finding ourselves in fairy tales
A series of three online gatherings in the Bone Cave
Sunday June 11, 18 and 25, 2023
16.00 to 18.00 UK TIME
A series of three online gatherings
We are storytelling animals, hard-wired for story. We begin to perceive, explain and make sense of the world through the stories we find in childhood – or the stories which find us. They are the stars we navigate by. Stories teach us everything we know, and their lessons are deep and rich. In fairy tales, for example, the tasks which must be undertaken are the stuff out of which souls, not just shirts, are forged. These stories help us to reimagine ourselves, because at the heart of them is transformation: they help us to believe in the possibility of change. We come to see that there are other ways of imagining the world and our place in it – and of living more intensely, and more richly, in a world that is often filled with challenge, and sorrow.
I’ve worked in this way – as a psychologist, academic folklorist, writer and teacher – with European fairy tales now for more than two decades. Join me to explore the ways in which, even as adults, we can find ourselves in fairy tales.
SESSION 1: SUNDAY JUNE 11, 16.00 TO 18.00 UK TIME
- What are fairy tales, and how and why do they change over time?
- How do they help us?
- Where does their magic come from, and why are they so memorable?
- Working with images and narrative elements in fairy tales
- Reimagining fairy tales for our lives and the times
- Homework: rewriting a fairy tale
SESSION 2: SUNDAY JUNE 18, 16.00 TO 18.00 UK TIME
- Discussion and sharing: rewriting a fairy tale
- Archetypal patterns in fairy tales – what are archetypes and wjy are they so important?
- The fairy-tale heroine’s journey – how does it differ from other models?
- Writing life as a fairy tale
- Homework: rewrite your own life as a fairy tale
SESSION 3: SUNDAY JUNE 25, 16.00 TO 18.00 UK TIME
- Discussion and sharing: writing our life as a fairy tale
- Other ways to work with stories: dreamwork and active imagination work
- Creating your own inner imaginarium
HOW IT WORKS
Our gatherings will take place via Zoom, in a format which enables us to enjoy each other’s faces, and to deepen our connections with other participants. Additional resources – a short course workbook, reading recommendations etc – will also be made available to participants.
Once you have signed up (below) you’ll be taken to a welcome page for this course. A couple of days before the course begins, you’ll find Zoom links to join each of the three gatherings on that page. This is also the place where you’ll be able to view the recordings of each gathering after they’ve taken place, and where you’ll find other resources.
How TO JOIN
The fee for this three-session course is £90. Please follow the link below to make your payment using any credit or debit card. (For those of you in other countries: currency exchange rates change by the hour, and so we’re not able to tell you what the cost of this course is in your currency. This currency converter offers you live rates, though they may or may not reflect the rates actually given to you by your bank or credit card provider. It will, however, give you an indication.)
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