Africa Dreaming: African myth in the heart of Snowdonia
A storytelling retreat centred around the story of Woyengi & The Medicine Woman, a myth from the Ijo people of the Niger Delta, which will be brought to life in the land of the Ancient Britons.
Where: Cae Mabon.
When: 11-14 July 2024
Led by: Jan Blake.
Cost, including meals & accommodation: £700.
Subsidised spaces, limited to 3 people: £625
There are 22 spaces available.Background image: 'Sandra & Baby' by Mallicia 'Kapo' Reynolds ©National Gallery of Jamaica.
The Myth: Woyengi & The Medicine Woman
In the beginning there was mud. At a large wooden table in the centre of this muddy expanse, accompanied by the awesome sound of thunder & lightning, sat the goddess of creation and fate. This is Woyengi. Rolling bodies into being between thumb and fore-finger, she invites each one to select their own destiny.
However, there is one among her creations who has changed her mind about her chosen future, bringing about chaos and disaster in her quest for an alternative.If you could choose your own destiny, what would it be? And how far would you go if you discovered that you’d made the wrong choice?Immersing ourselves in this Nigerian myth, we will use movement, story & the exquisite landscape of Cae Mabon as a meditation on some of the questions we often find ourselves wrestling with in our daily lives.
Arrival: 16:00-17:00 July 11th 2024
Departure: 15:00 July 14th 2024A non-refundable deposit of £300 is payable by March 18th.Full payment by May 31st.Location:Cae Mabon,
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Jan Blake is a storyteller, consultant, mentor & plenary speaker who has been performing world-wide since 1986. Born in Manchester, UK to Jamaican parents, Jan specialises in folktales and myths from the Caribbean, West Africa, North Africa, and the Arab regions.In 2021 she launched her own online storytelling school, the Akua Storytelling Project. The school is devoted to developing a new generation of international storytellers, as well as helping teachers to become great storytellers in the classroom.Africa dreaming is a series of explorations, immersing ourselves in the mythology of the African continent, which has all too often been dismissed as having nothing to offer dominant Western cultures. This dismissal has starved the children of the diaspora, particularly those of Caribbean heritage, of the nourishment which these myths might have been able offer as they grew up in Europe. It is an invitation to explore the wisdom of these myths and to reflect deeper upon your own cultural heritage.
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