Kind Stories in Concert

  • Sun, Oct 2, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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‘Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, 

listen with patience, and act with compassion.”

-Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Join the Healing Story Alliance for a special gathering to share and explore stories of kindness in its many faces and forms. Through folk tales and personal stories, we will dive deeply into multiple experiences of kindness. What is it? How does it impact us and our relationships to ourselves, to each other, to the world? Come and listen to “kind stories” shared by both professional tellers and community members and see what memories of kindness emerge for you. Featured tellers are Kory May, Milbre Burch, and Jyoti Pande.


Kory May, chair of the National Storytelling Network, is a long-time host and facilitator, a 16-year member of Toastmasters and two-time Distinguished Toastmaster. He is also a five-time semifinalist in Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, ranking in the top 20 in the world in 2015, in the top 30 in the world in 2018 and 2021. Kory says he tells stories to make sense of the world. Since the world doesn’t make sense, Kory continues to tell stories. 

Milbre Burch,   a GRAMMY-nominated recording artist, nationally known touring and teaching artist, published writer and produced playwright, is a storyteller in every sense of the word. An accidental archivist of the American storytelling revival, she has been featured at festivals across America, in Europe, Asia, and now online. She holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies and has presented and published scholarship on fairy tale performance, and the narrative and dramatic strategies of American storytellers, solo performers and playwrights. 

Jyoti Pande is a trained Counsellor, with an experience of 25 years plus as an educator . A mindfulness practitioner and a Happiness coach, she is a passionate Storyteller, and loves to narrate folk tales and stories from Indian Mythology. She is the founding member of ISHN (Indian Storytellers Healing Network ) for she believes that stories heal. She conducts training for teachers, students and corporates under her organization SOUL -KATHA , and co-facilitates monthly circles on healing. She is happiest when learning new skills, telling or listening to stories.

Elisa Pearmain, emcee, has been telling stories professionally since 1987, and always with a penchant for the many healing benefits of story. She is the award-winning author of 52 Wisdom Tales from Around The World, Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying, and the double CD Forgiveness: Telling Our Stories in New Ways. Elisa is also a Psychotherapist in private practice, and is on the Executive Committee of the Healing Story Alliance.

About the Community Tellers

Laura Hunt

While raising her two children, Laura Hunt was an elementary school teacher, a mentor and trainer, and a budding advocate for gender equality. She’s now found the perfect professional home as co-director of Hands in Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering marginalized girls and women in inner-city Kathmandu. In her several trips to Nepal, Laura has formed deep personal connections with the people she serves. She carries heartfelt stories of women and girls whose lives have been transformed through access to education and a strong sisterhood. Perhaps the life that has been impacted the most by this work and focus, in fact, is her own. 

Shristi Tamang

Shristi Tamang: At age 17, Shristi competed with high school students from around the world and received a full scholarship to attend United World College in Montezuma, NM. This unique early college program has campuses around the globe with the shared vision of making education a force to unite nations and cultures, promoting peace and a sustainable future. Raised in a tiny one-room home in Kathmandu that was shared with her parents and sister, Shristi’s education was sponsored by Hands in Outreach since she was five. Now she is an 11th grader, studying in the US and learning with fellow student leaders from around the world.  Shristi describes herself as a driven self-starter who has a strong idealism to make changes through education. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, backpacking, and cooking.


Date & Time

Sun, Oct 2, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Healing Story Alliance

Healing Story Alliance is a not-for-profit, educational, arts organization which provides online resources and concert, workshop, and community programming in support of storytelling as a healing art. 

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