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The Story is the Thing!

A Retreat for Storytellers

September 6 - 8th, 2019

Camp Kuriakos Centre

On the shores of beautiful Sylvan Lake

As we transition to our new brand - Storytelling Alberta - we are going back to basics. Storytelling brings joy and fulfillment, whether we are sharing with our families or performing in front of an audience. As Storytelling Alberta, we want to be the authority on the oral tradition in our province. That means encouraging excellence in storytelling, welcoming alternative art forms like spoken word, and bringing new listeners into our midst. We build connections and strengthen communities when The Story is the THING!

To Register in person or by cheque please download the Brochure by clicking the button below


Friday and Saturday evenings 7:30 - 9:30 Bring your 5- to 10-minute story to tell on Friday or Saturday evening.
Or enjoy the story circle as a listener!

Saturday night 9:30 - 10:30
Night Owl Session
For more stories and some songs,
join in around the campfire? Dress warm!


Saturday and Sunday mornings 7:00
Using yoga training and storytelling skills, Mary Gavan offers a yoga session for those who want to move a little, laugh a lot and hear a quirky story.


Saturday afternoon
See the forest and the trees; perhaps learn their secrets. Facilitator: Anne Cowling

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Bring new or ‘slightly loved’ storytelling books, CDs, or storytelling resources to sell or trade. Coordinator: Mary Ann Lippiatt


Silent Auction is open Friday evening to Saturday evening. Donate a handmade craft or unique item! Proceeds go to TALES Retreat fund.
Coordinator: Marie Anne McLean


TALES merchandise (books, CDs and pins) will be available for purchase. Coordinator: Rick Snider

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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.

Registration includes

Friday evening - light supper
Saturday - three meals plus snacks
Sunday - breakfast and lunch
Please expect shared accommodations Registrants are required to provide their own bedding and towels.
Shared washrooms in the same building


TALES & SC-CC members by June 30 $250.00

TALES & SC-CC members after June 30 $300.00

Non-members by June 30 $300.00

Non-members after June 30 $350.00

Reduced fees for students & low income, as approved by the Retreat Committee
by June 30$200.00

Registration Deadline September 1, 2018

Camp Kuriakos Centre

Camp Kuriakos Centre: 5-39317 Range Road 24, Lacombe Country, AB Ph: 403.746.2702
Map is available online at

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.


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

Depart Sunday, Sept. 8 after AGM finishes at 3pm.


 Retreat Chair

Pearl-Ann Gooding

Retreat Committee
Doreen Vanderstoop Mindy Woolcott