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

17 August 2013

Teller and the Tale with therapeutic storyteller Janelle Combelic

Janelle Combelic
Originally from Colorado, Janelle Combelic now makes her home in the north of Scotland where she's part of the Findhorn Community. Not only is she a storyteller but also practises and teaches mindfulness, having followed in the footsteps of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

Janelle's storytelling reflects her interest in healing and forgiveness. She is currently offering workshops which invite participants to explore the experience of forgiveness through story, dialogue and meditation. She will also take part in the Findhorn Foundation's Forgiveness conference at the end of September. Janelle shares her thoughts on therapeutic storytelling and tells an ancient tale from the Inuit tradition.

Join the Teller and the Tale starting tomorrow (Sunday) at noon (in the UK or 7am if you're in Eastern Standard Time in North America). Check www.bluesandrootsradio.ca for times in your area.

13 August 2013

Teller and the Tale with actor and storyteller Ray Armstrong

This week my guest on the Teller and the Tale is actor and storyteller Ray Armstrong. Now in his 70s Ray lives in the Findhorn Community where he still takes an active role in organising theatrical productions, readings and taking visitors on tours of the Community.

Ray shares his memories of childhood, his dreams of living like Tarzan in the Norfolk forests, and his many years of working in the theatre including the famous Royal Shakespeare Company. Ray has a captivating voice and you won't want to miss him share his love of traditional tales.

Catch Ray on Blues and Roots Radio tonight at 8pm (EST) or 1am in the UK and again on Friday at 4pm (EST) or 9pm for our UK listeners. If you miss the programme you can catch up on Saturday when the programme will be uploaded to my site here (click on the 'Radio' link).

I'll be featuring other storytellers from the Findhorn Community in the weeks to come as well as other storytellers from around Scotland. Don't miss the Teller and the Tale on Blues and Roots Radio.

10 August 2013

Teller and the Tale with Allison Galbraith now uploaded

Just a quick note to let you know that I've uploaded the episode of the Teller and the Tale with storyteller Allison Galbraith. Click on the 'Radio' link above.  So, if you missed it when it was broadcast on Blues and Roots Radio (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca) you can listen here at your convenience over the next couple of weeks. 

Starting tomorrow, listen to an new episode of Teller and the Tale with actor and storyteller Ray Armstrong from the Findhorn Community. Now in his 70s Ray has some wonderful stories about growing up, initiation into the ways of manhood in the wilds of Norfolk, and the theatre. He also shares a couple of traditional tales. Teller and the Tale: Sundays 7am (EST) and 12noon in the UK; Tuesdays 8pm (EST) and 1am (Wed in the UK); and Fridays 4pm (EST) and 9pm in the UK. Check www.bluesandrootsradio.ca for times in your region.

02 August 2013

Moggy's Tale: a Story Coaching Journey

Spiritual & Healing Practices Click link for the story.

This story is based on an experience I had over the course of a story coaching session with a woman who desperately wanted to tell the story of her dear departed cat. Her vulnerability and courage in digging deep to find this story and share it were memorable and are an illustration of why I love story coaching.

Teller and the Tale with guest storyteller Allison Galbraith

Allison Galbraith, storyteller
Next week's episode of The Teller and the Tale finds me at a busy Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh where I'm in conversation with storyteller Allison Galbraith. Born in England to Scottish parents, Allison now lives in Lanark, south of Glasgow.

She also has Canadian connections -- her great, great grandfather Hugh Campbell emigrated in the 1920s settling in my hometown of Hamilton Ontario. His sister later married into the Emslie family, so if there are any Emslies reading this or listening to the show next week, get in touch.

Allison started storytelling back in the 1980s when she started telling stories to Travellers' children in the Midlands. Since then, she's taken her passion for storytelling all over the UK. She has a wide repertoire of stories and accents with which to tell them. Learn more about Allison and her stories, beginning next week on the Teller and the Tale. You can listen to the show on www.bluesandrootsradio.ca on Sunday at 12noon (UK), Wednesday at 1am (UK) and on Friday at 9pm (UK). Check the radio station's web page (www.bluesandrootsradio.ca) for details of times in your region.

If you miss the shows next week, come back here to my blog where you'll find each week's shows posted at the end of the week. Simply click on the 'Radio' link at the top of the page and enjoy all the shows thus far.

Thanks for listening!

Michael Williams

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"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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