Storytelling & Speaking

"Each soul, regardless of outer circumstances or appearances, is born with an inner nobility and sense of purpose that longs to be recognized and given a chance, or even a second chance, to manifest." 

- Michael Meade

“I ATTENDED A STORY MEDICINE SESSION WITH OSCAR AND WOULD LIKE TO THANK HIM FOR THE SPACE HE CREATED. THROUGH HIS STORYTELLING HE WAS ABLE TO HELP US RELEASE TRAUMA AND STUCK EMOTIONS. IT WAS A SACRED EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET."

SARAH SKOG | STORY MEDICINE PARTICIPANT

From the classrooms and halls of Brown and Harvard University to Salinas Valley "Soledad" State Prison, and many schools and organizations between, I have used stories from cultures around the world to help people see beyond the sense of isolation that leads so many to self-destructive patterns like substance abuse, bullying, self-harm, violence, and suicide. 

“OSCAR HAS A CALM AND COMFORTING ENERGY ABOUT HIM. I FELT WELCOMED, ACCEPTED, AND COMFORTABLE BEING THERE. I ATTRIBUTE THAT TO OSCAR'S ENERGY. THE STORY HE TOLD WAS INCREDIBLE. IT WAS FULL OF SYMBOLISM THAT WAS RELATABLE TO EVERYONE. IT WAS A VERY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I FEEL MUCH MORE PEACEFUL AND HAPPY AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE."

LAURIE KRETH | STORY MEDICINE PARTICIPANT

“OSCAR HAS A CALM AND COMFORTING ENERGY ABOUT HIM. I FELT WELCOMED, ACCEPTED, AND COMFORTABLE BEING THERE. I ATTRIBUTE THAT TO OSCAR'S ENERGY. THE STORY HE TOLD WAS INCREDIBLE. IT WAS FULL OF SYMBOLISM THAT WAS RELATABLE TO EVERYONE. IT WAS A VERY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE FOR ME. I FEEL MUCH MORE PEACEFUL AND HAPPY AFTER THIS EXPERIENCE."

LAURIE KRETH | STORY MEDICINE PARTICIPANT

The wisdom of our ancestors is in the stories that are woven through our DNA 

STORY MEDICINE IS THE USE OF ANCESTRAL STORIES TO HELP COMMUNITIES HEAL FROM HISTORICAL, INTERGENERATIONAL, AND PERSONAL TRAUMA. THE ORAL TRADITION OF INDIGENOUS STORYTELLERS IS ABOUT MORE THAN ENTERTAINMENT. IT IS ABOUT ENGAGING WITH ELEMENTS OF OUR COLLECTIVE HUMAN EXPERIENCE TO PROCESS INDIVIDUAL WOUNDS. THE MOST DEVASTATING ASPECT OF TRAUMA IS THE MYTH THAT THE PERSON SUFFERING FROM IT IS ALONE. THIS ISOLATION LEADS TO THE INCREASED INCIDENCE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, PERSONAL AND INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, AND SUICIDE. THESE STORIES TEACH US THAT THE MOST PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF PAIN AND LOSS ARE ALSO THE MOST UNIVERSAL. WHEN WE COLLECTIVELY ENGAGE WITH THEM, THEY HELP US HEAL OUR COMMUNITIES AND OURSELVES.

“OSCAR HAS A GREAT PRESENCE. HE'S GROUNDED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND A MESMERIZING  STORYTELLER. HE MANAGES TO KEEP HIS HEALING WORK LIGHT-HEARTED AND NON-INTIMIDATING. A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE!"

JESSICA LINFORD | STORY MEDICINE PARTICIPANT

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