Workshops


2020


September

This Being Human. Findhorn Community, Scotland.

Postponed to 2021, new dates available soon

Telling stories from our own lives invites us to look at our past and consider what is worth passing on into the future. The course provides an introduction to the delights and discipline of telling true life tales. Working with stories from our own lives that we want to be able to share with our families, friends or perhaps even an invited audience, we will be learning about what qualities and skills are needed to tell these stories well. There will be time to explore such questions as: has anything worth speaking about ever happened to me? Why would anyone want to listen to my story anyway? Do you have to tell EVERYTHING? And ultimately, how can the shaping and crafting of personal stories illuminate what it means to be human? Most suitable for those with some storytelling experience but beginners welcome too.

Cost: TBC.


September / October

The Inner Wheel: Storytelling and the Four Temperaments. Amari, Crete.

Postponed to 2021, new dates available soon

A knowledge of the four temperaments or humours were used by the ancient Greeks to diagnose and treat illness in the human body. The temperaments were linked to the four elements fire, water, earth and air and it was said that a whole, healthy person had all four temperaments in balance. 

How can an understanding of the temperaments help us as storytellers bring more health and balance, spice and variety to both our storytelling and our storytelling repertoire? What undiscovered parts of ourselves could we bring to the stories we choose to tell and how might that change the way we tell them? Using movement, music, masks and storytelling exercises we will explore a story of your choice through the wheel of the temperaments – who knows what we might discover?!    

This is a course for storytellers with some experience who would enjoy being stretched in a supportive, playful atmosphere which includes individual coaching. The timetable will allow for a free day where we might go to the beach or visit an ancient site and will feature the sumptuous Greek food of extraordinary cook Maria, the stunning, peaceful scenery of the Amari Valley as well as a deep dive into the art of storytelling with Sue and Stella. 

Cost: €885 including all materials, tuition, accommodation and meals but excluding flight and transfer to Amari

For further details and to book, go to www.friends-of-amari.org


2021


February / March

Personal Storytelling Intensive. February 14th – March 6th. Cape Town, South Africa.

Course Leaders: Sue Hollingsworth with Gilly Southwood

This 3 week, full time storytelling course focuses on the art of telling true life, autobiographical stories. By the end of the course you will have the skills necessary to shape and craft any story that you want to tell, whether it’s around the kitchen table to your family and friends or to a room packed full of people!

Many people have a story they want to tell, especially now, when we have had time to reflect more on our lives during the Covid 19 pandemic. It might be an important moment in their lives, something funny or sad that involved members of their family that are not with them any more, or their personal involvement in a larger, historical happening. But there are many questions about how to do this well:

How can we make a story compelling and memorable?
How can we share a true life story so that it is not just egotistical?
How can we tell a story as if it were a gift to our listeners?
How can we move people, touch them, help them see more clearly what it is to be human?
How can we be completely present, revealing our whole selves, at ease with our true voice, words and presence?

The course will include practical story crafting, including key skills that are not required for the telling of traditional stories and coaching in small groups amongst other things. It will conclude with a public sharing of our stories. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted to ensure individual attention. Some storytelling experience is beneficial but beginners will also be considered.

The timetable will be Monday – Friday 9.30am – 1pm and 2 afternoons of coaching from 2 – 4pm. The other two afternoons will be for private practise. Friday afternoons will be free and there will be a performance on Friday evenings.

To apply: in the first instance, please contact Gilly Southwood on gilly@cybersmart.co.za  who will send you an application form

Cost: TBC


September

Wicked Company. September 7th – 9th. Edinburgh, Scotland.

Wicked Company is an international network of social change and organisation development professionals who are committed to the growth of Self and Others in organisations. This first gathering is in the circular Bute Rooms at the National Museum for Scotland where we will assemble in the spirit of the courageous (“wicked”) freethinkers of the Enlightenment period who attended the salons of Edimburgh for friendship and conversation, to challenge established worldviews in changing times.

Cost: TBC.

For further information go direct to www.wickedcompany.net

 

September / October

Personal Storytelling Intensive. September 19th – October 10th. Amari, Crete.

Course Leaders: Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati

This 3 week, full time storytelling course focuses on the art of telling true life, autobiographical stories. By the end of the course you will have the skills necessary to shape and craft any story that you want to tell, whether it’s around the kitchen table to your family and friends or to a room packed full of people!

Many people have a story they want to tell, especially now, when we have had time to reflect more on our lives during the Covid 19 pandemic. It might be an important moment in their lives, something funny or sad that involved members of their family that are not with them any more, or their personal involvement in a larger, historical happening. But there are many questions about how to do this well:

How can we make a story compelling and memorable?
How can we share a true life story so that it is not just egotistical?
How can we tell a story as if it were a gift to our listeners?
How can we move people, touch them, help them see more clearly what it is to be human?
How can we be completely present, revealing our whole selves, at ease with our true voice, words and presence?

The course will include practical story crafting, including key skills that are not required for the telling of traditional stories and coaching in small groups amongst other things. It will conclude with a public sharing of our stories. A maximum of 12 students will be accepted to ensure individual attention. Some storytelling experience is beneficial but beginners will also be considered.

The timetable will be Monday – Friday 9.30am – 1pm and 2 afternoons of coaching from 2 – 4pm. The other two afternoons will be for private practise. Friday afternoons will be free and there will be a performance on Friday evenings.

Cost: €TBC. There are 4 sponsored places for Greek Residents available for €TBC. The cost includes all tuition, materials, accommodation in simple, shared rooms and 3 meals a day Monday – Friday.


November

Bangalore, India. Full schedule and costs available closer to the date