22-23 October 2022
an intensive two-day interactive workshop


Like the hero of Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, each of us is a traveler. Although Odysseus was determined to sail home to his beautiful wife, Penelope, like all of us, he sometimes lost sight of his dream. An Odyssey of Your Own, an intensive interactive workshop guided by Thordis Niela Simonsen, offers you an opportunity to define or re-define your dreams and to map a course of action.

Like the great poet, Homer, each of us is a storyteller. Using Thordis’, your own, and others’ stories as springboards, and employing dialogue, writing, and creative visualization, we will explore four important themes:

  • celebrating your accomplishments
  • acknowledging your fears
  • honoring your intuition
  • defining and acting on your unfulfilled dreams

Like all travel, the outcome of your workshop promises to be highly
personal and unpredictable—and illuminating.

date: 22 October Saturday, 9am–4pm through 23 October Sunday, 9am–1p
cost: $170 by 7 October, $190 after 7 October
meals not included; accommodation suggestions on request
venue: Museum of Authenticity Annex
address: 119-B E 21st Street, Salida CO 81201
additional information & reservations [required for Odyssey]—
thordis@museumofauthenticity.org or 303.585.1783

Cancellation Policy
more than two weeks prior to start date, $50 cancellation fe
less than two weeks prior to start date, $70 cancellation fee
less than one week prior to start date, $100 cancellation fee
if Thordis cancels, full refund.

about Thordis Niela Simonsen
Your program guide, Thordis Niela Simonsen, is both a traveler and a storyteller. Her Greek village odyssey began in earnest in 1982 when the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust awarded her a grant for documentary work in the village, Elika, where she single-handedly restored a roofless stone house used to stable sheep. Thordis learned the art of storytelling from the narrator of her first book, You May Plow Here: The Narrative of Sara Brooks, and she blended villagers’ stories with her own in her second book, Dancing Girl: Themes and Improvisations in a Greek Village Setting. Her third book, Dances in Two Worlds: A Writer-Artist’s Backstory, is composed of two personal narratives, one verbal and one visual. Dances in Two Worlds was funded in part by a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund and won the 2012 Colorado Book Award in creative nonfiction. Thordis has been an independent small-group travel guide in Greece since 1995. She  resides in Salida, Colorado, where she founded the Museum of Authenticity: genuine encounters in art & life.

also recommended:
For the Love of It
a reading by & conversation with Thordis Niela Simonsen

dates: 19 October 10 am, 20 October 3pm, and 21 October 7pm
cost: $20 admission, cash or check only
venue: Museum of Authenticity Annex
address: 119-B E 21st Street, Salida CO 81201
additional information & reservations [suggested]—
thordis@museumofauthenticity.org or 303.585.1783