Newsletter 5 - Course


1001 Stories for Adult Learning



One and all are cordially invited to the Storytelling for Adult Learning Pilot Course.

Who is invited?
You, Adult Educators, Teacher trainers, Social Workers, Storytellers, Trainers, Cultural Organisations, Librarians, Counsellors, Language Teachers, Tourism Professionals, Warlocks and Witches, Princesses and Princes, Knights and Damsels, Goblins and Elves, one and all!

To learn about and explore the power of storytelling in Adult Learning, to explore the art and magic of Traditional Tales, to workshop the richness and healing powers of Personal Storytelling, to put yourself into the wandering shoes of the Storyteller. After all, we all come from long lines of Storytellers do we not?

Storytelling is as old as the hills. Ever since our voice box evolved we have sung songs and told stories. It must be in our DNA. Storytelling is a vital continuation of how we continue to connect with each other. Throughout our history, Storytelling has enabled us to put aside our current circumstances and see the world with renewed energy and perspective. When a story is told from the heart, it weaves a powerful spell, captivating listeners and teller alike.

Where and when?
Thanks to the Knights of the Teutonic Order, there eventually came about the Alden Biesen Castle in Bilzen. That’s our place of learning. The course is from Monday 11th November 2013, right here in the 21st Century, to Friday evening 15th November. Please do arrive during the evening of Monday 11th November to sample free flowing wine, beer, ale, ciders of the world, whiskey and whisky. Light snacks will not be present - a full hog, cow and horse roast will be feasted upon. Cheese for vegetarians. Minions will care for your every need.

Ah, but I exaggerate.

Come and learn how to tap into this ancient power. Get a new perspective of your life by exploring and telling your story - change the world for the better by understanding that we are all part of Earth’s story.


Course programme:
Course working language is English

Monday 11 November 2013
Travel , 16.00 - 19.00: arrivals
19.30: Welcome, getting to know each other, icebreakers
20.30: Welcome dinner

Tuesday 12 November 2013
Tuesday morning the group will be split into two. One half will do “The storyteller’s Toolkit” and the other half will do “Autobiographical Stories”.

1) The storyteller's toolkit:

In this part of the course we will look at the basic skills needed to tell a story in an engaging way. In a supportive environment, we will practice use of voice and body, how to remember a story by images, how to give life to characters, how to introduce tension and resolution... We will use traditional tales and look at their structure and what makes a satisfying 'story-arch'. This will allow us to improvise and discover more freedom in our telling. The day will be very practical with lots of opportunities to tell, listen to and share stories. Participants will come away with a handful of 'ready-made' stories and the tools to launch themselves (and their learners) into lively storytelling.

This part of the course will be led by Iwan Kushka, UK.


2) Autobiographical stories

In this part we will explore our own lives and how we can convey some of it in a well-crafted story.  Through exercises in duos and small groups we will start to share episodes on specific themes, see what happens when we tell somebody else's story and how we react to hearing our own story told.

This part will be led by Ida Junker, Sweden.

Time frame:

08.00: breakfast
09.00: group A does the toolkit, group B does the autobiographical stories

12.30: Lunch

13.30: continuation

17.30: end of workshop
19.30: dinner

Wednesday 13 November 2013
Groups swop workshops

08.00: breakfast
09.00: group B does the toolkit, group A does the autobiographical stories

12.30: Lunch

13.30: continuation

17.30: end of workshop
19.30: dinner

Thursday 14 November 2013
International conference day (same venue)
09.30: Arrivals, coffee
10.00: Welcome story, Katrice Horsley (UK)

10.15: Introduction to the Sheherazade project, Guy Tilkin, Alden Biesen (BE)
10.30: Storytelling as a performing art, Heidi Dahlsveen, HiOA (NO)
10.50: Storytelling in community work, Katrice Horsley

11.10: Pilots fair: your opportunity to meet the people behind the Sheherazade pilots

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Workshops by Katrice Horsley, Heidi Dahlsveen and Iwan Kushka (UK)

15.00: Coffee break
15.20: Educational Guidelines, Dorinda Dekeyser & Els Borghys, CVO Leuven-Landen (BE)
15.40: Presentation of the Sheherazade manual (free copy for all participants)
16.00: Q&A with the Sheherazade panel

16.20: Goodbye story by Heidi Dahlsveen
16.30: Reception, networking opportunities

Friday 15 November 2013

Applied storytelling

In this part of the course we will look at how we can use storytelling in different contexts. Through exercises, discussions and examples we will examine how we can facilitate the use of storytelling at our own workplace. The course will consist of theoretical background material which points out the value of storytelling, and we will work practically on the basis of different approaches.

This part of the course is led by Assistant Professor and storyteller Heidi Dahlsveen, Norway.


08.00: breakfast
09.00: Applied Storytelling

12.30: Lunch

13.30: continuation

15.30: final evaluation
16.30: certificates
17.00: first departures

19.00: final dinner (for the ones who stay till next day).

Saturday 16 November 2013


More info about the project:


Venue: Landcommanderij ALDEN BIESEN, Kasteelstraat 6, B 3740 Bilzen, Belgium,
Tel.: ++32 (0)89/519355,  Fax: ++32 (0)89/417033, 
Web page:  

Alden Biesen is a castle, built by the Teutonic Knights, that is situated in the eastern part of Flanders (Belgium), near the Dutch border: 100 km east of Brussels, 12 km west of Maastricht. The nearest railway station is Bilzen (at 6 km). Nowadays it is a state cultural centre, owned by the Flemish Government.

Costs: Participation to the course is free of charge, only on the basis of an invitation from a Sheherazade partner. Travel costs will be reimbursed. Please bring copies of all tickets and invoices.

Participation: Please register at: by 25 October at the latest. All places will be confirmed by email.

Travel arrangements:
From Brussels Airport you can reach Alden Biesen by train. At the airport you can buy a ticket to Bilzen (via Leuven - change in Leuven station - and Hasselt). People arriving in Brussels South station by Eurostar or Thalys can take the train to Hasselt in Brussels South. People arriving by train from the east (via Köln and Aachen) take the train to Liège. In Liège they take the connection to Bilzen / Hasselt and get off the train in Bilzen. All participants arriving in Bilzen station will be picked up by car (car shuttle at train arrival times). Alden Biesen is close to the motorway as well (E 313 ANTWERPEN - LIEGE: exit 31).


Sheherazade is a Grundtvig Multilateral Project.


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