Telling our Stories,
Healing our Hurts
A Saturday workshop with Jenni Cargill-Strong
Saturday 20 September, 2008, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Rosicrucian Centre, 157 Norman St., Norman Park
Cost: Members $60; Non-members $75; Concession $50
Morning and afternoon tea / coffee provided. Please bring lunch to share
Myths offer us metaphors for the powerful archetypal forces at play in our ordinary lives. We sometimes forget that our own lives have all the elements of a powerful myth: joy, suffering, triumph, failure, birth, death, love and loss.
Jenni developed the workshop 'Telling Our Stories, Healing Our Hurts' after co-ordinating and participating in Bridget Brandon's weekend retreat 'Writing the Story of Your Life' in 2007.
"Before Bridget's course," said Jenni, "I hadn't thought I had enough interesting material from my life to make compelling story. I had been such a good girl. I never did anything very wicked or rebellious or adventurous. However Bridget’s provocations connected me with several powerful experiences in my life which others found compelling when I retold them. One story that surfaced strongly and rather unexpectedly was about the mulberry tree I loved to play in as a child. One holiday, while we were away, our neighbour ringbarked it. "For me, writing and then retelling that story was immensely healing. It gave me the opportunity to reassess stuff that had been locked away in my heart since early childhood, and look at it again from an adult perspective. Whenever I tell that story now, young and old connect with it deeply, which has inspired me to create other personal and family stories especially for my children. "
The Healing Tree
In 'Telling Our Stories, Healing Our Hurts' Jenni will playfully lead participants through fun exercises to mine their own family stories and anecdotes and then retell them. Jenni has been telling stories professionally for fourteen years. Jenni trained at the Drama Action Centre full time from 1990 to 1991 in Sydney, where the training had a pschychodramatic basis. As well as specialising in storytelling, she studied mime, voice, Le Jur, mask, dance, rhythm, movement, clowning and improvisation. She has taught for the Sydney Opera House Bennelong Program, has performed and taught at Woodford Folk Festival since 1993, The Byron Bay Writers Festival 2004 and The Whole Woman Festival 2007 and 2008. She told stories from Perth to Hobart to Auckland for eight years, released two CD’s of stories and songs and then founded The Story Tree Company. Her first CD "Wonder Tales of Earth and Sea" received an award from the National Library of Australia in 1999 and her more recent CD "The Mermaid's Shoes" has just won 'Honours' in the 2008 US 'Storytelling World Awards' in the 'Recorded Stories' category!
Jenni’s trainers at the Drama Action Centre used a very hands-on approach and Jenni teaches in a similar way, but has adapted the exercises for those without a background in drama. She uses simple, fun games, group work and pair work. Her aim is to make storytelling in its many applications accessible and fun to the wider community.