award-winning, author, storyteller, and world-traveller
Pleasant DeSpain is a pioneer in the American renaissance of storytelling.
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in search of light and life
Your life stories contain the pattern of your past karma unfolding in this life.
Healing karma is not only possible but probable if you are willing to enter the darkest cave to find the greatest treasure.
Pleasant found a wealth of treasures along the way. Join him on this nine-chapter spiritual journey of true stories and traditional tales from around the globe celebrating light and life, healing, surrender, and ultimately, happiness.
Pleasant DeSpain is the author of 18 multicultural story collections, and picture books. He taught speech, literature, and drama for six years in three universities before establishing his career as a professional storyteller in 1972. DeSpain has performed thousands of programs in schools, festivals, and theaters. He wrote, produced and hosted Pleasant Journeys, a children’s television program on KING-TV, Seattle for five years. His unwavering faith in a spiritual awakening has taken him on a life-long search for light and life. Pleasant resides in Chiang Mai, Thailand and upstate New York.
Also by Pleasant DeSpain
Eleven Nature Tales: A Multicultural Journey
In this new millennium, we are faced with a critical question: are we willing to work together to ensure the survival of the planet? Eleven ancient stories address this challenging issue through tales of natural elements such as the sun, moon, stars, ocean, wind, fire, mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, rocks, trees, and humans.
The Dancing Turtle: A Folktale from Brazil
Turtle loves to dance and play the flute, but her exuberance puts her at risk when her music attracts the attention of a brave hunter who brings her home to make turtle stew. After she is caught, her only hope for escape is the hunter’s children and her own wit.
Pleasant has never been afraid of adventure. He spends over half of his year living in Thailand and much of the rest traveling the world to “discover” fresh folktales that he can share with a wider audience.