Event Details

  • When: Monday, 22 October 2018
  • Dates: Mon 22nd to Fri 26th Oct 2018

    Mon - Thurs 9.00am to 4.30pm
    Fri 9.00am to 12.30pm

    Thursday evening7.30 – 9.30pm

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row

    Tuition Fees: 

    5-day course £375*
    8-day course £485*
    (If taken together the weekend course “Love’s Garment)

    *Prices for on-campus accomodation and delicious biodynamic meals can be viewed via the course booking links.


    Click here to book the 5-day course

    Click here to book the 8-day course

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5-DAY COURSE: Our Journey as Women and Men: The Story We Need to Tell Now

5-DAY COURSE: Our Journey as Women and Men: The Story We Need to Tell Now

Encouraged by the urgency of our times, Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut offer a unique five-day course with a performance to find, craft and share stories from our journey as men and women.

At this time of great change, we find ourselves in new and uncharted territory around our gender roles. Creative new possibilities beckon whilst ghosts from the past may still hold sway. This five-day course is designed to find, craft and share how the masculine and feminine shaped our journey, explore the stories we grew up with and step into the story that we want.

Our intention for the week is to dive deeply into personal stories around gender -- the stories that need to be told now. We see this as a way of actively engaging with this potent theme of our times: how do we learn to hear and meet each other? To give these stories a voice strengthens us as well as those with whom we share it. Honouring the past, we are resourced to step confidently into a new story.

We bring a playful, sensitive and creative approach using storytelling exercises, voice and body work, discussion, ritual, walks in nature and finally sharing our stories in a public performance at Emerson. You will receive individual coaching on aspects of the craft tailored to your needs and will learn some basic autobiographical storytelling skills. By the end of the week, you will feel empowered and equipped to take your vital story out into the world, to places and people that need to hear it. Join us!


Storytelling experience is helpful but not necessary. This course is suitable for anyone who feels the call of our times to own their story and share it as a gift to others.

This course can be attended on its own or preceded by Love’s Garment: Exploring the Masculine, the Feminine and Relationship Through A Sufi Tale, a weekend course; a rich storytelling exploration of how a Sufi tale can help us, find ourselves and each other in healthy relationship.


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