Our days are so busy, fast paced and full of distractions.
Telling a story and drawing the audience into a quieter and calmer world of your weaving - is an art.
Having the confidence to tell a story like this – is a skill.
This Masterclass is an opportunity to go deeply into bringing stories to life with your family or class.
Come along to this Masterclass in the Adelaide Hills and spend a nourishing time learning about the vital importance of storytelling to education and to life. Learn the practical skills to use in your work with children every day.
Stories bring us our world, our humanity and ourselves.
Oral storytelling is a gift that can be peppered throughout the day, while eating lunch or used specifically at key times to enrich a particular place, idea or theme. A story can be the center of a unit of work. They can be told with more gravity when gathered intentionally in the bush, around a candle, at the beach or even in the yard. This workshop will look at oral nature stories but also go deep into nature puppet plays using found objects in the natural environment. Nature puppet plays model and encourage a deep creative and therapeutic opportunity for children to step into.
You will get to learn about the structure, process, and benefits of storytelling. We will talk about how to pair stories with ideas or themes or places. You will practice all kinds of stories in a safe and supportive environment. With lots of practical experience under your belt you will be confident to have storytelling as one of your tools for working with children.
What will we do?
In this workshop, we will share and practice all kinds of stories in a safe and supportive environment. You will learn to tell stories that last only a minute and others that are added to day by day and week by week becoming part of a theme or topic. Stories to teach a concept and stories to share an emotion. We will look at prop based stories and making puppet shows with found objects in nature. With practical experience under your belt you will be confident to tell more stories and to embed them in your planning and programming or daily life.
Who is the workshop for?
This workshop is for educators, carers, early childhood practitioners, parents and workshop presenters looking to bring richness and depth to their work with children and even with adults. It can be used as Professional Development hours. It is appropriate for people working with or caring for children from birth to 9 years of age and beyond.
What is provided?
There will be herbal teas, good company and a supportive group. Lots of opportunity to hear and tell stories as well as an understanding of the structure, process and benefits of storytelling. Some notes will be provided.
What to bring?
Notebook and pen
A packed lunch (no heating facilities are available) and a water bottle
Good walking shoes and warm clothes depending on the weather - we will be outside for the whole workshop.
The class size is limited to 16 people. Book soon to join this story-filled adventure.
Who is running the workshop?
Kate McMurray lives on and cares for Peramangk and Kaurna land in the Adelaide Hills with her family, dog and chickens. Trained as a teacher, she has worked in Australia and through South East Asia in education and community development. With a background in Waldorf Education, she currently works independently, supporting families from pregnancy to school through bush based Integrated Family Support Programs. She works 1:1 with families supporting them with family life and the challenges that it brings. As well as working with NDIS clients, she also works as a consultant to schools and in the community and runs workshops on a variety of topics including story telling. With a passion for writing and for stories, she also writes therapeutic stories to support adults and children process and work through challenging situations.
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