I have been a spiritual seeker since I was a teenager. I was attracted to stories because of the way they map out the inner life. I studied mythology extensively and then found out that I had a talent for storytelling. Beginning in 1989, at the age of 21, I began telling stories in schools all over the south of England. In seven years I gave over two thousand performances in three hundred schools.
But then, after years of intense inner work, I had a profound creative and spiritual breakthrough: stories started welling up inside me with a life of their own! A flow of images, a stream of words, and I would simply tell what was coming to me. Although I never knew what was coming next, by the time I had finished I had told a coherent and well structured story!
But surprising as this was, what was most moving was that each story carried a clear and inspiring spiritual teaching. It were as if my soul were speaking to me in story form, opening my heart and mind to love and wisdom. I had a sense that something far larger than my conscious mind was offering me a precious gift and inviting me to share it with the world. I am still deeply grateful for this gift and totally dedicated to this calling.
I have told over a thousand such “intuitive stories” in the last 17 years. My children have heard hundreds at their bedside and in my recording studio, and I have told them in schools and other venues for children. I also perform for adults and teach intuitive storytelling workshops internationally.
These stories convey to children the wisdom that has been available in our spiritual traditions for thousands of years, and that now is emerging all over the planet, in a multitude of new forms. Never before has so much spiritual teaching been available to humanity. But how to pass it on to the children?
Palace of Stories is truly a “family business”. My wife Stella created the illustrations for this website and my children Luke and Lara have been the audience for most of the stories here. Here we are:
Want to know more about us? We live near Stroud in Gloucestershire, England, where my kids go to a Steiner (Waldorf) school. Both Stella and I meditate for an hour each morning, taking it in turns to get the kids ready for school (Stella does that) and drive them there (that’s my job). We both play the accordion, sharing a love of French and Portuguese accordion duets. We also love to sing and lead a monthly evening of Prayerful Singing locally.
I love hearing from listeners, so do contact me with any feedback about what you’ve read here, or anything else on this site, including the stories here that you and your children have listened to.
Hear Leo talking about his storytelling journey
Use the play button to play these sound files in the page, or the green button to download and listen later.
Becoming A Storyteller (8:58)
Part 1: Becoming a Storyteller
“Storytelling Is All About Relationship” (5:24)
Part 2: Storytelling is all about relationship
Discovering Intuitive Storytelling (6.58)
Part 3: Discovering Intuitive Storytelling
How Palace of Stories Was Created (11.18)
Part 4: How Palace of Stories was created
Or, read more about why stories matter and how they can speak to a child’s heart and mind…