Workshops and Classes

Folklala offers rich, impactful storytelling workshops and projects designed for your group’s goals.  These are hands-on, tool intensive, smart workshops that help you clarify how you create “the story of your life,” and the kinds of impact that story can have.  Here are a couple recent ones:

Tell Your Story and Make a Difference

“The most important question to ask yourself is ‘What myth are you living?” Carl Jung

We don’t develop the stories of our lives in a vacuum.  Instead, our whole world is made up of personal and social narratives that we have been told, been taught, read, seen, and lived.  Some are very old and shared.  Some are newly created as we experience new things.  We weave all these together to make up “my story.”  We use this story, “my story,” constantly, in every interaction — when we meet someone new, when we consider options or opportunities, when we teach our children, when we fall in love.  Our stories color all that we think is and isn’t possible for us, for others, and for our world.

In this storytelling retreat, participants will explore the stories they have been telling – working alone and together to articulate them, and consider their meanings.  We will explore the role our stories play in shaping our personal lives, as well as our communities.  From there, we will look at ways that telling our story can empower us to heal, grow, and change our communities for the better – whatever that means to us.  Participants will come out of the retreat with a good idea of the stories they have been telling, and with a concrete plan for how their stories can be put to good use in creating positive change.

 

Telling Stories with Children

Why do kids quiet down for story time the world over?  Because kids know: All the important stuff is in the stories.  Where do we come from?  Why are we here?  What should I do?  What’s good? Who is the bad man, who is the good man?  What’s funny?  Why don’t we talk about that?  In this break out session, we will explore telling stories with kids – your kids, your grandkids, other kids you care for.  Julia will share some of the most fun and meaningful stories and activities she’s done with kids over the years in workshops and classrooms, focusing on a few key themes – seasons, archetypes and science.  Kids want the good stuff, and they like it a lot when stories, activities, and real happenings in the world are woven together.  With this in mind, we will explore spring and summer story activities to do with the kids in your life, or just with the kid in you!