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Images & Voices of Hope | December 2, 2020

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Restorative Narrative Retreat & Summit Schedule

We are thrilled to have a terrific group of speakers who will explore the Restorative Narrative genre and related topics at this year’s summit and retreat.

Below you will find a detailed schedule of events. Please note that there will be built-in breaks a couple of times a day. We hope you will use these breaks to get to know other attendees, talk with speakers, recharge, etc.

The retreat and summit will take place at the Peace Village Learning and Retreat Center in Haines Falls, N.Y. Here are directions on how to get there. We encourage you to arrive on Wednesday if you’d like to attend the day-long retreat. Questions? Please email ivoh managing director Mallary Tenore.

We look forward to seeing you!



9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Join us for a day-long media retreat that will focus on resilience and empathy. | Gayatri Naraine, Kenny Irby, Judy Rodgers, Veronica McHugh, and Eric Le Reste

7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:00 to 9:30 p.m. A warm welcome and introductions, followed by a musical performance



7:00 a.m. Sunrise meditation

7:30 a.m. Beginner’s yoga

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks and introductions

10:00 a.m. What is Restorative Narrative and why is it important? Hear from our inaugural group of Restorative Narrative Fellows & their story coach. | Ben Montgomery, Jake Harper, Elissa Yancey, Rochelle Riley, Alex Tizon, and Jacqui Banaszynski

11:45 a.m. How can media challenge stereotypes and change perceptions? Experts in photojournalism, digital media, and advertising will explore this topic. | Nancy McGirr, Felix Richter, Monica Guzman, and Erin Shaw Street

1:00 p.m. Lunch, followed by free time. Guided mountain walks will be available during this time.

3:00 p.m. How can gaming enrich storytelling and cultivate empathy? Professional game developers will share their work around gaming as a force for good. | Dan Norton, Laralyn McWilliams, Phoenix Perry, and Ann DeMarle

4:30 p.m. How does empathy factor into reporting and storytelling? We’ll explore the benefits of empathy, as well as some of the drawbacks. | Kim Cross, Trymaine Lee, Melanie Green, Lene Bech Sillesen, and John Yearwood

5:45 p.m. A reflective panel on the inner dimension of empathy.

6:30 p.m. Dinner

8:00 to 9:45 p.m. Join us for a screening of the documentary film “Fly By Light,” “an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.” The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Ellie Walton and Hawah Kasat.



7:00 a.m. Sunrise meditation

7:30 a.m. Beginner’s yoga

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks

9:30 a.m. How can community narratives foster resilience? We’ll look at how to identify stories of resilience after periods of disruption, particularly in local communities. | Kevin Becker, Laura Lo Forti, Scott Gurian, Roberta Gratz, and Jon Funabiki

10:45 a.m. Reflective session on the inner dimensions of resilience

11:15 a.m. “Speaker huddles”: Attendees will have the opportunity to talk in smaller group settings with speakers of their choice.

1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Visit our bookstand, where our speakers will sell and sign books they’ve written.

2:30 p.m. Our featured artists, Debra Weisberg, Cy Wagoner, and Nancy McGirr will talk about their displayed artwork.

3:00 p.m. Hawah Kasat will lead a NextGen workshop focused on how storytelling and the arts can foster social change. While geared toward younger attendees, anyone is welcome to attend this hands-on workshop. 

5:00 p.m. A conversation about the topics, ideas, and themes presented at the summit.

6:00 p.m. Closing remarks

6:30 p.m. Dinner

8:00 to 9:45 p.m. Join us for our annual awards ceremony where we’ll recognize this year’s five Award of Appreciation winners. Light refreshments will be served.



7 a.m. Sunrise meditation

7:30 a.m. Beginner’s yoga

8 a.m. Breakfast, followed by departures