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Transition Forest Row Storytelling Group Arise!!!

Started by Annette Armstrong Aug 24, 2008. 0 Replies

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Comment by Annette Armstrong on May 25, 2008 at 21:53
Hi Mike,
Thanks for this; this website refreshes my spirit and renews my faith. I think the picture is totally amazing - a meditation! Have you invited other Story Group so far members? or shall I? To all interested I'm trying to arrange a meeting from 6.00pm - 8.00pm on Saturday 31 May. Some of the time we'll lie under the trees in Annie's garden waiting for their illumination. I'll return tomorrow to invite more people. AA
Comment by Annette Armstrong on May 26, 2008 at 14:18
I've now invited some people, both existing members and new (I haven't asked Annie about the trees yet!) xx A
Comment by Mike Grenville on September 30, 2008 at 10:46
This article reads like a story - almost a story from the future:

The village at the tip of the iceberg

For more than 2,000 years the Yup'ik Eskimos have carved out a subsistence living on the frozen wastes of southwest Alaska. But now the ice is melting the village is having to move to a new site, and the world's first climate-change refugees face an uncertain future
Comment by Graham Stewart on February 24, 2009 at 13:41
When's the next story-telling gathering folks? I have a story I'm currently working on and moulding and would appreciate feedback...
Comment by Annette Armstrong on May 24, 2009 at 21:22
Hi All, I've just attempted to send you all a message. Not sure if it will work. Please check out EVENTS for two storytelling events coming up on 3 June and 6 June. Plenty of opportunities for telling Graham and others. Best wishes, Annette
Comment by Annette Armstrong on January 17, 2010 at 9:47
Dear Friends....
..... the 9 members we have now, and the many more I hope I am going to be able to encourage to join us, we have an extraordinary opportunity coming up. I'm referring to the international TT conference that is going to happen HERE in Forest Row 29-31st May. It has been the case, despite the intensive work done by some of us, at the threshold of the launch of Transition Forest Row in 2008, that the Storytelling Group has never taken hold. And yet Forest Row is full of storytellers longing to tell their stories, storytellers and story lovers who care about our relationship with our planet. We cannot let the opportunity of this international Transition Town conference slip by without whole heartedly contributing to its environmental storytelling content. Please help me to do this. Speak to your storytelling friends. Encourage them to join us in what could be the richest of rich celebrations of our story in Forest Row and the storytelling in Forest Row story! Have I convinced you? Annette
Comment by Ben Fairlight Edwards on January 17, 2010 at 21:39
Hello TFR Storytellers! May we soooon swell to become a great yarn of storytellers!
Comment by Mike Grenville on January 19, 2010 at 22:39
Storytelling for Times of Transition

Training for Transition Tales

Bowden House, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7PW

19-21st March 2010

Transition Tales are visions of a positive future. They help us to collectively envision a world in which we are meeting present day challenges, they can entice us to take the next step and affirm that, however small that step might feel, it's part of the interweaving of a larger whole. They are also an especially effective way of engaging the creativity and imagination of young people.

Background: It all started in 2006 when Rob Hopkins (Transition Town Totnes (TTT), & co founder of the Transition Network) and other TTT-ers saw the need to involve young people in the process of visioning the future we would all like to see. Since then Transition Tales has been working in 4 local schools, and has presented at 3 South West conferences aimed at school children and educators, several Transition events in Totnes and London, a Summer Family Camp, as well as at the National Transition Conference in Battersea in May 2009, and the National Transition Scotland Gathering in December 2009.

The Course: The weekend will be facilitated by Steph Bradley and Inez Aponte, two experienced trainers whose approach is fun, inspiring and inclusive. We will take the story within each of us as a starting point to envision and create the possible collective stories of a positive future. We will also be sharing one of the key tools so far developed by the group – an interactive community game called “The Quest” - as well as a host of other innovative techniques for unleashing the storyteller in all of us.

Who is it for? The course is aimed at educators of all description; in fact anyone wanting to work with school and/or community groups of all ages to engage them in the process of visioning and develop Transition Tales in their area.

Cost: £105

Further news: Shortly after the course, Transition Tales will be doing a community walk around Britain with the intention of co-creating and collecting the stories of our island to be compiled into a Transition Tales publication in 2011.

If you would like to enrol on the course, get involved with the walk or are interested in the work of Transition Tales in Totnes in 2010 please contact:

Steph at
Or leave a message on 01803 849094
Comment by Charlene Collison on March 9, 2010 at 10:47
Thank you Mike for this information on Transition Tales. I have been in touch with Steph and offered to host her when she comes to Forest Row on her walk; I've also enquired about whether she's be willing to run a Transition Tales training here in Forest Row (as I find it hard to get away to Totnes!) and if so I've offered to help set that up. I think it would be great to have that opportunity here and I suspect there would be a number of people interested.

Comment by Annette Armstrong on March 28, 2010 at 9:20
Great idea Charlene.

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