V International Seminar on Fairytale and Storytelling Therapy – March 2019


V International Seminar on Fairytale and Storytelling Therapy - March 2019

26-30 March 2019

 „When you tell your own fairy tale, you create your own magic.”

Terri Guillemets

“Everything in Sintra is divine. There is not a corner that wouldn’t be a poem.”Almeida Garrett

Sintra and its magic hosted another International Seminar on Fairytale and Storytelling Therapy organised by Moonluza.

Our fifth gathering took place from 26 to 30 March 2019. It was yet another opportunity to bring together specialists, academics, therapists, storytellers and other enthusiasts of fairy-tales and storytelling, and their therapeutic and healing potential.

As in previous years the Seminar had the institutional support and patronage of the Municipality of Sintra, the Institute for the Study and Tradition of Nova University of Lisbon, the National Center of Culture and for the first time of the humanitarian mission The Red Pencil.

To know more about the previous editions visit Past Projects



Olga Lipadatova, MA, PhD, Psychotherapist, ATR, CCC, CAST/ISST Certified Teacher and Supervisor, Canada

More info: Arttherapy Olipa

Pre-Seminar Workshop’s title: Figurines and Symbols

Presentation’s title: A curse of the Donkey Witch: A Sandplay therapy process of a 9 year old girl


Alexandra Fidyk, PhD, Associate Professor; Certified Jungian Psychotherapist, Certified Family Systems Constellation Facilitator, Integrated Body Psychodynamic Therapist – private practice, Canada

More info: Alexandra Fidyk

Pre-Seminar Workshop’s title: Tapping the Life-Root: Accessing Wisdom in Women’s Archetypal Tales

Seminar workshop’s title: Waking the Feminine through Mid-Life Fairy Tales


Ana Basto, Management Director both of Rosa Basto’s clinic and of Mind Training (training institute),Storyteller, Portugal

More info: Ana Basto

Presentation’s titleWhat do stories have to do with Clinical Hypnosis?

Lisa Nackan, Registered Art Therapist and Psychotherapist, Canada

More info: Lisa Nackan

Workshop’s title: Altered books – the art of reconstructing old stories and the creation of new ones


Samvedna Rawat Amitabh, Masters degree in English literature and PG Diploma in Advertising, Storyteller, India

More info: Kahaanipur

Workshop’s title: Socio-narratology of Maithil Traditional folktales on The India-Nepal Border(Mithila) juxtaposed with Contemporary stories or folktales across the globe

More detailed information and biographical notes are available in the PROGRAMME.

About the Organiser


Adriana Jurczyk Duarte took her Master’s Degree in Philology at the University of Wrocław, Poland. For the last thirteen years she has spent her life on the Sunny Coast of Portugal with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She divides her life between Portugal, where she lives and Poland, which she misses. This nostalgia led her to discover and actually experience the fairy-tale therapy for herself, through writing a fairy-tale based in legends from her home village and mountains. Writing the story was her way to travel back to her home mountains, forests and rivers of beautiful southern Poland. Letting imagination run free, it made a bridge between childhood haven and her new homeland of Portugal and the magical, inspirational town of Sintra, which she fell in love with.

Creating her own fairy-tale became her therapy and helped shape her own place in Portugal, which is her cultural and touristic company ‘Moonluza’. One of Adriana’s first and dearest projects is the International Seminar on fairy-tale and Storytelling Therapy, based, of course, in Sintra….

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