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Sue in the midst of a coaching session in Cape Town.


2020


February / March 2020 Cape Town, South Africa

Storytelling in the Community

February 16th – March 21st
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.

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: R18,500 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


May 2020, near Norwich, UK

Introductory weekend

May 9th & 10th

Details to follow


May 2020 DISC, The Netherlands

The Business of Storytelling

May 18th & 19th

A 2-day intensive in an exclusive group offering you a focused opportunity to develop your leadership abilities through the art of storytelling. Participants will leave with an understanding of why the ability to tell a good story well is considered a key leadership competency, a grounding in the 3 main different kinds of story, a tool kit of essential storytelling skills and have had the opportunity for personal coaching on their own leadership stories.

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the most experienced story consultants and coaches in Europe in a small, informal group.Suitable for senior leaders in both the private and public sectors, in any kind of organisation, especially those seeking to extend their reach beyond their current sphere of influence. No previous experience of storytelling is needed but a willingness to be challenged and to learn in an experiential way is essential.

Cost: €2500 (includes all tuition, materials, food and accommodation at an exclusive estate in the centre of the Netherlands) Maximum 6 places available.

For further information and to book, go to www.discstorytelling.com


June 2020 FEST, Turkey

Federation of European Storytelling Organisations Gathering, Turkey.

June 23rd – 27th 2020

Go to www.fest-network.eu


September 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland

Wicked Company

September 8th – 10th

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


Celebration meal together in the Cluny House dining room

September 2020 Findhorn Community, Scotland

This Being Human

September 19th – 26th

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 previous storytelling experience.

Cost: TBC.


September /October 2020 Amari, Crete

On the way back from class through the back streets of Amari

I week course with Stella Kassimati – details to be confirmed shortly


2021


February/March 2021 Cape Town, South Africa

Personal Storytelling Intensive with Gilly Southwood

February 14th – March 6th 2021

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 these days have a story to tell: 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 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?
What makes a life story memorable so that it can be passed on?
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.

Cost: TBC.


Conversation at morning break under the pine trees in Amari

September /October 2021 Crete

Personal Storytelling Intensive

September 19th – October 10th

Personal Storytelling Intensive in 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 these days have a story to tell: 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 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?
What makes a life story memorable so that it can be passed on?
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.

Cost: TBC.

Some of the participants of the Personal Storytelling Intensive in 2018


November 2021 Bangalore, India

Course participants at the end of a recent Telling True Life Tales course in Bangalore

 

Lighting the candle to begin an Under the Surface course in Mumbai in 2019

Full schedule and costs available closer to the date