Godly Play training events have evolved over 40 years of research, practice, reflection and prayer and are designed to be as innovative and deeply spiritual for adults as Godly Play is for children. In Godly Play training you will learn about Godly Play and be deeply nurtured and encouraged in your own spiritual journey.

It is recommended that anyone interested in using the Godly Play methodology in a church, school or aged care setting do the core training as an orientation to Godly Play. Further experience and training through storyteller gatherings, workshops, retreats and conferences is recommended.

Training Options

Taster or Demonstration

Usually a two- to four-hour session with one or two stories and an introduction to the underlying principles and basics.


A day event (sometimes including the evening before) with a story from each Godly Play genre (Sacred, Parable, Liturgical), underlying principles, room, roles, materials and opportunity to respond and join in discussion.

Core Training

An intense three-day course in which participants are immersed in Godly Play practice, learn and tell a story for supportive feedback and evaluation.The core training required to achieve accreditation as a storyteller/doorperson takes three days (a minimum of 21 hours training). All three days and each session must be attended to achieve accreditation. In this time two accredited trainers will work with the group to provide information and experience of the three genres of stories in Godly Play, the role of the storyteller, the role of the doorperson, the Godly Play space, materials, response time, spirituality of the child, forming and maintaining a story circle community that is safe, the history and practice of Godly Play and much more.


Usually a day event for trained storytellers that involves creating materials for a story and practising storytelling, often to prepare for a season like Advent or Lent. Can be done as a retreat.

Enrichment Training

Two-day sessions for experienced Godly Play storytellers and doorpersons to share their experiences and who want to deepen their skills and understanding or experience stories from the Enrichment Volumes.