Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021:

The Healing Power of Story,

Storytelling, and Story-enacting

( CSF2021-HPSx3 )


1) Sat 6th - Sun 7th  

2) Sat 13th - Sun 14th   

3) Sat 20th - Sun 21st    

4) Sat 27th - Sun 28th




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,

and Transformation."

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


Gail Herman and Jean Pao Wilson (Massachusetts, USA).


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: How to Make

Another World Possible with Myths, Legends

and Traditional Stories.


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 environment.


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).    

4) 5:30am-5:50am -- Bruce Kirchoff, Katherine Barron (NC, USA).  

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

Story Catcher?

* 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.

Storytellers: Heather Forest, Laura Simms,

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).









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