STORY SPINNER & WORD WEAVER
Once upon a time there was a wee lassie who would sit as quiet as a 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 see a world of wonder. 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 Theatre 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 honour 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 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 wheel of life, so they can learn about the cycles and seasons of nature and have a deeper connection to the earth, sea and sky and all living creatures. In essence. Stories are the enchanted thread that binds and brings people together to inhabit a landscape of wonder. For more information check out www.calloftheselkie.co.uk
“When Rowan tells a story she transforms and pulls you into another realm. It is magical!” (Barbara Neznek)