Storytelling Festivals & Family Performances in Schools

For family audiences . . .
Rafe most often brings to life stories based on his published books. These range from original stories to unique interpretations of traditional stories from all over the world.

For adults . . .
Rafe draws on a range of stories that delve deeply into myth and mysterious realms of the imagination. These performances tend to be built around complex and evocative Irish love tales and myths; original tales of Animal Dreaming—contemporary stories which connect his own storytelling travels and strange encounters in the mythic zone; stories of the Buddhist, often specifically Zen Buddhist tradition (based on Rafe’s long time personal practice); eerie Japanese ghostly tales, as well as powerful Native American narratives; family tales of love, destiny, and the Holocaust.

Expect stories filled with insight and surprise. Expect laughter, magic, mystery, and fun!

A small sampling of festivals where Rafe has appeared
Rafe has been a featured storyteller at many major events and for many prestigious festivals including:

  • National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough Tennessee
  • International Storytelling Center-Teller-in-Residence
  • Joseph Campbell Foundation Festival of Myth, and Folklore
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Sharing the Fire
  • New York City Storytelling Festival
  • Mariposa Storytelling Festival
  • Ogden Utah Storytelling Festival
  • The Buddhist Peace Fellowship
  • Ganandagan—NYS Historic and Sacred Seneca Site
  • The Open Hand, Syracuse NY
  • Connecticut Storytelling Festival
  • Sierra Storytelling Festival

Each year Rafe continues to appear in countless schools, libraries, conferences and storytelling festivals throughout the U.S.— including Hawaii and Alaska—and as far away as Japan.