NEW STORY EXPERIENCE

Saturday, November 3

Across seven program areas in one day,
we'll embody the new story: of connection instead of separation, of commitment to the common good instead of narrow ambition, of participation with imagination at the foundation.

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 Click here for a pdf of the full new story experience program

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10am: Opening Session
What is the New Story?
with Brian McLaren

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11.15am: Breakout Sessions
(repeated in the afternoon):

 
 

Play

At the New Story Festival, you can expect this: we'll try to take life seriously; but expect this too: we'll try not to take ourselves too seriously. You're invited to join us in both.

Deepen

Sometimes called Contemplation, the DEEPEN program invites us 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.

Act

Margaret Mead said that we should never doubt that a small committed group of people can change the world, for indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Our festival will host leaders and dreamers for the common good, courageous light-weavers who show that each generation has the chance to discern what needs to change, and then make the change real.

Think

Before something can come into being, it has to be imagined. We're hosting conversations and talks from people committed to learning and sharing a better story - activists, poets, wanderers, leaders and questioners. Watch this space.

Connect

A festival isn't only a performance, but a communal experience of meeting, listening, and enjoying each other. At the New Story Festival, we'll be providing space for the building of a new community - and we welcome introverts and extroverts, and everyone in between!

Perform

From music to theatre, spoken word to dramatic monologues, and surprises too, come taste and see - or hear - artists sharing the new story in song, drama, poetry, and who knows what else?

Create

Art isn't just for people who believe they are artists, but the capacity to participate in and enjoy creativity belongs to everyone. Join us for experiential, entertaining, educative and amusing opportunities to make something new.

 
 

 

12.30pm: Lunch

 

 
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2pm: Afternoon Session
with Gareth Higgins
& Micky ScottBey Jones

The New Story in our lives:
home, community,
politics, and
the common good.

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3.30pm: Breakouts
(repeated from this morning, see descriptions above)

Play

Deepen

Act

Think

Connect

Perform

Create

 

 
 

5pm: Have dinner on your own or with friends

Dinner available on-site or explore unique Austin cuisine at numerous options just steps away from the campus.

 
 
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7pm: EVENING SESSION
Special performances by Mona Haydar & Amparo Garcia-crow

Followed by a conversation with Mona
on transformative spirituality,
activism for the common good,
and living a more humane,
welcoming, and courageous life. 

 
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