Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021:
The Healing Power of Story,
Storytelling, and Story-enacting
( CSF2021-HPSx3 )
2) Sat 13th - Sun 14th
The below is in India time.
For the times in other locations, please see
Sat 13th Feb 2021
Telugu Storytelling Session.
Facilitated by Lavanya Srinivas, 98844 72301.
The Flyer is here.
The Storytellers are listed here.
6:30pm - 7:30pm (India time, Sat 13th Feb).
Interactive Talk with Alida Gersie (England),
a long-time leader of the field of Drama Therapy.
Topic: "Ways Grandmother Stories Could be Used Therapeutically."
7:30pm - 9:00pm (India time, Sat 13th Feb).
Workshop: "Create a Healing Fairy Tale."
Creating your own healing fairy tale
is a magical experience. It can put
you in touch with your fairy godmother
whose wise words can soothe old pain
and turn them into insight, compassion,
and empowering beliefs. Creating a tale
is easier than you might imagine. In this
workshop, you'll receive a guide for writing
a healing tale and you'll start writing your
own. No experience is needed. Examples
of healing fairy tales are at
Allison Quaid (Germany).
9:00pm - 10:30pm (India time, Sat 13th Feb).
Workshop: "Storytelling for Connection, Insight,
The stories we live and hear influence
the paths we choose to walk and the
meaning we make of the road we are on.
Some of our defining stories become
sustaining stories, providing the perspective,
clarity, and courage to carry us where we
want to go. Others become constraining
stories, filled with messages that keep us
paralyzed, anxious, and stuck. Through
discussion and theory integrated through
experiential activities, we will explore some
of the healing story ideas and tools to help
us recognize, understand, and shift
constraining stories to become fuller
sustaining stories that empower us to
create the story we want to live.
Lani Peterson (Massachusetts, USA).
10:30pm - Midnight (India time, Sat 13th Feb).
Workshop: "The Medicine Inside the Spoken Image."
In this workshop we would explore ways a
story can prepare us for healing ourselves,
for being in our being, and for restoring our
connection to the earth, to nature, to each
other, and to the spirit that informs the heart.
Laura Simms (New York, USA)
End of Saturday / Beginning of Sunday (India time).
Sun 14th Feb
Midnight - 1:30am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Workshop: "Organic Storytelling: Movement and
Storytelling for Self-awareness and Personal Growth."
This workshop includes a type of enacting that
Gail calls "Organic Storytelling with Movement
Energy Efforts." Gail (a storyteller and educator)
will introduce a way to look at human energy and
will share her experiences with students. Jean
(a psychologist and educator) will share some of
her own findings about the importance of enacting
both with clients and with herself. Their belief is
that “trying on” different voices, characters,
postures, and movement actions gives students
and adults more familiarity with options — more
ways to communicate and work with people in
various situations. Storytelling is healthy and can
lead to personal growth as well as creative
1:30am - 3:00am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Storytelling and Discussion Session.
"The Earth Stories Collection"
project would be described, and some of the
stories in the collection would be told.
The Earth Stories Collection is a global project
involving of a repository of myths, legends,
fables, and folktales from cultures around the
planet. The project features education, advocacy,
andacti vism relating to supporting and nurturing
The session would be led by
Grian A. Cutanda (Spain).
Jennifer Ramsey (Spain).
Donald Smith (Scotland).
Alette Willis (Scotland).
3:00am - 4:30am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Workshop: "Developing a 'Narrative Mindset':
When You Think Story, Story Happens and Matters."
Dr. Kevin Cordi shares how we may be "wired
for stories" (Cron, 2012) but if we don’t know
how to use the wiring, we can't be charged-up
for stories. Drawing on Carol Dweck's idea of
growth and fixed mindset (2007), learn how to
use story to make meaning, whether you are
on the public stage or simply engaging in the
day. Discover what happens when we think
and act "in story." This work builds an aware-
ness of how adopting a "narrative mindset"
(Cordi, 2018) can change the way you act,
react, think, and move with story as your guide.
Participants will be equipped with how to re-think
using narrative-based reframing and other
strategies. They will walk away valuing not
only how a story is told, but also how it can be
used, and can be used to make meaning.
Kevin Cordi (Ohio, USA).
4:30am - 6:30am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
1) 4:30am-4:50am -- Vaishali Raithatha (England).
2) 4:50am-5:10am -- Nagarajan S. (Chennai).
3) 5:10am-5:30am -- Nageswara Rao (Hyderabad).
5) 5:50am-6:10am -- Uma Jairam Iyer (Chennai).
6) 6:10am-6:30am -- Sangitaa Sehgall (Visakhapatnam).
6:30am - 7:30am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Storytelling and Resonations Session.
Nilgün Yalay (New Zealand).
Story: "The Seal Woman."
The session leader would tell a story, and then
all could share "resonations" -- thoughts, feelings,
and experiences raised by the telling of the story.
7:30am - 9:30am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
1) 7:30am-7:50am -- Banu H. (Chennai).
2) 7:50am-8:10am -- Sowmya Srinivasan (Bangalore).
3) 8:10am-8:30am -- Jangid Pushkar (New Delhi).
4) 8:30am-8:50am -- Shital Ravi (Mumbai).
5) 8:50am-9:10am -- Debjani Bhaduri (Chennai).
6) 9:10am-9:30am -- Meenu S. (Bangalore).
9:30am - 11:00am (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Workshop: "Storytelling for Helping Children
to Develop Emotional Intelligence" (for people
who work with children).
K. Mashuda Muthi (Chennai).
11:00am - Noon (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
1) 11:00am-11:20am -- Mani Nachiappan (Chennai).
2) 11:20am-11:40am -- Thenmozhi S. (Chennai).
3) 11:40am-Noon -- Surbhi Sarna (Bhubaneswar).
Noon-1:30pm (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Workshop: "Mindfulness and Storytelling."
* Are you just a Storyteller, or are you also a
* Do you just tell Stories, or do you also have
a knack to listen?
* Are you Mind Full or Mindful?
Humans are the creators and consumers of stories.
While Storytelling, we are being present with ourselves
and our isteners. And in a Mindful setting, storytelling
helps people to connect with their intuition.
Come be a part of our unique workshop, designed to
bring Mindfulness into the Art of Storytelling through
informal and formal practices.
Sonia Bareja Punhani (New Delhi).
1:30pm - 4:30pm (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
1) 1:30pm-1:50pm -- Smita Rajan (New Delhi).
2) 1:50pm-2:10pm -- Barry Stewart Mann (Georgia, USA).
3) 2:10pm-2:30pm -- Valentina Ortiz Pandolfi (Mexico).
4) 2:30pm-2:50pm -- Sristi Sengupta (Kolkata).
5) 2:50pm-3:10pm -- Vignesh Raja (Chennai).
6) 3:10pm-3:30pm -- Pretigaya Haran (Chennai).
7) 3:30pm-3:50pm -- Shreya Biswas (Bangalore).
8) 3:50pm-4:10pm -- Geetanjali Shetty Kaul (Mumbai).
9) 4:10pm-4:30pm -- Pankhuri Agrawal (Raipur).
4:30pm - 5:30pm (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
Dream-sharing and Discussion Session.
Attendees would be invited to tell dreams
they have had. Some dreams might be
One topic of discussion would be:
"In what ways could telling stories -- including
dreams -- assist, stimulate, and support healing
5:30pm - 6:30pm (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
A telling of the fairytale, Rapunzel, through
story, poetry, and song.
and Milbre Burch.
6:30pm - 9:30pm (India time, Sun 14th Feb).
1) 6:30pm-6:50pm -- Parvathy Eswaran (Bangalore).
2) 6:50pm-7:10pm -- Padma Jairam (Chennai).
3) 7:10pm-7:30pm -- Indu Divya (Chennai).
4) 7:30pm-7:50pm -- Rachna Chowla (Mumbai).
5) 7:50pm-8:10pm -- Manisha Bhise (Mumbai).
6) 8:10pm-8:30pm -- Xina Mercken (Amsterdam).
7) 8:30pm-8:50pm -- Jaya Singh (Jaipur).
8) 8:50pm-9:10pm -- Maricris Basto (Philippines).
9) 9:10pm-9:30pm -- Meera Venkatesan (Bangalore).
10) 9:30pm-9:50pm -- Mary Louise Chown (Canada).
11) 9:50pm-10:10pm -- Debarati Banerjee (Hyderabad).