On the Tuscan hillside, not far from Florence, the Italian Storytelling Center and Santa Maria a Ferrano propose a storytelling workshop with the title “Children of Ma-donne”.
Giovanna Conforto, the Italian Storytelling Center’s creative director, will help us explore and discover the existence of women who even in different ages, cultures and societies decided to live freely their sexuality and maternity, like Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Iside, Mary. In many cases they became mothers of powerful men and women like, Buddha, Genghis Khan, Jesus, and also Mary herself as the daughter of Anne, and Joan of Arc. There were women who decided to extend their motherhood to spiritual children as well, such as Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila and Julian of Norwich who left us their written heritages.
The workshop is intended for both women and men. It will explore stories, legends and myths of women who exemplify lives lived beyond the cultural conditioning we are all subject to and that often tells us one story. What if more than one story were possible?
We will explore these ancient stories in a playful and artistic way, discovering how fragments of our own personal story reflect in the folds of the meta-story.
The Teacher – Giovanna Conforto
Giovanna Conforto is the creative director of the Italian Storytelling Center. Giovanna is a world-known storyteller. She has taught, performed and consulted in Italy and abroad. Her collaborations include Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and the Global Science Opera. Currently, she teaches at the International School of Storytelling (Emerson College – UK) and at the Master’s on Arts Management at the IED University in Rome.
The location – Santa Maria Ferrano
Santa Maria a Ferrano, a Romanesque church, farm house and surrounding lands in the Tuscan hillside, is a center for art and spirituality. It is taken care of by a group of friends, who strive to live respectfully, creatively and with gratitude towards the bountiful gifts that surrounds them. Santa Maria wants to be a place of encounter, formation, work and retreat, where we are able to rediscover our simple humanity through the attention and care we practice for all.