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28 February 2011

Old Stories / New Stories: Transformational Storytelling for Peace and Well-Being

Friday 4 March 2011

Event: Day Workshop: Old Stories/New Stories:
Transformational Storytelling for Peace and Well-Being.

Facilitator: Michael Williams, Ph.D..
Venue: Meeting Room, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Workshop: 10am-4.30pm.
Event Description: During my time working in Israel and Palestine last year, I heard many stories of fear, anger and revenge leading to violence, imprisonment, injury and death. Such stories get repeated and often go unchallenged, becoming embedded in the tellers' personal and cultural history and belief systems. They become the 'scripts' by which we choose to act. They harden into the stories we tell ourselves and others about who we are and why things have happened to us. The challenge, I believe, is to revisit these stories, their meanings and their emotions, to explore alternative tellings, to empower their tellers with 're-authoring' their scripts, to renew and revise their meanings and, where necessary, discover other more peaceful and healthy possibilities. The 'truth' of one's experience lies not in any one story, but rather between the various versions which could be told.
This workshop invites participants to work with a story from their life experience which they would like to re-examine with a view to exploring alternative versions. Through storytelling, listening, dialogue, artwork, and role-play, participants will engage in the process of re-authoring one's own stories. Old stories are made new, tellers are empowered and transformed.
Transformational storytelling draws on my experience as a storyteller, peace educator and counsellor. It is informed and inspired by the work of Paula Underwood, Richard Stone, Nancy Mellon and Alida Gersie, among others. Although I work with a therapeutic intention, participants must take responsibility for their own well-being. This workshop should not be viewed as a substitute for professional therapy or counselling. If in doubt, please feel free to consult with me before registering.
Michael Williams, Ph.D., is a storyteller and education consultant based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked with adults, young people and children for more than 30 years as a qualified social worker, teacher and therapeutic storyteller and workshop facilitator. He has recently completed a tour of the Holy Land working with Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis as part of the international ‘Healing Words’ storytelling group from Emerson College.

Cost: £20/£15 (Concessions). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2011@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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