Elisa began her storytelling career by working for ten years as a Storyteller in Residence in the Boston Public Schools. There she came to appreciate and tell stories from the many diverse cultures that the children represented. Other early storytelling experiences included collecting stories from Vietnam Veterans and sharing them with high school, college and adults in a program called, The Defoliated Heart. She also led groups of women to share and learn from their stories together. These experiences helped to inspire her belief in the power of stories to heal.
Recently her most popular storytelling programs in the schools are on character education and bullying prevention through story. She received a grant in 2002 to study character education through story from the National Storytelling Network.
She is a currently a board member of The Healing Story Alliance www.healingstory.org and is an active member of The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES), and past Board member. You can learn more about LANES and the storytelling conference at www.lanes.org
I am Belgian-British and tell stories in English, Spanish and French wherever the wind takes me; Spain, India, Little Tibet, France, Belgium, etc. My passion is to look into people’s eyes, and travel with them through stories, whether in a prison, a yoga school, a Tibetan monastery in the Himalaya, a theatre, or online with young Palestinian refugees in Gaza. I use a minimum amount of props; mostly none, and sometimes some sounds (flute, kalimba, shakers, etc.)
Storytelling is a form of communication that goes way beyond words; it is a heart to heart interaction, and that is why I love it!
The story on this episode is traditional Sufi story.
- Bansuri Indian flute: Rebecca
- Sound Design: Mark Pedersen.
Guest Host – Simon Brooks
Simon Brooks is an award-winning British storyteller living in America – actually, New London, New Hampshire, New England, New World! He also uses his voice to record audio books. He is also a poet, writer, photographer, and educator.
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