What playful projects are Liz Nichols into these days? 

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year and welcome to Year of the Rat. A year to be industrious and use our smarts, just like the year's namesake. I had the delightful experience of combining two of my favorite things, as I led last week's Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga crew in an impromptu retelling of the legend of "Why the Rat Comes First in the Chinese Zodiac". We called on folks who were born in years of Dragon, Rooster, Tiger, etc. to help lead us in laughing, moving and mingling in the style of each animal. Talk about the Power of Fun - wow! (And if you want to know why Rat comes first, check out this version.)

And to celebrate even more multiculturally, please join me on a storied journey to Greece, carried on the waves of folk music and tales! With music by Agapi Mou, and ancient Greek tales brought to new life by me and my fellow storytellers Kiran Rana and Ruth Halpern. 
Silk Road Storytelling: Folk Music and Tales of Greece
  Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Tickets are $20 Advance / $24 Day of Show
Details here

Liz Nichols
Liz Nichols got lost in the Folklore & Mythology section of the public library at age ten and hasn't found her way out yet! She brings her teaching and cross-cultural background to storytelling for all ages. Liz is part of SF’s Asian Art Museum Storytellers group, and the former Director of Storytelling Programs at Stagebridge. She's also a Master Trainer in TimeSlips Creative Storytelling for people with memory loss. www.liznichols.net.

Kiran Rana
Kiran Rana discovered storytelling at Stagebridge in Oakland, learning fundamentals from Kirk Waller. He has told at the Marsh in Berkeley, at Silk Road House, Lovelines, the Storytelling Association of California (SAC) and with Eth-Noh-Tec at the East-West Storyfest. He has a background in Sufism and mysticism and has a lot of fun telling Sufi stories and Krishna stories from India, slipping in the occasional porquoi and personal story.

Ruth Halpern
Ruth Halpern has been telling stories from around the world for over 30 years. She also tells personal stories, and improvised stories made up on the spot. She has taught storytelling to everyone from kindergarteners to corporate board members. Her passion is finding stories that resonate on many levels, and bringing them to life by “telling the pictures.”

Agapi Mou
Agapi Mou is a four-piece ensemble that plays Greek traditional music, with an emphasis on tradition -- no modern sound effects or drum machines, just violin, clarinet, hand drums, laouto, and voice. The name Agapi Mou means "my love" in Greek and describes the group's feeling for the music they play. Formed in 2009, the group performs in the San Francisco Bay Area at festivals, restaurants, dance venues, concert halls, and private parties.

And I'm keeping up my schedule of regular fun - see below.

I hope to see you soon!

Oakland Lifefire Laughter Yoga 
Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays @ 7:30pm  


Feb 10 & 24
March 9 & 23
April 13 & 27

Kaiser Permanente Medical Building
2nd floor PT Conference Rm
3701 Broadway, Oakland (btwn 38th & W MacArthur) 
Secure parking in the attached garage (free exit after 9pm)

Laughter Yoga is a worldwide movement aimed at creating good health, a lighter approach to life, building community and peace through laughter. It uses a blend of playful, empowering and tension-releasing laughter and breathing exercises. No mats, special clothes or asana poses. Learn more at laughteryoga.org.
FREE; drop-ins welcome. Donations gratefully accepted, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Annie Goglia and Liz Nichols, co-leaders
Find us on Meetup.com
Questions? email oaklandlaughterclub@gmail.com

More Storytelling Around the Bay
FREE for adults & teens. Bring a story or just come listen.
Every 4th Thursday evening, details here
Join our mailing list here (only 2 messages per month, promise!)

Our meeting dates in early 2020 are
Thursday, February 27th @ 7pm
Thursday, March 26th @ 7pm
Thursday, April 23rd @ 7pm
26 Orinda Way, Orinda 
Garden Room
(2nd Fl, down the hall from library entrance)

Liz Nichols uses decades of experience as a storyteller, elementary teacher, and yoga practitioner to bring The Power of Fun to all ages. She is a Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. 

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