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 CD Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways. Elisa is a teacher of storytelling, and a licensed psychotherapist, 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!



Forgiveness: Telling Our Stories in New Ways

Two hours of listening including 16 stories from many traditions, commentary and exercises to help the listener and those they serve to heal from the past and live more joyfully in the present. Winner of the 2015 Storytelling World Award for Storytelling Recordings. More at Forgiveness Program.

Available from the Publications page.



Once Upon a Time: Storytelling to Teach Children Character and Prevent Bullying

Once Upon A Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying

Lessons from 99 Multicultural Folktales for grades K-8.

Winner of the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards for 2009.

Winner of the 2007 Storytelling World Honor Award in Specialty Categories.

Available from the Publications page.




Doorways to the Soul

Doorways to the Soul: Fifty-two Wisdom Tales from around the World

Winner of the 1999 Storytelling World Honor Award for Anthologies.

Doorways is an excellent resource for middle school teachers, librarians, families, religious educators, ministers, and anyone in the healing professions who wishes to use stories as an educational or therapeutic tool. While written for adults, many elementary and middle school teachers and parents report using the book regularly in their classrooms and homes.

Available from the Publications page.



Upcoming Workshops and Appearances


Northeast Storytelling Conference in Portsmouth, ME
Saturday March 23rd at 7pm (in-person or virtual)
Elisa has an upcoming performance at the annual Northeast Storytelling Conference in Portsmouth, ME, in the juried Olio performance.
Visit https://www.nestorytelling.org/stf-sharing-the-fire-2024/ for more information and to register. Many great workshops and performances and swaps!


Elisa at Storytelling Festival of Chennai

Watch Elisa Pearmain (Massachusetts), Performing at the February 2024 World Storytelling Festival of Chennai, India.



Elisa Interview

Watch an interview with Elisa on The Story Cafe from August 23, 2017. See
her tell two stories from her Forgiveness program, learn about her school
programs, publications, and her forgiveness program.


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


Read Elisa's latest Story Blog Post

Fostering Compassion During the Coronoa Virus Pandemic


Elisa is an Executive Board Member of the the Healing Story Alliance

The Healing Story Alliance is offering a unique opportunity to join in a supportive community called Keeping Our Oars in the Water on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. ET. To learn more go to: https://www.facebook.com/healingstoryalliance/

Kind Stories in Concert, a monthly storytelling event in which we feature 3 professional tellers, and two community tellers who will tell stories on the broad and inclusive theme of Kindness. In the second half of the program we encourage audience members to share a memory or reflection on kindness.
Next Concert is Sunday February 7th from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET


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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