"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

17 January 2012

Happy 2012!!

Happy New Year! May 2012 be blessed with health, love, meaning and prosperity.
I'm looking forward to the year ahead. A time to let go of 'old stories' that are no longer serving me. Time to make room for new stories to develop. And time to listen to the stories around me with compassion and mindfulness.

I continue to enjoy working with young people, helping them understand better the language of stories and other forms of writing. I'm also working with film-maker Paul Maguire on a short film documenting the story of the Christian Fellowship of Healing in Scotland. The film will premiere at 2pm on Saturday February 11th, 2012 at Morningside United Church in Edinburgh. I would like to thank the Rev. Jenny Williams, John Munro and everyone at the CFH for their support and cooperation.

I would like to thank Creative Scotland for its continued support of my work. Last summer they enabled me to travel to Denmark to work with Native-American psychiatrist and storyteller Lewis Mehl-Medrona and this winter they supported my application for traditional arts mentoring with one of Scotland's foremost storytellers (more on this in the future).

Speaking of mentoring, my story mentoring and coaching groups continue into a third year. These groups consist of four individuals who come to hone their storytelling skills and craft their repertoire as well as deepen their connections with their stories and inner storyteller. Several people have indicated their readiness to start a new group, so if you are looking to spark or re-ignite your passion for storytelling, contact me at iamthestoryteller@gmail.com for more details. One-to-one sessions are also available.

Other projects include work with the Aberdeen Leadership Forum in which I'll be co-leading an exploration of a narrative approach to transformational leadership (more on that too in the future). And, of course, I'm still compiling and editing articles and videos on storytelling for All Things Healing.

Finally, I'd like to tell you about 'Mythical Yoga', an exciting workshop being featured at this year's Edinburgh International Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Working with yoga practitioner and holistic therapist Sue Powell, we will explore the world of spirit through story and yoga. You don't have to be experienced in yoga nor storytelling. Just come along with an open heart and soothe body, mind and spirit through gentle yoga poses and story. Bring a yoga mat if you have one but don't worry if you don't.

Hopefully, our paths will cross soon. Till then, take care and keep smiling.

Testimonials

"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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