Know the Stories You Tell Yourself – about Yourself
Rome 25th February
Self Knowledge is often what stands between us and greater fulfillment: between a relationship that will bring us joy, a job that motivates us each morning, or a wiser approach to an recurring problem. In fact, when asked about the key to wisdom, the famous writer Isabel Allende responded ‘You are the storyteller of your own life. You can can create your own Legend – or Not!
While we all have some ideas about who we are, the knowledge we have is often patchy, and we have few opportunities to be guided in reflecting on our personality traits. This day long festival of ideas, exercises and interactive sessions will help us to explore what truly interests, motivates and excites us, as well as what lies behind some of our most important fears, anxieties, and private sorrows. We’ll have the chance to learn the best ideas in history related to emotional intelligence, to reflect individually on how these connect to our own life, and to discuss and share our thoughts and learnings with others through interactive exercises.
In the morning of the event, we’ll consider the problem of knowing our own stories, as well as some solutions to discover our own story. We’ll then learn some ways to learn more about ourselves (and others) through asking good questions. In the afternoon, we’ll consider our aspirations and come to understand them better through the lens of failure. And finally, we’ll consider the meaning of life and where the meaning lies for us individually in telling own stories.
At our one-day festival you will not be taught in entirely standard ways. Peter de Kuster doesn’t merely lecture to a passive audience; he invites almost continuous interaction, inviting participants to look inside themselves, to complete a variety of story discovery exercises and to share their stories with others.
Our journey is highly interactive, with mixed lecture and exercises. You’ll be asked to reflect deeply, to complete a variety of story discovery exercises, and to share your stories with others. There will be stories in films, art, literature, music, and visual prompts to stimulate the mind and provide examples of the story topics under discussion. In addition, there will be social breaks where we will be guided to discussion on meaningful topics in smaller groups. It is impossible to leave without making at least one friend.
Know Your Own Story is ideal for anyone looking to spend a focussed, yet social day exploring and understanding themselves in one of The Hero’s Journey four cornerstone topic areas: Your Own Story.
The day will include:
A rich programme drawing from the key insights across our core curriculum
A learning experience combining stories from literature, art, films, music, storytelling and story discovery exercises and continuous audience participation
A keynote session with founder Peter de Kuster exploring how we can grow the Power of our Story and increase our self-knowledge
- Lunch, coffee, and a drinks reception
An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individuals
About Peter de Kuster
Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey & Hero’s Journey project, a storytelling firm which helps creative professionals to create careers and lives based on whatever story is most integral to their lifes and careers (values, traits, skills and experiences). Peter’s approach combines in-depth storytelling and marketing expertise, and for over 20 years clients have found it effective with a wide range of creative business issues.
Peter is writer of the series The Heroine’s Journey and Hero’s Journey books, he has an MBA in Marketing, MBA in Financial Economics and graduated at university in Sociology and Communication Sciences.
Become a great Storyteller
That’s why I set up The Heroine’s Journey in the great cities of the world. A new way to use the power of your story. To guide you to life-changing, eye-opening movies, art, literature that truly have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire.
In this journey with Peter de Kuster you’ll explore your relationship with stories so far and your unique story identity will be sketched. You will be guided to movies, art, literature, myths that can put their finger on what you want to rewrite in your story, the feelings that you may often have had but perhaps never understood so clearly before; movies that open new perspectives and re-enchant the world for you.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire in advance of your session and you’ll be given an instant story advice and movies to see to take away. Your full story advice and movies to see list will follow within a couple of days.