Workshops

On Saturday, 6th October, there will be two workshop periods 11:30-13:30 and 18:00-19:30.
Participants can choose between the following four workshops.


The Chance of Postraumatic Growth

The impact of traumatic experiences to the human constitution and health: Storytelling in emergency pedagogy for children and youth with focus on dealing with trauma.
In recent years the matter of trauma caused by war and migration has engaged many therapists, psychologists, art therapists and pedagogues, and moved them to take action for people who need help in turning post traumatic stress into post traumatic growth. Storytelling encompasses a variety of possibilities and can also enable us to intensively work and share experiences with people in need.
Through an aesthetic-artistic approach, storytelling holds an integrative potential and, thanks to the healing and intercultural nature of stories, it can open hearts and facilitate a genuine dialogue. Doctor Straube and Micaela Sauber are both also engaged in manifold activities with worldwide projects of Friends of Waldorf education section and emergency pegagogy.

Held by Micaela Sauber and Martin Straube.
Micaela Sauber was born 1945 in the last days of the second world war. Micaela has been a professional storyteller since the 1990s, after theological studies, curative education and journalism. She initiated the network Tellers without Borders (international) and Erzähler ohne Grenzen (German speaking area), keeps threads together and is also the head of the board of the German legal association Erzähler ohne Grenzen e.V..  Some of her key experiences as a storyteller and teacher for storytelling were in Bosnia during and after war, Dubrovnik/Croatia after siege, Palestine/Gaza strip and Westbank, North Iraq, Libanon. During the last three years with doctors of medicine and therapists in Germany she studied about trauma, its origin and healing and connects this to her storytelling skills. As a storyteller Micaela is travelling with emergency pedagogy to countries in crisis, giving workshops about storytelling. Friends of Waldorf education who have developed effective missions in emergency and trauma pedagogy worldwide since 2006, are her main cooperation partners. She runs a course with Britta Wilmsmeier for those storytellers wishing to work with refugees called ‘Storytelling Here and Now’.
Martin Straube is a medical anthroposophic doctor(GAÄD), lecturer and consultant for medicinal, pedagogical and art topics. He offers training for pharmacists, doctors, homeopathic practitioners, midwives and works for companies, schools, kindergartens and training institutions. Recently he founded the International Institute for Emergency and Trauma GmbH.
Previous experience: School doctor for Waldorf schools, Ruhr region; lecturer at the Ita Wegman vocational college, Wuppertal; lecturer at the Institute for Homeopathy, Witten. Currently I have a practice in Hamburg and have given around 200 lectures on medical, pedagogical and art topics.
In recent years my wife and I (she more frequently than me) have travelled to conflict and crisis areas around the world to work with traumatised children.


Storytelling and Personal Objects

We will explore storytelling from the relation to personal objects. We often think of personal objects as something we need, or something we acquire for aesthetics, necessity or fun. But the personal objects are companions to our emotions, they serve to express dynamic processes within us, among and between us and our surroundings. The objects are part of our biography. Personal objects may be lost, but even lost objects have strength and power, and as they are remembered, they carry stories with them, these stories can still be told and listened to. Personal objects, whether they are lost or still belonging to the owner, contain memories and legacy. They are connected to deep feelings. These stories can go all the way into the core of man. This work has been used as part of language training in work with refugees.

Held by Ivanir Sibylla Hasson, who is a professional performing artist for 30 years. The last 7 years she has been working with asylum seekers in reception centers all over Norway with both storytelling, clowning and circus schools. Since 2005 she has been deepening her work in the field of Storytelling as a Healing Art. She has been holding workshops with Healing Storytelling in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia and Finland. She is the leader of the Healing story alliance, Nordic ALBA Norway since 2010 arranging two international Symposiums: ‘Storytelling as a Healing Art: The Way Of The Heart 2012’, and ‘Stories in The Wild 2016’. She is also a member of the European Storytelling Peace Council and Tellers without Borders (International).
As an educator she works intuitively and is very keen to capture the energy that arises here and now. Her has a long experience as a teacher in Norway’s smallest circus, Cirkus Sibylla. She uses means as play, dance and singing as a part of the work.


Stories of the Stranger and Self :
The Place of Witnessing in Storytelling

In this workshop we will look at the place and meaning of witnessing in storytelling. What is the relationship between the self and story? In a world where there is so much conflict and dislocation, where does witnessing in a story happen? How can the storyteller be a witness and teller at the same time?
This is a workshop for exploration and reflection. Everyone is welcome, with or without the experience of storytelling.

Held by Gauri Raje, who is an anthropologist and storyteller and works in the UK and India with adults and vulnerable groups especially asylum-seekers, refugees and migrant groups. She performs regularly in the U.K, India and Europe. Her performance projects include directing ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ a collection of stories for adults from around the world translated and told in 3 different Indian languages, ‘Badlands’, a storytelling of folk stories of the land and rivers of central India and ‘Tales of Exile and Sanctuary’, stories from around the world exploring themes of exile. She ran an Arts Council funded biographical storytelling evening series in Birmingham (UK) for migrants called ‘Long Journey Home: True Life Migrant Tales’ in 2016. She is currently working with biographical and traditional stories of South Asian migrants to the West of Scotland with AwazFM, a South Asian radio station in Glasgow. She is a member of the Tellers without Borders (international) Core group. LinkedIn: Gauri Raje, Facebook: Silent Sounds (@gaurirajestorytelling)


Regeneration

Connecting traditional tales and our own stories, we will work with strengthening the storyteller.  We are living challenging times when more and more people  “burn out” and use up their resources. What happens when we give too much? Which are the stories that can help us go from unsustainable or barely sustainable to regenerating? How can activists remain truly connected to their hearts and inner forces? This is a workshop working with intentions and setting boundaries, a workshop about balancing giving and receiving.
The workshop is suited both for beginners and experienced storytellers. We will explore, improvise and share experiences.
The workshop will be held in English (and Spanish if required).

Held by Maria Serrano, who is a multilingual professional storyteller from Finland and Spain. She is chairperson of ALBASuomiFinland (in the Nordic Alliance for Healing Storytelling) and an active member of Tellers Without Border’s (international) core group. She performs in Swedish, Spanish and English. Her repertoire includes traditional-, true-life- and improvised stories, the latter at which she’s particularly comfortable and adept. As a storyteller she has mainly trained in South Africa with the International School of Storytelling. She performs in a variety of settings -from schools and libraries to stages and streets, in several countries. Because of her background she has a passion for creating spaces where different cultures can meet. María was born in 1967 to a Spanish photographer and a Swedish-speaking actress from Finland. Reared in Spain and Finland, she also travelled all over Europe (East and West) and North Africa as a child. She grew up among the community of Chilean refugees and is currently working with newly arrived refugees in her community in Finland. María has also worked extensively as a conference interpreter and trained as a class teacher. She is married and a mother of four.