Seek The Bear:
A Story-Map For Transforming Your Life
with David Robinson
You are the storyteller of your life. You narrate and interpret every experience, every moment, every day of your life. Your memories are not passive, your imaginings betray a specific point of view. What you believe is possible, what you see as a limitation is unique to you: it’s your story and you’re telling it through your thoughts and how they drive the actions of your life. Truths are often simply stated and this one is ancient: Change your story, change your world.
At some point, each of us comes face-to-face with our story and when we do, we have the choice to retreat further into hiding or to take off the mask, turn around, and walk toward the adventure. This is to seek the bear. Until recently, people passed maps from generation to generation to serve as guides through this quest for the bear. People have for centuries understood that wholeness, power, and creativity are immediately available when they recognize that life is not happening to them, rather they are actively creating the story of their life. Paradoxically, the maps are stories! Sadly, we’ve forgotten how to read the maps; we’ve lost the guidance and connectivity available in stories.
You can learn to tell a different story. Artist, master coach and storyteller David Robinson has helped thousands of people become conscious of their story, locate it within a greater story map and begin consciously creating the life they intend.
In this 4-week class work with David Robinson as he tells an ancient story, teases it apart, and reveals the universal aspects and actions necessary to better see, become conscious of, and transform your unique personal or organizational story.
Who Should Attend?
Any one ready and willing to transform their story, step into their greater adventure, or be more present in their lives. If you are seeking for depth of purpose, to untether your potential, or questing for meaning, this class is for you. This process is as useful for organizational transformation as it is for personal growth and change. Join David in this deep dive into story wisdom and learn to change your story and change your world.
What You'll Learn
Week 1. Lose Your Balance.
- Why losing your balance is necessary to setting you into motion.
- How the language you use determines the world you see or don’t see.
- The power of pattern in making meaning: patterns that ground and patterns that limit.
- How to distinguish between what you do and what you think you do.
Week 2. Say, “I Don’t Know.”
- Harnessing denial to fuel forward action.
- Finding the middle passage through contradictions and split intentions.
Why power and creativity are always in the direction of uncertainty.
Week 3. Love Your Obstacle.
- How to identify your direction of intention.
- The necessity of obstacles and how to navigate them.
The power of pace: why going slow will get you there sooner.
Week 4. Face Your Bear/Be The Medicine
- Applying the lessons from the obstacles.
- Recognizing readiness.
- Identifying the simple steps: not losing yourself in the enormity of the bear.
- The power of focus: the outcome is the process; the process is the outcome.
Dates & Tuition
Date & Time: This course is available now for immediate download!
(If cash is tight, we offer a "Pick Your Price" model where you can choose to pay $100/$75/$50. And, if cash is *super* tight, you can apply for a scholarship! )
What Youâ€™ll Get Out of the Course
- Concrete tools for opening your story and your life.
- A capacity to work with and transform resistance and obstacles.
- Tools to recognize and maximize cycles of personal and organizational growth/change.
- An appreciation of the power of inner narrative and how it gives coherence to the world.
Textbook for the Course
Seek the Bear: A Story Map for Transforming Your Life by David Robinson (ebook: PDF file)
About David Robinson
As a life-long visual and theatre artist, David Robinson extends his artistry into the world of consulting and coaching. He understands his work as a collaboration with people in all walks of life who desire to be truly powerful. He has mastered competencies that are now being recognized by forward-thinking organizations and leaders as invaluable to their personal and organizational health and sustainability: creative, intuitive, imaginative, symphonic, and mythic. He is a student of systems theory, communications and organizational behavior and received his M.A. in Whole Systems Design with an emphasis in Cultural Mythology and Transformational Art. He is currently on faculty at The Center for Transformational Presence. He maintains a vigorous coaching practice, is hard at work on his next performance project, and can be found most days hold-up in his studio.
His clients include: The Boeing Company, REI, Equity Residential, The National Parks Conservation Association, The U.S. Postal Service, The University of North Carolina - Asheville, Drake University, Oregon Mentors, Education Support Unit 9 - Hasting, Nebraska, NW Diversity Network, The City of Austin, North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and many more.
Praise for David Robinson
"Deep sea divers require a slow descent. Your timing, your guidance, lowered the group down to the underworld in perfect rhythm and timing. We were ready...to take the plunge. Masterful!"
— Barrie Barton, Community Dance Project
"Our teams learned new ways of being that helped them reframe issues and seek bold solutions to workplace challenges. The experiences ...will leave you energized, inspired and empowered and most importantly, you'll remember why you're doing this work."
— Cory Cancila, First Vice President, Human Resources, Equity Residential
“Extremely thought provoking and illuminating. This work has enabled me to see how I stand in my own way at times and reminded me how I can be truer to myself.”
— Jaqueline Travis
“David, I think you are brilliant, the material is tight, powerful and plentiful.”
— Patricia Watson
“I have learned practices that I can apply to my life immediately. When I
catch myself falling into old patterns of behavior, I'm instantly able to
recognize the pattern of behavior and change that pattern. Learning to
"recognize my way out of patterns rather than repeat them" was - in and of
itself - worth the price....”
— Sally Robertson
"I learned so much today. I am in awe of how you always bring exactly what I need when I need it. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Incredible"
— Megan Longshore, ESU-9