Event Details

  • When: Friday, 03 June 2022
  • to Sun 5 June 2022


    Fri: 19.30 - 21.30
    Sat: 9.00-17.00
    Sun: 9.00 - 12.30

    Where: Emerson College

    Course Fees: £185*

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WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Garden Story-Symphony

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Garden Story-Symphony

Lending our voices to plants with Stella Kassimati and Giovanna Conforto. Online work can be informative, but working with our body and senses can be transformative. 

Spending time in Nature, observing and doing creative work can help us reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. Stories and Gardens will be our guides to deepening connection, comprehension and lending our voice to tell the story of our chosen plant.  

Did you know..

Minthe was a naiad who fell in love with Hades, God of the Underworld, but Persephone, his wife, became enraged with jealousy and turned Minthe into a plant. 

Hades, who loved her dearly, could not reverse the spell but he gave Minthe  (Mint) such a poignant and intense scent that even with a light caress, she would fill his life with her aroma. 

How can we heal our souls after lockdown and transform our time in the underworld into life-filled fragrance? 

We will start by telling Greek and Latin myths about the origins and names of some plants. We will walk in the beautiful gardens of Emerson College and find a plant we connect with. Much of our time will be spent outdoors exploring through observation exercises and the methodology used by Leonardo da Vinci. Our aim is to create the myth of our chosen plant and share it with our class.



Stella Kassimati 

Stella Kassimati is an experienced workshop leader and storyteller. She teaches around the world in both Greek and English, including at Emerson College and Schumacher College, UK. Stella loves Greek myths and offers workshops on how relevant they are to us today. In following her passion, she is carrying a stream of Greek Mythology at the School of Storytelling, Emerson College. People interested in Greek Myths, will be able to follow the energies of gods and goddesses and many major myths that have influenced and shaped our western culture and civilization. 

She has a deep passion for biographical storytelling and for enabling adults to craft and publicly perform their own or family tales with the goal of reconnecting with what it is to be human, increasing empathy and creating community. She loves teaching the craft of the storyteller because it gives people a voice and empowers them to bring more of themselves into the world and make a difference.

Stella is the founding director of Friends of Amari, an international association developing a Storytelling Centre and contributing to the revival of the Valley and Village of Amari, her ancestral home in Crete, Greece www.friends-of-amari.org 

The Guardian recognises “Begin it Now!” workshop with Stella Kassimati at Emerson College, UK as one of the 15 U.K.’s  best creative retreats.



Giovanna Conforto

Giovanna Conforto is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Centre,  a creative associate with Lignin Stories (Malta) and founding member of  Stories in Place International Network. She has participated in events and festivals all over Europe, North America and Asia.

Giovanna's main interest is in how to bring storytelling to creatively acquire, elaborate and convey content creating connections and building bridges.

Her storytelling applies to many areas: Communication of science, communities, territories and art, education, social work, business, healthcare, interfaith dialogue and self-development.

Among her collaborations the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the Global Science Opera.

She continues to participate as researcher in various projects on Landscape narratives and Science teaching and communication. She is co-author of the ScienceTheatre European guidelines for the creative teaching of science.

Giovanna tells and facilitates in Italian, French and English