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Course Overview


Martin Shaw opens with the value of imagination as a way of relating to the wider earth.

15 Minutes


Martin reveals the nature of life’s initiations and the memories culture chooses to preserve.

Initiation and Cultural Memory, Martin Shaw

14 Minutes


Martin tells the story of  “The Fox Woman” to a live audience and shares insights about the story in an interview.

The Fox Woman

19 Minutes


Martin invites us into the storyteller’s dance between wildness and discipline.

Wildness and Discipline

15 Minutes


Martin engages with both the weight and playfulness of an image over a concept.

Artfulness of Image

16 Minutes


Martin tells “Tatterhood” in front of a live audience and shares insight to the story in an interview.

Tatterhood, Martin Shaw

57 Minutes


Martin explores the role of both rhythm and courage when crafting a story.

The Heartbeat of Everything, Martin Shaw

12 Minutes


Martin refines the process of articulating myth to two essential qualities: truth and wonder.

Truth and Bewonderment, Martin Shaw

10 Minutes


Martin tells “The Lindworm” in front of a live audience and shares insights to the story in an interview.

The Lindworm, Martin Shaw

70 Minutes


Martin encourages us to begin where we stand, that our lives as they are now are our only prayer mat.

The Authenticity of Incompleteness

8 Minutes


Martin tells “The Handless Maiden” in front of a live audience and shares insight to the story in an interview.

The Handless Maiden, Martin Shaw

70 Minutes


Martin opens us to the way of trailing not trapping a story, that it remains alive and lively.

Trailing not Trapping, Martin Shaw

9 Minutes


Martin shines light on the business of exile, what we send into the forest will eventually turn hostile—how do we court such energies back?

Power, Exile, Monsters

8 Minutes


Martin tells the story of “The Woman Who Became a Fox.”

The Woman Who Became a Fox, Martin Shaw

32 Minutes


In this workshop, Martin tells the medieval story of “The Marriage of Gawain to Lady Ragnell.”

Marriage of Gawain to Lady Ragnell, Martin Shaw

46 Minutes


Martin Shaw makes a call to walk in the place where there are no roads.

Martin Shaw

2 Minutes

Martin Shaw tells a story

Storytelling with Martin Shaw

A great storyteller wakes you up. Using the divine braille of myth, Martin Shaw cracks open the treasury of a soul trying to get in touch.

Through oral fairytales, personal reflections and questions from the participants, Shaw’s teaching is an ecstatic blend of myth and ecology that offers us an almost-forgotten way to make sense of the world within. This story wisdom has been with humanity for thousands of years, and is used to help guide life in its ever changing forms.

With insights gathered over twenty years as a teacher, Storyteller is a generous and informed invitation to get to work. An essential pre-recorded video course for anyone who wishes to both deepen their understanding of myth and communicate stories well.

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“I can still remember the first time I heard Martin Shaw tell a story. The tale that emerged was like a living thing, bounding around, throwing itself at all of us there listening. I had never heard anything like it before. Martin is a one-off, his work is urgent and necessary.”
Paul Kingsnorth
“A true master. Martin Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers we have.”
Robert Bly
“Martin Shaw is a teacher of profound cultural knowledge, and is a master artist at transmitting it. Those transmissions are subtle and profound. We desperately need his work.”
Tony Hoagland
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