a5 workshop leaflet - chickpeapress 2Interfaith Workshops

We offer fun and inspiring tailored workshops based on faith and spirituality that help to build bridges across faith communities. Using stories, song and art, we aim to promote peace, understanding and appreciation of different faiths. The workshops can cover RE, English, Art and Drama among other subjects.

We can create flexible workshops based on your budget. Get in touch to see how we can help.

Stories from Three Faiths

Fun and engaging stories from the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We show that each of these faiths is a religion of love, compassion and tolerance, containing wisdom that can be appreciated by people of all ages as well as all faiths (and none). The stories are interactive and are interwoven with engaging songs children can sing along to. On request, we can also add stories from other faiths such as Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Read an extract from a story.

Rumi: Stories and Poems

Rumi is perhaps the greatest Muslim poet and storyteller and he has universal appeal across all faiths. Through his stories, we introduce children to the love, tolerance and beauty at the heart of Islam. Again, the stories are interactive and are interwoven with engaging songs children can sing along to. Listen to ‘Elephant, Elephant’:

Daniel storytelling © Bradford Literature Festival
Daniel storytelling
© Bradford Literature Festival
Singing songs © Bradford Literature Festival by Mark Davis
Singing songs
© Bradford Literature Festival
The 99 Names of God

Based on material from the forthcoming book The 99 Names of God, this workshop offers children a wonderful way to explore their spirituality and the spiritual nature of the world around them. The workshop is also designed to stimulate deep reflection — children will come away with a greater sense of wonder and appreciation of the Divine qualities and be inspired by their own ability to reflect them. View a sample page.

 

 

Whirling Dervish Workshop
from a workshop for secondary school students
Workshop for secondary school students at Ismaili Centre, London
Whirling workshop presentation at BLF 2016
Whirling workshop presentation at Bradford Literature Festival 2016

This practical workshop is accessible to all children (and parents and teachers), offering a chance to witness a demonstration by dervishes from the Mevlevi Order founded by Rumi and to learn the basics of the whirling technique. The presentation teaches children about the origins and symbolism of this sacred tradition, giving them a new perspective on Islam. Whirling is a universal form of worship and something we are all drawn to – especially children.

 

We can create flexible workshops based on your budget. Get in touch to see how we can help.

 

View some workshop videos:

Feedback:

“The stories were beautiful and the singing was an unexpected treat.”
“Very good and enjoyable. The singing was a bonus. Good for both adults and children.”
“Made me think about the power of storytelling – lovely simple stories.”
“Excellent. Just at the correct level for children to understand and sing along.”
“It’s beneficial to all children to grow up with a well-rounded sense of other cultures, and for children who come from different backgrounds to grow up with a sense of place.”

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