Story Spinner & Word Weaver
Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time there was a wee lassie who would sit as quiet as a wee moose while she listened to her auld granny tell stories by their smoky coal fire. These stories spoke to her soul and fed her imagination.........they inspired and helped her create a world of wonder.........they moved and motivated her..........they made her believe in magic and miracles.............
That wee lassie was me, and that childhood experience was the seed that grew into a belief in the power of storytelling for personal and social change, and as a creative art that can increase well-being.
I trained as a Community Artist and then as a Theater of the Oppressed facilitator and went on to take a degree in Community Education. I have worked with children, young people and adults in various communities over the last 30 years. In that time, I have learnt as much, as those I have had the honor of working with.
As an experienced informal Educator, I have used storytelling with young people, as part of a children's drama and arts group that I facilitated. I used storytelling with adults, as an educational tool to raise awareness of mental health issues, so that society would ‘see people’ not the label. I have used storytelling and puppets to teach school children what they should do if they experience abuse. I have also used life-story mapping, creative writing and song, along with other creative mediums to raise awareness of domestic abuse and homelessness. I have taken part in the International Story Festival, told stories at local festivals, community and charity events, storytelling clubs, bookshops and have told stories to gatherings of shamanic teachers at an international level.
In addition to spinning stories and weaving words. I am also a practitioner of the ancient healing arts, who has learned that some people become stuck in their story, so I have supported people to dream new stories into being to help them create a better world for themselves. I use stories to teach people about the sacred hoop of life, so they can learn about the cycles and seasons of nature and have a deeper understanding of themselves within the great web of life.
Despite what many believe we are all storytellers and story-makers!
“Rowan doesn't just tell you a story. She leads you straight into the heart and soul of it. She transports you to a magical land, and when you return, reluctantly, you will feel as if you have just emerged from a time machine, still tasting the Scottish salt air on your tongue”. (Jane Burns)
Jane Doe - Another Company, LLC