September 7-9, 2018

September 7-9, 2018

Camp Kuriakos Centre

On the shores of beautiful Sylvan Lake


*  A workshop with Jeff Stockton      * Additional Workshop or Peer Mentoring Opportunity

* 2 Storytelling Circles      *TALES Information Meeting    *Friday evening -  light supper

*Saturday - three meals plus snacks   * Sunday - breakfast and lunch   *Single and double rooms

* Shared washrooms in the same building

NOTE: Registrants are required to provide their own bedding and towels.

To Register for the  2018 TALES Retreat Click HERE

 Fire in the Hearth and Honey in the Hive

Led by Jeff Stockton - Saturday and Sunday Morning

Hearth and Hive have long been understood as places of transformation, where cold became heat, where bitter became sweet. Our work as Storytellers is work of Fire and Honey. In our time together at the TALES retreat - wrapped in the power of the song of the Lake - we will climb through risk to catch up the sweet on our fingertips…we will kindle and blaze and share that flame that is at the heart of the oldest of stories…for it is the blaze in our own hearts that makes any story new again.



Spontaneous Storytelling


Led by Calum Lykan - Saturday Afternoon

Discover how to be more spontaneous at your telling events! Calum Lykan is a spontaneous storyteller, not just in the traditional ceilidh sense, but also in his journey into telling. Join Calum on his journey, and discover the ways of the spontaneous storyteller. It's all in us; it just takes a leap of faith....


TALES Peer Mentoring

Led by TALES Members (Limited Space Available) - Saturday Afternoon

Do you have a story needing that little piece of input? Do you want to explore aspects of your performance and style? Do you need an empowering conversation on how to move forward? Work one-to-one with experienced storytellers to elevate your storytelling to the next level. Spots are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  



Friday and Saturday evenings 7:30–9:30

With thoughts of Fire and Honey in mind, prepare a 5-10 minute story to tell on Friday or Saturday evening.

Or enjoy the story circle as a listener! 

If you still want more stories, stay for the Night Owl Session (9:30 – 10:30 pm).


Bring new or ‘slightly loved’ storytelling books, CDs, or storytelling resources to sell or trade.


Silent Auction is open Friday evening to Saturday evening.  Donate a handmade craft or unique item! Proceeds go to TALES Retreat fund and Storytelling Festival fund.  


TALES merchandise - books, CDs and pins will be available for purchase.


All you ever wanted to know about the business of the TALES storytelling arts organization and more!


Located on the north shore of Sylvan Lake. Enjoy lake-side meditation.

Take a walk to see eagles and ospreys

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Retreat Details

Fire & Honey

A lakeside retreat for storytellers and listeners

to connect, find creative inspiration & tell stories!


TALES members before June 30  $250.00

TALES members after June 30      $300.00

Non-members before June 30      $300.00

Non-members after June 30         $350.00

Reduced fees for students and low income,

as approved by the Retreat Committee

                                                                                                         (before June 30, 2018)                     $200.00

                                                                                                          Registration Deadline September 1, 2018

Camp Kuriakos Centre

Sylvan Lake: Twenty minutes west of the Town of Sylvan Lake, on the south side of the lake. From Highway 2 (QEII) Turn west onto Highway 11A. Travel 16 km to downtown Sylvan Lake (water slide). Continue west on 11A for 10 km. Turn north (right) onto Range Road 24 (West End Road). Travel 5.6 km towards the lake until you see the Camp Kuriakos signs.

Map is available online at

Camp Phone:  403.746.2702 


Arrive Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:00 pm for light supper. Program starts at 7:00.

Depart Sunday, Sept.9 after AGM finishes at 3pm.


 Karen Gummo                  403.869.3921     

Marie Bryce                       403.438.3282   

Online Register:

To fill out an online registration and pay online, please click HERE

Alternatively an printable form is available and cheques can be made and mailed out. See form below.