Stories from the Hearth: A Folktale Story Ceremony Series

Let the magic of old tales weave enchantment, empower your vision and unfurl your inner wisdom

4-Week Storytelling Course

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November 26 - December 17, 2023

Sundays, 3pm - 5:30pm PST


November 26 – Embracing the Bear

December 3 – The Myth of the Selkie
December 10 – Awakening Beauty
December 17 – Weaving Woman

Curl into the hearth fire of Autumn’s dreaming cave. Invite your visionary self to take root and be inspired and replenished by the transformative magic and wisdom of myths and old tales. Wisdom keepers have always spun stories to remind you of your true essence and of living harmoniously with the earth. In day-to-day life, it’s easy to forget your innate intuition and wisdom, as well as your inherent power. Discover wise and wondrous stories that act as guiding lights along your journey, illuminating your soul path like precious jewels.

Ride into the forest of your heart with the great white bear, Valemon. Explore selkie stories of longing and belonging, awaken beauty with the power of the dark feminine and unravel the threads you long to weave into a greater kinship with the earth.

Each Story Ceremony can be attended separately as a standalone experience. However, attending them in sequence weaves together a powerful and dynamic flow, enhancing your journey of self-discovery and transformation.

Featured Stories

November 26
Embracing the Bear

Valemon is a tale of bears and spells, female desire and agency, a heroine who rescues her love and decides her own story. With ceremony, meditation and creative processes honour the visions to arise in darkness and the unexpected beauty of hidden gifts. Trace the threads this tale weaves, connecting your heart and nature, to embody a wilder kind of love.

December 3
The Myth of the Selkie

Delve into the Celtic stories of seals and shapeshifting, longing and belonging. They guide you on a journey of recognising soul loss and reigniting the radiant fire within. Reclaim your intuition and embody your truest self as you rediscover what has been lost, betrayed, forgotten or stolen from the depths of your soul.

December 10
Awakening Beauty

A journey with the sacred dark feminine, the fairy tale Briar Rose is about dreaming yourself awake and embracing the wild fullness of your creative potential. Perhaps a ‘curse’ can bring the greatest gift when you trust the wisdom of the Thirteenth Fairy and your intuition. What might be offered in the world when Beauty emerges from her hidden tower?

December 17
Weaving Woman and the Fires of Life

Connect with the wise old woman of the land and the cycles of earth through the ancient myth of Weaving Woman, and what she offers in these planetary times of ‘unravelling’.   Awaken to unexpected allies and inspiration and gather your own vibrant threads to weave creativity, passion and ingenuity into your life and vision for a loving, sustainable future.

In this course, you will experience:

  • Weave new ways around old patterns
  • Ignite your creativity through story and soul centered practices
  • Explore the regenerative power of stories for healing, balance and connection
  • Enrich and empower your vision and your authentic, empowered self
  • Deepen your relationship with the mythic imagination


Jacqui’s deep dives into Story are transformational. This is true soul work, using a diverse variety of techniques to draw out and explore who we are in our own stories. I emerged from her course with a new understanding of an old story, inspiration for a personal creative project, and a community of kindred spirits to travel with.”
~Katie Carey

“I love, love, love learning with Jacqui. Any course or circle she offers, you know you will absolutely get so much more than you were expecting – deeper learning and more opening, which will impact your life in amazing and transformative ways. Jacqui skilfully creates a multi-layered tapestry of experience, weaving story, intuition, words and the sacred. She shares her wisdom generously but also inspires and encourages you to dig deep to access your own inner wisdom.”
~Bernadette Loughlin

“Jacqui inspires people! She manages to blend story, spirit and earth magic into one and shine the light on wonders I never knew existed in myself.”
~Kate Wilcox

The folktale is the primer of the picture-language of the soul.
~Joseph Campbell

What is a Story Ceremony?

What is a story ceremony

In Celtic times, a herbal medicine was always given with a charm or a prayer to access its Otherworld spirit and energy. Without the prayer, the medicine was of minimal effect.  Stories are also like that, especially the old tales that carry much hidden wisdom. They too, live between this world and the mythic. To access their riches, you must step between the veils, listening deeply with bones and heart, with the ear of soul tuned to symbol and archetype.  A story ceremony is an invocation and invitation, for the magic in the tale to awaken you to wider and wilder possibilities, for self and the collective.

These story ceremonies are interactive and experiential, playful and profound. They invoke the power of each tale through connecting with mythic realities, with simple ritual, earth and body centered processes, creative opportunities for writing or drawing and guided journeys. Trace the threads these stories weave through you, connecting heart and nature in kinship, and embodying a wilder awareness, touched by mystery.

Stories from the Hearth: A Folktale Story Ceremony Series $350

4 Weeks (November 26 – December 17, 2023)
Sundays, 3pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time

  • Learn about folktales from around the globe
  • 4 live, interactive class sessions on Zoom (10 hours)
  • Access to an exclusive online community platform
  • Small groups to work with outside of class
  • Recordings of all classes (permanent access)
  • Coaching and skill building
  • Join a community of conscious creators

Stories from the Hearth: A Folktale Story Ceremony Series + Tongue and Pen (6-Week Course)

ADD: Tongue and Pen: 6-Week Course (January 7 – February 11, 2024)
When you register for two courses receive a $50 discount.

The Tongue and Pen workshop is for storytellers and writers at all levels of expertise!  Whether you are a writer, spoken word artist, teacher, or speaker, Kim will inspire you and give insight into the power and effect of storytelling as a viable craft. Whether you share your stories through tongue or pen or on page or stage, this workshop will give insight, tools, and practical exercises to infuse your craft and help you stay focused as you work through the layers of your story. 

  • Lean into the Newtons Cradle of Story©
  • Understanding the Anti-Story©
  • Enter the Story Box©
  • Find the Muse Within
  • Writing with Intention
  • Esthetic Living for Writers
  • Tell It: 10 Rules for Successful Stage Telling
  • Large Groups vs Small Groups: Adjust Your Presence

Though fairy tales end after ten pages,
our lives do not.
We are multi-volume sets. In our lives,
even though one episode amounts to a crash and burn,
there is always another episode awaiting us and then another.
~Clarissa Pikola Estes

Your Guide — Jacqui Bushell

Jacqui Bushell guides people in awakening their creative soul essence through connecting with the mysteries of the earth, story and their own sacred nature. Jacqui bridges a broad range of skills from plant spirit alchemy, energetic healing, history and mythic philosophy, embodiment practices and journey work to inspire transformational shifts in the way people see themselves and their world. She weaves together folklore, story medicine and our natural environment in empowering ways to help us connect more harmoniously with each other and the earth.

Jacqui has been dancing with the mythic imagination for much of her life, through her love of the wisdom held in fairy tales and her work as a spiritual herbalist listening for the voices and stories in the land. As a writer and speaker, she is passionate about encouraging others to explore their own mythology at the borderlands of psyche, body, culture and landscape. She has been facilitating women’s circles, ceremonies, retreats, workshops and courses in Australia and internationally for 30 years. As a senior lecturer, keynote and consultant, she has taught herbal medicine, essences and intuitive healing in colleges and community centers. Her work is always empowering and experiential, inviting you to come home to a deep sense of belonging and kinship with nature.

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