Abstract: “Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a state of being mentally and spiritually at peace, with enough knowledge and understanding to keep oneself strong in the face of discord or stress. Being ‘at peace’ is considered by many to be healthy (homeostasis) and the opposite of being stressed or anxious. Peace of mind is generally associated with bliss, happiness and contentment. Peace of mind, serenity, and calmness are descriptions of a disposition free from the effects of stress. In some cultures, inner peace is considered a state of consciousness or enlightenment that may be cultivated by various forms of training, such as prayer, meditation, T’ai Chi Ch’uan or yoga, for example. Many spiritual practices refer to this peace as an experience of knowing oneself. Finding inner peace is often associated with traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.” Source: Wikipedia.
Using story, movement, music and drawing we will explore personal stories, locations to locate each participants “happy place,” as an inner retreat during stressful times.
Yvonne Koketso Ferreira is a teaching artist, storyteller and puppeteer. An alumna of The College at Brockport's Interdisciplinary Arts for Education Major, Ms. Ferreira began her arts career as the founder and master puppeteer of Gazelle Puppets & Tales in Kansas City, MO. Yvonne was an educator, teaching artist and a storyteller-in-residence for Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL. She is a three time Disney Teacheriffic Award winning Teaching Artist for Community Arts Programming. She has been telling stories since her youth, taught at her Trinidadian Nana’s knee. With Gazelle Tales International, her 33+ year old company, Yvonne performs Peace Tales from around the world.