Welcome to Our Event Calendar!

Monthly Collab Salons, Online Course Webinars and  Workshops are now integrated into one calendar! Check below the calendar for some further information.

A Special Year: the 10th Anniversary of Michael White’s Passing

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of Michael White’s death. It’s a time for reflection, as we trace some of Michael’s contributions to our practices and thinking including his careful attention to language, artful question-asking and respectful stance. In 2018, instead of our annual Vermont June workshop and camp, Re-authoring Teaching is partnering with Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) to offer a narrative gathering on Coronado Island, San Diego in March 2018. Building on the legacy of Michael White: A decade of Narrative Developments will will look back and spring forward as we come together to reimagine narrative therapy.

Narrative Gathering on Coronado Island, San Diego: March 28-30, 2018

building on the legacy of Michael White

A Collaborative Venture: Both NISD and Re-Authoring Teaching as non-profits share common missions.  Both missions include the commitment to protecting, sharing, and expanding Narrative ideas into the future. However, while NISD’s mission centers more around growing the local community in San Diego, Re-Authoring Teaching’s mission focuses on connecting the broader international community. Themes of Local and Global knowledges are shaping this Gathering.

We hope you will join us as we look back together on the rich history of Michael’s work as well as reflect on the ways we have carried on these past 10 years after the loss of Michael, keeping close to his work and proposing further developments. The Gathering is designed with multiple formats, creating opportunities for many to speak and reflect about their continued work. We imagine coming together as a local community in San Diego and an international  global community to consider Michael’s influence on the field and how narrative practices have been developed over the last decade to influence each of us and our respective communities in particular ways.  We’re not thinking of this Gathering as a “conference” per se, in the sense of having privileged voices of experts talking and others taking notes.  Rather, we offer a context for community learning, for centering and de-centering practices, for layers of multigenerational, diverse conversations that reflect on a variety of topics, personal, local and global.

Please consider joining us.

Jan Ewing – Founder, NISD & Peggy Sax – Founder, Re-Authoring Teaching

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Building on the Legacy of Michael White

Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) and Re-Authoring Teaching (RT), invite you to join us for a Narrative Gathering
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Themes: The following themes will be points of conversation at the Gathering:

  • Reflections from David Epston on the history of Narrative Therapy and the legacy of Michael White
  • Watching a Michael White video with introduction from Tom Carlson
  • Developments within multi-cultural contexts including Spanish-speaking communities with comments from Marcela Polanco
  • New developments in the work of integrative health & embodied narratives with Jan Ewing and Ron Estes
  • Expressive and performative arts with Danielle Drake and Shoshana Simons
  • Race conversations with Travis Heath
  • Global Initiatives with Peggy Sax & international guests
  • Education and Training for the future
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  • September 20, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

"In my undergraduate studies in El Salvador I was exposed to the writings of one of LP’s key contributors, the social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró, assassinated in 1989. His ideas and provocations resonated deeply with me, and even though my journey so far has been mostly as a therapist, I have tried to carry LP’s insights in some way or another. I was later introduced to Narrative therapy (NT) and its philosophical foundations in the master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University. I could not help but to draw connections between LP and NT, even though associated to different sub-fields of psychology and coming from distant parts of the world. This Collab session deliberately invites these two models into dialogue, with the goal of enriching one another, lifting up the value of interdisciplinarity, and for this case, emphasize how NT can benefit from approaches from the Global South." Juan Carlos García Rivera (Choco)

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  • September 25, 2020 - November 20, 2020
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The EM-BODY-ing Conversations Consultation Group is limited to 12 mental health workers or educators who have had experience with either EMDR or Somatic-Oriented Therapies in addition to a Narrative Therapy approach. Some registrants will have participated in the 2017 Em-BODY-ing Conversations Consultation Group. Experienced practitioners can sign up for this consultation group while concurrently taking the Em-BODY-ing Conversations Training Group. The focus is on an affective-discursive approach to clinical work that integrates EMDR Therapy and somatic-oriented practices with a Narrative Therapy both philosophically and practically.


  • October 18, 2020
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

During the sixteen years of my supervision & apprenticeship relationship with David Epston, David has taught me how to write narrative letters, including letters co-authored with clients.  Over the last couple of years, I have been inventing a new letter-writing practice: Co-authoring letters with clients to other family members with whom there has been a rift,  or where important issues have not been spoken about. If you would like to learn how to bring a new type of letter writing into your work,  do join us!  Kay Ingamells

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  • October 26, 2020
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

As a counsellor working for hospice, Sasha Pilkington meets with people who are suffering, sometimes with unsolvable problems, as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death.  In this workshop, she would like to share several cherished narrative practices that guide her therapeutic conversations with people who are suffering at the end of life. 6 Alliant CE Credits Approved!


  • November 15, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This Collab Salon will bring together people from around the world with contributions to the Archive of Resistance: Anti-anorexia/Anti-bulimia. We  hope to explore the following questions: *What are the possibilities and limitations of collectivised narrative therapy within the league of anti anorexia? *What could collective collaboration between insiders and outsiders look like?  How could it work?* What learnings can be found through the political movements that are happening around the world that serve as examples of the power of networks in seeking healing and justice? Kitty Thatcher & Dave Villfaña (Santiago, Chile)

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  • December 13, 2020
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Ian continues to explore in his therapeutic work, and also in his teaching program, the interweaving of four interdependent dimensions of practice. He will present a scenario to illustrate some aspects of his weavings and wonderings. Along the way he will very briefly speak to: Upholding the precious traditions of narrative ethics; Sensory impressions in the making of storied lives; Interpreting mindfulness: body, ethics and inspiration; Situated affect; and Embodied/enacted power relations.

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