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Author of six 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, and in her workshops, participants learn how they can invoke the mythic imagination as a source of hope, creative inspiration, and wellness. 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. Her current project is wonderlit.com, a self-study project that enables people to make personal connections with fairy tales, and to go as deeply as they wish with their explorations.

Over the last ten years, in addition to offering her courses, Michelle served as an Artist in Residence for several organizations including Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto, a supportive community for people with cancer, and Casey House, a hospice and treatment center for people with HIV/AIDS. In 2009 she worked with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario to assist youth to write, tell and depict their experiences with mood disorders.

Prior to 1995, Michelle was President of Creative Premises Ltd., a communications company that served profit and not-for-profit organizations promoting health and societal well-being. She has two Masters degrees, in the history of science, and in journalism.

 

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