Brilliant to finally be back facilitating a live face to face immersion with The Oceantree at Inchigo. Really appreciating being in a room together and all that brings, and loving the vibe of our location – the New Forest; watching the donkeys, ponies, and cattle roaming freely and feeling the expansive freedom of the heathland. Telling the story of Jumping Mouse on the top of the heath with the midges buzzing round our heads, the ponies curiously munching their way ever closer, and with a view over a valley towards the woodland brings another magical dimension to the work.
Having interviewed health care workers from all around the world we transcribed all the interviews, and then set about doing a thematic analysis. Once we had established the key themes that came through, we began to write a script. This was a long process! The first script was over half an hour long, and after numerous discussions and a lot of soul searching we have managed to cut the script down to 15 minutes. Its heartbreaking to lose some of the stories but we hope to be able to honour these in other ways. The script is now approved by WHO so we have cast 3 fantastic actors, found a brilliant musician – Tunde Jegede – to collaborate with, and begun rehearsals….
We are very excited to be collaborating with The WHO and The Presencing Institute to listen to the stories of change makers at all levels in the health sector worldwide and to create another storytelling film. We will take the key themes from these conversations and weave a narrative from their stories to shed light on what it means to be a change maker. Through the power of storytelling this film will inspire other potential change makers and provide inspiration for change.
My coaching work with Inchigo has made a very successful transition online, as have the immersions with TheOceanTree. Using and telling stories online has been surprisingly powerful. I’ve been using some new stories from one of my favourite storytellers Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and have enjoyed re-discovering some of the fantastic stories in the compilation “Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart” by Feldman and Kornfield. Even vocal work has made a good transition into the online world (who would have thought it!), and I’ve been having a lot of fun with clients as well as some really profound moments discovering what our voices have to tell us!
I am very pleased to be working with The OceanTree again this year. Meeting Menopause is a weekend retreat for women that I will be co-facilitating from 1-3rd May 2020 with my long time friend and brilliant coach, yoga teacher and wise woman Fiona Bibby. We will be combining our skills and using the story “Seal Skin Soul Skin” from Clarrissa Pinkola Este’s seminal “Women that Run With The Wolves” as a framework, to offer what we hope will be a really empowering, thoughtful and insightful weekend retreat.
Participating and facilitating (storytelling and voice embodiment work) at Oceantree’s Time Out for Time In retreat was a real treat! Their retreats create the time, space and energy to dive deep into your development. They facilitate your connection to what matters most to you and to make a positive impact in the world. The ancient wisdom we find in stories in this context is inspirational, and creates a fantastic framework for enquiry.
Emotional responses to todays performance of Life Growing Up at the CHIVA annual families conference. Thank you again to the yong people who shared their stories and to our brilliant performers, Jack James Ryan, Maia Watkins, Alistair Nwachuwku, Anneka Gouldbourne, Fejiro Emasiobi and musician Aga Serugo Lugo.
“Every time I watch Life Growing Up it gives me goosebumps…”
I have been working for many months on this very moving short film Life Growing Up and it launches today for World AIDS Day 2018 . Based on the true stories of young people in the UK born with HIV and developed from a live spoken word/ storytelling performance, it was commissioned by the Children’s HIV Association, CHIVA.
The live performance of Life Growing Up at BHIVA (British HIV Association) Annual conference, shows how powerful it is to present stories in this way.
“This is one of the most powerful, wonderful pieces of theatre I have seen all year” “Everyone must see this” “Congratulations” “This performance has barely started and i’m in tears… wonderful” ” What a beautiful and moving peformance” “Said it like it is – got deserved standing ovation for powerful portrayal of how it is to be born HIV+”
We have more performances planned in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and London.