In this episode, I talk to award-winning Australian storyteller and workshop facilitator , Jenni Cargill-Strong. We had a fascinating conversation covering a range of topics from enchantivism, to working with different types of stories for social change, telling stories in a country dealing with the legacies of colonialism, storytelling and place…and of course trees. Trees seem to pop in to almost all of these podcast episodes. We love trees. Throughout our conversation, Jenni outlines stories that point audiences towards ‘The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible’ (the title of a book by Charles Eisenstein).
Jenni’s website: www.storytree.com.au with a list of storytelling resources https://storytree.com.au/stories-for-a-more-beautiful-world/storytelling-resources/
‘Stories for a More Beautiful World’ online workshop: https://storytree.com.au/stories-for-a-more-beautiful-world/ (one starts July 19, 2021)
The story ‘Lily and the Fig Tree’ and ‘The Mulberry Tree’ are recorded on Jenni’s album ‘The Story Tree and other nature tales’ which you can listen to and buy here: https://storytree.bandcamp.com/album/the-story-tree-and-other-nature-tales
Jenni’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQP1tbNivZmFpB_KOv68-Hg
Other Websites mentioned
Enchantivism and Dr Chalquist https://chalquist.com/
Charles Eisenstein https://charleseisenstein.org/
Michael Meade retells the Native American story ‘Black Dog and Weaving Woman’ in his book ‘Why the World Never Ends’; explains it to Russel Brandt here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VaEKZRa1rQ and shares it on his podcast here: ‘Living Myth’ Podcast: ‘Making the Earth’, Episode 172 (paywall)
‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I’ve been told the audiobook read by Kimmerer is fantastic as she has a great voice and hearing her read the text adds meaning to it.
Charles Eisensteing, ‘Climate: A New Story’ and ‘The More Beautiful World we All Know is Possible”
Favourite Folktales from around the World’ Yolen, Jane (Ed)
Jenni’s story ‘The Mulberry Tree’ is in Susan Perrow’s ‘Stories to Light the Night: A Grief and Loss Collection for Children, Families and Communities’ http://susanperrow.com/