The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.
Callid Keefe-Perry is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and travels in the Ministry. He is completing his PhD in Theological Studies at Boston University. His work is at the intersection of imaginative and creative practices and their connection to pedagogy and spiritual formation. His current research relates to public education and the ways our schools spiritually affect youth. He is one of the founding members of the journal, THEOPOETICS.
Rhiannon is a vocal artist with a vision of music as a vehicle for innovation, healing, transformation, and social change. A vibrant, gifted singer, performance artist, composer, and master teacher, Rhiannon has been bringing her unique and potent blend of jazz, world music, improvisation, and storytelling to audiences for four decades.
Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, DC where she coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care, and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. In 2015, she was awarded the Col John Goia Patriot award by the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.
Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation storyteller who shares the gifts and heritage of orature from her Affrilachian family. Lyn is a nationally recognized raconteur and workshop presenter, an award-winning writer, a Thurber House mentor to young authors, a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center, and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader.