Coaching and Storytelling Workshops 2018
Below you will find info about the following storytelling workshops with Jenni for 2018
- ‘Story Circles’ fourth Sundays at Wild Space, Mullumbimby from October 28
- Environmental storytelling workshop- Saturday, 20 October September at Wild Space, Mullumbimby
- Private coaching
- For preschool shows, and professional development for preschool teachers, see my Performances page
- For shows and workshops and professional development for teachers of Northern Rivers schools, refer to StoryBoard
- For schools workshops and shows in Brisbane and Gold Coast refer to my agent, Speakers Ink.
Stories for Change Workshop
‘It’s not political parties or leaders who run the world, but big, political stories….
Political failure is at heart, a failure of imagination and to trigger imagination we need narrative…
We have got to have a political restoration story, otherwise, that vacuum will be filled by the darkest imaginable political forces.’
Learn how to use stories for healing, transformation and social change.
Humans are hard-wired to receive information encoded in a story. Oral stories, told heart to heart and eye to eye and are a particularly powerful way to make your message both memorable and inspiring. A story or even an informal anecdote, told with conviction and warmth,
will engage your listener’s hearts as well as their minds. In this one day workshop, we will dig for story gold and learn to amplify your message with tools from the storyteller’s toolbox.
‘Since the workshop my understanding about using story to spark people’s interest, and even shift
their perspective has strengthened and grown. Jenni’s encouraging way of teaching allowed us to
transform our own stories. If we are to create the change needed to protect our natural world,
connecting with one another through story is the only way we will do it.’
Maddy Braddon, Coordinator, Northern Rivers Intrepid Landcare
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10am-4pm
WHERE: As Wild Space is moving from The Commons, the venue has moved to the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.
BOOKINGS: email@example.com or 0403 328 643
Jenni’s post on previous environmental storytelling workshops:
You are warmly invited to this intimate story gathering facilitated by Jenni Cargill-Strong, curator of ‘Stories in the Club’.
Inspired by the Story Circles developed by Roadside Theatre in the USA, we will follow the same structure and methodology.
A story circle is a group of people sitting in a circle and sharing stories about their experience on a given topic or theme. The story circle may be used to build community within a group, to examine difference across lines of race or class, to explore social challenges that people are facing in their own lives, or for some other purpose. The method has been used extensively by Roadside Theater, and they call it “Our tested storytelling method for empowering community members.”
WHEN: 4pm -5.30pm, 4th Sundays, starting Sunday, October 28, 2018
WHERE: As Wild Space is moving from The Commons, the venue will need to change. TBA.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10
Whether you want to learn how to tell a story, overcome public speaking nerves, present your research or make a speech at a wedding, Jenni can help. Drawing on over 25 years of experience and training, Jenni teaches in a nurturing and playful way, sensitively tailoring her coaching to the needs of each individual. You will leave your session with Jenni feeling happier and more confident.
Some of the many skills Jenni will offer in your coaching session are
- how to transform nervous energy into extra volts
- how to speak from the heart and really capture and engage your audience
- how to construct a compelling presentation and memorise it
- ways to engage your listeners’ hearts and minds
- how to make your message deeply memorable
- tips on creating an uplifting slide-show
- how to avoid ‘death by powerpoint’
- how to speak with few or no slides if desired
Where: Sessions can be via skype, phone, google hangouts or in person for people who live in the Byron Shire.
* NB: For international students, here is an online time converter https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html
Investment: $70 per one hour private session OR save with four x 1 hour private sessions for $250.
Feedback from coaching client
“Jenni worked with me on overcoming some of my blockages to public speaking and storytelling, and has given me excellent tips and some real “ah hah” moments. I felt very safe and respected by her in our sessions. She is also helping me retell a remarkable ancient Tibetan story from 12 centuries ago, as a part of an online program for empowering personal and planetary transformation, and I look forward to the end result. Jenni makes it feels like an exciting and magical adventure to reweave a story so close to my heart, in words and patterns that are my very own.” Eshana Bragg, ecopsychologist, Sustainable Futures Australia, and The Joyality Program
Thank you so much for your time in honing my skills as a storyteller and hints at making storytelling at rest time much more fun for the 4-5 year olds I work with.
Thank you for sharing your vast and entertaining knowledge on story telling. I look forward to increasing my skills in storytelling through practice with eager participants, namely the children at the centre in which I work, and sharing the joy with the other staff at work. Ron Koot, Preschool teacher, North Queensland.
Enquire about Jenni’s rates for corporate groups and community groups for 6 to 30 people.
Jenni also has experience working with large groups.
Feedback from workshop participants
Jenni Cargill possesses a natural instinct for the power of language. Whilst discovering and sharing our own personal stories and myths, it has become evident to me that every individual has something worthwhile to say or do and can make a ‘GIANT’ difference to the wellbeing of all. Jenni is an experience not to miss. Marina Orpen (Co Director of ‘Imagine What’s Next’; Business Development and Trainer), Gold Coast.
I loved the way you presented your knowledge! Wow this was such an amazing workshop. Food for my soul. Love the inner critic and coach and identifying these characters. I didn’t feel thrown in the deep end, you were very supportive. I love anything that gets me back in my body and the work we did that for me. It wasn’t really hard, it felt just right. Tahlia, Suffolk Park.
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STORYTELLING UNIT, Southern Cross University (S.C.U.)
Jenni is a sessional academic at Southern Cross University, where she lecturers and tutors in the Storytelling Unit, School of Education, Lismore. The course if offered online over the summer, starting in October and finishing in February (Session 3). Jenni currently collaborates with Unit Assessor and Associate Lecturer, Jubilee Smith.
You can watch the introductory lecture to Storytelling ENG00355 here. It is open to enrolments from other faculties and other campuses. The focus is storytelling in a classroom context. The unit was originally written by Jenni’s friend and colleague, Susan Perrow, author of many storytelling books, including “Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour”. Dr Karen Hawkins significantly updated the course with digital content and assessments. Jenni has added a series of short video’s demonstrating storytelling techniques and added videos of a wide variety of storytellers. The unit is a basic introduction aimed at educators and students create a digital story and then film themselves telling a tale to a small group of children.
“Thank you for your vibrant and enthusiastic telling of the Vasalissa and her doll AND the infamous BABA YAGA. Isn’t it wonderful to celebrate our womanliness together, in all of it’s forms: innocent, wise, intuitive, lost and FOUND and ‘moving on’. You are a master of the word Jenni, and you carry us all with you. My Vasalissa/Baba Yaga Dolly is looking SO WISE and powerful as she sits on my desk! I am looking forward to doing exactly the same workshop again with you one day.” Brave Vasalissa and Baba Yaga Doll-making, Sandra Frain.
“Thanks again for the online sessions. I am inspired, in lots of ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed the calls and got a lot from them. Thanks for your passion for Story Jenni, and for helping to keep this art-form alive!” Storytelling: Taking the First Steps, Nicole.
“After attending three sessions of ‘The Armchair Storyteller’, my memory, imagination and confidence have grown to the point where it is now imperative that I begin crafting my own stories.”– Mariam Makinson, Jungian Therapist, The Channon.
“The course has been a lovely introduction into storytelling and has given me lots of ideas and built my confidence. I have gained a valuable introduction to folktale genre and have learnt quite a lot on themes, characters and story lines related to this genre. It has been fun and very non-threatening. Thank you Jenni for your hard work.” Making Up Stories with Soul, Jenny Gregor
“This is the first Community Adult Education course that I have ever been totally sad that it has finished. I hope a second course can be created. What am I going to do on a Monday night now? Though I have written for a paper once, I was still petrified of anyone picking up anything I’ve written, but in this course my hand goes wild (writing) when I have a provocation.” Making Up Stories with Soul, Karen Hinrichsen
“I enjoyed this course more than any other ACE course I have done. Jenni was wonderful. She conducted the sessions with enthusiasm, humour and joy. She held the class together and kept it moving with gentle hands. I really appreciated the preparation that she put into each class. My imagination, writing and storytelling ability have grown heaps thanks to this course.” Making Up Stories with Soul, Janine Ferris.
“The workshop met my expectations about the feminine. It was perfect. I liked the idea of telling stories and then sharing feedback and interpretations in the group. The visit to the Crystal Castle was great!” Walking with Goddesses workshop, Marina Orpen, Broadbeach
“I liked all the stories, loved the telling and singing and really enjoyed the writing. For me this has been a little time out from mothering- to percolate and dip into the space of “Women who Run with Wolves” and to connect to archetypes in my life. I enjoyed the free flow of your teaching style.” Walking with Goddesses workshop, Susie Dove, Mullumbimby
“Jenni Cargill possesses a natural instinct for the power of language. Whilst discovering and sharing our own personal stories and myths, it has become evident to me that every individual has something worthwhile to say or do and can make a ‘GIANT’ difference to the wellbeing of all. Jenni is an experience not to miss.” Marina Orpen (Co Director of ‘Imagine What’s Next’; Business Development and Trainer), Gold Coast.
‘I loved the whole workshop. I have never been trained to story read or storytell but this has given me a push to go out and do it. I loved the simplicity of the mime which can add so much to the telling. It’s been a great day for me. I loved it.’ Margo Styles, Librarian Assistant, Byron, YWCA Workshop Murwillumbah.
‘It’s good to know you can be silly, how to engage listeners more and that it’s OK to boss them a bit into a good arrangement for listening.’ Brielle Hallett, Librarian Assistant, Ballina, YWCA Workshop Murwillumbah.
“You led the workshop with consummate artistry and skill. I greatly enjoyed myself… You were very spontaneous and went with what the group wanted. I also loved playing Mr Wolf, which I haven’t played since I was six years old!” Anne Di Lauro, President, Qld Jung Society.
“I feel like this workshop has given me a lot of good tales from my life to work with.” Ganya, Qld Jung Society.
“This was my first time story writing. Your personality, your spontaneity, passion and enjoyment helped hold my interest.” Jenny, Qld Jung Society.
“I am in a place of just absorbing things and not wanting to share much personal stuff, so I really liked soaking up all the stories and I also appreciated that I wasn’t forced to share if I didn’t want to.” Rebecca, Ocean Shores
“A delightful day! A great mix of story, personal narrative and creative exercises. Well done. I have really enjoyed reconnecting with your energies again this year and look forward to more play next year. Blessings and Appreciation.” Thali Bower-Willaims, Uki
“It was a magical day. You are a wonderful facilitator and storyteller and it was a perfect circle of beautiful women. I so enjoyed hearing everyone else’s stories and feel that I know these women, most of whom are friends, even more deeply than I did before. I loved all the movement and I particularly loved the way it wasn’t rushed or crammed too. I really enjoyed the writing and everyone else’s writings. And the highlight was watching you perform the stories”. Sue Collins, Uki
“I loved the way you presented your knowledge! Wow this was such an amazing workshop. Food for my soul. Love the inner critic and coach and identifying these characters. I didn’t feel thrown in the deep end, you were very supportive. I love anything that gets me back in my body and the work we did that for me. It wasn’t really hard, it felt just right.” Tahlia, Suffolk Park.