Event Details

  • When: Friday, 21 February 2020
  • to Sun 23rd Feb 2020

    Fri 19.30 to 21.30
    Sat 9.00 to 17.00
    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.



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


SHORT COURSE: Zeus’s Wink: Working with boundaries from myth to life

SHORT COURSE: Zeus’s Wink: Working with boundaries from myth to life

An imaginative dive into the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone for new knowledge and practice to nurture ‘right relationship’ with Stella Kassimati and Hannah McDowall.

Hades confessed ‘I have fallen in Love with Persephone, daughter of Demeter. May I have permission to marry her?’ Zeus feared to offend Hades by saying ‘No, what a horrible idea!’ He also feared to offend Demeter by saying ‘Why not?’ So, giving Hades neither a yes or a no, he winked at him instead” (Graves R. 1960 ‘Greek Gods and Heroes’ p17).

So begins Robert Graves interpretation of Demeter and Persephone, a reimagining which tries to make sense of the unspoken permission from Zeus to Hades, God of the Underworld, to steal his daughter away from her mother and the alive world above.

How often do we find ourselves in murky water when setting and asserting a boundary? And what happens when we wink instead of speak with clarity? This is the first of many boundary experiences to be found in the compelling myth of Demeter and Persephone. If you sometimes struggle to set boundaries and know your limits there are rich treasures to be uncovered here, and transformed into new earthy practice in your own life.

Stella and Hannah 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 boundaries; their formation, their neglect, their negotiation, their assertion and their limits. The myth will meet you where you are, whether the boundaries you need to work on 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 teaches around the world in both Greek and English, including at the School of Storytelling, Emerson College and Schumacher College, UK. Stella loves Greek myths; her workshops help us to connect with them today. She has a deep passion for biographical and autobiographical storytelling. She has co-developed a successful program enabling adults to craft and publicly perform family tales with the goal of 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.

Dr. Hannah McDowall works as a storyteller and mythologist within social innovation contexts; supporting organisations and individuals to tell and understand their own stories of change as tributaries to the big river stories which have sustained and held communities for millenia. This work is unexpectedly underpinned by her experience as an ecologist, a labour rights activist, a researcher of global value chains and social entrepreneurship, a teacher and bee keeper. Hannah’s work and mind spans the arts and sciences, and she finds the invitation to use these paradigms in creative tension utterly delightful.