Demeter & Persephone
“The wild woman carries the bundles for healing: she carries everything a woman needs to be and to know..."
WOMENS LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
AT THE OXFORD STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
A boutique, intimate festival weaving magic with stories, spoken word, poetry and song. A true feast for the senses.
The theme of this year's Oxford Storytelling Festival is 'home and belonging'.
The story of Demeter and Persephone is powered by a sense of self. How women operate effectively and skillfully in a patriarchal world that doesn't always support them: how do they take on systems that are oppressive and continue to access what is best within themselves? Women are being called on to search deeply to find their unique power and authentic voice. We provide women's leadership training.
The myth is best known as the story of the creation of the seasons. Persephone is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld, and her mother, Demeter, must use her skills and resources to rescue her. The outcome is the seasons: in winter everything goes underground; in spring there's growth; summer is when everything comes to fruition; and autumn is a time of harvest. These transitions, or cycles, are apparent not only in a woman's personal life but also in her working and organisational ones.
With Belinda Davison & Lesley Quilty
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