- When: Friday, 25 January 2019
Dates: 25th to 27th Jan 2019
Fri 19.30 to 21.30
Sat 9.00 to 12.30
& 14.00 to 17.00
Sun 9.00 to 12.30
Where: Emerson College, Forest Row
Tuition Fee: £155
This weekend workshop with Stella Kassimati is for those eager to explore the Greek Pantheon and tell a Greek myth.
The best way to explore a culture or tradition is with a person from that culture. The more you explore that tradition, the better you tell that story. This is a unique opportunity to work with a Greek storyteller who is passionate about Greek myths and knows much about them.
We’ll laugh and dance our way into the light of the sun, the blue of the sea and the sky and the rocky landscape of Greece. We will catch a glimpse of the world of Ancient Greece, the cradle of our western civilization. By the end of the weekend you will have told a Greek myth in a supportive and friendly environment and have become more familiar with the Greek Gods and Goddesses.
This is a course for beginners. Storytelling experience and knowledge of Greek myths is beneficial but not essential.
About the tutor
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 is the founding director of Friends of Amari, an international association developing a Storytelling Centre in Amari, Crete, Greece www.friends-of-amari.org.
“Stella as a teacher of Myth and the power of it, has influenced me for life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to receive her teaching as a student and friend. I felt her unwavering connection to the ancient Myths come through in her ability to articulate through both language and frequency of being. One aspect of Stella's approach to teaching that I deeply appreciate is her willingness to be incredibly honest and forthcoming, while still holding the student compassionately and with awareness for the vulnerability involved in learning to hold these ancient stories in the body/mind/soul. Stella is absolutely in her element with these Mythic teachings and I encourage anyone who is inspired to deepen into it, to work with her.” ~ Coco Kami, U.K. Storytelling Beyond Words 2017
“Stella Kassimati was just so comfortable drawing on deep wells of wisdom within her own culture with its rich mythology and history.” ~ Kathleen Hunter, New Zealand. Speaking to the Stars 2015
"Stella was one of my teachers on the 3 months course "The Heart and Craft of the Storyteller" 2015 and I consider myself very lucky about that. Stella has a deep knowledge of Greek Mythology but more than that I would say that she is such connection with ancient Greek Gods that is impossible not to transfer some of their powers to students. She created the perfect ground for students to meet and at last understand the Greek gods whose behaviour and actions so often are misunderstood. However, through her we all felt connected with them and felt their different powers in our tellings.” ~ Maria Zourari, Greece. Heart and Craft 2015
“I have an inner pocket! From this pocket I can pick up the memory of Stella’s wonderful smile, her laughter and a glance of her intense eyes anytime I need a bit of support. I’ve been so lucky to have had Stella as my teacher and tutor in storytelling during a three months Heart and Craft course at ISOS. She is present, honest and encouraging. Stella’s excitement, passion and knowledge about Greek Goddesses and Gods is infectious and I will forever be very grateful for that.” ~ Inger Lodberg, Denmark. Heart and Craft 2014