Storytelling for Wellbeing

I facilitate nature and story walks to support deeper connection with wild spaces. I believe stories have the potential to support new ways of being in the natural world, mindful ways.

   

With a background in psychology and twenty years experience working with community care services, I appreciate the healing power of stories. Live storytelling creates a sense of community and shared journey. In listening to stories we have the opportunity to experience our own challenges in the context of unfolding narrative. In this world of story we are powerful and many different choices are possible.

October 2019 saw the pilot of “An Apple A Day” funded by NHS Lothian’s Sense of Belonging Arts Programme, it was a series of Apple themed storytelling and mindfulness workshops celebrating the planting of Redhall Walled Garden’s new community Orchard which culminated in an inter-generational storytelling celebration supported by the Orchard Project.

I offer a range of storytelling and nature workshops for community groups and mental health services. As a qualified Forest School Leader and John Muir Award Facilitator, I combine practical skills such as foraging, camp fire cookery, shelter building and wild flower identification with relaxation, environmental art and storytelling.

Also, indoor workshops to inspire creativity, evoking our connection with seasonality and landscape through traditional stories.

Evergreen 2016 was a year long storytelling and Arts project engaged with two community mental health services, SAMH Redhall Walled Garden and City of Edinburgh Council SEASONS service, led by Jane Mather and Jupiter Artland Education Foundation. Participants enjoyed spending time together in the beautiful landscapes of Jupiter Artland and Redhall Walled Garden sharing stories, making art and being in nature.

Read more: Evergreen