Author of five books, including the celebrated book on breast cancer, How to Ride a Dragon, Michelle Tocher has a unique understanding of the archetypal journey and the healing power of storytelling, metaphor and myth. She is co-author of Brave Work: The Hero’s Journey at Work, which has been strongly endorsed by the Canadian Career Development Foundation and leading psychologists as a “must-read” for people who are seeking more meaningful ways to work.
Michelle’s books deeply inspire the creative impulse in people who are going through major changes in their lives. They also illustrate how every person can invoke the mythic imagination as a source of hope and wellness. She is now writing novels in a genre that she calls “mythic fiction” and reviving the connection between human beings and the myths that speak to our times.
In her writing and storytelling workshops, Michelle engages the creative spirits of people who are meeting a variety of life challenges. She leads participants into their own metaphors, fairy tales and myths to give them a language that will enable them to express their inner experience and wisdom. In 2005 she served as Artist in Residence at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, a supportive community for people with cancer and their families and friends. She is currently Artist in Residence at Casey House, a hospice and treatment center for people with HIV/AIDS, and she is also working with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario to assist youth to write, tell and depict their profound experiences with depression and psychoses.
Prior to 1995, Michelle was President of Creative Premises Ltd., a communications company that served organizations promoting health and societal well-being. She has two Masters degrees, in history and in journalism.