Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 02 December 2018
  • Dates: 2nd Dec to 7th Dec 2018

    Sun 19.30 to 21.30
    Mon to Thurs 9.00 to 17.00
    Friday 9.00 to 12.30

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row

    Tuition fee: £345

    To book a place: Please email Stella or Gauri at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Stella at
    +44 (0) 7765977149

    To book meals & accommodation:  Click to book

ONE WEEK COURSE: Listening to our heart: Storytelling to reconnect

ONE WEEK COURSE: Listening to our heart: Storytelling to reconnect

A storytelling course for those who feel exhausted or stuck in their work with a community, with Stella Kassimati and Gauri Raje.

“There is a window from one heart to another” Rumi

This week is for those who stand up for what they believe in and who want to bring change to the world through storytelling.

Do you feel the need to reconnect to your source of inspiration: your true-life story that fuels your work in the world?

You may feel exhausted, unseen and disconnected and may ask “Why am I doing this?” 

You may wonder how does the storyteller continue to work from the heart and with the heart, without losing themselves in the challenges of the work.

This 6-day residential course, in the beautiful grounds of Emerson College, may help you reconnect to Nature, to your authentic voice and to your purpose. By witnessing, crafting and telling your true-life story that gives meaning to your work, you will shine a new light on it and be empowered to carry on.

Storytelling experience is beneficial but not essential.


About the Tutors


Stella Kassimati

Stella Kassimati is an experienced workshop leader and award winning storyteller. She teaches around the world in both Greek and English, including at The International School of Storytelling and Schumacher College, UK. Stella loves Greek myths and offers workshops on how relevant they are to us today. 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’s family is in Crete; however her passion for storytelling took her to England in 2002 to train as a professional storyteller at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College. Her academic qualifications include BA Sociology and PostGradDip Tourism.



Gauri Raje

Gauri Raje is an anthropologist and storyteller who works in the UK and India with adults and vulnerable groups. She is especially interested in the concepts of witnessing in storytelling, translation and multilingualism and embodied nature of creating stories.

She has been working with Theatre of Witness in Northern Ireland and England, a performance approach that focuses on biographical storytelling by people who have no experience with theatre. She has conducted storytelling workshops for adults in Mumbai between 2011-2015. She has been a member of Flashlight Storytellers, a collective that focuses on experimenting and performance with autobiographical storytelling in Birmingham. She has also worked as Storyteller-in-Residence with Fusion Arts, Oxford in developing storytelling and storymaking as a way of creating dialogues within conflict-ridden communities. She ran an Arts Council-funded project called 'Long Journey Home: True Life Migrant Tales', a monthly multilingual storytelling evening by first generation migrants telling their stories about making home in the U.K. Her current workshops in India are based on practises of attuning to the land through play and sensory mapping work, using practises of storytelling and immersing the body in particular areas.

She tells stories regularly over UK, Europe and India.