers. Sarah received her Masters in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University with a focus in trauma, positive psychology, and mindfulness. With years working closely in her Cincinnati community through her Americorps service as well as abroad with her Peace Corps service in Namibia, Africa, Sarah brings a unique community building lens to the work.

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