Workshops


2018


November

The Magic of Storytelling. November 14th & 15th. Bangalore, India

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to tell a story, if you’ve ever thought “I could never remember all that”, if you’ve ever worried about standing up to speak in public, this could be just the course for you! By the end of the course you will have a traditional story to take away ready to tell, gained confidence in speaking in front of others and have some hot tips on creating storytelling magic!

Under the Surface. November 17th. Bangalore, India

Why have some of the oldest stories survived so long? Why do we keep on telling them and is it possible that they contain wisdom that could help us in our lives right now? Taking one story in depth, we will use games, exercises and conversations to dive under the surface of the story and see what it has to offer us. Suitable for anyone who loves stories or storytelling, no previous experience is needed and absolute beginners are as welcome as experienced tellers.

Finding Gold: Next Steps in Personal Storytelling. November 20th – 22nd. Bangalore, India

Once you have a story from you own life in mind, how can you apply the skills of the storyteller to ensure that your listeners will not only be entertained by your story but also be nourished by it? How can the craft of storytelling help us convey the weight as well as the glitter of the gold we find in our own lives? This course is suitable for anyone who has had a taste of personal storytelling and wants to further develop their skills

More Magic: Next Steps in Traditional Storytelling. November 24th & 25th. Bangalore, India

For those who have already attended a Magic of Storytelling course or who have some experience of telling traditional stories, we delve deeper into the skills of the storyteller and explore how to create even more magic for our listeners!

For more information and to book, go to www.bytheriver.in


Begin Telling True Life Tales! November 30th – December 2nd, Hawkwood College, England

Many people would love to share a story from their lives with family, friends or even a public audience. But where to begin? Most people when asked for a story say, “Oh, I can’t remember anything” or “I haven’t done anything remotely interesting” when every person obviously has a story to tell. And if you CAN remember something, how can you make sure it is interesting to anyone else?

This is an introduction to the delights of telling true life stories. In an atmosphere of serious fun and playful engagement, it is suitable for anyone, whether you have previous experience or not.

For further information and to book, go to: www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk


2019


February / March

Storytelling in the Community. February 3rd – March 9th.
Full Time Training, Erin Hall, Rondebosch, Cape Town. South Africa

Course Leaders: Sue Hollingsworth with Gilly Southwood

The classic, 5 week, full time training in the skills of telling traditional stories AND how to facilitate and use those stories in communities and groups. This is the first time Sue has run this course since 2016, so read on …..

There was a time when the telling of stories was as natural and necessary as walking and breathing..
There was a time when, if you or your community was sick, someone would ask,
“When did you last sing? When did you last dance? When did you last tell a story?”

We are forgetting this natural wisdom but it’s not too late to make it part of our lives again and help keep both our hearts and the hearts of our communities healthy. In these times of division, difference and sometimes mistrust, the telling of stories brings us, our families and our communities together again.

This popular 5 week, full time (Mon – Fri) course will give you the opportunity to learn or deepen your skills as a storyteller, as well as equip you to go out into your community, be it a school, hospital, neighbourhood, old people’s centre, church, business organisation or just your friends and family, and begin working with story. Suitable for both beginners and those already on their way, the course will cover the telling of a wide variety of traditional tales, the creating of spontaneous stories, an introduction to voice work and story facilitation skills. Working both playfully and deeply we will uncover the storyteller that lives naturally within you so that you can go away with a foundation of storytelling skills to use in your community.

Tuition Cost: R17,500 for participants from Southern Africa, R35,000 for international students

The course is limited to 14 participants and 5 places will be available for international participants.
If you are interested in attending this course, in the first instance, please contact Sue by email at biographicalstorytelling@gmail.com


September / October

Personal Storytelling Intensive. September 15th – October 6th. Amari, Crete.

Full details and cost to follow shortly


This Being Human: Telling True Life Tales. October 12th – 19th. Findhorn Foundation, Scotland

Telling stories from our own lives invites us to look at our past and consider what is worth passing on into the future. This one week 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? Who would want to listen to my story anyway? What makes it any different from a chat about our lives over a cup of coffee? Is it the same as telling a traditional story? Do you have to tell EVERYTHING? And ultimately, how can the shaping and crafting of personal stories illuminate what it means to be human?

Costs: Tiered pricing of £1110 / £840 / £690 (including accommodation and all meals)

To book or for further details, go to www.findhorn.org/workshops