The Appetiser!

The Appetiser!

To access the complete month sample of the year course press the enroll button below! | taught by Chris Holland

Course description

Hello and welcome!

Please click the Enroll for free button above to access the free video and goodies... and then sit back and I will tell you a story of The Stone Cutter: An ancient tale from Asia filmed on Dartmoor. Click on the video player to the left .

When you are done, scroll down to explore the rest of the course content. There you will find:

  • A hand drawn storyboard for you to download and print as an "at a glance" reminder of the story
  • A history and lineage of the story and how I came to it
  • Tips and tricks on storytelling as relevant to this story
  • A downloadable mp3 audio file of the story for you to listen to in your own time
  • An in depth activity guide - How to make PVA mudrock to carve
  • An A4 printable curriculum and activity links ideas sheet

I think this course is taking a new path in the world of nature connection and nature interpretation. Why? Well, I see it as stepping both forwards and backwards in time: looking to the future by going online to help carry on or even re-awaken an ancient aural tradition, and to help people like yourself to become better storytellers. Ultimately I hope to help thousands of folks of all ages to be more connected to themselves and the natural wonders of the world around us with the assistance of the power of story.

What are you going to get out of it?

  • Increased confidence to hold audiences and tell stories
  • New stories to learn and tell
  • Top tips
  • Mentoring
  • Opportunity to join a community of budding storytellers through the Facebook group

This sample course is my first foray into the world of online training and CPD...a bit weird since what I hope it will do is inspire people to get out into nature and get connected to themselves, each other and the wonders of nature around us all. As Yeats put it so well: "The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for the senses to grow sharper"... we need to grow our senses! I hope this course help you grow.

In this course I am also doing the best I can with what I've got. I share with you:

  • Storytelling skills
  • Ideas and inspiration from over 10 years of teaching outdoors
  • A capacity for mentoring
  • A love of music and outdoor play
  • A geeky fascination with the interconnectedness the internet offers
  • A love and wonder of Nature

So, you may be asking who is this Chris Holland chap anyway?


Chris Holland
Chris Holland
Chief Storyteller

I think storytelling is one of the best ways to share information and drop petals of wisdom and wonder, for interested ears and hearts to pick up. I have a degree in Environmental Science and I trained as a forest school leader in 2004.

I love how people of all ages learn through play, often without knowing they are learning. So in many ways, Story and Play are the ultimate in stealthy teachers. I use a mixture of stories, games and practical activities in my teaching practice.

In 2009 I self published I love my world - the playful, hands-on nature connection guidebook. It's become a "must have" handbook for more than 6000 forest school leaders, teachers and parents around the world. In 2014 I contributed a chapter to Storytelling for a greener world (Hawthorne Press 2014).

Reviews (10)

An inspiring adventure into storyland

by Jemma Robinson
I found the taster easy to access and well laid out, bursting with ideas for further learning opportunities. I tend to lack a little confidence when telling stories. This is the boost I needed. With the outdoor learning activity provided its gives me a complete session to deliver and also a focal point to return to for future learning. All in all perfect for my needs. A brilliant and inspiring idea which leads you gentle down the path into myth and wonder, story and legend, fable and fantasy with a health dose of learning. Thanks Chris!

"Ting!"

by Sarah Churchill
This is really simple to navigate through. Lots of practical ideas and confidence building tricks.

Great resource

by Klaudia van Gool
I really loved this appetiser. I've been wanting to learn about storytelling and this format makes it seem really possible .
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An inspiring adventure into storyland

by Jemma Robinson
I found the taster easy to access and well laid out, bursting with ideas for further learning opportunities. I tend to lack a little confidence when telling stories. This is the boost I needed. With the outdoor learning activity provided its gives me a complete session to deliver and also a focal point to return to for future learning. All in all perfect for my needs. A brilliant and inspiring idea which leads you gentle down the path into myth and wonder, story and legend, fable and fantasy with a health dose of learning. Thanks Chris!

"Ting!"

by Sarah Churchill
This is really simple to navigate through. Lots of practical ideas and confidence building tricks.

Great resource

by Klaudia van Gool
I really loved this appetiser. I've been wanting to learn about storytelling and this format makes it seem really possible .

The Stone Cutters

by Geraldine Davies
Engaging, I love the fact that as humans we are always wanting, but we never seam to be satisfied . This demonstrates that a lot of the time we come a full circle. Great for all

The Stonecutter

by Mindy Pickering
A wonderful resource. Watching the clip and using the other resources gave me the confidence to tell the story to a group of children. I enjoyed it so much and so did the children. This is exactly the sort of resources I need to help me with my story telling skills. Thank you!

by Ciara Wilkinson
I've really enjoyed making my way through the Stonecutter. Chris very kindly made the audio available to download and I have been listening to it on my walks and practising to myself whenever I find a peaceful spot! Working in a school-setting I find it really important to be able to relay information in as many different ways as possible and, although I'm very new to creative storytelling, using some of the techniques and activities shared here I have already noticed a difference in the way my children approach their work. I can't wait for whatever comes next!

Nice Depth

by Kate Culver
Thanks for this journey. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially appreciate the list of ways the story can be crafted for different audiences. Simple yet profound.

Emboldened to keep trying!

by Fiona Hamilton
I've always had a 'fear' of storytelling. I've recently tried to give it another go. This course is just what I need and I'm enthused to keep on trying and build up a store of stories. The visual storyboard is an excellent device for someone whose memory is not reliable!

The Stone Cutter

by Sara Collins
Do you know what? This is INSPIRATIONAL! I love the story, the background information, the ideas. Its a fabulous resource. Its also very supportive recognizing that its not always easy to tell a story.

The stone cutter

by My Kjellberg
I think it was a really good setup - with you telling the story first and then all sorts of different spin offs. Especially I liked the beautiful storyboard, the way you told about your childhood carving and the life in the soil and the learning-curriculum-linking (it gave me lots of ideas). As to the questions, they gave me approaches to the story i wouldn't easily have found on my own. I loves the ones about imaginingm about placeing youself there and experiencing the story. Really good. I could add questions like: How would you like to use the variation in your voice to make the story more interesting? Are there any other objects you would like to use to make the story real to the listeners?