In this workshop, we explore the classic fairy tale of The Handless Maiden, also known as The Girl Without Hands, on a personal and professional level.

  • We will look at the background to the story
  • We step into the story through roleplay or visualization
  • We see how the story resonates with the group.
  • We explore the characters and the symbolic language to see what they may reveal
  • We look at creative ways of working with the story with our clients

This workshop is experiential, and participants may be invited to volunteer for some of the activities.

We may be doing expressive drawing and creative writing, so please have some paper and coloured pencils or crayons available.

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. They 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 and climate crisis.

Fairy tales have been transmitted orally through many generations and they speak of essential human experience which touches us on a subconscious level. The fairy-tale journey into unexplored worlds is paralleled by an inner journey into unexplored regions of the self. As we travel in the shoes of the characters, we observe how they resolve conflicts and overcome obstacles in their paths, and this can help us explore our issues.

Your Learning Resources

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Course curriculum

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    Working Creatively with Fairy Tales: The Handless Maiden Workshop with Jennifer Ramsay

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Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer Ramsay is professional storyteller and Art therapist. She offers unique workshops, weaving storytelling with Art Therapy, Gestalt therapy and Psychodrama. She has a degree in Biological Sciences and is part of the global network of Earth Storytellers and a member of The Climate Psychology Alliance. Her creativity is aligned with the rhythms of nature as she follows the Celtic Wheel of the Year and the lunar cycles. Jennifer is the founder of Story Arte, a centre for Art Therapy and Storytelling in the Sierra de Madrid, where she trains people in the Art of Storytelling and accompanies people with their life stories.

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