Podcast: Earth Stories and the Earth Charter with Catriona Blanke

For this week’s episode, I spoke to Catriona Blanke in Germany.  Catriona is a gifted singer-songwriter and storyteller with a passion for sharing Earth Stories with joy and connectedness.  Catriona has a background in theatre and organisational change.  She offers courses and trains people in theatre and storytelling for social transformation.  She has been an Earth Charter Ambassador for almost a decade and weaves this into the storytelling work she does.  In this episode, she talks to me about why stories matter, the renewed interest in storytelling in Germany, the Earth Charter and the Earth Stories Collection.

Catriona’s Links:
Courses and training here: www.t-time-trainings.net
Music and sharing here: www.catriona.net/english/

Other Links:
The Earth Charter here: https://earthcharter.org/
The Earth Stories Collection: https://theearthstoriescollection.org
In Germany, you can learn about becoming an Earth Charter Ambassador here: https://erdcharta.de/1/about-the-initiative/erd-charta-botschafterinnen/

Link to the Story:
The Storyteller and the Samurai (Japan): https://theearthstoriescollection.org/en/the-storyteller-and-the-samurai/

Photo Credit: Svenja Kranz

Podcast: Stories for a More Beautiful World with Jenni Cargill-Strong

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 Websites

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)

Books mentioned

‘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/

Festivals and Social Transformation, a Conversation with Dawne McFarlane

In this episode, I catch up with Dawne McFarlane, Artistic Director of the Toronto Storytelling Festival.  Dawne discusses how festivals  provide leadership in promoting a global culture of respect and gratitude through the art of storytelling.  Festivals are one of the places where diverse people meet up and can find common ground.  Dawne shares how she approached organising a rich and diverse festival around the theme of ‘Listening to the Voices of Nature’ during a time of lockdown.  Listening, she argues, is a important as speaking in the art of storytelling.  Indigenous artists were at the heart of this festival and Dawne shares the role that traditional tales and elders can play in helping the world to transform to a more holistic worldview.

Dawne shares an Irish story, The Daughter of the Fairy Queen, from Sybil Alexander’s Stories Around the Peat Fire

You can find the Toronto Storytelling Festival here: https://torontostorytellingfestival.ca/2021/

Dawne’s page is here: https://www.dawnemcfarlane.ca/

Some of Kahontakwas Diane Longboat’s work can be found here: https://www.soulofthemother.org/

Diane Beresford-Kroeger’s bioplan can be found here:  https://dianaberesford-kroeger.com/