- Teachers: refreshing approaches – away days and field trips
- Children and classroom learning: supporting the curriculum at all stages
- Learning and Development professionals: getting the message across
- Parents: telling stories with confidence
- Trainers: how and when to use stories
- Creative arts therapists and CPD: Experiential workshops, inside-out
Story-Well inspires engagement, development and wellbeing on multiple levels. A well-told, appropriate story is an effective way to connect with people and to develop meaningful communication and solution focussed creativity.
“Alex is one of those rare people who has worked out how to allow their soul to speak through them in unhindered, deep and beautiful ways. Her wise and enchanting story-telling is absolutely perfect for the sort of deep, transformative work I do around individuals’ and organisations’ sense of place, connection, authenticity and purpose. I have had the pleasure of experiencing Alex’s stories twice now – in two quite different settings, one in a conference hall, and the other round a fire deep in nature – both times she electrified the space. I have no hesitation in recommending her and I will certainly be using her soul-skills again and again.” Giles Hutchins, Chairman of the Future Fit Leadership Academy, and author of Future Fit and other books.
Health and Well-Being
Stories help to nurture and connect us to a personal sense of well-being. A carefully chosen and well told story can offer meaning by giving us a deeper context and understanding of a situation. And because we relate to stories on a personal level they can help us to engage with and reveal our emotions.
Having emotional intelligence helps us make sense of the world around us and having emotional awareness helps us develop empathy and compassion for ourselves as well as others.
Over the last few years I have been taking stories from all over the world into different care settings and am always delighted to hear how “soothing” and “relaxing” people find them. Listeners are drawn into the tales, taken on a journey into a realm full of meaning, magic and mystery. Often people tell me they feel as if “transported into another world” – where the normal worries and anxieties of everyday life do not exist.
The stories I share are some of the world’s oldest stories. They hold an ancient and collective wisdom passed down from generation to generation – which still hold true today. After I have told a story I usually go round the circle offering people the space to share any thoughts or feelings about the story. Some say, “Very interesting” and may expand further. Once a lady said the story “Seemed to be about the unknown … it told me that sometimes taking the plunge can pay off and turn out well.” While others may observe the need to allow time for the story to settle before expressing themselves.
What’s lovely to witness, is that everyone is different and there are often as many different responses to a story as there are listeners in the circle – and that no-one is ever wrong!
Working holistically, Story-Well nurtures self esteem and self expression. Well-Being is an important part of being healthy and stories, as well as the ability to play have the potential to ease and transform dis-ease at different levels. By engaging with the imagination and nurturing self expression, people are encouraged to relax and enjoy themselves, resulting in physical and mental relief. This in turn can help to release natural healing energy and can boost the immune system.
- Health professionals
- GP’s and Primary Care
- Specialist NHS services including Community Mental Health Teams, Children’s