Programme for 2019

Storytelling and Posttraumatic Growth/ Erzählkunst und posttraumatisches Wachstum

With/Mit  Minka Straube, Martin Straube and Micaela Sauber

4th-11th May/Mai 2019

Languages /Sprachen: English and German – Deutsch und Englisch

 Intensive Seminar with 3 experts on the  Island of Crete in a mythical surrounding, strong and healing nature and Greek hospitality. Hosted by Friends of Amari.
Intensiv Seminar mit 3 Experten auf der Insel Kreta in mythischer Atmosphäre, umgeben von starker, heilkräftiger Natur und griechischer Gastfreundschaft. Gastgeberin sind „Friends of Amari“

We invite storytellers, therapists, educators and teachers to develop methods and repertoire for their work with migrants and refugees, with vulnerable people in different situations in any age. There will be space for individual questions and work as well as designing projects to wherever your heart leads you. 
Wir laden Geschichtenerzähler*innen, Therapeut*innen, Erzieher*innen und Lehrer*innen ein, bei uns Methoden zu entwickeln und ihr Repertoire zu erweitern für die Arbeit mit Migranten und Geflüchteten, mit traumatisierten Menschen in verschiedenen Situaitionen und jeden Alters. Es wird Raum geben für individuelle Fragen und Arbeit und zum entwickeln von Herzensprojekten.

To book /Hier buchen: 
For more information on the course please email Micaela Sauber/ Für mehr Informationen schreiben Sie bitte ein email an Micaela Sauber: 
For information about Friends of Amari and the venue, please email Stella Kassimati:

Prices and to book. ALL prices are in EUROS. Please disregard the £ sign. 

Buchung und Preise. Alle Preise sind EURO Preise. Die Pfund Zeichen bitte ignorieren.

Price includes: tuition, excursions, accommodation and full board starting with dinner on 4/05 and ending with breakfast on 11/05/2019.
Not included in the price: Travel to and from Amari; Personal and travel insurance; Drinks with meals eg wine.

Im Preis inbegriffen sind: Studiengebühren, Ausflüge, Unterkunft und Vollverpflegung beginnend mit warmen Abendessen am 4.05. und endend mit dem Frühstück am 11.05.2019.
Nicht im Preis sind die An und Abreise nach und von Amari, Kranken- und Reiseversicherung, Getränke (z.B. Wein) zu den Mahlzeiten.


 Speaking to the Stars: The meeting place between Myth and autobiographical storytelling

17th - 24th July 2019

with Roi Gal Or  and  Stella Kassimati

 Join us for 8 days in this Ancient Cretan landscape to explore the dwelling places of Homer's Gods and Goddesses by the sea, in caves and on mountains. Together we will discover the meeting place between Myth and autobiographical storytelling, bringing to life our personal journey , celebrating human freedom and responsibility and how they are deeply connected with nature.

In the writings of Homer (1000 BC), the Gods were intimately involved in human affairs, controlling and guiding the destiny of human beings, but humans had very limited freedom. Today individual freedom is of great value, often at the expense of our relationship with the natural world.  Our freedom is essential, yet we long for connection, guidance and inspiration at a time when it seems the Gods and Goddesses have grown silent.

In the village of Amari, cradled in the foothills of the majestic Psiloriti (Idi) mountain, we will walk the paths of the ancients, creatively and playfully discover new ways of communicating with ourselves, with nature and with each other.

 Prices and Booking   (All prices are in euros. Please disregard the £ sign)

 Expenses NOT included in prices:

- Travel to and from Amari
- Personal and travel insurance cover
- Personal drinks, e.g. wine with meals  


Personal Storytelling Intensive

With Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati

15th September – 6th October 2019

This 3-week storytelling training focuses on the telling of real life, autobiographical stories to tell to a group of listeners. By the end of the course you will have the skills necessary to shape and craft any story that you want to tell, whether it's around the kitchen table to your family and friends or to a hall or school packed full of people.

 Many people these days have a story to tell: it might be an important moment in their lives, something funny or sad that involved members of the family that are not with them any more, or their personal involvement in a larger, historical happening.

But there are many questions about how to do this well:

How can we share a true story so that it is not just egotistical?

How can we tell a story as if it were a gift to our listeners?

How can we move people, touch them and help them to see more clearly what it is to be human?

How do we shape our life stories so that they will be remembered and passed on?

How can we stand in our voices and words and be completely present, revealing our whole selves?

The course will include practical story crafting and coaching in small groups. There will be maximum of 12 students to ensure individual attention. Some storytelling experience is beneficial but beginners will also be considered. A good working knowledge of English is required.

Prices and to book. ALL prices are in EUROS. Please disregard the £ sign. 

Price includes: tuition, accommodation and full board except weekend meals. Included are meals on Saturday 5th October. Course ends after breakfast on Sunday 6th October.
Not included in the price are weekend meals - Friday and Saturday supper and Saturday and Sunday lunch; personal and travel insurance; drinks with meals eg wine; travel to and from Amari.  

Or if you have any questions, please email:  




We have lived wonderful weeks in Amari:

2018: Celebrating our 10th anniversary!
29 March - 4 April 2018 - Just being in Amari with Stella Kassimati and Glenys Newton
26 April - 2 May 2018 - A Nordic ALBA Gathering 
28 July - 4 August 2018 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati 
22 - 26 August 2018 - Charm Offensive with Hannah MacDowall, Dawn Ellis and Mia Verbeleen
21 - 28 Septmeber 2018 - The Dreaming of the Night Sky with Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden
4 - 10 October 2018 - The Swan Queen and the Archer of Fire with Martin Shaw, School of Myth

23 April - 13 May 2017 - Personal Storytelling Intensive with Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati 

2 - 7 May 2016 - Καβάλα στην Μεγάλη  Αρκούδα with Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati
13 - 19 October 2016 - The Soul's High Adventure with Martin Shaw, School of Myth

15-18 July 2015 - Brainstorming ideas for the future of Friends of Amari
4 - 11 August 2015 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati

8-15 May 2014 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati
23 July - 4 August 2014 - Art Exhibition Tour in the Amari Valley 

18-25 July 2013 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati 

16-23 July, 2012 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati
27 October - 2 November, 2012 - The Odyssey  with Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

1-8 June, 2011 - Mixing the Muses with Michael Harvey
30 July - 5 August, 2011 - 1st Story Feast

13-20 August, 2010 - Gathering of Friends
24-30 October, 2010 - Myth and Music with Hugh Lupton and Ross Daily

13-21 July, 2009 - Bring your Stories to LIfe - Biographical Storytelling 

13 - 21 August, 2008 - Bring your Stories to Life - Biographical Storytelling
27 Aug - 3 Sept, 2008 - The Dionysian Week with the Gods

28 Aug - 4 Sept, 2006 - Pioneering Week

See Past Workshops