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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, 2020

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. 

Note: This workshop usually gets sold out, so single rooms are very unlikely. Also, if you have a condition like snoring / sleep apnea or any other which requires that you have a single room , please do not sign up. Instead, email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com .

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

  27th-31th  MAY

Wednesday-Sunday

Day

Time

Topic

Day-0

Wed, May 27  

Arrival of Participants

Free day and going to a nearby place.

Day-1

Thu, May 28

9.30-11.00

Introductions 

11.00 to 11.15

Tea Break

11.15 to 1.00

What is Storytelling/ &listening types of listening - fish bowl activity-the 3 Rs of the Oral Tradition.

1.00-1.30

Lunch

1.30-3.00p.m.

Elements of Storytelling based on the narrative.

3.00-3.20 p.m

Tea Break

3.20-4.15pm

Pillars of storytelling and  Q and A

Day 2

Fri, May 29

9.30-11.00

VOICES- The How of Storytelling.

11-.00-11.15

Break

11.15- 1.00

 Voice, AEIOU, sounds, movement, expressions, Gestures, Body language Actions and other techniques of telling.

1.00-1.45 

  Lunch

2.00-3.00

Childhood stories

3.00-4.30

Chitrakathas and group presentations

Day 3

Sat, May 30

9.30-11.00

Creativity in Storytelling. The what when Why How of storytelling and the Story board with structures.

11.00- 11.15

Tea break

11.15-2.00

Participant prepare the stories with lunch .

 2.00-3.30 

Presentations with evaluations

3.30-4.15

Feedback Q&A and certificates and Products.

Day-4

Sun, May 31

Participants Leave





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