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Tales for our Times: Storytelling and Social change

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A day workshop exploring the role of storytelling, myth and folk tales in creating a more sustainable and beautiful world.

How can stories help us navigate our collective challenges?

Which stories do we need in this time?

What is the role of the storyteller in this complex world?

Weaving together radical threads of traditional storytelling, mythology and Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects”, the day will combine group activity, theory, conversation and, of course, story.

Exploring a selection of tales, we will discover how stories resource us, and seed hope in the face of current socio-ecological crises. We will listen to and share traditional stories, participate in reflective exercises and collectively create brand new myths for these uncertain times.

We’re all storytellers – come and develop your innate gift in the beautiful setting of the Salisbury Centre. You will leave ready to spark a revolution, entertain children… or something somewhere in between!

No matter how unique we think our own era, I believe that these old tales- faerie tales, folk tales, and myths- contain much of the paradox we face in these storm-jagged times.” – Martin Shaw

Facilitated by Dougie Mackay and Olga Bloemen.

Dougie is a professional storyteller active within community learning and development.

Olga facilitates the Work That Reconnects, supports groups working for social and ecological justice, and is a budding storyteller.

For whom
This workshop is open to anyone, whether you’re new to working with stories and/or the Work That Reconnects or not. We hope to bring together a diverse and intergenerational group, and learn from each other. Please share this workshop with others who may be interested too.

Please arrive from 9:30am to settle and make yourself a cuppa of something. We’ll start at 10am promptly. We’ll provide hot drinks and snacks, and you’re invited to join for a potluck lunch. Please bring some vegetarian/vegan food to share if you’d like to take part in that.

This event is part of the Salisbury Centre’s community programme and is offered on a donation basis to be as inclusive as possible. We don’t want costs to be a barrier to anyone participating. Suggested donation is £30-£50 for the day and you’re invited to contribute as much or as little as you can afford. Higher contributions allow us to run more events like this accessible for folks on lower incomes. 60% of the donations will go to the two facilitators, 40% will go to the Salisbury Centre to fund its community offerings. Please bring your donation in cash on the day.

The workshop will take place in the beautiful Studio space of the Salisbury Centre, which is up one set of narrow stairs. The Salisbury Centre unfortunately doesn’t currently have disabled toilets.

More information

You can email the Salisbury Centre office if you have any questions about the workshop: office@salisburycentre.org.