Storytelling As Therapy with Dumbo Feather

Humans are naturally meaning making creatures; we are constantly making meaning from our lived experience of a dynamic and diverse world. The meaning we take from life's moments can be as diverse as the experiences themselves; challenging, joyful, frustrating, and sometimes, life-changing. Why is it that we so rarely take time to consciously mark periods of change in our lives, missing the opportunity for meaning making?

For many, philosophy, psychology and rational thought is not enough to help us deal with the journeys and transformations we travel throughout our lives. Ritual and meaningful practice provides an opportunity to reflect on our journey, connect with our bodies and serve as constant reminders of the values, perspectives and habits we need to remain resilient and thrive through life’s transitions and challenges.

Join anthropologist & expert in Rites of Passage techniques, Dr Monty Badami, as we develop tools to craft our own rituals and create meaning of the milestones in our lives.

In this workshops, we will:

  • Learn about cross-cultural perspectives on ritual & change
  • Explore archaeological, biological & historical evidence of how humans have marked change throughout our evolution 
  • Develop tools to craft our own rituals and meaningful practice to mark milestones in our lives
  • Learn to deeply connect with our personal narrative to learn from our historic response to change

Whilst we don’t often get to choose change, when it will arise or how significant it will be, we do know that it is life's one constant and that we can choose how we are going to respond to it. Exploring the power of ritual throughout human history and across cultures, we will discover our agency in creating meaning and intention of the stories we want our lives to tell.


12.45pm         Tea & welcome
1.00pm           Workshop Begins
2.45pm           Break (times vary)
4.00pm           Workshop Concludes



'The soul speaks its truth only under quiet, inviting, and trustworthy conditions.'
– Parker Palmer


Nathan Scolaro is the Editor at Dumbo Feather. Nathan enjoys getting elbow-deep in sentences, pressing and pricking them like a Chinese doctor until the blood is flowing just right. He hails from Western Australia, where he first experienced the joy of putting together a magazine, and now indulges his love of thoughtful, life-giving storytelling by helping bring Dumbo Feather to life once a quarter.


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.

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Storytelling As Therapy with Dumbo Feather




Full price: $80
Concession: $64
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

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Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers. If you can no longer attend this event you are welcome to share your ticket with someone else, which they can present at the door to gain entry. Please see our Terms & Conditions on Refunds, Transfers & Credits for further details.