Narrative: Consultant – Coach – Trainer - Facilitator

Re-Authoring the world, one narrative at a time!

Workshops in Narrative work and ideas with individuals and groups


The Narrative Re-authoring Workshops create the interactive learning space to experience and practice the re-authoring approach while applying it to real-life stories and situations within various contexts.

Who should attend?

Narrative re-authoring workshops come alongside all who fulfil an individual- or team role within their organisations, institutions or communities such as: leaders, managers, HR and OD practitioners, coaching professionals, educators, social workers, facilitators of group-work, activists and healthcare professionals.

How will we learn?

The 6 workshops address the most important themes of narrative re-authoring ideas and practices over a 7-month period. The workshops are designed to be stand-alone experiences of learning so that participants can enter the journey at any point without feeling excluded.

6 Narrative Re-authoring Workshops

 Workshop 1 | 15-16 August 2019

Re-authoring narratives we want more of

This is what it is about: Practices that uncover alternative moments and outcomes | Practices that enrich moments we want more of | Weaving alternative moments through embodiment and rituals | The impact of alternative narratives on the context | Narratives of our imagined futures

Chapters in the book: Introduction to the Narrative approach | The narratives of self | Sanibonani to Human Beings| Re-authorise the World | Re-dream our world through alternative narratives | A Walk through the Narrative process | Putting the Narrative process to work | Re-Authoring the communal narrative| Invitations to Transformation

Workshop 2 | 12-13 September 2019

Re-authoring conflict and problem narratives

This is what it is about: How to work with conflict and problem narratives in individual and group contexts| Understanding the role of taken-for-granted beliefs and ideas in conflict and problem narratives| Placing the problem in relation to individuals and communities | Standing against problems

Chapters in the book: Introduction to the Narrative approach | The narratives of self | Re-authorise the World | A Walk through the Narrative process | Putting the Narrative process to work | Re-Authoring the communal narrative| Invitations to Transformation

Workshop 3 | 14-15 March 2019/ 17-18 October 2019

Re-authoring questions, listening and documentation

This is what it is about: Being with your client in transformational ways | Listening in transformational ways | Asking questions in transformational ways | Documentation, rituals and celebrations

Chapters in the book: Sanibonani to Human Beings| Transformational conversations| Putting the Narrative process to work | Re-authorise the World

Workshop 4 | 23-24 May 2019/ 14-15 November 2019

Re-authoring diversity and inclusion

This is what it is about: Discovering the role of culture in constructing the “other” | The role of language in constructing the “other” | Understanding privilege and power in inclusion | Practices that includes and welcome the stranger

Chapters in the book: Sanibonani to Human Beings | Re-authorise the World | Re-Authoring the communal narrative| The story of Abundance and Scarcity | Re-authoring Consulting | Invitations to Transformation

Workshop 5 | 20-21 June 2019

Re-authoring Identity

This is what it is about: Experiencing Narrative practices in your own life story | The philosophical approach from where the ideas around identity grow | Discover and learn how narratives shape and maintain identities| Discover and learn how communities of concern can come alongside preferred identities| Explorations around community identities

Chapters in the book: Introduction to the Narrative approach| The narratives of self | Sanibonani to Human Beings| Re-dream our world through alternative narratives | Re-Authoring the communal narrative| Invitations to Transformation

Workshop 6 | 18-19 July 2019

Re-authoring the World

This is what it is about: Discover and learn how to work with taken-for-granted ideas and beliefs within various contexts| Discovering the joy of acts of refusal and protest | Working with the influence of taken-for-granted beliefs and ideas | Inviting the alternative emerging narratives to come alongside

Chapters in the book: Introduction to the Narrative approach | The narratives of self | Sanibonani to Human Beings| Re-authorise the World | Re-dream our world through alternative narratives | Re-authoring the communal narrative| The story of Abundance and Scarcity| Invitations to Transformation

To Register for any of these workshops, click here.


An additional Apprentice Journey

For those that are interested in integrating the learning of the workshops mentioned above and joining a community of practice, the apprentice journey is for you!

The Re-authoring Apprenticeship Journey consists of the 6 x 2-day workshops mentioned above with face-to-face teaching and learning. After finishing each workshop, participants are invited to deepen their experience by re-authoring their own stories as well as the stories of their work through individual online coaching sessions (6 sessions) and attend a half day group leaning session after every 2-day workshop.

These sessions will help participants to integrate their own life- and work experiences into their future re-authoring practice.

In between the different modules, participants will also be required to complete assignments/projects that apply the re-authoring ideas in their various contexts.

Practical Information

How late?

Workshop times from 9:00 to 16:00


233 Kandelaar Avenue
La Montagne


Workshops will be conducted in English but discussions in smaller groups can be done in one’s mother tongue if everyone understands


Participation costs R2 000 per person


The book, Re-Authoring the World
Coffee, tea and lunch

Registration and payment

Submit your information and registration payment of R2000.00
There will be room for 12 participants


For all your questions:
Chené Swart
+27 (0) 83 467 1891 or

Apprentice Journey

12 course days
6 individual coaching sessions
6 half-day group learning sessions
Conversations around assignments/projects between modules
Cost: Additional R10 000

What other participants have said

“In the world of storytelling, Chené’s approach is unique and goes beyond the traditional methods. It is the permanent curiosity that makes you go deeper and deeper and see things clearly and yet very personal. You will move away from schedules and numbers, and dive into personal stories which make it so real and yet so different each time.”

Marieke Gernard
Coach and coordinator of a cooperative Werk met Zin
Antwerp, Belgium

“The re-authoring journey shows another way of looking at our stories and helps a person see the human in the being that they are speaking to.”

Irisha Luhanga
Redefine Human Capital
Johannesburg, South Africa

“The narrative journey has transported me to new views and to new perspectives and to community and understanding of the process of co-creation/-construction. I have learned how constructive, necessary and powerful the deconstruction of power can be. I feel really enthusiastic about the re-dignifying practices. I have had many situations in my life where I felt the need for this, either for me or in behalf of others. This journey really broadens the horizon.”

Rose Gail
Pretoria, South Africa

“I have learned to let go of judging; that despite our diversity we have so much in common; that we need each other (and community) to make different choices. The re-authoring work starts off by giving you tools for your professional toolbox with which to manage change and yet it evolves and it ignites new beliefs. The work will invite you to think differently about the ways in which you want to invite hope and growth – in yourself and the people around you."

Liesl Eksteen
HR management
Johannesburg, South Africa

“What grows through this re-authoring approach is a richer identity and a deepened respect for people, moments and situations that influenced my path and helped me develop to the woman I am now. I also see myself being more aware of small and grand societal assumptions, rules, habits and (ongoing, increasing) messaging of what is right and wrong. Through my attention of what is ‘true’ around us, I now slowly find my voice, I dare to question and to take a stand when love or dignity is at stake.

The Re-authoring approach helps me to stop digging in the truth ‘in me’ (and ‘the truth’ about my identity, talents and deep ‘core’), and start focusing on ‘us’. It is in ‘us’ that that the seeds for a world where dignity and love can rule, grow."

Griet Bouwen
Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner & Generative Story Worker
Bilzen, Belgium

Consultant, Coach & Trainer

Dr Chené Swart


Narrative re-authoring apprentice journeys, leadership development, diversity and inclusion work, team development and alignment, cultural organisational transformation, strategy, cross cultural management, women’s empowerment, executive and leadership coaching and conflict management.


Dr Chené Swart is an accomplished international narrative author, consultant, coach and trainer. She completed her studies in Narrative Therapy in 2006 and has successfully translated the work for the organisational context in the form of practices, designs, processes, workshops and key note presentations.

Chené’s work with individuals, businesses, and civil society organisations has given her a deep understanding into co-creating environments where leaders, teams and organisations can discover their rich identity conclusions and gifts that serve as the ground for authorship of individual narratives and co-authorship of team and organisational narratives. These discoveries have enabled individuals and teams to build deep connections as communities of workers through practices that cultivate human dignity, community and passion.

She is the author of the book, Re-authoring the World and a contributing author on Coaching from a Dialogic OD paradigm in the ground breaking organisational handbook called Dialogic Organization Development and Change: Theory and Practice published in the USA. Chené also wrote a chapter on Re-authoring leadership with and within organizations that was published in the South African book, Leadership – Perspectives from the Front Line and in the German book, Beyond Storytelling - Narrative Ansätze und die Arbeit mit Geschichten in Organisationen. An adapted version of her chapter in these books was published in the USA based journal, OD PRACTITIONER Vol. 48 No. 2 2016.

In more recent years, Chené has started to train organisational consultants coaches and leaders in narrative re-authoring practices in South Africa, the USA, Russia and Belgium through apprentice journeys. She teaches re-authoring leadership practices as part of the faculty for Duke Corporate Education and is guest lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch’s Business School and at the Kaospilot School for innovative thought leaders and entrepreneurs in Denmark.

Chené has also been working as a facilitator in the field of diversity and inclusion since 2009 with clients such as AngloAmerican Platinum, Investec and Barclays ABSA.

Personal Intent

Chené is a South African citizen and draws on this rich history and ongoing transformation as her teachers in the work of “unothering the other”. She is passionate to co-construct experiences where alternative narratives can guide personal, communal and organisational agency, new ways of thinking and doing, and transformed lives.

In her work as an executive coach, consultant and trainer in re-authoring practices, Chené co-creates transformational learning contexts and journeys. She invites and enables participants to re-write and re-author the narratives of their lives as individuals, communities and organizations where they feel stuck or trapped or where the stories they continuously tell are thin conclusions that do not honour the gifts, values, knowledges of these groups or individuals. She also facilitates the emergence of individual, communal and organizational alternative narratives that open the possibility to write and live into a new preferred future.

Chené is therefore committed to participate in and contribute to conversations and actions that re-author our world towards the common good. She believes in the re-authoring of our world, one narrative at a time!

About Re-authoring

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