Kathalaya beginners course in storytelling

Himalayan Storytelling Workshop, May 2019

The Kathalaya course happens in cities too. Why travel all the way to the Himalayas?

This is the Kathalaya beginners course, but with a difference. Normally the course is packed into two frantic city days, with your busy urban life snapping at your heels. In the Himalayas, the same course is spread over three full days. The course is led by Geeta Ramanujam, but in a unique location - the five-star rated Himalayan Writing Retreat. Another big difference is we take only 10 participants as opposed to 20 in the normal batches. With the peace and serenity of the beautiful Himalayas, this residential workshop is a one-of-a-kind experience.

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The benefits of storytelling, of course, are many. Have you seen some people tell stories, and wished you too could tell a story like that? Holding your audience spellbound – whether it be little kids or grown adults? Geeta Ramanujam is easily India's best known storyteller and teacher. ​

In this three day workshop you will learn every trick in the storytelling book. You will learn how to craft a great story. You will learn to use your voice and your body. With only ten learners, each student gets a lot of time and personal attention. Once you master storytelling, you will be a better teacher, a better parent, and a lot more fun to be around.

At the end of the three days, you will be awarded the beginners certificate in storytelling from Kathalaya. Scroll down or click here to learn more about Geeta Ramanujam, and see the day-wise course details.

When: May 27-31, 2019

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand - 263138. Venue Details & how to reach here. (This venue and its programs are 5-star rated on both Google and Facebook.)

How much : INR 34,000  (Includes 4 nights twin-shared stay, food, taxes and all sessions + certificate). Click here for our Cancellation Policy. 

How to attend : Pay 50% of the workshop fee now, and pay the balance two weeks before the workshop. Email any questions to chetan@himalayanwritingretreat.com . 

Only ten participants accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Click the "Book Now" button and pay INR 17,000 to secure your spot.

Geeta Ramanujam leads this workshop.

Geeta is the founder and Executive Director of Kathalaya, India's leading storytelling organization. She created the Kathalaya Trust to revive the traditional art of storytelling,

Geeta is an internationally renowned storyteller and teacher. She uses storytelling as an effective educational and cultural tool for parents, teachers, NGOs and corporations both in India and abroad.

Geeta talks about how she was once shy of speaking in public, forget telling stories. But now when you see her tell a story - where she may roar like a lion or do a brilliant enactment of a little squirrel, you wonder how that could be true.  Ramanujam, who was formerly a teacher at the Valley School, bring her classroom genius and applies it to the subject of storytelling to deliver an amazing learning experience. For more details about Geeta, please see her profile on the Kathalaya website at http://kathalaya.org/about-kathalaya/

Program Structure and details

Day 0 (May 27)

Get in anytime that day. We start the workshop with one session that evening at 5 PM.

That evening, get to know each other and share stories. A bonfire makes the perfect setting.

Day 1

Introduction, listening skills, elements of storytelling.

We dig into what makes for a good story, and we understand why listening is important for a storyteller. We break a story down to its basic elements.

Pillars of storytelling, what is storytelling, expressing a story.

We work on understanding the core of storytelling, and also start practicing the various elements of telling stories.

Day 2

​Pillars of storytelling, what is storytelling, expressing a story. (Continued)

We work on understanding the core of storytelling, and also start practicing the various elements of telling stories.

​Voice and Voice modulation, body language and movement, Story web

You tell a story with everything you have. That includes your voice, your body, your face expressions - every part of your being. For becoming a better storyteller you have to train each of these – you train your voice, you work on your body and movements and so on.   

​Day 3

Creating your own story, application of stories, presenting stories by participants

The best stories are the ones which come from inside you. And the best way to learn is to do. So in this segment you create your own story, and tell it to your fellow participants. In doing so, you apply all the principles you learnt.  

Day 4 (May 31)

You receive your hard-earned certificate. We close the retreat with all participants sharing feedback.

We end by 10.30 AM so that people needing to board the Shatabdi can make it well on time.

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