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   




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)

Story: "Firebird."

The session leader would tell a story, and then

all could share "resonations" -- thoughts, feelings,

and experiences raised by the telling of the story.

Juliet writes:

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

through Storytelling."

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.

Bruce Kirchoff and Katherine Barron (North Carolina, USA).


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.

Led by Indian Storytellers Healing Network

members, Geetanjali Shetty Kaul, Jyoti Pande,

Poonam Joshy, Sangitaa Sehgall, and

Sowmya Srinivasan.


6:30pm - 6:50pm (Sun 21st Feb, India time).

General Discussion.


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).










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