Events and Courses

Books where Inger Lise´s work is represented:

In German: ”König Lichterloh, Märchen und Geschichten von Krieg und Frieden, Streit und Vergebung, Zorn und Zrtlichkeit” by Frau Wolle, Tyrolia Verlag.

In South Sudan, a peace project has taken place, where a group of people have gathered stories from three different areas which have a history of conflict with each other. The stories have themes of brotherhood, community, peace, in an attempt to promote peaceful co-existence in the area. The initiative was inspired by Inger Lise´s book ”THE NEW STORY Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace”. Radio programmes were broadcast and a book of stories published in English and Arabic: ”Folktales and Contemporary Short Stories from South Sudan”,

  Songbird-The-New-Story   New one-year training starting September 2015! All welcome!

               HEALING STORY TRAINING with Inger Lise Oelrich
Emerson College, England 2015-2016


Storytelling as a healing art is a way of unlocking the potential in each one of us for transformation and renewal, both in ourselves and in others. By journeying into the richness of picture language, story and myth – carriers of human wisdom through the ages – we can learn how to work with our creative imaginations as a vessel for change. Here empathy, tolerance and fresh ways of seeing can unfold, freeing up old stories, creating new futures. All healing is creative. Storytelling and appreciative listening are ways of growing a human culture of the heart.

Storywork builds bridges across cultures, generations, class and gender and is used widely today in a variety of contexts – at home with the family, in worklife and in the wider arena of social change. Come and join with others to learn practical, creative skills for community-building and working with people. No previous experience is necessary. Welcome!

                Teachers: Inger Lise Oelrich

                Guests teachers: Alexander Mackenzie, Belinda Hopkins and Roi Gal-Or

Inger Lise Oelrich is a theatre director, storyteller and educator working with the power of creative imagination for growth, change and peaceful coexistence. Founder of ALBA Nordic Healing Story Alliance and numerous storytelling initiatives, she travels widely mentoring, teaching and inspiring new ways of working together. Her latest book is THE NEW STORY Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace.

       TIME: 5 blocks, 17-22 September, 12-17 November 2015, 21-26 January,10-15 March, 5-10 May 2016.
All courses run between Thursday evening 19.00 – Tuesday lunch 13.00.
       PLACE: Foundation Studio, Emerson College, East Sussex, RH185JX, England
       COST TUITION: £325 per block. Enrolment is for the full year.
       BOARD & LODGING: Single room £175 for 5 nights (£35/night), Organic Lunches & Dinners £77.50, Lunches only £42.50.
Special diets catered for.

The Healing Story Training was founded by Inger Lise Oelrich in Scandinavia 2006. People from all walks of life attend and find they can successfully incorporate storytelling methods into their professions and paths of life in practical and helpful ways. In autumn 2015 the training will be offered for the first time in English at Emerson College, Sussex, UK.

REGISTRATION by the 25th of August 2015!



BLOCK I. 17-22 September 2015
Healing storytelling – food for the soul. Stories as helpers, words that weave, the storywreath. Storywork and wondertales as a path of development. Appreciative listening. Going out to nature and in to story. Learning to see. Nature as a source of healing, vitality as a guide and force of growth. Inner and outer landscapes.

BLOCK II. 12-17 November 2015
Storylanguage is heartlanguage. Moods, picture-seeing and the expression of feelings. From image to metaphor. Social Imagination. We seek healing gestures in our telling. Life story and play. Painting with words, creating healing stories for others. In depth work on an ancient myth. Storytelling in hospitals.

BLOCK III. 21-26 January 2016
Spontaneous Storytelling, creativity and innovative thinking. Storytelling in worklife with Alexander Mackenzie. Exploring the craft of the storyteller. Presence, movement, eloquence and warmth. Individual work. Animals in story, how do they speak to us?

BLOCK IV. 10-15 March 2016
The play of the elements in human being and in nature, exploring “like cures like”. Mythological themes. Tree of Life. The temple of the body, the portals of the senses. Physical pain and healing imagination. Blessings and Praise. We seek qualities of soul. Restorative Justice with Belinda Hopkins.

BLOCK V. 5-10 May 2016
Find the spark – ignite your life! Ideals, vocation and the quest for meaning. Worklife orientation, how storytelling and creative imagination creates the future. “Bread instead of stones”, imagination as a social art, towards a healing pedagogy. Peacework with Roi Gal-Or. Presentation of personal project. Storytelling feast!

Movement, speech and singing is practiced regularly. The year ends with a presentation of free individual projects. Participants are recommended to find a place to practice telling stories regularly during the year, in kindergarden, prison, old people´s home et al. Participants will receive a diploma upon completion of the first year.


 For more information please contact:

               Inger Lise Oelrich:
: 0045 22573657


Songbird-The-New-Story    JUNE 2015

6 June 2015 at the NOBEL PEACE CENTRE, Oslo, Norway, Brynjulf Bulls Plass 1, 0250 Oslo,

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THE NEW STORY – Inger Lise Oelrich presents her new book and the exciting work with storytelling and peace going on in the world at 11.oo (in English)


WISDOM TALES with Inger Lise Oelrich & Georgiana Keable at 13.00 and 15.00. (For adults, in English and Scandinavian languages)

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Past events and workshops

Songbird-The-New-Story    MAY 2015

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Workshop and Book presentation:
THE NEW STORY – Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace

Saturday 23 of May 2015 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, Workshop at 10.30 – 13.00 ALL Welcome!

Storytelling accompanied by listening creates connections for peace making, transformation and   healing. Inger Lise Oelrich shares a lifetime of working with these questions. Her workshop presents stories, examples and exercises, exploring the background to her recently published book The New Story, which is launched in Scotland at the Storytelling Centre after the workshop.

Please get in touch with the Scottish Storytelling Centre for more information and to book! – Phone 0131 5569579



Songbird-The-New-Story    MARCH 2015


Oslo Book Launch:

THE NEW STORY – Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace  

Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 19.00, place to be announced!

Welcome to an evening with INGER LISE OELRICH who will be speaking about her new book and the work with storytelling as a pathway to peace through stories and practical examples from around the world. Time for conversation and Q & A’s. Signed copies of the book will be available at 250kr.

Workshop with Inger Lise Oelrich:


Friday 20th March 2015 – Sunday 22nd March at Norsk Taiji Senter, Kirkegata 1-3, Oslo, Norway

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Workshop: STORYTELLING FOR NURSES with Inger Lise Oelrich 

Wednesday 25th March 2015 in Skellefteå, Sweden


Skellefteå Storytelling Festival: TELL ME A STORY

Lecture: THE NEW STORY- Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace

Thursday 26th March 2015

Workshop: THE NEW STORY-Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace

Friday 27th March 2015

Storytelling Performance: Saturday 28th March 2015

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Copenhagen Book Launch:

THE NEW STORY – Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace  

with Inger Lise Oelrich at Christianshavns Beboerhus, Dronningensgade 34, 1420 Kbh K, Denmark

Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 7pm

Welcome to an evening with INGER LISE OELRICH who will be speaking about her new book and the work with storytelling as a pathway to peace through stories and practical examples from around the world. Time for conversation and Q & A’s. Signed copies of the book will be available at 250kr.

Stockholm Book Launch and workshop: 

THE NEW STORY – Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace  

at The Folke Bernadotte Academy, Drottning Kristinas väg 37, Stockholm, Sweden

Monday 23rd February 2015 at 2-4pm

Hear about the work with storytelling and peace, try some fun and simple exercises with time for questions and answers. With Inger Lise Oelrich and special guest: Joel Ahlberg from the Folke Bernadotte Academy speaking about the work with storytelling in the Iraq Dialogue Meetings. Book signing and sale of books 250kr.


with Inger Lise Oelrich, theatre director and storyteller

Wednesday 25th February at 7.30pm

At Bredeshave, Marjatta, Prästö, Denmark



Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th February 2015

at Bredeshave, Marjatta, Prästö, Denmark

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Storytelling Cafe 

Saturday 28th February at 3pm

Bredeshave, Marjatta, Prästö, Denmark

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