She, StoryTeller: Rediscovering the Many Faces of the Powerful Feminine + Clay Sculpting

  • 14th Aug, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm (AEST)
  • Laneway learning at City Art
    512 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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$20 AUD + BF
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This class is part of She, Storyteller a
series for all women (and women-identifying) who want to unpack the
stories that have been told to us, the stories that we’ve believed and
the stories that we wish to write for ourselves moving forward. 

Over three classes, three fairytale-orientated, narrative
processes are paired with grounding, hands-on craft activities to
promote reflection and connection, as we follow a breadcrumb trail back
to parts of ourselves that got lost along the way.

What will we cover?

Sleeping beauty, Snow White, Cinderella. What we’ve been told is passivity is actually one part of a much broader and sophisticated coping response – fight/flight/freeze/faint/fawn. In this class we map the journeys of the fairytale protagonists from crisis-survival through to resolution-recovery.

If we are listening carefully, we may find clues about what we need in order to restore vibrant functioning within our own worlds. Additionally we explore lesser known stories featuring active, empowered, heroine forces – these are the stories that didn’t make it to the printing press.

What will we craft?

To help us process, release, retain, grow or reflect over the content
and information given to us, we have paired each class with a 45min low
intensity craft workshop. All crafts have been planned to be mindful,
relaxing and soul-nurturing.

This second session will be paired with clay sculpting. We’ll learn how to mould a human torso, make an armature and discover the joy of clay moulding. 

Additional Information

  • The workshops interconnect as the content builds from one to the
    next. However, each workshop also offers stand-alone value and can be
    taken individually if that is the preference.
  • The workshops are
    geared towards women who love story as a medium and are interested to
    explore how fairy-tale symbolism might apply to life ‘on the ground’.
    This is an adult learning space and is not intended to be therapy or art
  • Connection and reflection are the two aims of the
    series. Regarding ‘connection’, you can expect the following: friendly
    faces, chatting and being together, absorbing information about
    symbolism and fairytales, drinking tea and doing craft with like-minded
  • This is a “self-work”, classroom style set up and
    not a deep sharing space or a women’s circle. You will not be required
    or encouraged to share information that is deeply personal to you.

Who will be teaching? 

Lisa Ritchie (she/her) is a Counselling Psychologist
and University Lecturer with a passion for myth and story. Alongside
her teaching and counselling work, she delivers workshops on the
psychological impact of fairy tales, exploring their symbolism and
relevance through a narrative and Jungian lens.

Lisa works with individuals seeking meaningful change and increased
levels of thriving in her private practice based in the eastern suburbs
of Melbourne. Outside of work, she is often found with her head in a
book or lost on a hiking track somewhere on the outskirts of Melbourne.
You can follow her on Instagram at @the_story_psych

Maria Yebra (she/her) is the general manager of
Laneway Learning, a serial crafter and a lifelong learner. She enjoys
creating experiences and events to grow and flourish personally and as a
cohesive community.

She loves to teach and learn new creative practices as well as
tending to her 300 plants, 3 cats and 4 chickens. You can follow her on
Instagram at @malayebra.

This event is possible
thanks to a connected neighborhoods grant from City of Melbourne and
will happen at City Art, managed by Creative Spaces.

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Any other questions or ways we can assist with
accessibility? Just shoot Maddy (she/her) an email at