Book Harley Loudon
Harley creates, develops and shares stories with all ages, combining a group’s lived experiences with a rich heritage passed on from our elders. Harley’s strength lies in exploring local tales, linking these with universal creation myths to empower and inspire with a blend of storytelling, interactive music-making, improvisation and songwriting. Her compassionate warmth and depth of care creates embodied experiences to treasure.
Harley sings and plays piano accordion, guitar, ukulele, percussion and was a primary school teacher in London supporting those with challenging behaviour and additional learning needs, before returning to Scotland and settling in East Lothian.
Stories have always been a part of her life from her parents’ hearthside to her own understanding of Scottishness in sharings of Tatty-howking, Travellers’ Tales, Celtic and Western European tradition, Creation Myths and Buddhist stories with laughter, discussion and music.
Prior to training in Creative Psychotherapy, Harley worked in Physical Theatre, training with Peter Brook’s Bouffes du Nord in Paris learning from international storytellers and teaching in a career spanning three decades across the UK, the USA, France and Central and East Africa. Her storytelling workshops can combine writing and exploring areas such as Grief, the Inner Child, Trauma, Longing and Belonging and Being Invisible, and are always held by strong grounding in creating a safe space.
With a passionate love for working outdoors, Harley works with CPD tailored projects for various charities and businesses focusing on Climate, Equality and celebrating Diversity. Her current projects include The Great Howling, Sula Girl and Lullabies and Bones and she regularly works with Groundswell Surf Therapy with storytelling and song circles in East Lothian. She has recorded several albums currently working on her latest which includes The Ballad of Miss Grumpypants.