Event Details

  • When: Friday, 12 March 2021
  • to Sun 14 March 2021

    Fri 19.30 to 21.30
    Sat  9.00 to 17.00
    Sun  9.00 to 12.30

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row & Online

    Tuition Fee:  £185*

    *For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the 'BOOK STAY' link below.



    Booking your place on the course and your stay at Emerson are two separate steps and payments:


    To book your place please email Gauri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Or text Stella at +44 (0) 7765977149. 


    (Click here to book your stay & meals at Emerson College)


WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Shiva and Dionysos

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Shiva and Dionysos

A weekend exploring the powers of Shiva and Dionysos, Gods of love and ecstasy with deep links to the natural world across two great mythic traditions - Indian and Greek, with Stella Kassimati and Gauri Raje.

Shiva and Dionysos are the Gods of love and ecstasy with deep links to the natural world across two great mythic traditions - Indian and Greek, East and West. Their power is like a great river rumbling in the distance, so far away we pay no attention until suddenly the river floods and its waters, like a tsunami, reach our home and sweep everything before it; nothing is left standing, nothing is the way it was before.

The notion that nature exists merely to be in the service of the human race, to be exploited and used by us with no thought to the consequences for the more-than-human beings and for the Earth itself has led us to where we are today. Already we can hear the rumble of the river rising and the peril of not connecting with every living thing is growing. It is time to reconnect once more to these Gods and experience the joy, ecstasy and love that being swept away by them can give us. It is time to identify and disregard those social norms and human laws in order to rediscover divine laws and reconnect to our humanity, to all beings and to the Earth. What is these Gods’call to Joy in communion with Nature and simplicity of heart?   

Through stories, discussions and games, we will explore the multifaceted energies of the two Gods within the two mythic traditions. We will see how these energies meet as well as their distinct nature. And above all, we will look at their relevance for ourselves and in the times we live in.

No storytelling experience is necessary for this workshop.


 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. 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 in Amari, Crete, Greece www.friends-of-amari.org



Gauri Raje is a storyteller and anthropologist who lives and works both in India and the UK. In her life journey as a migrant, she has begun to realise that her birthplace may not always be where she is 'from'. She works extensively in storytelling with migrants in the UK.  She works multilingually with personal stories, folk and fairy tales and epics. She also facilitates multilingual workshops on storytelling and narrative work, and loves to collaborate with artists from different disciplines. Her book ‘Making Lives, Making Communities: Scottish Asians in Glasgow’ was launched with Nicola Sturgeon in 2018.

Details of her work can be found on LinkedIn at Gauri Raje.