Owen Pilgrim tells stories from all around the world, including folktales and mythology, and has a passionate interest in the significance of stories for us today. With over 10 years of experience has a rich repertoire of tales from Scotland including tales of the fairy-folk, Celtic Mythology, and the Scottish traveller stories. Stories that come from our relationship with nature, and especially the trees, have a special place in the heart of Owen's work, and of the hidden realms that are accessible through the secret places of the wild.
Owen is also an artist who works primarily in woodcarving. His main inspiration, from his days in art college until now, is from the symbols, images, and archetypes from story and myth. This was what initially led him to an interest in the craft of storytelling. He runs workshops using a combination of art and storytelling to explore the themes and ideas,
Stories may be told anywhere but there is something special in hearing a story told in the forest or some other outdoor natural space, even better beside the fire. Owen has helped to organise many outdoor events and projects using stories or art, or a combination of the two, as a basis. He is also a trained Forest School Leader. Stories can help us to connect to the environment and community by opening up different perspectives and teaching us how we can become more aware of what surrounds us. Stories are also windows into other cultures that can teach us about the ways and beliefs of other places and people in the world.
The therapeutic and healing were once intrinsic aspects to the craft of storytelling. Owen has been exploring and learning more about how to nurture these elements of story and help people to find how these are relevant to our lives. Through workshops we can playfully and/or deeply explore these ideas and connect with the potential that is hidden within the maps of the stories.
Owen has a rich and varied bag of stories containing tales for all ages. Since 2007 he has been a one of the organisers for Blether Tay-Gither, the Dundee Storytelling group. He has developed story sessions and workshops for young people with complex learning needs, and has run storytelling workshops and sessions for a wide variety of groups.
The 'Story Shelter', Owen's storytelling yurt, has been travelling for years to various festivals, events, and locations, including inside a library and an art centre, and may be booked to go just about anywhere. It is decked out with colourful hangings, objects, and rugs, and it has a woodstove to keep us cosy on the cold days.
Owen runs workshops in: Introduction to Storytelling, Story-Making, Mythology, Shamanic Storytelling, Story-Maps, The Hero's Journey, and others. He can also customise a workshop based on the needs of a group, and has workshops to suit many ages from 7 years old and up.
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