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Story Sage Series

Walking with wisdom through the terrain of the heart

In this online course series, Dr. Dan Allender and gifted story experts, Cathy Loerzel and Rachael Clinton, take you behind the curtain and into the core of how and why the Allender Theory works. Learn how to apply this essential framework as you care for others, guiding them toward the kind of illuminating discovery and insight that leads to true healing and lasting change.

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"I believe story invites us into matters of the heart. There is an art to engaging story. We’ve designed this course to pull back the curtain and break down the method I’ve been honing for over 40 years into tangible techniques." — Dr. Dan Allender

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Story Sage Series Includes

Course 1: Frameworks & Tools

  • 2.5 hours of video teaching from Dr. Dan Allender, Cathy Loerzel, and Rachael Clinton
  • 3 foundational lessons diving deep into the Allender Theory
  • Rare access to footage of Dan reading a story from his life with prompts for in-depth engagement
  • Downloadable workbook with reflection prompts and exercises designed to support you as you apply theory to practice
  • Lifetime access to course platform and material
  • This course is a prerequisite for all the courses in the Story Sage Series, and may be purchased individually or in the Story Sage Series bundle with Family of Origin (Course 2)

Enroll in Frameworks & Tools for $99

Course 2: Family of Origin

  • 5 hours of video teaching from Dr. Dan Allender, Cathy Loerzel, and Rachael Clinton
  • Witness Dan engage in artful story work with a woman wrestling through an experience from her past
  • 5 deep dive lessons addressing core categories for engaging family of origin stories
  • Downloadable workbook with exercises and reflection prompts to deepen your understanding and application of the content
  • Lifetime access to course platform and material
Finished with Course 1 and ready to move on to Course 2?

Enroll in Family of Origin for $179


Save $29 and Enroll in Story Sage Series Bundle for $249

Enroll as a group at a discounted rate here

Who is this for?

Story Sage is for people with a heart for vulnerability, healing, and freedom.​ Whether you are a counselor, pastor, teacher, small group leader, friend, or parent — this course is designed to develop and deepen the wisdom required to access not only the core of a story, but the core of the person telling it.

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What You Will Learn

Frameworks & Tools

Frameworks & Tools is a three-lesson course designed to unpack the core of the Allender Theory as a model for navigating the complex terrain of the heart with wisdom and insight. You will have the opportunity to sit around the table with Dr. Dan Allender and gifted story experts, Cathy Loerzel and Rachael Clinton as they lay the foundation for what is required to hear and engage stories with a heart for redemption.

Dan, Cathy, and Rachael teach in-depth on the tools needed to uncover the shadowed places of the heart that act as strongholds to keep us from true freedom and joy in our life and relationships.You will be invited to reflect on how your own story shapes the way you hear, see, and offer space in the stories of others. Apply what you are learning through a guided story engagement exercise that will illuminate the essential steps to offering thoughtful care.

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Lesson 1

The Topography of a Story

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Lesson 2

Reading the Map

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Lesson 3

Moving Through the Terrain

Family of Origin

Family of Origin is a five-lesson course to sharpen your skills in identifying the impact of a family narrative and its highly complex influence on past and current struggles. These stories are so tender, so sacred — they often evoke fear, defensiveness, and dissociation and require artful care to reveal and address.

You will have the opportunity to witness Dan engage in artful, sacred story work with a woman wrestling through a past experience of harm from her family of origin narrative.Dan, Cathy, and Rachael offer thoughtful teaching on what is required to see the nuances of a story in order to move the storyteller toward discovery, honesty, grief, and lasting change.

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Lesson 1

Traversing the Minefield of Family of Origin

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Lesson 2

Clarify & Invite: Letting the Story Unfold

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Lesson 3

Engage & Expand: Naming Themes

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Lesson 4

Expose & Ponder: Revealing Implications

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Lesson 5

The Road Ahead

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