This workshop is part of our Online Professional Development series, bringing you the opportunity to learn from experts in the Expressive Arts field, to enhance your personal and professional practice.
Join H. Fay Wilkinson on this two-hour adventure as you explore storytelling devices that invite the telling of real-life stories. We will work metaphorically with all aspects of a tree to help you focus on particular stories of for example your ancestors, mentors and accomplishments. A switch in modality will give you an opportunity to represent a part of one of your stories in another way. This is particularly useful for telling stories that are difficult to share. It provides a level of safety and can re-power the teller. Ideas of other ways to work with stories intermodally will be shared that you can take forward both for yourself and those you work with.
My relationship to story and its power goes way back to when I was a little girl. I created stories as a means of survival. Taking myself into imaginary worlds helped me navigate the realities of the real world. That passion for stories and creativity stood me in good stead in the corporate world I worked in for many years before finally finding my ‘home’ in expressive arts. Now I can move to and from story using different modes of expression (modalities), to shine a light on perhaps something I know, that I didn’t know I knew to support my mental health and well-being.
Registration Deadline: 7 days prior to workshop date. If minimum enrollment is not met, workshop may be canceled. Please register before January 29.
Fay is an independent, Registered Expressive Arts Practitioner (IEATA), a therapeutic storyteller and an artist. For over 30 years she has designed and delivered Expressive Arts experiences for both individuals and groups of all ages with a focus on mental health. Her published paper (in the international, peer reviewed Journal of Arts & Health), contributes to the growing body of evidence that now supports the value of engaging in creative processes on our mental and physical well-being. Fay was awarded the Fellowship of Applied Education from Fleming College, nominated for the Innovation and Creativity Award from the Chamber of Commerce and is the founder of the Visible Voices Open Arts Studio, a community hub which encourages everyone to respond creatively to things that matter. She has been invited to speak about her innovative work nationally and internationally most recently at the International Arts & Health Conference in Australia.