Our favourite course is back up and running! The first module of the six month long 2017 course got underway at Sipala this week with eight delegates getting to know each other and beginning the journey towards their coaching qualification. There are four further modules plus two days of integration to demonstrate proficiency. The course is being run by Catherine Doherty and Jill Savage of Fields of Learning.
We were delighted to welcome the Management Team of RD for their annual retreat and budgeting process. Many important conversations were had amid home cooking, guess the juice game and they were blessed with good weather for the three days so were able to use all of the facilities at Sipala.
The delegates who attended Chris Smith's Storytelling workshop thoroughly enjoyed the day and gained new skills to bring to their work as facilitators and coaches.
This is what one of the delegates said afterwards: "This is what one of the delegates said afterwards: "I have already discussed how to integrate the Plot matrix and the understanding/feeling/doing triangle into our course! So application already underway! Was such a deep and valuable set of learnings!"
Whatever a group’s purpose, story-skills can provide a great set of techniques to engage, energise and creatively explore themes, issues and processes with which the group is concerned. Whether in the realm of fact, fiction or fantasy, story-skills allow a group to explore story-sharing, inventing and learning from the stories themselves.
What did the workshop entail?
In this workshop we explored the single story idea – the plot matrix - as an integrative tool for working with story in groups. Using the matrix we investigated how to:
- Create playful icebreakers / story making games
- Build confidence and skill in the telling of stories
- Listen constructively to the stories of others and give feedback
- Create, develop and explore one’s own spontaneous stories
- Evoke stories relevant to a given theme/ group/ situation
- Investigate how stories provide new insights and learnings