Raven in the Woods

Raven in the Woods: A Guide to Working Outside with Creativity and Mythical Storytelling Raven in the Woods: A Guide to Working Outside with Creativity and Mythical Storytelling by Tracy Evans and Lynette Margerison

“With your myth in mind take some time to explore the gardens and the site. Take something to draw with and on. While you are exploring, which you may do in pairs on your own, take some time to wander, to go off the beaten path, to be led astray, to look at things small things big things that catch your attention. Use this time and the thoughts that you have to identify some areas of the site that you would use for key elements “the bare bones” in your story. Look around those areas and imagine the action taking place and see if there any things special trees, flowers, views, smells and sounds that your group could use, bearing in mind that collection of plants with a number of people should respect the flora and fauna in that area. Think about exits and entrances, so not just areas but routes that you could use to join one area to the next. Think of this in maximising the drama of the story. Are there any good places for ambush/ viewpoints etc, also be aware that participants and the group may naturally choose places for themselves so you don’t have to plan everything. This is primarily an exercise in letting yourself dream into the site and the story. You don’t have to be too precise or practical at this stage. Don’t censor the ideas either, sometimes the silliest or craziest, littlest things are the most valuable …” (Tracy Evans and Lynette Margerison, Project Facilitators, Valley and Vale Community Arts)

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Published: 2014
Pages: 38