Programme for 2022

 The Inner Wheel: Storytelling and the Four Temperaments

5th - 12th May 2022

with Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati  

 A knowledge of the four temperaments or humours were used by the ancient Greeks to diagnose and treat illness in the human body. The temperaments were linked to the four elements fire, water, earth and air and it was said that a whole, healthy person had all four temperaments in balance.

How can an understanding of the temperaments help us as storytellers bring more health and balance, spice and variety to both our storytelling and our storytelling repertoire? What undiscovered parts of ourselves could we bring to the stories we choose to tell and how might that change the way we tell them? Using movement, music, masks and storytelling exercises we will explore a story of your choice through the wheel of the temperaments - who knows what we might discover?!     

This is a course for storytellers with some experience who would enjoy being stretched in a supportive, playful atmosphere which includes individual coaching. The timetable will allow for a free day where we might go to the beach or visit an ancient site and will feature the sumptuous Greek food of extraordinary cook Maria, the stunning, peaceful scenery of the Amari Valley as well as a deep dive into the art of storytelling with Sue and Stella.

Prices and booking (all prices are in euros)

 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

18th September – 9th October 2022

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 6 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)

Price includes: tuition, accommodation and full board except weekend meals. Included are meals on Saturday 8th October. Course ends after breakfast on Sunday 9th 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: [email protected]  


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

Dates to be confirmed. Planned for summer 2023

with Roi Gal Or  and  Stella Kassimati

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.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.

 Prices and Booking   (All prices are in euros.) 




We have lived wonderful weeks in Amari: 

19 September - 10 October 2021 - Personal Storytelling Intensive with Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati 

2020 was unfortunately the year of the Covid-19 pandemic. No courses were held in Amari. 

4 - 11 May 2019 - Storytelling and Posttraumatic Growth with Micaela Sauber, Martin and Minka Staube
17 - 24 July 2019 - Speaking to the Stars with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati 
15 September - 6 October 2019 - Personal Storytelling Intensive with Sue Hollingsworth and Stella Kassimati

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 -Celebrating Ag. Titos 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 with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati

13 - 21 August, 2008 - Bring your Stories to Life - Biographical Storytelling with Roi Gal-Or and Stella Kassimati
27 Aug - 3 Sept, 2008 - The Dionysian Week with the Gods with Stella Kassimati and Eleni Achilleous

28 Aug - 4 Sept, 2006 - Pioneering Week

See Past Workshops