The Idea

Tellers without Borders

is a network of professional and amateur storytellers who have joined together to offer healing through storytelling. The initiative was founded by storyteller Micaela Sauber who has since been joined by storytellers working across borders in Europe and the Middle East to reach listeners in need of stories of reassurance.
We tell stories to people in war zones and in peaceful areas, for comfort, healing and encouragement of spirit.

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Our network of storytellers also addresses people who are seriously ill, those afflicted with dementia, people who are in the closing days of life, and those who mourn for what was. Immigrants and refugees coming to Europe are often traumatized by what they have endured. Tellers Without Borders‘ reaches out to them, too, for in Europe many people also need stories. Many times, we see that traditional folktales and stories told by one human to another can be key to reaching people who have retreated from their traumatic experiences. Stories give comfort, support, wonder and recall an inner sense of self often mislaid under the weight of torment. Listening to and telling stories strengthens our imagination, builds bridges between people and cultures and can help us developing an inner home.
One main task of the initiative is to offer expert trainings and to give opportunity for networking and exchange.

To build chorus from many voices, the experiences of Tellers without Borders’ storytellers are gathered into guiding ideas as a resource for the renewal of a humanistic and ethical understanding of storytelling.