Thundertales is a creative storytelling group for teens aged 11-13. Promoting self expression through the arts, Thundertales emphasizes a strong and safe space for young people to explore their personal and peer stories through art media.

Over a period of eight weeks Thundertales presents sessions such as; clowning, poetry, mask making, video storytelling, working with natural materials, campfires, music and more.  Guest artists also frequently attend various sessions to share their talents and artistic journeys with the group.

As well as providing opportunities to explore various forms of art, Thundertales also encourages empathy, wellness, personal resilience and leadership through team and community building projects. Participating in Art After Dark: Antigonight 2013 with a life sized Alice in Wondernish board game, participants planned, built and facilitated a successful evening program.

Since the summer of 2013, Thundertales has run four successful sessions hosted through Paqtnkek First Nations Health Centre, A People’s Place Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, St Andrew Junior School and East Antigonish Centre/Academy.

A few comments participants have made regarding their time in Thundertales — “it changed my life!” “I feel calm and excited,” “I wish it could be Thundertales all the time!” “I love being creative!”

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The Thundertales programme Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development, Youth Corps Programwas funded through the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development, Youth Corps Program.


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AHA!s Thundertales to Strike.  The Casket. July 23, 2013




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