STORY MEDICINE FOR ALL

Increase your ability as a Teaching Healing Professional (Doctor, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor) Teacher, Parent, Advisor

Teaching- Nourishing Story Making and Story Telling Certified Course                   

Since the beginning of time humans have told stories by word and  by artistry to teach and to help each other. We have learned our place in the world through stories.

Recently this longtime tradition has been broken through industrialization and digitalization. Many of us now rely on media or an expert to tell the stories in our lives. Many of us do not believe that “our story” is worth telling.

We are in a crisis in our families because we have lost connection with our roots, with ourselves. WHO are We? Who am I? WHere do I belong? Where do I come from? Where am I going? How will I get there? How can I help?

As a medicine, Stories offer direction and support through their innate wisdom. We can feel ourselves “Grow Up” when we hear and understand the message in a story. When we are told a story, our hearts beat in the rhythm of the storyteller. This has a calming and an exciting affect on our health and well being. What a powerful tool the storyteller has! Certain stories endure as “survival tools” that strengthen resilience whatever our age or status. Stories that explain the extraordinary mysteries of life link our world’s cultures in commonality. Stories can be like “a miracle” (Wo de Tien a) to managing our own and the behavior of others. We may understand what we are doing “wrong”, how we can correct our lives by correcting our behavior or our attitude. STORIES are a FUN way to learn. Laughter in itself is a wonderful medicine.

You will be guided to discover the wisdom in metaphor and mystery in myth while enjoying drama and puppetry in this 3 day active workshop that will enrich your skills as a creative storyteller and healer. YOU will develop the ability to create  teaching -healing  stories for yourself and others.

Outline: 

Through physical activity  (games and exploration of our senses) we establish ourselves individually and with others in the  “social realm”. WILLING

Through Soul engagement (stories and acting) we experience the expression of others and we practice expressing our feelings and thoughts in the” emotional realm”. : FEELING

Through Intellectual stimulation ( imagination and factual ) we apply our minds to creative challenges : THINKING

This balanced  program offers us the ability to change ourselves and others.

Learning Outcomes of this 3 day course:

Develop a “toolbox” of many stories, songs, games  and activities for use with your family, friends, students, clients.

Develop confidence to share meaningful stories with colleagues

Develop ability to express impressive imagination by drawing, acting, and writing true and fictional stories.

Develop ability to make and use powerful puppetry in storytelling.

Develop knowledge for the study of Biography to understand our individual and collective destinies.

Proposed Schedule: 

9:30-10:30 Warm ups (including Goethean observation) ,  Hearing  Stories: sharing meaning through action, drawing, writing, speaking

10:30-11:00 Replenishment Break

11-12:30 Theory of story creating, uses for different ages and stages: Examples of teaching and healing stories both original and traditional  (including Chinese Stories)

12:30-2:00 Lunch and rest break

2:00-3:00 Artistic development project: (Alone or with others): writing a story, making a puppet show or other dramatic representation; presenting this to the group (This can be a cumulative process over the 3 days)

3:00-3:15 Replenishment Break

3:15-4:15 Story sharing circle practicing oral story telling

4:15-5:00 Review and questions

Sandra is an inspiring qualified teacher  and an  intuitive group facilitator.  She  will guide you to develop skills in creativity and expression.  She has been happily teaching 100’s of grateful people of all ages for more than 30 years in many parts of the world including China. Sandra is a trusted leader with a Bachelor of Child Study Degree (Canada) and a Masters in Education ( Columbia University NY).

Sandra creates and tells stories for small groups and large: “ Cultural Festivals” too (including a Qi Ming Festival.) A long time student of story writing/telling  and Drama therapy, her adult stories were regularly featured on radio in Australia. There, she is a valued member of a Professional Storytellers Circle.  Two of her stories are published in Chinese and other languages. For 12 weeks earlier this year she worked outside Chengdu with the Tianfu Forest School teachers, staff, parents supporting their development as Waldorf Educators and Biodynamic Agriculturalists.

Sandra has also offered the Chengdu community successful workshops on “Nature based Education”,  “ Creating with the Power of Stories “, “Professional Development” for Teachers and “ Benefits of Singing for your Family“ for Parents.  These were described as “transformative and amazing”, by participants. In July 2015 Sandra led two nature based camps for children and teachers and parents outside Beijing and Baotou and was appreciated for her energetic and skillful dedication.

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