Connecting Circles

The Living Waters of our Rivers
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Understanding use of metaphors and relevance in changing personal narratives
Gaining new counseling and facilitation skills relevant for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
Learning different ways how to use metaphors in counseling with individuals and groups
Gaining advanced counseling skills based on narrative approach and art, using old folktales and storytelling
An insight into common themes in myths and tales connected to rivers and communities around rivers in three European countries.


  • At least 3 three years of experience in counseling and facilitation.
  • Proven basic counseling skills that includes: active listening, being aware of nonverbal communication and building rapport.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable groups.


We are a species of story-makers and storytellers. Storytelling is the oldest form of human communication. As an ancient activity it finds its origins in some very old cultural traditions. Stories are central to our development of self concept and identity and how we distinguish ourselves from others – a process central to our wellbeing. Counselling through storytelling is both an ancient activity and an emerging conceptual model.

Traditional folk and fairy tales are concerned with concepts that are now scientifically investigated, such as resilience, self-realization, personal growth and meaning in life.

This course  is applying  a new narrative approach based on metaphors from fairy tales, myth and folktales that are told, discussed, and written in a group context for the purpose of promoting psychological well-being and growth.

Aim of the course is to provide  innovative model of learning  for helping professions and providing help, empowerment and therapy to disadvantaged groups of people through the use of mythology, storytelling, culture and art connected to the rivers.

In this course learners will be traveling through metaphors to gain following gifts: 

- An insight into common themes in myths and tales connected to rivers and communities around rivers in three European countries

- A model of counseling for disadvantaged groups of people based on narrative therapy and art, using old folktales and storytelling, as well as methods from art therapy.

- Introduction with innovative practical tool of working with disadvantaged groups of people.

- Increased cultural awareness of European cultural heritage

Connecting Circles: The Living Waters of our Rivers is a project carried out by three organizations in Croatia, Italy and Serbia funded by Erasmus + program.

Who this course is for:

  • Practitioners, experts, specialists and professionals working and/or volunteering in NGO groups and institutions providing help to disadvantaged groups of people
  • Helping professions


Martina Stažnik
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 19 Reviews
  • 731 Students
  • 2 Courses

Martina Stažnik is a therapist under the supervision of cybernetics and systemic psychotherapy, deeply initiated into the ancient wisdom of IFA and Orisha and the philosophy of African shamanism.

Her work with individuals, groups and organizations is based on a systems process approach, collaborative learning and participatory leadership to create a context for activating collective knowledge that will enable innovative processes and sustainable solutions.

Coach and Facilitator
Francesco Magnano
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 104 Reviews
  • 8,344 Students
  • 4 Courses

I'm a trainer and business/life coach, I attended the Holistic School in Integral Counseling. During last 8 years I integrated the systemic vision in my works, experiencing new ways to contact my self and each other. I'm systemic constellation facilitator. Very often my time is spent in classroom (business training, team building, co-creating courses...). I like to teach because is my best way to learn. My favorite place is everywhere I can express my self and my world in contact whit nature and authentically. I live between Bergamo and Reggio Calabria. Keep in touch! See my social links.

Mentor, edukator i razvojni konsultant
Dragana Tomic Pilipovic
  • 4.8 Instructor Rating
  • 19 Reviews
  • 731 Students
  • 2 Courses

Dragana Tomić Pilipović je osnivač i izvršni direktor Centra za društveno odgovorno preduzetništvo – CDOP sa više od 20 godina iskustva u oblasti razvoja organizacija, strateškog upravljanja ljudskim resursima i dizajniranja edukativnih i mentorskih programa. Pokrenula je u okviru svoje organizacije pre 11 godina Rural HUB – prvi ruralni coworking prostor u Srbiji smešten u selu Vrmdža kod Sokobanje. Podstiče i podržava žensko preduzetništvo, naročito u seoskim područjima. Dobitnica nekoliko medjunarodnih nagrada za ostvarene rezultata u jačanju zajednice putem socijalne ekonomije. Inovator i motivator.

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