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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
New! Wendy’s Special Book to Be Published
The Difference Maker is Wendy Fachon’s inspirational memoir of her son, Neil, a high school student and environmental activist who espoused a different style of leadership. He was touched by many lives, and he touched many lives in return, before passing away at age 20. Download the pdf version for free. Fans can also help by sending a brief review to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadcasts Weekly Monday 9am & 9pmET
Wendy’s Planet Health This Week
Blue Mind: Loving Our Blue Planet
Guests: John Marsland, founder and President of the Blackstone River Watershed Council, and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind
The term “blue mind” describes the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on or under water. It’s the antidote to what we refer to as “red mind,” which is the anxious, over-connected and over-stimulated state that defines modern life. We are drawn to water, whether it’s a bathtub, a pool, a stream, a pond or an ocean. Water makes us calmer, happier and healthier. Once we form a personal connection with a river, a lake, a beach or an island, we take better care of that special place. We protect what we love. The 50-year “Zap the Blackstone Project” is one great example of how thousands of volunteers are working together to monitor and clean up the waters they love.
Guest John Marsland introduced me to the concept of “blue mind,” while we were walking along the Blackstone River. John is the founder and President of the Blackstone River Watershed Council, which started out as the all-volunteer non-profit Friends of the Blackstone in 1990. John can often be found canoeing on the river, leading guided Blue Mind walks, or giving Corridor Chats at the Sycamore Landing property in Manville, RI. A passionate conservationist, John is the longest serving volunteer with the National Park Service – having served 31 years.
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols is the author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. In J’s own words, he is a marine biologist, water-lover, turtle nerd, embarrassing Dad & creator of useful words. Formerly a Senior Scientist at Ocean Conservancy, J. Nichols holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University in Biology and Spanish, a Master of Engineering Management degree in Natural Resource Economics and Policy from Duke University, and a Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona.
Blackstone River Watershed Council: A ‘Blue Mind’ frame of mind – https://blackstoneriver.org/
Zap the Blackstone – https://zaptheblackstone.com/
SWRH Podcast: Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful – https://dreamvisions7radio.com/keep-earth-beautiful-recycle-ecotourism/
SWRH Podcast: Following the Flow to Clean Up our Waters – https://dreamvisions7radio.com/following-in-the-flow-to-clean-up-our-waters-with-guest-bonnie-combs-marketing-director-blackstone-heritage-corridor/
Wallace J Nichols – https://www.wallacejnichols.org/
South Carolina Green Steps and Adopt-a-Stream program information – https://eeasc.org/Green-Step-Schools/ https://www.clemson.edu/public/water/watershed/scaas/
Learn more at www.storywalking.com , https://netwalkri.com email email@example.com or call 401 529-6830. Connect with Wendy to order copies of Fiddlesticks, The Angel Heart or Storywalker Wild Plant Magic Cards.
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.