Our Foundation Weekend sets the tone for our whole programme. To help you explore your stories we draw on exercises and techniques from many sources, including creative writing and therapeutic practice.
But these are only the means, not the end. The Stories We Tell courses are neither creative writing workshops, nor therapy groups, but something unique and wonderful in between!
APPRECIATING WHO I AM
Birnam Arts, Sat & Sun, 9.30–4.30
We call the Foundation Weekend Appreciating Who I Am because exploring our stories can help us understand and appreciate ourselves for who we are. Only then can we start to live more fully and expansively.
On this weekend we look at our personal and family histories, as well as the influence of significant people and events in our lives. By revisiting the stories we tell about our lives we can gain a fresh perspective on who we are and how we see the world. We can reframe old stories and begin to imagine new ones, celebrate past achievements and start to realise new ones.
We work with small groups of eight to twelve people. They come for all sorts of reasons: some for personal support and insight at moments of change, some for professional development, others simply out of curiosity or a sense that something could be different.
We work with both the left and right brain—our rational and imaginative/intuitive selves—to gain insight into ourselves and our lives. We use writing and other creative exercises based around symbolism and metaphor, along with some therapeutic tools, visualisations, discussion and simple sharing of our own experiences (but only as much or little as you want)—in pairs, in small groups and in the larger group.
We want you to leave feeling expanded, with a clearer vision of the things that really matter to you, and a deeper sense of connection with yourself, your purpose and natural creativity, and the people around you.
These workshops are fun, creative, thought-provoking and sometimes surprising. They’ll provoke plenty of laughter, perhaps a few tears, but above all they will offer new and rewarding ways of seeing and being.
Appreciating Who I Am
Birnam Arts, Saturday & Sunday, 9.15–4.30, £300