Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021:
The Healing Power of Story,
Storytelling, and Story-enacting
( CSF2021-HPSx3 )
3) Sat 20th - Sun 21st
The below is in India time.
For the times in other locations, please see
3) Sat 20th - Sun 21st Feb 2021
Sat 20th Feb
Tamil Storytelling Session.
Facilitated by Sudha Umashanker, 98402 47624
The Flyer is here.
The Storytellers are listed here.
6:30pm - 7:00pm (Sat 20th Feb, India time).
Dream-sharing and Discussion Session.
Eric Miller (Chennai).
7:00pm - 8:30pm (Sat 20th Feb, India time).
Workshop: "A Kenyan Interactive Approach to
Wangari Grace (Nairobi, Kenya).
8:30pm - 10:00pm (Sat 20th Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Story in Psychodrama and
other Aspects of Expressive Arts Therapy."
Magdalene Jeyarathnam (Chennai).
10:00pm - 11:30pm (Sat 20th Feb, India time).
Storytelling and Resonations session.
Juliet Bruce (New York, USA)
The session leader would tell a story, and then
all could share "resonations" -- thoughts, feelings,
and experiences raised by the telling of the story.
The old stories live on in our modern lives. As our
world begins to emerge from a traumatic time, we
will be left with over a third of the population afflicted
with post-traumatic depression, anxiety, and despair.
The famous Russian folktale, “The Firebird,” with Its
vivid images, stark drama, and guidance from an
avatar of the healing imagination, has helped many
of my clients and their healers re-ignite resiliency
and courage to take life-affirming action.
11:30pm - 1:30am (Sat 20th Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Storytelling and Conversations
about Death and Grief."
In many societies, death is a taboo subject.
Yet death is very much part of our lives and
doesn’t always have to be negative and morbid.
What better way than to use storytelling to
bypass this taboo and allow some of our feelings
and thoughts about death to come to the surface?
In this workshop Rebecca, who is also a Reiki
and meditation practitioner and teacher,
endeavours to create a safe space during
which she tells traditional stories about death
and grief (sometimes lighthearted, sometimes
humorous, and sometimes emotional), and
facilitates short meditations, activities, and
conversations around the stories. Come along
with an open mind and heart, and see what
comes up. You are welcome to attend even
if you don’t wish to speak. You might want to
bring pencils and paper if you wish to draw or
paint as a response.
Rebecca Lemaire (Spain).
End of Saturday / Beginning of Sunday (India time).
Sun 21st Feb
1:30am - 3:00am (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 1:30am-1:50am -- Howard Lieberman (Minnesota, USA).
2) 1:50am-2:10am -- Judy England-McCarthy (New Jersey, USA).
3) 2:10am-2:30am -- Faye Mogensen (Canada).
4) 2:30am-2:50am -- Nancy Jacobs (Caifornia, USA).
3:00am - 4:30am (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Building Connection and Empathy
Storytelling is, at its most basic, an act of
connection. We connect not only through
our words, but through our relationship to
the stories we tell, and the emotional energy
we bring to them stories. In this workshop,
you will participate in exercises to explore
stories of connection and to expand your
emotional openness in a group. We will
also explore ways to make difficult stories
safe through the use of humor.
Steve Daut (Michigan, USA).
4:30am - 6:30am (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 4:30am-4:50am -- Ed Lewis (California, USA).
2) 4:50am-5:10am -- Denise McCormack (New Jersey, USA).
3) 5:10am-5:30am -- Amy Oestreicher (Connecticut, USA).
4) 5:30am-5:50am -- Srividya Veeraraghavan (Chennai).
5) 5:50am-6:10am -- Steve Daut (Michigan, USA).
6) 6:10am-6:30am -- Sreelekha R. (Chennai).
6:30am - 8:00am (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Group Improvised Storytelling."
This workshop is about telling improvised
group stories. All storytelling depends on
a strong narrative. When we tell group
improvised stories, the narrative element
supports us and provides a framework
through which we can connect around a
common theme. This workshop introduces
group improvisational storytelling and explores
group-mind through hands-on activities and
side-coaching. We will study a bit about
classic story structure, then dive right into
telling stories in breakout rooms.
8:00am - 11:30am (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 8:00am-8:20am -- Rona Leventhal (Massachusetts, USA).
2) 8:20am-8:40am -- Ramya Iyer (Bangalore).
3) 8:40am-9:00am -- Ambujavalli N. (Chennai).
4) 9:00am-9:20am -- Shan Shanmugasundaram (Chennai).
5) 9:20am-9:40am -- Lavanya Prasad (Bangalore).
6) 9:40am-10:00am -- Sridevi Srinivasan (Chennai).
7) 10:00am-10:20am -- Norah Dooley (Massachusetts, USA).
11:30am - 1:00pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Workshop: " 'Ko Au, Ko Koe' ('I Am, You Are')."
This is an identity and forgiveness workshop
that encourages the storyteller to look within
and understand how we relate to others.
We use Storytelling to navigate the pathway
to forgiveness, and ultimately, healing.
I draw upon Storytelling tools (terminology,
customs, rhythm, movement) from my
Moana Pacific ancestry to guide us.
Tuaratini (Tu Ra) (New Zealand).
1:00pm - 3:00pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 1:00pm-1:20pm -- Jyoti Pande (Bhopal).
2) 1:20pm-1:40pm -- Simran Nagwani (Mumbai).
3) 1:40pm-2:00pm -- Zarin Maraikayar (Chennai).
4) 2:00pm-2:20pm -- Ranjani Pandian (Chennai).
5) 2:20pm-2:40pm -- Meher Gehi (Mumbai.)
6) 2:40pm-3:00pm -- David Heathfield (England).
3:00pm - 4:30pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Storytelling for Helping Adults to
Develop Emotional Intelligence" (for people
who work with adults),
Lavanya Srinivas (Chennai).
4:30pm - 5:00pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
General Discussion. One topic:
"In what ways could telling stories assist,
stimulate, and support healing processes?"
5:00pm - 6:30pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Healing Story Circle.
6:30pm - 6:50pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
6:50pm - 7:30pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 6:50pm-7:10pm -- Salome D. (Mumbai).
2) 7:10pm-7:30pm -- Donna Dudinsky (Canada).
7:30pm - 9:00pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
Workshop: "Forgiveness: Telling Our Stories
in Healthier Ways," Elisa Pearmain (Massachusetts, USA).
9:00pm - 9:40pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).
1) 9:00pm-9:20pm -- Renu Mira (Chennai).
2) 9:20pm-9:40pm -- Mary Kuttikadan (Mumbai).
3) 9:40pm-10:00pm -- C. Mangalam Senthil (Coimbatore).