Storytelling Workshops

Stories for a More Beautiful World

For deep positive social change to occur, we need more beautiful stories of what IS possible. Our NO is only as strong as our Yes is compelling.*

Would you like to 

  • hear healing stories for our times
  • learn the theory of storytelling for healing or change-making: why storytelling is a powerful tool for healing and catalysing change
  • learn why we are wired for story and how to use stories to convey your message in a way that resonates deeply with your listeners
  • learn how to reframe and reshape our cultural myths
  • connect with other participants in a heartfelt way via story
  • be guided to practice simple storytelling skills and
  • work on a short story of your own. 

WHO: You may be an educator, therapist, healer, activist, change-maker, parent, community worker, creative or writer wanting to boost your ability to build community, educate, soothe distress, encourage resilience and/or catalyze change. 

ABOUT JENNI: Jenni has 28 years experience as a professional storyteller, 4 award-winning story albums, 17 years experience teaching storytelling and several years experience teaching online. She has taught variations of this particular workshop or Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Writer’s Festival and the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens. Below you can read testimonials from former participants.

PLEASE join us, as we sink deeply and luxuriously into the realm of ancient and contemporary oral stories. 

Online workshops are currently 5 x 90 mins = 7.5 hours.

* Can’t find out who said that- but I love it!

**A quote from Charles Eisenstein, who wrote the book ,”The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible”.

Stories for a More Beautiful World ONLINE

Covid19 Changes As Covid19 lockdowns are severely affecting peoples income worldwide, I am halving my usual online prices. To do that, I have expanded the group size from 10 to 30 participants. However, if there is demand for a group of 10 for those who can manage AUD$120, I can offer a second class if enough people request it. 

WHEN: APRIL DATES: Tuesdays or Wednesdays at various times. If you want to do this course, please take this doodle poll here to help me choose the start date for the five week course and an optimal time. It will show the time for your zone. These days and times should work for India and Australia and some may work for New Zealand and UK. 

APRIL GROUP SIZE: 30 participants

PRICE PER PARTICIPANT: AUD $70

PRICE per INDIAN PARTICIPANT: $1615 INR (for participants in India only) All participants receive a recording of each session via email to a Google Drive link, as well as tailor made resources according to what was discussed.)

RECORDINGS ONLY PRICE: AUD $30 or 925 INR (for participants in India only) For those unable to attend the online course, but who wish to receive the recordings. You’ll get a link to the video recording of the session emailed to you afterward, as well as the  resources that get sent to participants in response to their particular questions and interests.  (See blue button to the left.)

In these unprecedented times of Covid19, mass spikes in demand for internet can cause disruptions. If for some reason I can’t deliver all five sessions, I will reschedule or give a partial refund according to the number of sessions missed. Where the recording is successful, I can send a recording to participants whose connection fails temporarily.

Since the workshop my understanding about using story to spark people’s interest, and even shift their perspective has strengthened and grown. Jenni’s encouraging way of teaching allowed us to transform our own stories. If we are to create the change needed to protect our natural world, connecting with one another through story is the only way we will do it.

Maddy Braddon

Coordinator, Northern Rivers Intrepid Landcare

Just wanted to say thanks so much for the workshop on Saturday. I really enjoyed it. You are such a good and natural facilitator who knows your content so well because you live it. Thanks for creating such a lovely atmosphere and sparking many interesting insights and learnings for me. 

Damien

Murwillumbah

In August 2017, I participated in a storytelling workshop facilitated by Jenni Cargill-Strong. The event was both insightful and inspiring and gave me the confidence to experiment with new ways to share information and encourage participation in Landcare. In October 2017 I was selected as a speaker at the NSW Landcare Conference in Albury. I mustered the courage to apply my newfound storytelling skills and methodology through my delivery. The presentation was extremely successful with multiple people approaching me afterward commenting on the presentation style as engaging and refreshing. Thanks to Jenni I have now found my style and my confidence to present to large audiences and trust that my stories will embed in peoples memory.

Emma Stone

Landcare Coordinator , Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network

Storytelling for Beginners

Jenni has taught preschool teachers, environmental educators, preservice teachers, librarians, parents and grandparents for the last 16 years. She can tailor your workshop to suit your group, level of skill and interests. Working in pairs and small groups, learn the basics of oral storytelling, including how to:

  • reconnect to the enchanted world of story where anything is possible
  • learn why storytelling is so important for children and how it differs from being read to
  • choose, memorise and retell a story in your own way 
  • transform nervous energy into extra volts
  • speak from the heart and deeply connect with your audience
  • retell a simple circle story in a group
  • learn how to reweave a folktale
  • learn how to create an optimal environment for good telling and deep listening
  • learn how folktales can be used to build character as well as to entertain

Full Day Workshop 10 am- 4 pm, 5 hrs 

COST: $140/ $120 Earlybird

Jenni plans to offer a Beginners Workshop in Ballina in April 2020. Details to be advised.

Max group size: 20 

 

Professional Development Group Workshops, 3-hour 

MINIMUM Fee: $420 (within Byron Shire or Ballina Shire) Contact Jenni to discover travel fee if you are further afeild.

When you make a group booking you save me a great deal of time on publicity and admin, which makes the price per head lower.

$60 per participant

Min number: 4 participants (if you have less than 7 participants, you could charge more per head to make min fee)

Max group size: 20 (negotiable)

I highly recommend Jenni Cargill-Strong for her experience as an engaging storyteller, for her skill at facilitating workshops, and for her eye on successful outcomes.
Joe Vandermeer

Director, The Swedenborg Centre, Swedenborg Association of Australia

Again, thank you for holding the space for the workshop. I enjoyed it very much and the experiences were new, fun, integrating and I learned practical ways to move forward with writing. The connections made in the break-outs felt very collaborative, and witnessing the beauty of each person was deeply nourishing. Precious time together. I really like what you are doing, the passion, commitment, and style you bring to it. The workshop was excellent value, and your presence was so strong, loving, compassionate and caring. And the range of books – wow. Thank you, dear sister.  

Stephanie

Mullumbimby

You led the workshop with consummate artistry and skill. I greatly enjoyed myself… You were very spontaneous and went with what the group wanted. I also loved playing ‘Mr Wolf’, which I haven’t played since I was six years old! 

Anne Di Lauro

President, Qld Jung Society