Space for story:
Telling Ancient Stories Today
– Listening for wisdom

Do you need some story nurture?

Would you like to dedicate some undistracted time to dwelling, soaking and basking in story?

Well-crafted words can speak to the soul and call forth new awareness. Join us on a STORYTELLING RETREAT.

2019 STORYTELLING RETREATS across the year:

Four Saturdays
20 July, 21 September, 19 October, 23 November. Enrol in the full series, or any single day(s).


Three beautiful venues:
Riddells Creek, Phillip Island, Parkville. Led by teachers, alumni and friends of Art of Story.


Storytelling, artmaking, journaling, walking, stillness and silence. An undistracted space will be hosted and held for you. Feel welcomed, relaxed, nourished.

How the day unfolds:

The first hour will hold a morning telling led by skilled storytellers, followed by the opportunity to bring the stories and your own experience into your inner conversation as you choose – go for a solo walk, write and use art materials. For the final hour we re-gather and are free to share some of the gifts of the day should we choose. Delicious treats, teas and coffee will be provided. Simple artmaking materials are included in the price.

BYO packed lunch to eat in the venue or have as a solo picnic on
your walk.

What to bring/wear:


Early bird package discounts – pay before 21 Feb and receive a complimentary ticket to Pa?draig O? Tuama’s seminar “Theology as Story: Believing in the Truth of People” on 9 May.

Early Bird payments are non-refundable

Individual days
These can be booked as follows:

Register online at:


BYO packed lunch for the day retreats in Riddells Creek and Parkville. We will supply teas and coffee and generous snacks. You may like to find overnight accommodation to extend the spaciousness of these retreats. See suggestions on the registration website.

Lunch will be provided for Playfulness and Story in Cowes. We will head out for dinner after the workshop at your own cost. Staying at Phillip Island is recommended. You may organise your own accommodation or check the options listed on the registration website.

Hosted by:
Julie Perrin, Fiona Bottcher, Katherine Jones, Jess Holt, Annette Buckley, Christina Rowntree and Ian Turnnidge.

Note these dates too:
On 9-10 May we will be hosting Irish poet and storyteller Pa?draig O? Tuama at the Centre for Theology and Ministry, College Cres, Parkville.

Save these dates and go to https://ucavt.goregister. for separate enrolment/registration


9:30am – 3:30pm
Saturday, 19 Oct 2019
Riddells Creek Uniting Church.
Less than an hour from Melbourne by train,
the Uniting Church is a 3min walk from the station.
Ann Byrne at or 03 9340 8800