When storytellers, Australian Lindy Mitchell and Swedish Ulf Nilsson, met at the International School of Storytelling UK, little did they know where a simple story and a barefoot walk through the forest would lead...
Ulf Nilsson is a bilingual storyteller and celebrant with a big heart, a surprising sense of mischief and a love of connecting heart to heart through the power and joy of storytelling.
Ulf grew up in a picturesque village nestled between two lakes in rural Sweden. His family's history even includes an encounter with trolls.
As a young man Ulf livid and worked in Steiner Camphill communities, supporting young people with learning disabilities in England and Sweden. It was at an English Camphill, where Ulf met his first wife Leslie & together they had 4 children, 2 in England and 2 in Sweden.
During this time Ulf also studied drama and performed in many amateur productions. On moving back to Sweden after the death of his wife, Ulf's daughter handed him a brochure on a storytelling course... and a new path opened before him.
In 2007, Ulf studied 'Storytelling as a Healing Art' in Sweden, and then trained extensively at The International School of Storytelling, UK. In 2015, Ulf began training in English Speech Therapist's Louise Coigley's "Lis'n Tell", a storytelling program designed especially for people with learning disabilities.
Experienced in Intentional Community living, Ulf realised the potential of the storytelling for building stronger communities, and he witnessed the great potential storytelling holds for people with learning disabilities. Ulf now combines his love of story with his theatrical skills in storytelling performances and workshops to break down barriers, build confidence and create stronger communities.
Bio-dynamic market farmer.
Disability Support Worker.
Storytelling as performance Art.
Storytelling as Healing Art.
Working With Children Check WWC1270603E
ABN. 25 398 685 809
Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson is a celebrant and dynamic storyteller with a flair for the dramatic, a love of laughter and a passion for sparking imaginations & creating magic.
Lindy grew up in Sydney at a time when children were encouraged to play outside until dark. The local bush was a place where nature and a child’s imagination created magical worlds and endless stories. Lindy always expected to meet fairies and bunyips.
Lindy’s love of nature led to a career in horticulture and land management. Later in life she decided to pursue her other love, story. After completing an English Literature degree, Lindy then worked in Mental Health and as a volunteer telephone counselor.
During this time Lindy became aware of society’s disconnection from the natural world and the rise in mental illness. Lindy’s experience and innate wisdom spoke of how spending time in nature was not only beneficial to mental and physical health but vital for the spirit.
It was 2010 when Lindy decided to combine the healing possibilities of story with healing essence of nature and began writing nature tales. After her first two books were published, Lindy then decided to give voice to her tales and she became an accredited storyteller through the Australian Storytelling Guild Nsw in 2011 and began performing under the name, Lindy Lady of the Forest. She has since trained at the prestigious International School of Storytelling in the UK.
Lindy is co-host of & founder of www.longstoryshortstorytellinglive.com
Role Model for booksinhomesaustralia.com
Vice President; Australian Storytelling,Nsw. www.storytellersnsw.org.au
Bachelor of Arts; English Literature, Newcastle University.
Certificate IV Celebrancy
Certificate III in Horticulture.
Certificate in Land Management with Indigenous Practices.
Storytelling: International School of Storytelling, UK.
Accredited Storyteller: Australian Storytellers Guild NSW.
*Lindy was a featured guest twice, on the USA Radio Show "Spiritually Raw".
Working With Children Check WWC0075385E
ABN 25 398 685 809
Heart to Heart Storytelling
Lindy and Ulf are performative storytellers, animated, entertaining and educational. Folk tales, fairy tales, myths & legends, tall tales & inspirational stories come to life through their passion as imaginators: activating imaginations, connecting hearts and creating magic***. Trained at the International School of Storytelling, UK, the Australian/Swedish couple share their heart to heart storytelling & workshops with children & adults around the world.
Heart to Heart Storytelling regularly perform and/or present workshops at preschools, schools, libraries, community events, festivals and conferences.
Festivals & Conferences they have performed and/or presented workshops at;
The International Pop Up Storytelling Festival UK, 2014
The Elderflower Festival UK, 2015
The Sydney International Storytelling Conference, 2016
Blacktown Council Earth Day Festival, 2017
The Illawarra Folk Festival, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Community Early Learning Australia: Outdoor Conference 2017 & 2018
KU Children's Services Conference 2018
The Sydney International Storytelling Conference, 2018
Under the AAlamaram Storytelling Festival, Chennai, 2018
Gold Coast Libraries QLD. November 2018