We face today potent questions of identity and belonging. The mass movement of people across borders invokes challenges for them and for the people or communities who receive them. These themes are often charged because they resonate with our own unspoken family histories. Many of us carry stories of loss and displacement in our families — children sent to the workhouse, being exiled from a village community and forced to move to a big city, or leaving a war-torn country. Our great-grandparents, grandparents or parents may have made journeys under challenging circumstances, and often never returned to the places they once called home. They survived, but the threads of their untold stories and longings may continue to tug at us.
In Gifts from the Ancestors: Telling Family Tales we invite you to explore, honour and celebrate the stories from those who came before us, particularly around displacement and a loss of ‘home’, that may live on as a silent echo. You will learn how to connect to the threads of family stories, how to craft a story that can then be shared with others, and how this process can unlock a great resource of strength for you in your life and gift for the future.
Please bring with you an object or a story of an object related to your family to accompany us in this exploration. Story-telling experience is beneficial but not essential. An open-hearted spirit of inquiry is all you need.
Where: International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Sussex
When: November 12-13, 2016
Cost: This course is offered on a GIFT ECONOMY basis: pay what you can afford to pay for it.