Storytelling Courses with Folklore Tales

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Courses for storytelling in nature - ideal for forest schools -

Transform your storytelling delivery with folktales.


Meet Chris Holland - Nature’s Storyteller


Being a storyteller is a dream job for many educators that work with children, whether in classrooms or in forestry schools.


Chris Holland makes it seem easy. His curiosity and love for nature have brought him a long way as an inspiring, fully engaging outdoor storyteller and educator.

Not only are you are invited into the world of a storyteller who is at one with nature, but you can also be taught, guided and supplied with the tools to make a dream of becoming an expressive and captivating storyteller come true.


The courses include mid-term plans and storyboards, etc. Everything to get you started right away!


And all from the comfort of your home. No need to attend physically - you learn at your own pace, in your own preferred environment.


Once you've completed a course, a forest school would be a great setting to start your storytelling, but any outdoor environment is adequate.

A little bit about Chris Holland

Chris has performed as an outdoor storyteller at festivals and in many schools throughout the United Kingdom.

He is an internationally known storyteller, author and educator. Chris certainly knows his stuff - In 1993 he gained a degree in Environmental Science, and also became a forestry school leader.


Tales and fables that promote sustainability and speak of creation myths and tales of wonder are the deep and humble subjects that encase his storytelling. Earthly music enhances each story, aimed at connecting the listener with nature.


Resources to become a storyteller

If you are interested in becoming an experienced outdoor storyteller, Chris has spent many years forming the necessary resources in the form of detailed courses. You can attain them here, and become a storyteller as you learn from professional resources at your own pace.


The learning material that Chris has complied allows you to pass on holistic stories through play and observation. There are musical stories and many games that will connect all the listeners. Chris shares with you all that he has learnt.


His first self-published book came out in 2009. It is called 'I Love my World'. A fun, imaginative, hands-on guide to connecting with nature and full of practical ideas. This guide was used by both educators and parents in many countries.

What are the stories about?

Chris works on stories that allow the listeners to grow in courage, and form a deep connection with themselves and others. Many tales from around the world are told -

Myths. Fables from Europe, Africa, Australia. And from Native American history.

If you are an educator, or a parent wishing to dive into natural, outdoor storytelling, then

these beautiful, one of a kind resources, kindly developed by Chris Holland are for you!


What do the courses contain?

Storyboards.

Activities.

Mid-term plans.

Skill development.

Tips' n tricks’.


Who are the storytelling courses for?

  • Aunties, uncles and grandparents - not strictly a profession, but a crucial mentoring role.

  • Forest school leaders.

  • Classroom teachers.

  • Scout leaders and woodcraft folk.

  • Home educating parents and families.

  • Education for Sustainability programmes and NGOs.

  • Childcare providers.

  • Outdoor learning instructors.

  • Play-workers.

  • Conservation Rangers.

  • Wildlife guides.

A great investment that can bring about a permanent change in how every child views and treats the planet.

About course Prices:

The storytelling courses start at as little as £10, but most courses are £30 - £40. And a special offer of £123 if you buy the lessons in a pack of 12. Some larger packs are £300. You get a savings discount on large packs (Prices are in sterling)


Guide books and courses for outdoor storytelling -

They can be used efficiently by forest schools!


And for anyone who wants to transform their teaching delivery.



FOLKLORE: Tales & Fable themed Storytelling courses are detailed further below and they include:


  1. How Dragonfly Came To Be

  2. How Robin Got His Redbreast

  3. The Rainbow Makers

  4. The Wise Fool

  5. Why Frogs Are Timid

  6. Grandfather Rock and The Coming Of Stories

  7. The World Fruit Tree

  8. Fox Brings Fire

  9. The Glass Cupboard

  10. The Old Oak Tree And The Young Oak Tree

  11. Mikku And The Trees

  12. The Curupira And The Greedy Hunter


BOOKS...



I LOVE MY WORLD – Guide-book...



Over 9,000+ copies sold! Paperback or paper-free versions are available.

"This is a must for all. Full of fun and imaginative, practical ideas. This book is a must for everyone concerned with children, the environment and the part we must all play in protecting it" Michael Morpurgo - author and poet.

Chris Holland wrote this book to help people who want to care for the Earth by helping them feel at home and part of the land, part of the dance of life.

It's a playful guidebook on how to share our connection to nature through a wide range of activities and games, stories and practical skills.

This book is written for forest school leaders, teachers, scout leaders, parents and grandparents, outdoor educators, youth leaders and teens and it's Chris Holland's personal learning journey into the spirit of all things.

Learn more 'I LOVE MY WORLD' GUIDE-BOOK:

: PAPER-FREE EDITION

: COLOUR PAPERBACK EDITION


STORYTELLING COURSES...



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Courses for outdoor storytelling


The Storyteller's Playbook - for teachers and educators


This course is inspirational. A video-based, storytelling short course with lots of outdoor learning ideas.

This is what you get:


  • 10-minute story video of Chris telling an ancient Chinese fable.

  • A hand-drawn storyboard to help you remember the story at a glance.

  • 30+ fun-filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video.

  • 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storyteller's voice.

  • Storytelling tips and tricks explained.

  • MID-TERM PLANS FOR TEACHERS!

  • Save time planning with specially developed resources developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.

Learn more: 'THE STORYTELLER'S PLAYBOOK' COURSE.




NEST STORYTELLING COURSE

Nature-connection, education and storytelling course for families


This is what you get:


  • 12 earth care tales, drip-fed, to watch, learn and share.

  • Hand-drawn storyboards to help you remember the stories at a glance.

  • Mentoring tips for parents and children.

  • 100s of fun-filled activities for learning and play, linked to the story in the video.

  • Questions to unleash your storyteller's voice.

  • Storytelling telling tips and tricks explained.

  • Nature connection activities and storytelling games for all ages.

  • Fun and silly stuff to do.

  • Nature art activity suggestions.

  • MID-TERM PLANS linking every story to the UK's National Curriculum, specially developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.

  • MP3 download and more!

Learn more: 'NEST' STORYTELLING COURSE




The NEST playbook for families

A video-based, nature-story led, playful learning course for families that's bursting with ideas



This is what you get:


  • 10-minute story video of Chris telling an ancient Chinese fable.

  • A hand-drawn storyboard to help you remember the story at a glance.

  • Mentoring tips for parents and children.

  • 30+ fun-filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video.

  • 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storyteller's voice.

  • Storytelling telling tips and tricks explained.

  • Nature connection activities and storytelling games for all ages.

  • Example curriculum-linked MID-TERM PLANS specially developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.

  • MP3 download and more!.

Learn more: NEST PLAYBOOK FOR FAMILIES COURSE



Natural Musicians facilitation training set 1

An online training course.



The game-changing way to teach music, nature connection and create community

A confidence-building adventure in facilitating moments of natural connection and musical oneness.

This is PART ONE of a groundbreaking connective training journey that helps your musical self emerge and transform into a more confident and skilled group facilitator, teacher, home educating parent or outdoor activity leader.

As used by the British National Parks Education Rangers team!

NO instruments required!

These activities help develop Creativity. Belonging. Nowness. Flow states. Freedom of expression. Connection to self, each other and nature. Confidence. Fine and gross motor skills.

Learn more: 'NATURAL MUSICIANS SET 1' COURSE


FOLKLORE: Tales & Fable themed storytelling courses.


The following story packs 1 - 12 each contain...

  • A video of Chris Holland telling the story.

  • The storyboard.

  • Bundles of outdoor learning ideas.

  • Mid-term plans.

  • Professional storytellers tips and tricks.

  • Questions to unleash your storyteller's voice, and more.


Whole Learning story pack 1.

How Dragonfly Came To Be


An enjoyable and engaging creation story with fun activities and lots of links to mini beasts and numeracy.

Learn more: 'HOW DRAGONFLY CAME TO BE' COURSE.


Whole Learning story pack 2.

How Robin Got His Redbreast

A hearty tale about courage, doing the best you can with what you've got and standing up for what you love.


Learn more: 'HOW ROBIN GOT HIS REDBREAST' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 3.

The Rainbow Makers

An Achomawi myth about how Rainbows came to be, that links to teamwork, climate change and thinking as if all life matters.

Learn more: 'THE RAINBOW MAKERS' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 4.

The Wise Fool


A light-hearted and witty wisdom tale from France about creative conflict resolution, marketplace and jesters of old.

Learn more: 'THE WISE FOOL' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 5.

Why frogs are timid.

A didgeridoo accompanied tale from Australia about the power of words, growth mindset and watching the weather.

Learn more: 'WHY FROGS ARE TIMID' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 6.

Grandfather Rock and the Coming of Stories

A native folk tale from North American about how stories came to be, how rocks support life, and the power of bringing our voice to the world.

Learn more: 'GRANDFATHER ROCK AND THE COMING OF STORIES' COURSE.

Whole Learning story pack 7.

The World Fruit Tree


An engaging and musical story from the heart of the rainforest about how fruit came to grow all over the world.

Learn more: 'THE WORLD FRUIT TREE' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 8.

Fox Brings Fire

A dramatic tale of empathy, survival, volcanoes and the secret of how Fire came to be hidden in the trees.

Learn more: 'FOX BRINGS FIRE' COURSE.



Learning story pack 9.

The Glass Cupboard


A modern fairy tale about give and take, making the best of an unfortunate event and the wisdom of a generous and humble King.

Learn more: 'THE GLASS CUPBOARD' COURSE.



Learning story pack 10.

The Old Oak Tree and the Young Oak Tree


A British story about the seasons, dealing with change, coping with fears, the wisdom of elders and a song to unite it all.

Learn more: 'THE OLD OAK TREE AND THE YOUNG OAK TREE' COURSE.



Whole Learning story pack 11.

Mikku and the Trees


A Latvian tale about loss, the generosity and harshness of nature, and the carelessness of adolescence.

Learn more: 'MIKKU AND THE TREES' COURSE.


Learning story pack 12.

The Curupira and the Greedy Hunter

An Amazonian folk tale about respect for traditions and the folly and selfishness of human greed.

Learn more: 'THE CURUPIRA AND THE GREEDY HUNTER' COURSE.




Whole Learning Story pack Bundle

For teachers and educators.

All the stories and mid-term plans from the 'Storytelling for outdoor learning' year course. This bundle contains 13 stories and the mid-term plans.

Whole Learning story pack - the complete set.

Learn more: 'WHOLE LEARNING STORY PACK BUNDLE' COURSE




Year course!

Storytelling for outdoor learning

12 Earth-care tales stories to develop your storyteller's voice. This course is absolutely incredible.

This year-long video-based training and self-development course gives you the tools and the confidence to tell great stories that engage all your listeners. It gives you activities and ideas to inspire creative learning, both indoors and out.


It's a course that is drip-fed, month by month with videos, storyboards, tips and tricks, audio downloads, activity ideas, curriculum links and more! Priced at less than £4 per week - it's amazingly good value.

Embedded within the stories are holistic principles of ecology, permaculture and wonder. These will develop a sense of curiosity, earth care and loving respect for all beings. Certificated Professional and Self Development for:


  • Forest school leaders.

  • Classroom teachers.

  • Scout leaders and woodcraft folk

  • Home educating parents and families.

  • Education for Sustainability programmes and NGOs.

  • Childcare providers.

  • Outdoor learning instructors.

  • Play-workers.

  • Conservation Rangers.

  • Wildlife guides.

  • Parents, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents - not strictly a profession, but a crucial mentoring role.

Learn more: 'THE STORYTELLING FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING YEAR COURSE'



If you decide that the course is not for you right now - how about doing your own self-studying to become a storyteller? - T

here are some great books around.


Further reading...


How To Tell Stories To Children And Everyone Else Too:

By Silke Rose West and Joseph Sarosy.




Story Power:

Secrets to creating, crafting and telling memorable stories.

By Kate Farrell.



Go to Chris Holland's storefront to view ALL available resources to assist you in becoming an outdoor storyteller and educator





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