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Spring Host Extravaganza 2019!
The Story Walking Radio Hour with Wendy Fachon
Tune in to Nature’s loving vibes. Listen to nature-inspired stories and interviews with environmental educators for new ideas about how to make our world a better place. Sustainable Living Newswriter, nature walker and youth educator Wendy Nadherny Fachon hosts the Story Walker Radio Hour to talk about issues that matter and to introduce you to people who are coming up with creative… sensible… solutions. Let’s engage with Earth… with Spirit… and with one another… heart to heart… to solve problems and co-create more meaningful life stories. By integrating environmentalism into our professional vocations and passionate avocations, we contribute to building a healthier, more beautiful and sustainable world
Broadcasts Weekly Monday 9am & 9pmET
Wendy’s Theme This Week
What is Environmental Literacy?
Guest Rachel Holbert, President of Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA)
In a national survey undertaken a year ago, the percentage of Americans who say global warming is personally important hit a record high, 72 percent. The world has entered a new era of public awareness about climate change. People want to know more about how it is happening and what they can do, personally, to help alleviate the situation. This is the purpose of environmental literacy, and so we seek to articulate environmental literacy and integrate it into education, business, agriculture and other sectors of society. How can we do this?
The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) is a network of professionals and organizations committed to increasing the environmental literacy of all children and adults in Rhode Island. The organization fosters collaborations, sponsors professional development opportunities, gathers and disseminates information on environmental education and promotes public understanding of the value of an environmentally literate citizenry. In addition to serving as President of RIEEA, special guest Rachel Holbert directs the education department at Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, RI. Her interests include Citizen Science, Climate Change, Environmental Literacy and Urban Environmental Education. Holbert will share her experience and knowledge as an environmental literacy expert and explain the many resources and opportunities made available through RIEEA.
Rachel Holbert Bio: After growing up in Louisiana, I completed grad school in Rhode Island and never left! My RI environmental education experience includes directing the education department at Norman Bird Sanctuary, serving as the President of RI Environmental Education Association, and on the board of the New England Environmental Education Alliance.
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BIO: Story Walking Radio Host, Wendy Nadherny Fachon empowers young people, by showing how to step forward into each new life learning adventure with clarity, confidence and positive energy. Wendy began her youth work training in the school of life by observing and listening to her own daughter and son as they faced the challenges of growing up with bullying, fickle friends, and tough teachers. When her nephews, aged 5 and 7, lost their father on 9/11, she joined the boys and her sister on their bumpy journey along the road to recovery from deep trauma and upheaval.
As Wendy’s children grew into their independence, she entered into youth work and earned her RIPQA certification, Rhode Island’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program quality training. At the same time, she joined a holistic community, which informed and inspired her Story Walking practice, and in 2011, Wendy created a lyrical Storywalker CD, Fiddlesticks, to introduce the concept of Story Walking to children and parents. Wendy’s stories and associated lessons combine mindful walking, word play, environmental education and spirituality to nurture the personal development of her followers. From there, Wendy began leading programs for in-school and out-of-school-time (OST) enrichment.
One of her first youth work assignments was to form an after-school walking club to help an unusually obese child get more physically active, make friends, and increase self-esteem. At the core of the Story Walking practice is the concept that each individual is the main character in his or her own unique life story, holding the power to weave the fabric of that story through the conscious energetic choices of words, thoughts, intentions and actions, elicited in response to both fortunate and unfortunate situations. Inevitably, each story becomes an important piece of the great storied tapestry of humanity.
In 2014, Wendy published her Storywalker children’s book, The Angel Heart. Dedicated to her late father, this poetic story presents a metaphor for finding the peace, love and joy within ourselves when confronted with sadness, loss and grief.
In 2016, Wendy’s faced the unimaginable, when her 19-year-old son, Neil, was diagnosed with DIPG, an aggressive, rare, inoperable form of the brain stem cancer. Doctors said he would be dead within three months. Neil’s story was an epic battle on multiple fronts, where he rose above overwhelming adversity to outlive his prognosis enough to create a lasting impact on the world, before finally departing from his physical body. His story continues beyond his passing, as his spirit guides Wendy and the rest of his family in finding ways to bring greater hope and joy to children experiencing life threatening illnesses and other challenges. After a year of caregiving and a time of intense grief, Wendy was guided back to her Story Walking practice with a higher sense of purpose and seeks to expand her practice through the Story Walking Radio Hour.
Affiliated with The Empowerment Factory, Wendy is recognized for her creative collaboration with many youth-focused organizations and Title I schools. She is also a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings healthy living magazine, writing articles about children, health, and environmental issues.