Event Details

  • When: Sunday, 07 November 2021
  • to Fri 12 Nov 2021

    Times: Sunday 7.30-9.30pm;
    Monday-Thursday 9-5pm; 
    Friday 9-12.30pm

    Where: Emerson College

    Tuition Fee: sliding scale £395, £350, £300 according to your circumstances



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SHORT COURSE: The Trickster

SHORT COURSE: The Trickster

An investigation into the nature of our time with Ashley Ramsden and Stella Kassimati.

There is an African story about a princess who refused to marry: no suitor was good enough for her. But one day in the marketplace she saw a man that was perfect in every way. Her father and mother were delighted and quickly agreed to the marriage. After the wedding the man took his bride home. On the way he stopped off at Hyena's house and said to his wife " Wait here, I just have to return something that I borrowed from my friend." When he came back to her one of his arms was missing. They travelled on. At Baboon's place he stopped too. There he handed back his other arm. They journeyed on stopping at other houses. By the time they reached his home by the river there was nothing left of him but an empty skull.

We are living in tricky times; some might even say treacherous. What is true? What are we marrying into without our knowledge, our informed consent? How shall we hold on to who we are and not lose our integrity, our wholeness?

It is more important than ever that we get to know trickster energy and what's behind it.

In this workshop we'll have a hard look at what's facing us personally, collectively, globally and we'll give you some stories to work with, to craft and make your own, trickster stories, as meditations, as medicine, as a compass for the shifting sands on the road ahead.


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Ashley Ramsden

Ashley Ramsden is the founding director of the School of Storytelling at Emerson College (UK) the longest running centre of its kind. For over thirty years he has given courses and workshops and performed at countless venues and storytelling festivals throughout the world. www.ashleyramsden.com


Stella Kassimati

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


Course photo courtesy of Mitch Catanzaro


The School of Storytelling

The School of Storytelling, Emerson College, the longest running centre of its kind. Founded in 1994, we continue to run courses and welcome people from all cultures, backgrounds, genders, ages and experience.

'We are all born storytellers. Storytelling is how we make sense of the world, who we are, where we are going and how we communicate this to others, personally or professionally.

Storytelling underpins everything we do: entertainment, education, healing, activism.

Our belief systems are stories, every algorithm tells a story. The myths, legends, folk and fairy tales that every culture has left behind are all "the distilled essence of human experience.'

For more information please visit https://www.schoolofstorytelling.com