We will call upon the wisdom of "the Ugly Ducking", a classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson, to explore the concept of self image.

We will invite simple tools from art therapy to accompany us as we walk in the shoes of the Ugly Duckling and observe how he resolved conflicts and overcame obstacles in his path, and this can help us accompany our clients.

This workshop is experiential, and participants will be invited to explore the story in depth and engage actively in the activities. The story and accompanying exercises could then be used safely with clients of different ages, face to face or online.

Stories have been with us since the very beginning of humanity when we gathered around the fire to listen to myths of creation to connect us with our inner selves, our clan and the universe. Stories have accompanied us through dark times, of war and plague and they are here to accompany us now, with their medicine, in this time of uncertainty.

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    Story Medicine: The Ugly Duckling and Self Image workshop with Jennifer Ramsay

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Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer Ramsay is a professional storyteller. She has told stories in more than 2,000 events and trained hundreds of people in the ancestral art of storytelling. Jennifer works with story medicine in private practice and as a group facilitator in unique workshops, weaving storytelling into her training in Art Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama and Embodied Dance and Movement therapies. She has a degree in Biological Sciences and is part of the global network of Earth Storytellers. The rhythms of nature are very present as she incorporates the Celtic wheel of the year and the lunar cycles into her work. Jennifer is the founder of Story Arte, a centre for Art Therapy and Storytelling in the village where she lives, in the foothills near Madrid.

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