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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
Broadcasts Weekly Monday 9am & 9pmET
Wendy’s Theme This Week
Achieving the Vision of a Tobacco-Free Environment with guest Bob Houghtaling, Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference
In this episode we explore the topic of tobacco use and its effect on our environment, our health, our society and our young people. We will begin with a story walk by the Harborside, collecting clues that prompt further investigation. The current youth e-cigarette epidemic is a public health emergency that demands solutions beyond legislative action. Coming up with real solutions requires an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the social and emotional climate with which many young people are struggling today.
Special guest, Bob Houghtaling, is the Director of the East Greenwich Drug Program and the Director of the Eastern States Youth to Youth Conference, held every summer in Rhode Island. Holding a master’s of education in counseling from Providence College, Bob has been helping people overcome substance abuse for over 36 years. More than just a drug counselor, Bob is a philosopher, an educator and a community connector. He teaches Character Education in the town’s four elementary schools. He spends a lot of time at the middle school and high school – counseling students, sponsoring after-school clubs and helping with pre- and postprom events. He reports to the Town Council twice a year on roughly 50 initiatives he is using to help kids navigate their personal life challenges, discover their passions, develop supportive relationships and make healthy decisions. Regarding tobacco addiction and youth culture, Bob has a lot of experience and wisdom to share.
Many organizations have joined forces around the central vision of a tobacco-free generation of young people, taking action to create a tobacco-free environment:
Bob Houghtaling’s contact information:
Mulling It Over: Podcasting with Bob Houghtaling – http://rhoughtaling.libsyn.com/
These talks delve into a myriad of substance abuse, mental health and social justice concerns. Hear some provocative discussions that will hopefully provide an impetus for change and better understanding.
Story Walking Blog: EcoDetective at the Harborside – https://netwalkri.com/blog/f/ecodetective-at-the-harborside
Learn more at storywalking.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401 529-6830. Connect with Wendy to order copies of Fiddlesticks, The Angel Heart or Storywalker Wild Plant Magic Cards.
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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.