The Griot Way Storytelling Training

The Griot Way offers an inner-standing of African storytelling; it’s structure, its symbolism and the role of ancestral energies in storytelling. We will explore the archetypes of oral traditional culture, story structure form and shape and look how we can create new stories for the future.  Harnessing this power gives the space to develop performance skills, build self-esteem and vizion your purpose. The training is set over 9 days and we invite national and international participation.


The Griot Way is designed to fulfill personal and professional storytelling needs. If you want the confidence to tell stories to your children and extended family then we cater to you. If you are a teacher, lecturer or a professional who presents stories before an audience regularly this course can build your self esteem or if you want to be a storyteller and or improve your performance skills or you want a deeper connection to spirit through storytelling, this course will open the storyteller within. You will establish your own storytelling style and the creation of an original Afrakan story. Read course curriculum below!

The entire course, which includes 9 days of training, food and accommadation

is £1100 for 9 days EARLY BIRD £900 for 9 days

A saving of £200



This includes the opportunity to perform at the next Prestigious Nne Agwu Afrakan storytelling festival


Exceptional Path way to realising your vision!








Great uprising, Griot Chinyere delivers the Griot way training over 9 intensive days for those who are serious about storytelling and wish to take their storytelling to a deeper, greater, higher level. Please subscribe to Shanti-Chi newsletter and you will receive all the relevant information on how to secure your place and what you will need to do to prepare for the training. The next training will be May 2019 dates to be confirmed. 

The main aim is to deconstruct our favourite story. Learn the relationship between storytelling and spirituality.


A deep innerstanding of:

  • The link between deities and archetypes

  • The energies that drive the story

  • The relevance of spirituality in storytelling and performance



  • The structure of a story

  • The significance of storytelling in the 21st century

  • Storytelling as a spiritual practice

The main aim is to devise an original story or adapt a story based on the roots of Afrakan storytelling.


A deep unnerstanding of:

  • Creating an original African tale using the story structure and archetypes

  • The responsibilities of a Griot within the community



  • The Role of a Griot

  • A personal storytelling style

  • The message in a story

  • connecting with your inner spirit with the story you create

  • Adaptation for preference and audience

  • The messages in stories and how to apply them in life

The main aim is to learn how to take your story off the page and forward to the oral tradition.


A deep unnerstanding of:

  • Storytelling performance skills (and adapting for various spaces and venues)

  • Presenting work live



  • Telling a story as a group

  • Vocal techniques 

  • Body language as a performing tool

  • Using the space effectively 

  • Audience interaction and participation techniques

The main aim is to learn rehersal techniques and consolidate all the training thus far. 


A deep innerstanding of:

  • the application of storytelling in the outdoors

  • Presenting work live

  • interacting with a live audience

  • Graduation as a storyteller

  • Becoming part of the Afrakan storytelling festival and community

  • Application of preserving, promoting and celebrating the ancient art of the oral tradition of storytelling



  • The relationship between storytelling and the natural environment

The Griots have been storytellers, since the conception of the womb at the dawning of creation. After dusk, a drum call or a vocal call or a rattle, something would announce the arrival of the Griot(s). Gathered around a central fire the storytellers told stories about the many Alusi, deities, goddesses and gods, they honoured orignal people of the earth. They told tales of love and friendship, of integrity and strength, of wars and battles, of heroes and leaders, of Queens and empresses, of kings and emperors of other Griots and magic makers. The stories that most captured the imagination were those that conjured the ancestral energy, of the trickster. The trickster was known for using wit and humor over brute force to get the desired result. Many of us are familiar with Anansi our favourite trickster. There would be music, dancing and song. The Griot kept history alive and were the healers of souls.


There was one official Griot family per village. They worked together for the well being of the community. If a village tried to steal or entice away a Griot or any member of the family from another village, serious negotiations were entered to prevent war from breaking out. The seven elemental spirits of the universe were called upon. The Griots were very important. Their job was to create storytelling rituals and a connection to the spirit world. Today, there are Griots in African villages, still telling tales and creating new stories about the marvelous people of Africa. In an attempt to keep the magic of African storytelling alive, Griot Chinyere has created and designed the Griot Way Training. Be part of the magic!

Read what Ben Okri said to Griot Chinyere about the importance of storytelling to our community


It will be far from the madding crowd in a place of Natural Beauty

where we will weave tales of wonder and magic. 


To book please complete booking form and email it to us,

payment to secure your place!


Inspire visions with the Oral traditions​

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