Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

This program has been postponed until fall.
Watch for upcoming details and the new date.
If you have questions, please call 651-696-2788.

In this More Than a Single Story event, author Carolyn Holbrook, singer/songwriter Jayanthi Kyle and Wisdom Ways artist-in-residence Donald Thomas, Jr. will lead participants in a day-long healing retreat. Using writing, song and visual art, we’ll explore the natural artistic lines we are all gifted with and use them to help us find or maintain the strength and courage we need in these uncertain times.

More than a Single Story conversations were inspired by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story, showing how stereotypes are fostered when we treat one story of a people as their only story. Hearing new sounds and awakening our senses will reveal new parts of our story!

COST: $20.00 to $65.00, includes lunch and snacks.
Offer what you can to support community.

If you are registering online for this class, you will be prompted to pay the minimum cost of $20.00 for each individual registration. If you wish to pay an additional amount within the suggested range of $20.00 – $65.00, please navigate to the donation entry at the bottom of all Wisdom Ways course options.  Please enter the additional amount that you wish to give in this field and it will be added to your registration amount. Thank you for your support of community!


Carolyn Holbrook is the founder of More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions/public conversations where indigenous writers and writers of color discuss issues of importance to them in their own voices and in their own words. The program won a 2016 MN Women’s Press Change Maker award. Her personal essays have been published widely, most recently in A Good Time For The Truth: Race in Minnesota (MNHS Press) and Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (MNHS Press). Her book, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys: How the St. Paul Companies Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods Program Changed Lives and Communities, was published in 2015. She is co-author with Arleta Little of Dr. Josie R. Johnson’s forthcoming memoir, Hope In the Struggle (U of M Press), and her own essay collection will be published in 2020, (also by U of M Press). She was the 2010 recipient of the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award, and in 2016, was named one of fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders in Minnesota over the age of 50 by AARP and Pollen Midwest. She teaches at St. Thomas University’s Dougherty Family College, various community venues, and at Hamline University where she won the 2014 Exemplary Teacher Award.

A vocal artist specializing in arrivals, departures, and other struggles and celebrations in life, Jayanthi Kyle is a vocalist and activist working to bring joy through music while dismantling racism and injustice.

Artist-in-residence Donald Thomas of Studio Thalo believes in collaboration and the importance of a dedicated support system for individual growth. Being part of the Million Artist Movement has changed his life as an artist, black creative, and shown him the strength in supporting each other in our daily and future lives.

View Donald’s illustrations that appear in the Winter/Spring 2019 Wisdom Ways Catalog.