Set in the beautiful wilderness of Snowdonia National Park, this weekend workshop at Trigonos will explore the value and power of storytelling.
It will give you the skills and confidence to tell compelling stories through practical, hands-on approaches that explore what it takes to create strong narratives. Whether you want to improve your conversation skills, start a blog, prepare a speech, or produce a film – first, you need to know how to tell a story.
Dates: 17 – 20 July 2019
Location: Trigonos, Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Price: Non-residents £270. Residents £360 – £420 depending on your room type.
Storytelling is one of the defining characteristics of being human. No other animal on Earth tells stories like we do and the stories we tell determine the nature of our relationship with ourselves and the world around us, which in turn influences our actions and behaviours.
The narratives we choose to tell ourselves and each other have a huge impact on our individual and collective well-being – and ultimately the well-being of the rest of life we share our environment with.
In a supportive, fun and open setting, your tutors will guide you through the process of creating original stories, using mindful engagement with nature, group discussions, mindfulness meditations and games.
All stories originate in our conscious minds. When nurtured by the richness of direct experiences in contact with the natural world, these narratives can gain originality, creativity, and wisdom.
In particular, the workshop will –
Explore why storytelling matters, including:
- The origins of storytelling
- How stories impact our individual and collective lives
Introduce skills for creating compelling narratives, including:
- Developing mindful approaches to engage with our experiences
- Finding inspiration through direct experiences in nature
- Developing and trusting your own creativity
- Mastering the story structure from start to finish
Explore the need for new stories to inspire positive change, including:
- Changing the stories we tell ourselves and each other
- Crafting messages that resonate with audiences and inspire action
- Developing new stories that challenge the status quo
Compelling narratives not only spark deeper connections with ourselves and others but can also inspire actions for a happier, more peaceful and sustainable world. At a time where globally accepted stories of unregulated growth and consumption drive environmental destruction and social inequality, we need to change the stories we live by to change the world. So …what’s your story?
“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths & becomes the preferred story.” Ivan Illich – Storytelling to Myth-Making
Bethan John is a freelance environmental journalist interested in how storytelling inspires action for biodiversity conservation and social justice. For the past couple of years she has been creating and running an environmental media course based in the Amazon rainforest and recently embarked on a film expedition to report on an illegal road that’s threatening the nature and culture of one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.
Claire Thompson has worked in international nature conservation for 10 years for the World Land Trust and BirdLife International. Following the publications of two books (Mindfulness and the Natural World in 2012 and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching), Claire runs ‘mindfulness in nature’ workshops and retreats with the aim of reconnecting people with themselves and the natural world. With a passion for aliveness, authenticity and the wilderness, she pursues this to fulfill her passion for creating a happier, more peaceful, and sustainable world.
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