w/ Eleni Achilleos
Imagine you are in a dull conversation. The person speaking drones on, your eyes glaze over, your ability to listen has evaporated. But suddenly you hear the speaker say the words “I remember once when…” Your ears prick up, a story is unfolding. Suddenly the speaker is alive and excited and you’re engaged. The ancient technique of storytelling has captured your attention. A well-told story is a gift that invites you to relate to the story in a deep and intimate way.
Eleni Achilleos is a storyteller, autobiographical storytelling teacher and a facilitator for self-development. She is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling UK. She is particularly interested in exploring the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation. Eleni will help you to mine your memories to communicate more effectively, enhance your personal and professional relationships, and understand yourself better so you can better understand others.
Autobiographical Storytelling is a term that refers to a range of approaches that lie somewhere between traditional story performance and community true-life story sharing. In autobiographical storytelling the aim is for participants to reflect on memories and life experiences, sometimes in considerable depth, and locate a personal story they wish to share with others. The story is then refined and rehearsed using traditional storytelling skills, and then performed to an audience.
Through this workshop, we will explore this form of storytelling that can build bridges as well as strengthen group cohesion through the empathy that is created.