Workshops

2021


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

Costs, all further details and to book from www.friends-of-amari.org. This course is expected to run and there is a waiting list at present.


November

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


2022


February / March 2022

Personal Storytelling Intensive. February 13th – March 5th. 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 9.30 am – 1 pm and 2 afternoons of coaching from 2 – 4 pm. The other two afternoons will be for private practice. Friday afternoons will be free and there will be a performance on Friday evenings.

To apply: Prices to be confirmed by July 2021, please contact Gilly Southwood (gilly@cybersmart.co.za) for further details and to go on the waiting list.

Cost: TBC


Dates available soon

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

with Stella Kassimati

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