Story and Myth Workshops

Story and myth workshops are designed to meet client requests. Recent workshops have included:

Inviting the Muse
An introduction to storytelling technique, learning to move off-page through a series of tried and true creative exercises which facilitate experiencing the story rather than memorizing the text. Minimum time required: 3 hours. Best time frame: one full day. (NVCE, Feb 2005)

Inviting Dialogue through Storytelling
An exploration into the dialogical power of storytelling and storymaking to make sense of the world and to facilitate enhanced communication. Using folktales (containers of accumulated world wisdom) and participatory processes, we move from individual imagination to metaphorical thinking and finally to collective creativity and empathy. (WOSK Center for Dialogue, Oct. 2004)

Following the Thread: Personal Stories, Sacred Stories
All of us tell stories about ourselves; this workshop focuses on the practice of spinning personal stories to connect with ourselves and others more deeply. Through following the threads of story in our own biography, discovering themes and imagery, and crafting memorable stories for significant events, presentation skills and confidence are strengthened. Minimum: one full day; best time frame: one weekly session for 6-8 weeks.

The Call to Creativity: Demeter and Persephone
Listening to any myth opens a doorway to our own life stories. Great love, tragedy, rage and forgiveness are elements of the story of Demeter and Persephone; re-creating the elements of the story in imaginative ways (dancing, writing, drawing, retelling the myth, and story rendering) can be transformational, and . Minimum: one full day; best time frame: a weekend workshop. (This workshop has been presented many times in the fall and spring at womens’ gatherings, and to mothers and daughters groups.)

Cric?-Crac! Once, when my grandmother fell off the sleigh on the way to her wedding…
A classroom workshop enlivening the social studies curriculum with the researching, shaping and telling of family stories, and a great initiation to creating classroom storytelling circles. Appropriate for grades 3 and up. Best time-frame: one session per week, three or four weeks (Taught in many classrooms and presented at the 2002 International Learning Through the Arts Conference, Toronto).

Storytelling in Waldorf and Montessori Pedagogy
Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner both posited storytelling as the key to an enlivened and healing curriculum which would prepare each child to meet the world in a reverent way. Both pedagogies are based on the concepts of teacher as storyteller, imaginative play critical for learning, and curriculum founded on the developmental needs of the child. This workshop offers an overview of storytelling in the Waldorf classroom, compares and contrasts Montessori and Waldorf teaching strategies for pedagogical storytelling and surveys the practice of storytelling in other educational cultural contexts. Minimum: one full day.