Your Right Livelihood Training

Special Guest Teachers

Learn from luminaries in the field during video conferences through the class. 2020 teachers will be announced soon, but here's a sampling of our 2019 teachers to give you a sense of our guest teachers.

Dr. Harriet Lerner is one of our nation's most respected voices in the psychology of women, and the “how-tos” of navigating the swamps and quicksands of difficult relationships. She lectures and consults nationally, and is the author of numerous scholarly articles and 12 books  including The New York Times bestseller The Dance of Anger, which has sold more than three million copies with over  30 foreign translations. Her new book is, Why Won’t You Apologize? Healing Big Betrayals and Everyday Hurt. Lerner served as a staff psychologist at the Menninger Foundation for several decades and currently has a private practice in Lawrence, Kansas.  For more on Harriet visit her website or follow her on FB and twitter.

Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House) and Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life (Penguin), is the former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today. He has Keynoted at the National Career Development Assn., National Conference on Positive Aging, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Counseling Association, been a frequent guest of the media including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS, and written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post and Psychology Today. His website is  See a SPARKS session, hosted by the TLA Network, featuring Gregg Levoy talking about callings and right livelihood.

Donna Washington is a professional author, storyteller and multicultural folklorist who has been sharing stories for over thirty years. Her amazing vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic physicality make her stories come alive and enthrall and delight audiences from four to one hundred and four. She has been featured at numerous festivals, schools & libraries theaters and other venues around the world including Canada, Peru, Argentina & Hong Kong. Donna is a multiple-award winning artist with nine CDs and is an accomplished author of four children's books. She presents a wide variety of tales from many different cultures. She offers a range of multicultural folktales, personal narratives and stories of her own creation. She also presents masterclasses in storytelling and workshops for teachers, educators and librarians on the role of storytelling in education. 

Doug Lipman has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in North America.” His publications include books like The Storytelling Coach and Improving Your Storytelling, as well as innovative instructional products like The Storytelling Workshop in a Box. Doug has coached and taught professionals in many fields, from oil company executives to NASA engineers and financial advisers. For a partial list, click here. Doug loves to help artists and other self-employed professionals become comfortable (and effective) in marketing their own work. He says, “We tend to view marketing as something pushy and dishonest - which much marketing sadly is. But true marketing consists of discovering who is hungry for what you love to do—and letting them know you’re available to do it.” For an in-depth audio interview about Doug’s discovery of the demand for his services among business folk look here. Get his free storytelling newsletters here:

Kim Go is my online name. I am an interfaith minister, former minister of congregational life, public speaker, coach, author, ritual celebrant and expressive facilitator. A large focus of my life is through my work at Alive and Mortal, an online group to address grief and impermanence. We work together to learn expressiveness around grief and find our voice. This aids us to use the power of the group to move out into the world to speak of our grief and love story that we carry with an expanded language. My study-guide for the book Entering the Healing Ground by Francis Weller is currently being used internationally, including in "Healing Circles for Grief and Loss" via Commonweal, and I have published articles and a book chapter for Open to Hope. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (with a double major in Theater Arts and Theology and a minor in Music) and, subsequently, a Master’s degree in Theology (M.Div). I did additional studies with the American Art Therapy Association. I create and perform rituals, ceremonies and services because I love doing it and know it is a sacred thing.

José Faus is a native of Bogota, Colombia and long time Kansas City resident. He has participated in mural projects throughout the Kansas City area, Mexico and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia where he traveled under a State Department grant. He has exhibited extensively in the Kansas City area. His writing appeared in numerous journals, and he has published a chapbook This Town Like That with Spartan Press; his second book of poetry The Life and Times of Jose Calderon was published by 39 Street Press. Mr. Faus is an independent teacher and mentor with an interest in the role of artists as creative catalysts for community building. He is a founder of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of the Writers Place, UMKC Friends of the Library, The Latino Writers Collective and the Charlotte Street foundation.

Rob Peck, is an author, humorist and recovering perfectionist! True to the title of his new book, It's a Juggle Out There, Rob’s moving speeches and uplifting seminars focuses on three things simultaneously: Stress management, Streamlining, & Simplifying. Rob's fun, fast paced programs combine comedy and content with eye-catching juggling and balancing visuals. With humor and heart, he offers fresh insights and 'outside the briefcase' ideas to decrease stress, increase focus, and go to work feeling less overloaded & underslept. He is also a long time member of the National Speakers Association, who has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNBC and was a featured presenter at Harvard University and the Smithsonian Institute.

Heather Forest is a modern-day bard. Her storytelling performances are a fusion of poetry, prose, original melody, and the sung and spoken word. A pioneer in the American storytelling revival she has shared her repertoire of world tales in theatres, schools, literature conferences, and storytelling festivals throughout the United States and abroad. A multiple award-winning author and recording artist, she has published seven children's picture books based on folktales, three folktale anthologies, eight audio recordings of storytelling and a popular educational web site StoryArts Online Ms. Forest is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network, U.S.A.


Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of two dozen books, including Miriam's Well, a novel; Following the Curve, poetry; and Everyday Magic, a collection of beloved blog posts and personal essays. Her previous work includes The Divorce Girl, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet, a bioregional memoir on cancer and community; and five poetry collections, including the award-winning Chasing Weather: Tornadoes, Tempests, and Thunderous Skies in Word and Image with weather chaser/ photographer Stephen Locke. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely, particularly for people living with serious illness and their caregivers. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-leads writing and singing retreats. She also is a writing and right livelihood coach, working with people to bring of what wants to be written and lived into being. For over three decades, Caryn has worked extensively with many arts and ecological/bioregional not-for-profit organizations as a grant-writer, fundraiser, staff, board member, and consultant, and she also founded several long-term groups. With her husband Ken Lassman, she also offers consensus-based decision-making and other organizational development workshops and retreats. Born hard-wired to make something (in art, music, and especially writing), Caryn’s long-time callings include writing as a spiritual and ecological path, yoga, cultivating a loving marriage, family, and community, and helping herself and others make and take leaps into the miraculous work of their lives.

Laura Packer  has been performing, coaching, writing, consulting, and leading the storytelling field for almost 25 years. She is the author of Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story. She knows the best way to the truth is through a good story, and that this universally accessible artform creates empathy, builds bridges, and has the power to both heal and change the world. The winner of multiple awards for performance and leadership, Laura has told, taught, consulted, coached, and considered storytelling around the world. When she isn’t performing, Laura is the sole proprietor of thinkstory, llc, one of the nation’s foremost organizational consulting firms. thinkstory helps both for- and non-profit organizations communicate more effectively through coaching and storytelling techniques. Her one-day storytelling workshop, Stand Up and Speak Out: Tools for Effective Self Promotion, presented at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was endorsed as “more useful than you could possibly imagine.” Laura knows that following your passion may be hard, but life and the world around will be richer for it. Laura considers her whole life her calling, which includes the depth and breadth of her storytelling and writing work, building and growing healthy relationships, loving the people in her life, practicing radical forgiveness, spending time in nature, cooking, listening, demystifying and destigmatizing grief and other powerful feelings, and trying to live as authentic and engaged a life as possible. You can learn more about her storytelling and coaching work at, her organizational work at, and read some of her writing at

Read an interview with Laura Packer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg from Chrysalis: A Journal of Transformative Language Arts.

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