Debbie Guneratne and Image Collage

Workshops

Be challenged.  Be inspired.  Be creative.  Have fun!     Let the journey begin…

Enhance your skills through the following workshops and courses

Opening Doors – The Skills of the Storyteller Workshops

These workshops or courses will enable you to practice the skills of the storyteller.

They are for beginners and experts alike and feature innovative, imaginative exercises to strengthen your foundation in storytelling or to stretch your existing abilities.

The workshops can be taken as a day, a weekend or as a course of seven.

The Essence of RASA – a Master Class for Storytellers

Inspirational master classes which develop the skills of the storyteller through the use of RASA.

Telling stories is how we define who we are. In South Asia, how we tell these stories is RASA!

These workshops are for people with experience of storytelling and features specialist progressive exercises to strengthen your foundation in storytelling and develop your existing abilities.

Be stimulated by stories from ancient times that resound with truths that still hold today. Through the use of the Rasas, increase your skills in effective and influential public speaking. Be innovative and ingenious in the use of your imagination as you explore the power of Rasa. Discover how these additional senses can enrich your skills as a storyteller and a human being!

Promote yourself positively and effectively through the following workshops and courses

Life Journeys – a motivational life skills workshop

This workshop enables the participants to review their lives and actively use the positive images to enhance their communication in life situations.

By working with and through story, they will gain confidence and be inspired to share their own.

Brave – Become the hero in your life – an inspirational life skills programme

This is an innovative and inspirational programme designed to support people back into work. The programme has been designed to change attitudes, promote positive thinking, raise self esteem and improve confidence whilst gaining new skills.

If you are interested in this programme, please contact Debbie for further details.

Strengthen your creative skills through the following innovative workshops

Storytelling leading to Creative Writing workshop - Download Poster PDF

A specialist workshop that inspires the participants, using memory and vocabulary games, innovative and imaginative story activities and traditional story structures which lead to creative writing.

Listen, Speak, Create! – Series of 3 Educational workshops - Download Poster PDF

A cutting edge, progressive series of 3 workshops that focus on the key skills of listening, speaking and creating, using original games and imaginative story activities. These can be booked individually.

The Treasure Box – Storytelling and Origami workshops

From an amazing origami beginning, the participants work with their hands and their imagination to create characters and landscapes for their stories.

Storytelling leading to Creative Writing and Book making workshop

A specialist workshop that inspires the participants, using memory and vocabulary games, innovative and imaginative story activities and traditional story structures which lead to creative writing. The participants then make a book using origami, art and design, which holds their written work.

This workshop is suitable for KS2 and KS3.

Storytelling leading to Song writing workshop

A ground breaking workshop that encourages the participants to create original songs which blend words with melody. They will gain understanding of song and story structure whilst creating new work. The participants work with a storyteller and a musician.

Specialist science and story workshops

Dinosaurs – Storytelling and Geology workshop

Dinosaurs, giants of the natural world, now extinct, are brought to life in a specialist workshop that weaves fact and fiction enabling children to understand their world.

Interactive stories and rhymes weave between the wonder of dinosaurs as Debbie, geologist and storyteller, leads this workshop suitable for both KS1 and KS2.

Diamonds – Storytelling and Geology workshop

Diamonds, the hardest and most expensive gem stone, sought after throughout history, are revealed in a specialist workshop that weaves fact and fiction enabling students to understand the processes of the natural world. The discovery of diamonds, their history and the myths of their formation will be told, leading to an understanding of the eternal allure of diamonds.

This workshop is suitable for KS2 and KS3.

Visionary storytelling and shadow puppetry workshops

Ten Heads, a Fire and a Wish – Storytelling and Shadow Theatre show and workshops for KS2

For ten thousand years Ravanna meditated and finally his wish was granted. A wish that set into motion the birth of Rama, Sita and Hanuman.

Together their stories from incredible beginnings weave together and end with a battle of light over darkness forming the Ramayana.

A Storytelling and Shadow Theatre show and workshops for KS2 based on a unique retelling of the epic ‘Ramayana’, a wondrous collaboration of story, shadow and song. Participants work with a storyteller and a shadow puppeteer.

Download Poster PDF

A Leap across the Ocean – Storytelling and Shadow Theatre show and workshops for KS1

Born from fire and carried by the wind to lift a curse, he was given invincibility, immortality and super powers, but was fated to forget them. He tried to eat the sun; he carried a mountain and leapt across the sea in search of a princess. The monkey hero – Hanuman!

A Storytelling and Shadow Theatre show and workshops for KS2 based on a unique version of Hanuman’s life, a wondrous collaboration of story, shadow and song. Participants work with a storyteller and a shadow puppeteer.

Download Poster PDF

Inspirational multi-art workshops

The Cloth of Dreams - Story cloth workshops

Participants will learn how to make story ribbons and story cloths by listening to Asian stories and orally accessing/sharing people’s life moments. These will be woven into their cloths to create a legacy of their lives.

They will also learn about Asian culture, how to ‘wrap’ a sari and dance the Baila.

In the Picture - Story and Craft workshops

The participants will create natural fibre pictures inspired by themes and images from the stories told. Working with a storyteller and an artist, the participants will use their imagination and their hands to generate exciting pieces that reflect their creativity.

Dancing words - Storytelling and Dance workshops

The workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience SE Asian classical, folk and ethnic dances. Working with a storyteller and a dancer, the process will start from listening to stories and then exploring the discipline and storytelling of dance to develop a creative form.

The First Sari - Storytelling and Sari wrapping workshops

Based on the story of The First Sari (a Sri Lankan/Indian story), which tells of a weaver who weaves the world into his fabrics and finally the woman of his dreams. She then wears the fabric he ‘wraps’ around her – the first sari!

Listen to stories, learn about Asian culture and find out how to ‘wrap’ a sari and Baila (Sri Lankan dance) whilst you do so.

Build cohesive and dynamic teams through the following innovative workshops designed specifically for your company

Storytelling and South Asian Cookery

An ingenious workshop which blends the art of storytelling with the speciality of South Asian cookery, creating a wonderful feast that the team will enjoy sharing. Participants will learn about the culture and food from South Asia as they work together on inspirational activities and produce a meal to share.

Storytelling and Gamelan

This original workshop brings together the art of storytelling and the music of the gamelan. A gamelan is a set of instruments as a distinct entity, built and tuned to stay together. Participants will create music inspired by the themes in the stories, becoming a team that is tuned to work together.

What our clients say

quote Thank you for making me look at things with ‘new eyes’. It has been inspiring! un-quote

Georg, MEC Global, Norway

quote Your workshop was an insight into the land of imagination and the minds of others. un-quote

Joanne (IT manager), UK

quoteThe kids loved it! They have achieved so much in this project. They had fun sharing their story strings in showing assembly. Thank you for your energy, enthusiasm and expertise.un-quote

Gill, Head, Bewbush Primary School, West Sussex Storytelling Project

quote We need to think and act globally, but people tend to have more invested in their local ideas and ventures.

I think we need more time with storytelling, as at each conference we get to a point where people are opening up and thinking globally, then we go away and the skin grows over. So we have to start again. un-quote

Lee, Alternative Energy (BP), UK

quoteIt’s great the way the children have to use their voices, minds and bodies. I shall definitely use the ideas when we create stories.un-quote

Liz, teacher and Literacy co-ordinator, London

quote The points you gave about how to deal with the unexpected during presentations, are invaluable and I will incorporate them into my future presentations. un-quote

Alex, Research Scientist, UK

quoteI moved the board away during my second presentation, as you suggested. Although I was nervous about losing the barrier between my audience and myself, I am amazed at the sense of freedom it gave me. We were connected in a different way, more direct and meaningful. un-quote

Erika, ICT Manager, UK