body mind story - Mind Body Solutions
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Coming forward onto the pages of your life…

is perhaps the most important step in realizing a meaningful life.  

Join renowned storytelling trio, Kevin Kling, Patricia Francisco, and Matthew Sanford for a weekend of transformation. This experiential workshop explores the role of both mind and body in recognizing and telling the stories of our lives. Participants will laugh; they may cry, but they will explore how stories give meaning to our experience. Through a variety of expressive modes, including speaking, writing, and very basic mind-body practices, participants will discover, shape, and prepare stories for sharing with others. The goal is to help participants realize the stories of their lives. This workshop will be limited to 18 participants in order to allow significant individual work with the workshop leaders. Participants need NOT be a yogi, a writer, or a storyteller. They need only a healthy curiosity and an openness to exploration.


Click here to watch a short video of the weekend.

The Dates

September 17-20, 2020 – Register here.
Registration is limited to the first 16 participants. Minimum of 12 participants required for each session. Scholarships available. See below.


The Nuts and Bolts


Thursday: 6:00pm – 8:00pm  •  Minneapolis, MN

Friday:  9:00 am  – 4:00 pm  •  Mill City Museum

Saturday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm  •  Mill City Museum

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:30 pm   •  Mill City Museum

*  Schedule subject to change 

Tuition:  $495 *

Registration is limited to the first 16 participants. Minimum of 12 participants required. 

Limited partial scholarships are available. Read more below.


The Cast and Crew…


kevin-kling2Kevin Kling  Kevin is a world-renowned storyteller, playwright, and author. Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.


10888436_800116163394088_4909648684127607854_n (1)Patricia Francisco Patricia is an award-winning author and professor of creative writing at Hamline University. She is the author of TELLING: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery (Harper Collins, 1999), for which she was awarded a Minnesota Book Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction. Francisco’s published work also includes a novel (Cold Feet, Simon & Schuster, 1988) essays (Village Without Mirrors, Milkweed Editions, 1989), and a play (Lunacy, Dramatic Publishing Company, 1983). She has been awarded two Bush Foundation fellowships and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board in both fiction and the essay.


_V7V7740smallMatthew Sanford  Matthew is a nationally recognized yoga teacher, a sought-after public speaker, founder of the nonprofit Mind Body Solutions, and a paraplegic for the last thirty-seven years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence (Rodale: 2006) and speaks at conferences, corporations, and higher learning institutions nationwide. Matthew has also emerged as a leading voice in the integrated health movement. He won the 2010 Pioneer of Integrative Medicine Award from the California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute of Health and Healing. Previous recipients include Dr. Deepok Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Mehmet Oz. He also has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, People Magazine, and American Public Media’s On Being.

Directions:   Mill City Museum   •   Map of downtown Minneapolis

Scholarship Information:

Mind Body Solutions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities for its BODY.MIND.STORY. workshop. Please take the time to read this information thoroughly before filling out your application.

Application Deadlines: 5/1/20 for June 4-7, 2020 Workshop    /  08/01/20 for September 17-20, 2020 workshop

Application Guidelines

Scholarship funds are limited and will be awarded for partial tuition ($250). Apply early.  Scholarship applications are evaluated in the order received. We will notify you when your application is received and when we will begin making decisions about your application. Submitting an application does not register you for the workshop.  You may register and pay in full prior to learning if you have been awarded a scholarship with the understanding that if you do not receive a  scholarship, you will be responsible for the full course tuition. Submitting an application does not guarantee you a scholarship. If you do not receive a scholarship, you will be put on a waiting list and be reconsidered if someone cancels their scholarship. This scholarship may be used only by the intended recipient and is not transferable. Once notified of the award, the recipient will receive a special code to use during registration that will unlock the scholarship rate. These scholarships do not include the Opening Yoga, Integrating Yogic Principles into Healthcare Delivery Workshops or any other MBS workshop offering.


Completing your Application

Part A:  Fill out Application Form (download by clicking on the application below)

Part B:  Write a personal essay about why you’d like to attend this workshop, not to exceed 250 words.

Part C:  Submit your application via email or standard mail. (please note deadlines above)


Scholarship Application for 2019 Body.Mind.Story workshops

Scholarship Application for 2020 Body.Mind.Story workshops