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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!


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.


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

Developing a Longer Personal Story Workshop

Friday March 30th 1-5pm Plymouth, MA
Northeast Storytelling Conference

Do you have a personal story that you'd like to develop, connect to and understand more deeply? Could be a fringe-worthy idea, a challenging story you've been hesitant to share, or just a story you'd like to take off the back burner to shape for telling.

Back by popular demand, Elisa is expanding her 2018 workshop into a four-hour intensive. Working individually, in partners and small groups, we will have plenty of time to build and play with the framework of memories, to pull out common themes, make unexpected connections, and to evolve the meaning we take from it. Elisa will tell a short version of a challenging personal story and use it for illustrating the progression of our exercises. The lion's share of the time will be structured participant work and sharing. Come with an unfinished personal story or story idea, and a notebook.

For more information:
or contact Elisa at


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



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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