The International
School of Storytelling

STORYTELLING BEYOND WORDS 2019

A 13 week storytelling training to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

‘This course is being offered through Emerson College in partnership with the International School of Storytelling’ and we are delighted to once again to be able to accept students from outside the EU onto the course. 

What makes a story work?
Can words shift the world? 
What inner shift is asked of us to help this happen?

This full time, 13 week training in the art and craft of storytelling aims to prepare you to carry the spoken word and a lively imagination into your communities and places of work. Whether you wish through sharing stories to entertain, educate, counsel, inspire or advocate change; whether the stage, fire side, classroom, board room, or the bedside of a dying person is the context for your telling, this is our flagship training to develop a way of storytelling unique to your own voice and calling. Join us on a journey to light up your creativity and, through the surprising perspectives that this work offers, discover new aspects of who you are. This journey, both playful and profound, opens a path of development and transformation guided by humanity’s great shifters and shapers – Stories.

Long before television was ever imagined storytellers and bards, prophets and poets were called upon to tell their visions and, through a live encounter, provide images that could direct, entertain, provoke, heal and reconcile the communities in which they worked. As a storyteller any story that you craft will in turn craft you to be a fit instrument for its telling. We are, in fact, made of stories, some of which serve our individual and collective endeavours, others binding us to outmoded images. Imagination, therefore, will be our key to the invisible realm from which all stories and everything new and possible can be born. Coupled with clear intention, this essential human faculty will help us connect to those creative forces which are ever available to us. The future is shaped, for good or ill, by the stories we believe and follow.

When an old story cracks and falls apart we know a new one is emerging. The story of our time calls for heightened awareness of themes such as the relationship between outer world and inner experience, and the dynamics between the feminine and masculine principles. ‘Listen to life’s movement’, it says... 'where it wants to flow, then risk following its currents'. The oral tradition is humming with fine and foolish wisdoms, and we invite you to join our enquiry into how what is sounding there can help the birthing of the new paradigm so much needed in our times.

As the pace of modern life accelerates, luring us away from the rhythms and patterns of nature, we intend in this course to slow down and attune to the heartbeat of the earth and open our five and twenty senses to the wonder of it. From this place of presence and connection a new language can arise. The art of deep listening being the foundation for the initiation of the storyteller, and as we practice it we will begin to develop ways to ‘speak into action’ the changes we wish for when faced by 21st century challenges.

Combining contemporary social entrepreneurial principles and skills with the repertoire of stories that you collect and shape during our time together you will be invited to create a research project on a personal, social or environmental theme (whatever is close to your heart) that can be taken into the world and engage the people around you. As the search for healthy social awareness is integral to the storyteller’s role, the honing of the required perception and skills will be a part of our practice. We, facilitators of the course, will strive to create a space in which we can all work and play together in freedom, sharing responsibility with you, our fellow learning practitioners.

In our work we mean to cultivate truthful, mindful and courageous speaking, sharing our passions, questions, vulnerabilities and aspirations. Walking this path you will be encouraged to align with your inner strengths and with the quest you brought with you into the world, remembering, of course, to have fun along the way.

Themes explored on the course:

The Oral Tradition:
 Building a repertoire as a storyteller, working with folk tales, wonder tales and ancient myths. As a group, we will explore the relationship between stories old and new, their relevance to our life, and which of them are asking to be told today. 

The Skills of the Storyteller: In-depth work on story structure, voice, gesture, movement, audience awareness, spontaneity and improvisation, authenticity and presence. 

Autobiographical Storytelling: Working with meaningful experiences of your life and shaping them into stories to inspire individuals and communities and to nourish the earth. 

Visionary activismImagination, activated through work with stories, ritual, performance art and games, will enhance your potential to inspire, foster hope and bring into public consciousness the new narratives and visions that you wish to share. 

Coaching: In a supportive atmosphere with individual tutorials, feedback and coaching you will develop your own style of telling and find what you wish to serve with your unique voice and stories. 

Social action: Learning to use story, strategy and structure to put your vision into action. Developing ‘out of the box’ solutions to challenges you wish to address. 

Deep listening in nature: Practices to tune in to the inter- relationships between all living systems, and our evolving planet as a conscious entity full of life and stories. 

Performances: Throughout the course there will be plenty of scope for practicing your stories, including weekly opportunities to share them with a variety of audiences. 

Self study: Participants are expected to put in a certain amount of work to get the most out of the course. This includes reading stories to find the ones they wish to work with and doing the required assignments over the weekends and breaks.  

Supporting subjects will include: singing, movement, games and improvisation, connecting with nature, sacred geometry, writing creatively and artistic craftwork.

Over the years we have worked with people from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities, ages and professions. The working language is English.

Practical Information 

Dates for 2019:

Sunday 17th March (7:30pm) - Friday 12th April (12:30)

Holiday break: 13th - 27th April

Sunday 28th April (7:30pm) - Friday 21st June (12:30) 

We will not work on Bank Holidays. 

Students will not be expected to stay at Emerson College during the holiday period, however, there will be a homework project to complete during this time. 

Applications

This course is BY APPLICATION ONLY. Previous storytelling experience or Begin it Now required. 

Applications will be open in January 2019. Please email admin@schoolofstorytelling.com to be notified when applications are open. 

Fees

The course tuition fee for 2018 was £3,995. 2019 fees will be confirmed soon. 

Course Carriers

Roi Gal-Or and Karmit Even-Zur plus a wonderful team of Guest Teachers (final line up TBC!). 

Emerson College is a friendly, informal  Community and welcomes people of different ages and backgrounds from all over the world. By booking accommodation at Emerson College you become part of the Emerson Community and will be invited to contribute to tasks which make Emerson pleasant and welcoming for everyone that stays there. Typical tasks are keeping your room and house clean, helping in the kitchen and also being mindful of others and the environment.

The cost of accomodation and meals are NOT included in our workshop fee. There is plenty of accomodation in Forest Row to suit all pockets, or it may be possible to book accomodation or to camp at Emerson College during your course. You can also book meals. Please book with Emerson directly using their online booking system: http://www.emerson.org.uk/calendar . Click the heading BOOK NOW, scroll down to find your course and you will find the availability, options, and prices for the weekend. You can also call Emerson for a list of local accomodation +44 (0) 1342 822 238.

If you have any questions about our courses or a problem with booking, please contact admin@schoolofstorytelling.com

TESTIMONIALS
This course has given me everything I dared, hoped, or dreamed for. It is indeed a foundation course for life in the 21st century. Almost everything about this course was so deeply, thoughtfully, and intuitively created longingly taking into account the feedback from the group. Roi and Karmit's holding, guiding, and inspiriing leadership as well as being witness. The contributing teachers for adding herb and spices, and contribuing to a healthy fullness, extending me into singing, word-smithing, geometring, and deeply into my body. Judith Frost Evans, NZ.

To experience creativity and see how it enriches your own life and to be able to use this for your community and the world in a double gift. Sharing stories can change everything if you allow it. Olivia Watchman, AUS.

This course was very much more than I anticipated or expected. It combined structure and purpose as well as wonder and magic. Dori Crossman, UK.

I've left really enable to create a storytelling performance by all the support I've had. Kerima Mohideen, UK.

This is the greatest gift I have ever received. I bless the moment my feet led me here. Thank you for your infinite dedication for creating a safe place for growth and discovery. Noa Keinan, IS.

Storytelling Beyond Words is truly so much more than learning how to tell stories. Not only have I got a sack full of storytelling tools when I now leave, but I've learned so much about myself and have grown so uch on a persoanl level thanks to the magical and safe space that was held for me at the International School of Storytelling. This is a space where the teachers walk their talk, embody the attitude of inclusion, creating a very safe space for growth, for daring to move out of one's own comfort zone, leading by example. Synnove Froiland.

Slow cook into wizadry. A journey into soul nourishing and depth. With our breath, intention, and imagination we have grown and reconnected to a way of being; ancient, mythic, and profound. Heather Jane.

A course that offers nourishment for body, mind, and soul. It allows integration, transformation, and empowerment to bring ourselves into the world. It connects ancient rituals and traditions with the spirit of this time. A real mystery school! Darius Matthies, Germany.

Storytelling Beyond Words follows an Oral Tradiiton. Stories have been carried on from mouth to mouth, eye to eye, gesture to gesture. The storyteller's instrument is his own body, his hands, his face, his voice, his feet, his heart. I like to see his mind as the servant whose wild expansive capacity of imagination can aspire and nourish the body, and travel to places inside the soul to reveal deep mysteries. His heart is the centre of the delivery of the story. His ability to love is his motor, his search, his call his goal his gift! If the heart can take the loving lead, the mind becomes the deeply inspired servant, and the body the temple, the landscape, the vessel the instrument, the beloved one of the mind. When Heart, Mind, and Body are aligned in integral trinity, the storyteller can open himself for the soul of story and let her express herself through him. He becomes the vessel to raise her voice and open a field, a temple beyond words that our hearts know well. Is medicine it is the well or the mystery, beyond duality.
Story containing mysteries of humanity, breathing Poetry. Transforming history, rein forming memory, inviting vulnerability, fostering creativity, ground us in integrity, warms interdependency. Invites the rawness of the feeling to be the substance of our heling, the stories motions offers pealing, the hardened, heart, starts its revealing pathway towards inner pleace, every story is a piece of the multilayered puxxles of polarities of gracious, inabilities imperfected harmonies, polluted purities. So bear with we, and dare to see, the essence of our story, that we collectively weave as the sea shapes its shore. Let's bring our stories to their core, To the place of rawest feeling, To the heart of our healing.

Darius Matthies.