Therapeutic Folktales

Ben’s Belonging Story – Yearning for love; doubt; perseverance

Fox as Herdsman – How do we check the integrity of others?

Good Luck, Bad Luck – We each have a different mindset

How Cat Became Woman’s Best Friend – What do you look for in a friend?

How Snake got his Poison – Speaking up when things aren’t right

Queen Bee – Patience and kindness pays off

The Strange Animal – Are you as powerless as you think?

The Theft of Jewels – What is a guilty conscience?

Who Will Be King – How might it help to look for each person’s strengths

Cutting a Story Down to Size – Children who have been stretching the truth

How Ba Kho Killed the Monster – When we are determined, help will arrive

Outwitting Death- Do we all have to die?

Servant at the Palace – Shame and struggles can lead to unexpected gifts

Sugar and Salt – Stick by what you believe

Taro and the Children – Allow grief its time and move forwards with purpose

The Bird and the Cage – Never give up on your dream

The Queen, the Crown and the Storyteller – Listen to your own self and practice stillness

The Stonecutter – What is your heart’s desire?

Theseus – Be open to helpers, you cannot achieve great things on your own

The Cracked Pot –  There can be a reason you are different

The Tigers Whisker – When you care for someone else, all things are possible

Vasilisa – Grief and loss, stereotype stepfamily theme, abandonment, diligence, trust in the journey

Martina – Women – Learning to choose the right partner

The Magic Fiddle – You will soon enough know what is important to you when it is gone

Tree at the Crossroads – Nothing is wasted on a journey

The Woollen String – Adults: Letting go of the children who are becoming adults

Fox as Herdsman – All ages: How do we check the integrity of others?

‘Narrative-style’ questions to ask after a story:

  1. What in the story stands out as important to you?
  1. In what ways did you connect with the identity of the hero of the story?
  1. In what ways did you relate to the journey of the hero?
  1. What understandings about your own predicament have you drawn from the story?
  1. In visualizing the story, which scenes or characters were you most drawn to?
  1. How might you now be feeling about hope, or future possibilities after hearing the story?

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