Djeli (formerly William Forchion) is a story weaver who helps transform overwhelm to overjoy for people of all ages and
backgrounds. Ki is a thought leader, life coach, mentor, public speaker, lifelong storyteller, and former Cirque du Soleil acrobat who has traveled the world collecting stories. Having to heal from a physical injury introduced Djeli to the need for healthy healing practices through
art and story weaving. Ki believes that we are all each other’s medicine. Djeli’s background of growing up on a farm in South Jersey created a true connection to nature. Through the story weaving process, ki hopes to help others discover how their own connection to nature inside and out affects their personal stories.
Djeli’s story weaving is designed to promote healing for individuals hurting from the problems of the world. Ki believes that no matter where we travel in the world, we laugh and cry in the same language. Ki uses oral, written and physical traditions, including poetry, to create an atmosphere of curiosity and dialogue, even around difficult topics. Djeli’s open and honest approach of speaking from the heart helps others breathe life into their own stories as part of a healing process.
Djeli earned a B.S. in Metaphysics and is a Reiki master practitioner. Ki is also a published author whose books include Billosophy: meditations on God, movement and miracles, Sacred & Sacrosanct: a collection of poems, and #A Poem A Day: one year of poetry. Djeli's poetic works have been showcased in numerous festivals and publications. Djeli has also served as a U.S. State Department Cultural Exchange Ambassador for the Arts making multiple trips to Turkmenistan.
An excerpt from William's writing:
"As an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil I was tasked with performing dangerous feats of physical skill on a daily basis. After performances audience members would comment about me as a Daredevil. I was not and am not a daredevil. I am a calculated risk taker. The daredevil cares more about the thrill than the possible consequences whereas the Calculated Risk Taker factors in the consequences before engaging. My work as an acrobat helped me better understand the calculated risk taking necessary to innovate. From this I recognized innovation as acrobatics of the mind. It is a great thrill to be a part of the process as someone embodies the fullness of being an acrobat of the mind."
Djeli's work is derived from his mantra "I Am Enough" aligning head, heart and gut in the pursuit of fullness of self. With the guiding statement "We are each others medicine." it is time we come together to heal.
Djeli travels frequently as a performer, workshop facilitator and Keynote speaker.