Boulder Valley Spellbinders ® Storytelling Training

Learn the art of oral storytelling through Spellbinders ® which is a national non-profit organization that promotes the establishment of intergenerational, volunteer storytelling though local chapters that serve their communities. The local Spellbinders® chapter is Boulder Valley Spellbinders. It trains people in this art and places them as volunteer storytellers in elementary schools in the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder libraries, camps and recreation centers as well as assisted living senior communities and nursing homes.

Spellbinders® is dedicated to restoring this art by connecting elders to youth, weaving together the wisdom of diverse cultures throughout the ages. Story is as old as dream and as powerful as time. Since ancient times storytellers have told stories to pass on wisdom, engage the imagination and foster community. The Spellbinders ® storytelling program recreates this age-old tradition, advancing literacy and sparking imaginations that enrich the lives of children and volunteers alike.

Volunteer Training Workshop: To become a Spellbinders® storyteller, all volunteers attend a storytelling course spread over 4 half-days. This course introduces participants to the fundamentals (and fun!) of oral storytelling. The Boulder Valley Spellbinders ® next storytelling training is in January and will be held Saturday Jan 20, 2-5 pm, Sunday Jan 21, 2-5 pm, Tuesday Jan 23rd, 6-9 pm and Sunday Jan 28th 2 -5 pm at Brookdale North Boulder (formerly known as Villas at the Atrium) at 3350 30th St, Boulder, CO 80301.

As all humans are natural storytellers inside, the 12-hour storytelling course is a sufficient basis for most people to begin practicing their art in a classroom or other community setting.

The BVS chapter provides volunteers with volunteer placement, ongoing support, resources for fables, folktales, myths and legends. It also provides opportunities to further the storytelling craft and with monthly meetings where members share stories with new and longtime friends.

For more information, please contact Anne Feist of Boulder Valley Spellbinders at

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