Open Workshops


February/March 2023. Cape Town, South Africa

Storytelling in the Community, February 12th – March 18th

Course Leaders: Sue Hollingsworth and Gilly Southwood

We learned anew to appreciate the support of our neighbours, friends, colleagues and the wider community during the Covid 19 pandemic. How do we ensure that special community spirit and sense of support doesn’t fade away as life hopefully returns to normal?  How can our business organisations, spiritual centres, youth groups, schools and old age facilities become even more resilient and creative?  Wherever we live and whatever we do, how could we ourselves be part of helping to provide and maintain the well-being of society?

In Southern Africa, it’s said there was a time when, if you or your community was sick, the first three questions a traditional healer would ask were, “When did you last sing? When did you last dance? When did you last tell a story?”  Many of us are forgetting the natural healing wisdom of singing, dancing and storytelling, 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.

This popular 5 week, full-time course (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 3.30pm), 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 skills of telling traditional tales, the creating of spontaneous stories, story games and skills for community building through storytelling. Working 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 help keep you and your community resilient, healthy and connected. After 12 years, this is the last time Sue will be hosting this course for the foreseeable future.

Cost: R19,500 for South African participants and R35,000 for international students.

The course is limited to 14 participants. To book, or for further information, please email Gilly on gilly@cybersmart.co.za