Corrymeela Events


Storywork – A Summer School in Narrative Practice, Ballycastle

15 - 18 Aug 2018
Corrymeela Ballycastle


Storywork – A Summer School in Narrative Practice

15–18 August 2018, Corrymeela Ballycastle 

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A summer school on Storytelling for Change and Reconciliation at the renowned reconciliation centre, Corrymeela, on the north coast of Ireland led by Sara Cook and Corrymeela Community leader Pádraig Ó Tuama.

From healthcare to business, from congregational work to community work, it is being increasingly recognised that story is a key factor in personal and group wellbeing. When a person can know their story, can know that their story will be heard, can find words to share their story, and can find ways in which their story both resembles and differs from others’, wellbeing is deepened.

story4For 50 years, Corrymeela has been a place of story. We have been a gathering place where people from many sides of conflict and division have shared their story. While for many years we held much of this work quietly, we now offer training courses on using narrative practice in your personal, community and professional life.

This course will explore methodologies of narrative practice that are relevant for: Congregational, Teamwork, Community Development and Conflict situations.

We will cover some of the theoretical bases for understanding narrative dynamics within groups a variety of practices for using narrative work in professional and community settings. We will coincide our gathering with a hugely popular storytelling event in Belfast and we will also engage the participants in a process of storytelling in the group.

“The answer is in a story and the story is being told.”


£450 (shared room)

£550 (single room)

If you wish to apply for a subsidised rate of £250, you may apply, and if we are successful in raising other funds, we will let you know. 

 Some feedback from participants in previous Storywork residentials:

A rich well–balanced programme; good content and a helpful mix of different ways to engage; It felt hard work but very satisfying.

Interesting and informative, excellent communication by facilitators; appreciated the workshop format. 

Thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s so amazing to hear from people working in the field I want to go into. Thought it was an excellent mix of theoretical/practical application and interpersonal engagement.

This was one of the most welcoming communities I have ever visited. I will take this teaching home with me.

Storytelling: how important it is in developing relationships, offering new space to change. Building new relationships by beginning with hospitality was a critical learning piece. Building relationships gave the door for change as opposed to tackling issues

Yes. I was pushed, challenged, affirmed, and equipped to continue working with storytelling. It was a great balance of theory and practice. I leave …. Also, the arc of the course was designed beautifully.

If you would like some additional information about your stay, have a look at our WELCOME BROCHURE.

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