Walkabout TalesPosted by Suzanne, on April 17th, 2010

I have been going walkabout in nature for many years….and I realized something in the process of walking in the wonder and observation of  nature was bringing story ideas to me.  I have been researching the process of meditative walking to conjure the muse for several years.  I have been teaching teachers, parents, and writers how to walk in nature with intention, and to create childrens stories in the process.  I will be offering a 5-day professional development course on this wonderful creative and renewing activity this June 2010.  Of course I can’t imagine a story told without something visual about it, so we will also create story props and puppets to make our stories a visual treat as well as a story well told.  I know there are many of  you out there who love creating your own stories.  This week is for you as well as total beginners.  The process works!   Read on for more details.

Walkabout Tales

Writing Children’s Stories from Nature

For teachers, children’s writers, children’s librarians, parents, storytellers

Location:       Boulder, CO          June 21-25

Join us for a 5 day immersion in story creation.  When we walk with our muse in nature, our senses enliven, our hearts open, and creativity soars.  In this week we will practice a ‘meditative walking’ with story writing exercises as our guide.  We will walk, write children’s stories, create puppets, practice effective storytelling techniques, and tell our stories.  We will also spend time each day on how to get our stories published!  Come and be supported in a soul renewing creative process.

Suzanne Down is director of Juniper Tree School of Story and Puppetry Arts.  For over 20 years she has had columns and articles in newspapers and periodicals, including ‘Craft a Story’ in Living Crafts Magazine.  She has written 4 books on children’s stories and puppetry, and has a popular story newsletter and story blog.

Course cost is $425 plus $50 materials.  Contact suzanne@junipertreepuppets.com for more details.


Here is a related blog post on outdoor puppetry for children, and other summer 2010 training events