Welcome to Wisdom Tales

Elisa PearmainElisa Davy Pearmain is a professional storyteller with over 30 years of experience telling in schools, libraries, churches and festivals around New England. She is the author of two award-winning books, Doorways to the Soul: 52 Wisdom Tales from around the World, and Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying and a New CD Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways. Elisa is a teacher of storytelling, and a licensed therapist, helping adults to hear their own stories in new ways for personal growth and healing. This site is packed with information about Elisa’s programs and resources and contains articles and stories and information on character development, bullying prevention, spiritual growth through story and much more. Enjoy!


Exciting News

ForgivenessElisa’s CD "Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways" has won the 2015 Storytelling World Award for Storytelling Recordings! It is available on this website or as a download through CD Baby. See the Forgiveness Program CD page for more information.



Elisa Pearmain


Upcoming Workshops

Saturday February 4, 2017 • 7pm

The 25th Anniversary Story Space Gala – Featured Performer
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 37 Bishop Allen Dr. Central Square Cambridge, MA
Advance tickets $20.00
M ore info at www.storyspace.org

Saturday February 25 • 7pm

Expresso Yourself Coffeehouse – Featured Performer First Parish UU Church, 26 North St., Medfield, MA
Come join in on the open mic or just listen. $5 suggested donation, $3 for students.
For more information contact Linda Finkle 603-918-0848 or email lindainwinthrop@gmail.com

Thursday March 23rd • All Day Workshop/Retreat from 9:30-3 pm 

Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in Healthier Ways
Forgiveness means, “Ceasing to harbor resentment.” It sounds so simple, but actually, it is one of life’s greatest challenges. One of my favorite definitions of the process of forgiveness is, “the construction of a new narrative of the self and other, and one’s relations to the world.” In this workshop participants will hear, and reflect on world folktales that illustrate aspects of the forgiveness process and its benefits, including: self-protection, grief, listening to our anger, empathy and perspective shifts, and cultivating an open and compassionate heart. Working also with personal stories we will explore these aspects and stages, and especially self-forgiveness. There will be lots of time for quiet reflection, writing and telling stories as participants choose.
Rolling Ridge Retreat Center, 660 Great Pond Rd., Andover, MA 
$65.00 early registration. Includes a delicious lunch!
More info and to register at http://www.rollingridge.org/registerforourprogramsevents/day-apart-retreats/.  You can also email or call Elisa for more details of the day.


Announcing Elisa's newest program Once Upon a Calm Classroom

for grades 3-8. Elisa brings together her award-winning storytelling with short mindfulness and relaxation exercises to help young people to relieve anxiety, stress, and improve concentration and overall well-being. A perfect addition to your Social/Emotional Curriculum. She has been leading program of workshops and performances for teens and adults on this topic for a few years and has expanded down to address the growing problem of anxiety and stress in younger and younger populations. Read more here...

“My students found the storytelling experience and exercises to be both relaxing and enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend this program to other teachers.”  K. Hughes, Grade 3, Dallin School, Arlington, MA


Elisa's podcast

"Forgiveness: The Heart of Healing" This podcast is an interview with myself and the host Eric Wolf. You can listen to it (#88 in the archives) and many other great storytellers anytime by going to www.artofstorytellingshow.com



Elisa's Article "Empowering Middle School Students to Stop Bullying" as published in the Fall 2012 issue of the National Storytellng Network's Storytelling Magazine.


Elisa in the News

Elisa brings anti-bullying message to students at Somerville school.

Universal Tales of Bullying – Storyteller Elisa Pearmain visited Glen Urquhart School to share folk tales that illuminate the topic of bullying. >>Read More


You can reach Elisa by phone at: (781) 640-9499
You can write to her at: 127 White Pond Rd., Hudson, MA 01749
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