Roi Gal-Or (founder) teaches the use of storytelling in service of the environment education, healing, peace and reconciliation. He works with the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation, foster vision, possibility and personal development. Weaving together storytelling, social games and biographical work he works and performs worldwide.
Review of Storytelling workshop with Roi:
We were a small group of a dozen people from very diverse backgrounds – different nationalities, faiths, cultures, and personalities. We came together for ten days in a picturesque village in Crete to sift through our life stories, locating and rehearsing tales to share with others. Roi was quick to point out that the process of sifting through memories is not therapy and is not suitable for working through deep unresolved issues. His approach was about mining our experiences for the ‘gift:’ the essential moment of learning, beauty or wisdom that we could share. However, the process does help to digest experiences and allow our relationship with certain stories from the past to loosen their hold on us. My own experience of this was that I became less identified with the stories I chose to tell. The act of performing them for others seemed akin to giving the stories back to the universe. They became no longer mine in the same way, but instead just one tiny fragment, one tiny contribution to the stories of humanity.
Listening to the life stories of others was truly fascinating. It left me with a profound sense of the uniqueness of every individual. On a more practical level, the storytelling skills were a very useful thing to learn. They helped us to communicate powerfully. We were able to share our most intimate tales in a way that really held the attention of others, which in turn made each of us feel more deeply heard. For me, the course was a memorable experience. It was in some ways a training in what it means to be human.
Jstine Huxley - Interfaith Projects Coordinator St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
Roi was awarded the 2011 “Wilson Hinkes Peace Award” for the “Healing Words” work. This Award is given each year to an organisation which has shown a proven record of working towards peace, in any sphere. “We have been very impressed with the work that you have done and are continuing to do. The Peace Award of £500 is to be used by the International School of Storytelling to further this work.”