April 2018 Ireland
Telling True Life Tales, a storytelling course over 4 weekends
with Sue Hollingsworth and Neil Horgan
Many years ago Plato said, “The unexamined life is not worth living”. Telling stories from our lives invites us to look at our past and consider what is worth passing on to the future and what we have learnt along the way. Over this introductory series of four weekends, your two experienced teachers will take you through the delights and discipline of telling true life tales, guiding you gently to explore what qualities and skills are needed to tell these stories. There will be time to discuss questions such as: Has anything worth speaking about ever happened to me? Who would listen to my story? What makes it different from a casual reminiscence in a pub? Is it the same as telling a traditional story? And do you have to tell EVERYTHING?
The course is limited to 16 people and open to anyone over 28. It is ideal for beginners, those with some experience and tellers of traditional tales. The course will take place over 4 full weekends and will appeal to anyone interested in learning how to tell their own true life stories and improve their public speaking skills in a safe and creative space.
(Fri 7pm – 9pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm)
Cost: €945 (Deposit of €250 – balance of €695 payable by 17/3/18), inclusive of all materials, training, lunch & tea & coffee on Saturday and Sunday. Some bursaries are available for eligible students.
Contact Neil to book or enquire about your suitability on firstname.lastname@example.org
April 2018 Istanbul, Turkey
April 23rd – 28th, Storytelling in the Community
Stories are one of the best ways of bringing people together. In today’s world where families and friends are often spread far afield, connections between people are often maintained by Facebook, Skype and Instagram. How can the ancient art of storytelling help rebuild our communities, whether that community is a far flung family, our friends, immediate neighbours, school, church or business?
Using a wide variety of stories and exercises, we will begin to explore how the storyteller can help us deal with loneliness, isolation and fragmentation and begin to create a new sense of community.
Suitable for experienced storytellers or beginners who already have facilitation skills.
To book and for further details, please email Seiba Storytelling on email@example.com
June 2018 Amari, Crete
June 9th – 16th – The Inner Wheel: Storytelling and the Greek Temperaments
Join Founder of Friends of Amari, Stella Kassimati and Patron Sue Hollingsworth for a 10 year Anniversary special – a celebratory course for people who have been to Amari and wish to return and those who have always longed to go but haven’t managed it yet! During the week we will explore questions such as:
How can an understanding of the 4 Greek temperaments help bring more variety and spice to our storytelling? 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?
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 could go to the beach, visit some special sites or anything else we might dream up between us. Featuring the sumptuous Greek food of extraordinary cook Maria, the stunning and peaceful scenery of the Amari Valley and a deep dive into the art of storytelling with both Founder and Patron – what more could you ask for?!
To book or for further details, go to www.friends-of-Amari.org
Costs: €785 (inclusive of all tuition, accommodation, meals, and day trip)
June 2018 The Hague, Holland
June 25th – 29th – Storytelling in the Community with Sue Hollingsworth
Stories are one of the best ways of bringing people together.
In today’s world where families and friends are often spread far afield, connections between people are often maintained by Facebook, Skype and Instagram.
How can the ancient art of storytelling help rebuild our communities, whether that community is a far flung family, our friends, immediate neighbours, school, church or business?
Using a wide variety of stories and exercises, we will begin to explore how the storyteller can help us deal with loneliness, isolation and fragmentation and begin to create a new sense of community. Suitable for beginners and those with more storytelling experience.
To book or for further details, go to www.discstorytelling.com
August 2018 Kastamanou, Turkey
August 3rd – 8th – Welcome to the Island!
Calling all adventurous souls to the Black Sea to take part in a journey to an island of imagination, creativity and story! Come along to explore, to step onto new shores of spontaneous storytelling and mythic imagination and discover brand new, never before told, stories that need telling right now. Suitable for absolute beginners and experienced storytellers alike.
To book or for further details, please email Seiba Storytelling on firstname.lastname@example.org
August 2018 Wales, UK
August 16th – 22nd – The Bleddfa Week of Storytelling
Sue is contributing a workshop and a performance of Along the Way: Stories from the Camino on August 18th to this iconic storytelling gathering in a converted barn in the rolling Welsh Hills. Suitable for those who have never told a story before and for experienced tellers
Cost: £375. For further information and to book, go to bleddfaweekofstorytelling.wordpress.com
September 2018 Mount Pelion, Greece
The Wounded Healer: Storytelling and Astrology with John Wadsworth
8th – 15th September 2018
The story of Chiron, the wise and kindly centaur, is one of the most compelling of all Greek myths. Join us for an adventure to Pelion, the site of Chiron’s school for the Greek heroes, to the place where the greatest healer of his time sought the cure for his own wound.
During our week together we will explore our relationship to this myth through personal storytelling, the astrology of our birth charts and a wide range of artistic activities.
The planetoid Chiron, discovered in 1977, awakened the astrological imagination to the potency of this story and offers us keys to our own character and calling such as: How might a deeper understanding of our own woundedness release more creativity and compassion in our lives? What might it call forth forth from us and how might it inspire a more authentic response to the woundedness of the world?
This course is suitable for those with an interest in astrology or storytelling (or both) and who are drawn to work with the Delphic inscription: “Know Thyself”.
Venue: Aglaida Hotel, Tsagarada, Mount Pelion, Greece
Cost: £990 inclusive of accommodation in 3* hotel in twin bedded rooms with sea views, all meals, tuition, materials, transport from Volos in Greece, mid week excursion and local trips. Not included are transport to and from Volos and any drinks during the week.
Course Facilitators: Sue Hollingsworth & John Wadsworth.
John Wadsworth is a professional astrologer, teacher, writer and pioneer of embodied, experiential forms of astrological education. He has been practicing astrology professionally for over twenty years. He has been running the Kairos School of Astrology in Glastonbury since 2009, taking students from beginner to professional level. John holds an MA in Cultural Astronomy and is the founder of The Alchemical Journey, a Glastonbury Zodiac based mystery school programme. He is the author of, “Turning the Wheel of Your Zodiac Soul: Twelve Gateways to Wholeness”, to be published by Orion next March.
To book or for further information, please email John Wadsworth on email@example.com
September 2018 Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
This Being Human: Telling True Life Tales
September 29th – October 6th
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?
To book or for further details, go towww.findhorn.org/workshops
Costs: Tiered pricing of £1110 / £840 / £690 (including accommodation and all meals)
November 2018 Bangalore, India
November 14th & 15th – The Magic of Storytelling
November 17th – 22nd – Building Relationship: Facilitating Story Work in Groups and Communities
November 24th & 25th – More Magic! Next Steps in Storytelling
November 24th & 25th – More Magic! Next Steps in Storytelling
Please watch this space for further details of courses available or go to www.bytheriver.in
November/December 2018 Hawkwood College, England
Begin Telling True Life Tales!
November 30th – December 2nd
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.
Cost: £275 inclusive of all meals and accommodation. For further information and to book, go to: www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk
February / March 2019 Cape Town, South Africa
Sunday February 3rd – Saturday March 9th – Storytelling in the Community Full Time Training, Erin Hall, Rondebosch, Cape Town
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: Watch this space – some funding will be available to assist people actively working in under privileged communities.
The course is limited to 14 participants and 5 places will be available for international participants.