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Exploring the Masculine, the Feminine and Relationship Through A Sufi Tale with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut.

At this time of great change, can an ancient folk tale help us navigate the landscape of our own hearts and lived experience?

How do we relate to the masculine and feminine in ourselves and around us?

What is the connection we long for?

Love's Garment is a rich storytelling exploration of how a Sufi tale can help us, as men and women, find ourselves and each other in healthy relationship.

Working with a rich and wondrous Moroccan folk tale, we will explore these themes through storytelling exercises, games, constellations, ritual and walks in nature. Join us on a journey to explore the masculine and the feminine principles and what love means in our own lives, surrounded by the glorious autumnal landscape of Emerson College. 

Suitable for everyone. No storytelling experience required.

This course can be attended on its own or followed by Our Journey as Women and Men : The Story We Need to Tell Now, a 5-day biographical storytelling journey into these themes with a public performance at the end.



“An anonymous story, yet your very own. Stepping into it invites the soul to resonate with what it has always known, thus reminding you of your essence.”
Aron Saltiel, Psychotherapist & Musician, Italy November 2017

"Love's Garment has been a deep and surprising adventure. It has managed to reach the hidden corners of my soul and personal challenges although the energy was kept light and playful. 
The space was held by experienced facilitators, Stella and Pelin, who made it easy for the whole group to trust them and just be led through the journey. I hope many others will have the privilege of living this enlightening experience."
Giovanna Conforto, Storyteller and Teacher, Italy November 2017.


About the tutors

Storytellers and workshop leaders Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut are the creators of Gifts from our Ancestors, a unique and well-loved training devised in response to the refugee crisis. Participants learn how to tell family stories of loss, exile and making a new home and have gone on to perform their inspiring stories, as a group and as individuals, all over the world.



Stella Kassimati is an experienced facilitator and award-winning storyteller. She teaches around the world in both Greek and English, including at Emerson College and Schumacher College, UK. Stella 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 trained at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College in 2002. She divides her time between Forest Row and Crete, where she is the founder of Friends of Amari, a storytelling and arts centre designed to help revitalise the beautiful mountain village of Amari.


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Pelin Turgut is an author, storyteller and facilitator based in Brighton. A writer for publications such as TIME magazine and The Independent, a founder of !f Istanbul, the international film festival, and a screenwriting lab for filmmakers, she has a life-long interest in stories. She trained at the International School of Storytelling. Drawing on years of study in diverse wisdom traditions -including Sufism, shamanism, constellations, Systemic Ritual, movement and storytelling- she works with groups and individuals across Europe to enable a felt sense of the mythic nature of a human life. www.pelinturgut.com