Event Details

  • When: Friday, 02 July 2021
  • to Sun 4th July 2021

    Fri 19.30 to 21.30
    Sat 9.00 to 17.00
    Sun 9.00 to 12.30

    Where: Emerson College, Forest Row

    Tuition Fee:  £165*

    *For prices for on-campus accomodation options and delicious biodynamic meals click the 'BOOK STAY' link below.



    Booking your place on the course and your stay at Emerson are two separate steps and payments:



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    Or TEXT Stella at +44 (0) 7765977149


    (Click here to book your stay & meals at Emerson College)


WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Pomegranate seeds: To accept or not to accept?

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Pomegranate seeds: To accept or not to accept?

An imaginative dive into the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone for new knowledge and practice to nurture ‘decision making’ with Stella Kassimati and Maria Zourari.

Some say Persephone was forced by Hades to eat the pomegranate seeds others say ‘No, it was her own choice’. By eating the seeds she becomes Queen of the Underworld, forever destined to live there. Was she forced or was it her own choice? 

Dilemmas... Do they truly exist or is the difficulty to voice and express (even to ourselves) our inner desire that creates them? Could there be a moment in life when we truly don't know what we want? And when not choosing is actually choosing, freeing us from the responsibility of choice, “I didn't have a choice?''
This Greek myth, poses so many dilemmas: Zeus, Hades, Demeter all great Gods and archetypes weighing their decisions, this or that, and in this way creating a blue print for us today in what is involved in decision making, in priorities and in setting of boundaries.

How often do we find ourselves in murky water when making a decision and in a way asserting a boundary? And what happens when we say “I have no choice”? If you sometimes struggle to make decisions and know your limits and also your inner desires and boundaries, there are rich treasures to be uncovered here, and transformed into new earthy practice in your own life.

Stella and Maria are storytellers who will, with great care, guide you through an exploration of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone approaching it through the lens of decisions; their formation, their neglect, their negotiation, their assertion and their consequences. The myth will meet you where you are, whether the decisions you need to take concern personal relationships, community relationships, a global justice issue or relationship with the natural world. You will learn through experiential and embodied practice how to access deep and potent wisdom. And if Demeter wills, the harvest will be great.


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


Maria Zourari

Maria Zourari is a storyteller, teacher and dancer. She was born in Athens and studied Computational Linguistics. She is a graduate of the School of Storytelling of Athens and of the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College. 

In Greece, she worked as a scientific collaborator in a research Institute but realised that she wanted to work with children, and expand more her creative and artistic sides. She began working as a creative dance and movement teacher, a storyteller-in-residence at the House of Folktales, and a children's book editor for Ikaros Publications.

She now lives in the UK where she works as Teaching Assistant in a SEN school. She tells stories in the UK and Greece.