- When: Friday, 29 January 2021
to Sun 31 Jan 2021
Fri: 19.30 - 21.30
Sun: 9.00 - 12.30
Where: Emerson College
Course Fees: £185*
*For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the 'BOOK STAY' link below.
HOW TO BOOK
Booking your place on the course and your stay at Emerson are two separate steps and payments:
STEP 1: BOOK PLACE
To book your place please email stella@schoolofstorytelling.
com or TEXT Stella +44 (0) 7765977149
This weekend we will explore, through myth, our connection to Nature and where disrespect and insatiable desire might lead us; guided by Stella Kassimati and Giovanna Conforto.
Nature has her tipping points, like the solstice, but we are possibly teetering on the edge of a manmade tipping point right now. As we contemplate how the pandemic has affected us and our beautiful planet, we look to the past but also to the future. Together we can dream of the future we long for.
This weekend we will explore, through the Greek myth of Erysichthon, which was centuries later retold by Ovid, our connection to Nature and where disrespect and insatiable desire might lead us. More than 3,000 years ago Erysichthon violated the laws of Nature by cutting down the sacred tree of the Goddess. Today, this story is even more relevant as we grapple with the future of not just the trees but the entire earth. Just when is enough, enough?
Join Giovanna and Stella, supported by their Latin and Greek roots, for a safe and playful exploration of the teachings and warnings of this ancient myth.
No previous knowledge of myths or storytelling is required.
“The expertise of the facilitators was very evident. Their skill in using storytelling for personal and social transformation is tangible – great work!” Maggie Allred, U.K. June 2020
“I was so impressed with the way that Stella & Giovanna created a safe space from the outset - amazing for an online course with 18 strangers. They held boundaries and kept to time and created a lot of space in the programme which added to this. I found it quite extraordinary that such a deep
level of trust could be achieved in such a short time and ONLINE! Inspiring, playful and deeply nourishing” Jules Ford, U.K. June 2020
“Astonishingly successful creation of a genuine community despite the Zoom format.
The course was relevant, beautifully structured, instructions and communications were clear and we were able to interact with confidence knowing that we were in safe hands.”
Martin Manasse, U.K. June 2020
“I am taking with me how important it is to say: 'NO!", "STOP!", "Enough is enough.". Fear overtakes us so often in the world, and it allows destructive people to create so much damage. If you believe something is not good, say: "NO! STOP! Enough is enough!". Michael Driebeek van der Ven, Netherlands, June 2020
“I am taking away much more than the story of Erysichthon...a renewed sense of the sacred in my home and environment, connections with wonderful people, a hunger for more stories and to begin to tell my own”. Rose, U.K. June 2020
Stella Kassimati teaches around the world in both Greek and English. 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 and are relevant to us today.
Stella is the founding Director of Friends of Amari, an international association contributing to the revival of the Valley and Village of Amari, her ancestral home in Crete.
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