The Power of Story Courses

The Power Of Story courses and workshops are a series of practice based sessions and creative learning workshops for staff, volunteers, carers and parents.Using the ancient art of Storytelling we explore and develop oral and sensory communication,language,body rhythm,social skills and self expression. The Power Of Story workshops are of particular value to those involved in the field of Special education, early learning, social care and mental health.

The Power Of Story Course Communication Arts methods and techniques are excellent tools for students of Drama,Dance and Physical Theatre.All Students aged 17 years + welcome.Private preparatory lessons given for auditions to Performing Arts colleges and University Courses.

Themes Explored:

The Weaver of Tales
Explore how to be a ‘storyteller’ of the folk tales, legends and myths from your own community. Learn how to make effective use of voice, rhythm, gesture and language to tell your own story or help others to share their story.

The Story Folk
Explore the imagery and symbolism of each story’s characters and creatures. Learn how it is their function to take the story listener on their journey through the Story. Create your own storyboards, Storymaps, masks and collage, weaving the characters into your own tapestry of tales.

The Story Dances
Follow the weaving patterns and traditions of the song dances and ballads. Listen to the voice of the story, heard in the rhythm of beating feet and the lyrics of ancient songs.

We explore story making, story telling, story charactersalong with the creation of Storyboards and Storymaps. We can let our imaginations wander within the safe framework of ‘The Story’.

Lynn offers the ‘Power of Story’ courses and workshops on a one-to-one basis or for groups of up to 6 people at the Folkore and Storytelling Centre or on an outreach basis at your own venue.

After graduating from Glasgow University, M.A. Arts in English Literature and Language, Drama and Moral Philosophy she worked in the field of performing Arts and Creative Learning, developing Communication Arts Programmes for children, young people and adults with special educational needs, disabilities,challenging behaviour and mental health issues over the last 35 years. Her Communication Arts programmes embraces and integrates Storytelling, Drama, Creative Movement with mask making, environmental art and sculpture.

As a Centre of Excellence and Creative Learning you are invited to enjoy an experience that will give you a glimmer of the Highland and Islands past ancient,oral living traditions of Storytelling, Ballads and Legend.While  using contemporary methods and techniques in the unique setting of Via,where The Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre sits in 3.5 acres of  these North Atlantic Islands ancient landscape.

Find out about past Highlanders’ and Islanders’ sea legends, crofting tales, myths,social customs,work traditions and beliefs. Explore how the peoples’ Island Calendar and their partnership with the ancient landscapes and surrounding seas has shaped the social landscape of today in these magical Highland and Islands of Scotland.