Meet our SBW teachers
Course Leaders: Roi Gal-Or & Karmit Even Zur
Roi Gal-Or (co-founder) of The International School of Storytelling) teaches the use of storytelling in service of the environment education, healing, peace and reconciliation. He works with the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation, foster vision, possibility and personal development. Weaving together storytelling, social games and biographical work he works and performs worldwide. https://www.roigalor.com
Karmit’s work history spans diverse experiences, interests and competences from the healing arts, and the arts & crafts world. Her unique skill-set provides a deep perspective for transformational work, and in working with soul searching questions. Her studies encompass human ecology and earth healing modalities as well as energy healing systems and shamanic practices. Her work is deeply informed and nurtured by a European shamanic tradition.
Karmit is the founder of Earth speaks https://www.earth-speaks.net, an educational initiative combining geomancy (earth energy work) and creative expression. Earth Speaks offers seminars and journeys, where people explore holistic connections to the landscape, build a renewed relationship with Place and experience it's sacred aspects. Participants develop sensitivity to living systems in nature – cultivating an awareness of the wild, the unseen, and the conscious aspects of the Earth.
Her work explores the sacred sources of Story in the realms of the Imagination where everything is possible! She is passionate about creating new narratives that combine ancient, nature based thinking with contemporary forms and needs. She believes the Oral Tradition acts as a healing salve; helping us to stitch together our fragmented perceptions of the world.
Karmit and Roi will be joined by a host of inspiring guest teachers, including:
Ashley Ramsden (Mentoring)
Ashley established the School of Storytelling in 1994 under the umbrella of Emerson College. Ashley’s unique methods of teaching voice and the skills of the storyteller have received international acclaim. He runs workshops, tours with his one-man-shows and is a speaker of sacred poetry. He has been touring recently with his wife Flora, focussing on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. (https://ashleyramsden.com)
Giovana Conforto (Coaching/Mentoring)
Giovanna is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Center. Giovanna is a world-known storyteller. She has taught, performed and consulted in Italy and abroad. Her collaborations include Uzi Gallery in Florence, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the Global Science Opera. As well as teaching at the School of Storytelling-Emerson College – UK she also teaches at the Master’s on Arts Management at the IED University in Rome. (www.italianstorytellingcenter.it/en)
Naamah Pinkerfeld Gal-Or (Singing)
Naamah has been singing with our students and leading the Singing Forest Choir at Emerson College since 2008. She has led the Heart of the City Community Choir in London since 2010. She has taught singing to many groups and led choirs in inspiring venues including St Paul’s Cathedral, the British Museum, London Zoo, and Chartres Cathedral in France.
Olivia Olsen (Voice and movement/ Mentoring)
Olivia has worked for many years at Canada’s National Voice Intensive where in depth study of movement and voice focused into performance of Shakespeare. This underpins many of the processes she now works with in helping people open and use their voice. She holds an MA in Voice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a Postgraduate Degree in Voice from York University Toronto. As well as storytellers and actors, Olivia teaches business professionals at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and performs internationally.
Paul Matthews (Writing creatively/Mentoring)
Paul is a published poet, internationally acclaimed both for his poetry readings and for the joyful and interactive workshops in Creative Writing that he oers. His two books on the creative process, ‘Sing Me the Creation’ and ‘Words in Place’ have proved inspirational to teachers of children and adults alike, and to all who seek to develop their powers of imagination. He has travelled widely with his work and now, after stepping back from his full time work as lecturer, poet and gymnast at Emerson College he continues to expand his activities in the UK and elsewhere. (www.paulmatthewspoetry.co.uk)
Stella Kassimati (Mythology/Coaching)
Stella is skilled in facilitating workshops that help people of all ages connect with the origins of modern life through Ancient Greece as the cradle of Western Civilisation, using her deep knowledge of Greek Myths, Gods and Goddesses. Stella is the founding Director of Friends of Amari, an international association contributing to the revival of the Valley and Village of Amari in Crete, through the art of storytelling. (www.friends-of-amari.org)