Story Camp

A weekend of camaraderie, getting-away-from-it-all,
learning, sharing, rest, walks, and lot and lots of STORY!

September 27-29, 2019
Friday evening through Sunday brunch

La Foret Environmental Center
6145 Shoup Road • Colorado Springs, CO 80908

About Story Camp

Since 2014, Rocky Mountain Storytelling and Storytellers of New Mexico have been sponsoring an annual Story Camp to get to know each other and to share common interests. It is a weekend of camaraderie, getting-away-from-it-all, learning, sharing, rest, walks and lot and lots of STORY! Story Camp is designed for about two dozen RMS and STNM members and other story-loving folks.

To give you an overall idea of the weekend, there is a Friday evening gathering spot with informal food, visiting, and story as people arrive and settle in. Saturday morning has two consecutive interactive workshops. Saturday afternoon has group-generated breakout sessions for discussions, presentations, storycrafting, and sharing as people choose. Saturday is a lovely evening of all story and Sunday morning is breakfast, sharing reflections and planning for the next Story Camp, and good-byes to old and new friends.



  • 3:00 pm – Check-in and dinner grazing until 8 pm
  • 8:00 pm – STORIES


  • 8:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:30 am – Workshop with Eldrena Douma
  • 10:45 am -12:15pm – Workshop with Robbie Knight
  • 12:30 – Lunch
  • 2:00-4:00 pm – Breakout groups
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 8:00 pm – STORYTELLING


  • 9:00 am – Breakfast
  • Reflect and plan for next Story Camp

How to Register

The all-inclusive price for the weekend is $200 (plus optional $15 linen rental fee)

We have a limit of 24 participants.

What’s included

  • All meals: Friday evening informal grazing food, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast
  • A bed in a shared room
  • Two workshops: Details below
  • Story swaps both Friday and Saturday evening
  • Breakout groups
  • Use of camp grounds and amenities

What to bring

  • Stories for swapping
  • Linens for single mattress. These are camp mattresses so if you sympathize with the princess and the pea you may want to bring extra padding. Option to rent linens from La Foret for $15.
  • Personal items
  • Books/CD for sale
  • Storytelling items

Saturday Sessions

9:00 – 10:30 am
The Creative Spirit: Developing a story with objects, into words, into story

Presenter: Eldrena Douma, New Mexico

This workshop is for anyone that loves or would love to create with words. All that is required is your Imagination! In this workshop the participant will develop a story with a group and individually. Quick thinking will be the challenge in this workshop. The process of creative thinking and using ones imagination is what will be required to mold words into a story in a short period of time.

As a young child Eldrena spent several years at the side of her father and grandmother. They were both artists. Her father sculpted Tewa/Hopi Kachina dolls and her grandmother carried on the tradition of coiled pottery. She helped gather the materials needed with her grandmother and watched as both her grandmother and father created. And with eachcreation, stories were told. Little did she know but those days would be the building blocks of who she would become – a storyteller.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Voice Care and Characters

Presenter: Robbie Knight, Colorado

The first part of this workshop will help you tune in to your breath and care for your voice with techniques used by professional voiceover artists (such as Robbie) storytellers (such as Robbie) and opera singers. These techniques are effective, super simple and easy to remember, and also have health benefits. Caring for your voice and tuning in can also be great for reducing stress, including performance nerves.

Then, after a short invitation to positive listening, which creates a safe space for play, it’s all about fun. We’re going to play with voice characterization techniques including sound placement, body mechanics, inhabiting the character and imitations of impersonations!

Bring your favorite characterizations if you like, characters in stories you’d like to explore and work on, or be ready to discover new ones!

2:00 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Gatherings

Bring your storytelling wisdom, experience, questions or befuddlement for the Saturday afternoon small break-out sessions around camper-generated topics. This is an opportunity to connect, experiment, or share in a small friendly group. It is an informal and safe way to pick folk’s brains, share storytelling war stories, debut the bones of a workshop, try something out, get ideas on your storytelling business questions, and whatever else you want.

Or Not You! Because there is also:
Facilitated by Elaine Muray, New Mexico
Elaine founded and facilitates Albuquerque’s very successful monthly storycrafting get togethers and she is hosting one at Story Camp!
Do you have a story, a part of a story, or a germ of an idea on which you want input? Bring it to our afternoon of storycrafting, where we help each other move our stories forward. We will aim for 5 minutes per teller with 10 minutes feedback minimum and depending on number of participants.

About La Foret Environmental Conference and Retreat Center

La Foret, located just North of Colorado Springs and minutes from I-25, offers an oasis of inspiring scenery in a peaceful, private setting. The buildings are located around the perimeter of a wide-open, grassy meadow. All recreational facilities are available for our use, including tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and three fire circles.

La Foret was founded to provide sanctuary for reflection, ideal for story, with lots of walking trails, self-guided walking tours, and quiet places. It also has a large outdoor rock spiritual Labyrinth, constructed over years as a labor of love by one family and dedicated volunteers.

Additional Information

  • Lodging requests filled upon receipt
  • Check in at the Carriage House building
  • No indoor pets or smoking permitted
  • Registrants are responsible for their own medications

Cancellation Policy

  • Before August 20th – Full refund less 5% handling fee.
  • After August 20th – no refunds except case-by-case