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Storytelling is an art as ancient as the spoken word. As you listen to a story your heart and imagination begin to shift and open, bringing opportunity for new experiences, knowledge and a deeper under-standing of ourselves, people and the world around us. Stories hold the promise of illuminating listeners with truths at each new telling... an opportunity to discover the universal power of the "Once upon a time".

These are some of the workshops I offer to parents, teachers, students and professionals... anyone wanting to enhance their lives and extend their knowledge about themselves and how they relate to the world around them:

Bringing the Magic of Storytelling to Life (adult)
Practical creative first steps to storytelling for pa-rents, teachers, caregivers, librarians and babysit-ters…anyone wanting to tell a story.

The Gift of Stories (adult)
Making emotional connections through the power of storytelling.

Getting Children to tell their own Stories (adult)
Practical tips on how to encourage children to be authors’ of their own stories.

Family Stories (all ages)
Looking at ways to capture memories and share them… a sensory guided trip down memory lane for the whole family, young and old.

Improving Your Storytelling (adults)
Participants will look at the basics and beyond of storytelling.  It is an opportunity to explore the transfer of imagery, the use of voice, gesture, lan-guage, and props in storytelling. Practical ideas and tips on shaping and telling will be shared in this active workshop. Participants will leave feeling em-powered to tell stories!

Staff development: Monterey Pre-Primary School.


The story was the bushman’s most sacred possession. These people knew what we do not; that without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization. Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own." - Laurens Van der Post

The Healing Art of Storytelling (adult)
An archeological journey where shards of memory are excavated to help reconstruct a clearer land-scape… showing how the power of story can begin to heal and repair our souls.

Doorways to the Soul (adult)
Exploring creative ways of paying attention to stories in order to begin to understand the personal significance of the symbolism and imagery and how it resonates in our daily life.

Storytelling and Creativity - Art workshops/Playshops (adult)
An invitation to join Gilly and Cynthia (OT, artist and friend) on a creative joyride. Through the use of story, collage and paint, you will be encouraged to tap into your natural spontaneity, learn to use your imagination, increase your awareness and embrace your unique creative abilities. (No prior experience needed!)

The very act of sharing a story with another human being contradicts the extreme isolation that characterizes so many of our lives. As such, storytelling carries within it the seeds of community." - Richard Stone, The Healing Art of Storytelling


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