Welcome the Center for Action and Contemplation to the New Story

Here at the New Story Festival, one of our favorite sayings is from Father Richard Rohr: “The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.” We are creating a whole new festival experience to practice the better!

That’s why we are so delighted to announce today that Fr. Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) is joining as partners in the New Story.

The CAC is a wonderful partner to have, particularly for the DEEPEN part of the festival program, which will invite participants into practices that slow down our breathing, sharpen our thinking, and help us find resilience amidst the challenges of life and the world. Ancient wisdom experienced in a new context, for young and old, of all experiences.

Please help us in welcoming Fr. Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation as partners in the New Story!

Sojourners Joins as a Partner in the New Story Festival

We’re honored to have our friends at Sojourners joining us as a sponsor of the inaugural New Story Festival in 2019.

Sojourners started in the early 1970s when a handful of students began meeting to discuss the relationship between their faith and political issues, particularly the Vietnam War. In 1971, the group decided to create a publication that would express their convictions and test whether other people of faith had similar beliefs. What emerged was a publication committed to social justice and peace.

Sojourners is a perfect partner for the “Act” program at the festival. “Act” is the program area where we focus on positive, proactive social action aimed at making the world a better place.

Please join us in welcoming Sojourners to the New Story!


We're delighted to announce partnership with Whole Life Learning Center, a school for holistic and alternative education in south Austin, to lead the children's program at the festival this coming November. 

The mission and methods of Whole Life Learning Center resonate deeply with the New Story Festival. From their website:

"At Whole Life Learning Center, Mentors support the Whole child, and are committed to all facets of growth and development: intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual. We understand that all learning happens in relationship: relationship with the world, with each other, and with ourselves. From a place of deep inspiration, we help young people cultivate these relationships - this is Whole Life Learning."

Whole Life Learning Center has seven aims for its students: self-awareness, self-confidence, academic excellence & a love of learning, wonder & joy, creativity, emotional intelligence, community connection & global citizenship.

More than just a school, Whole Life Learning Center is also known for its summer camps, especially Camp Indigo, offered in collaboration with the Amala Foundation. Entering its 18th year, this heartfelt summer camp offers exciting and creative opportunities for children ages 4-12 to express themselves, explore their world, and celebrate the magic of childhood. Camp Indigo helps children build social-emotional skills through focusing on compassion and respect. The activities are designed to increase confidence, teach communication skills, and promote respect for self and others.

Kids' programming at the New Story Festival will showcase many of these same activities and emphases, allowing interested families a taste of what Whole Life Learning Center has to offer.