Shonaleigh’s Diary


Jan
25
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Sapphire Staff, London NW10
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 1:00 pm

This event is privately hosted. For booking information please contact Sarah Deco via email at sarahdeco@me.com to register your interest.

A unique, immersive weekend of storytelling for adults from the world-renowned tradition bearer and storyteller Shonaleigh.

In this episode of Shonaleigh’s acclaimed Gem cycle, an ancient warlord is looking for three objects that will give him possession of all the kingdoms of the world.

The Sapphire Staff given to Adam at the begining of the world, that can make the waters of the world part. A Snakeskin Cloak that smells of the Apples of the Garden of Eden and the Book Of All Things which contains the song of the sun and the thoughts of the rain.

Only two can stop him … a young man who’s Grandfather was cursed to be half eagle half man … and a young woman who holds the last secret of Eve’s three beautiful daughters!

This is a rare and unique chance to hear these ancient tales in the light and on the tongue, stories untold for two generations and barely spoken of for decades.

Shonaleigh is a Druts’yla, and carries a living unbroken oral tradition passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Shonaleigh knows around four thousand tales that she can recall on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’.

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, York St John University 2019
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, York St John University 2019 @ Quad South Hall, York St John University

Shonaleigh is one of Europe’s leading storytellers. Having learned the Drut’syla tradition from the age of four, she carries thousands of oral stories from the Jewish tradition and shares their magic, mystery and wisdom with audiences around the world. For many years, Shonaleigh has shared the techniques of the Drut’syla storytelling tradition with students from across the globe. However, she is probably the last carrier of this age-old tradition.

The weekend form of Tellers, Tales and Tradition was dreamt up by Deborah Barker and Shonaleigh to create opportunities for the Drut’syla to tell a tale in full and for storyteller and listeners to experience these tales told in a more traditional form.

As Shonaleigh re-members and re-hydrates the stories told to her by Edith Marks, there will be few weekends where these stories can be heard in full.

How does the weekend work?

The group will be able to interact with the story as was originally intended. It is the listeners that request stories, journeying through the lattice along a path guided by their requests. You will also be able to ask questions directly about the stories and the environment in which they were told, from finding hidden trade routes locked within the tales to the reasons why a person might forgo a story in order to hear one of greater importance to the community.

Shonaleigh is the only known Drut’syla and the weekend will be a revival of a culture almost lost.

It will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and sofas and tea, coffee and cake provided at regular intervals.

This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral and lost cultures to come and help document and archive through listening, requesting stories and asking questions.

STORYTELLING TIMINGS

The telling will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening and recommence at 10.30am on Saturday 2 February 2019 and Sunday 3 February 2019.

Arrival Tea and Coffee will be available from 10:00am on both Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February 2019.

TOBIAS AND THE SNOW TEAR – 7.30PM, SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019

Told by Shonaleigh

Tobias, father of The Diamond Girl, has his own story. One night his fate is linked forever with that of a Fire Wolf. We will journey with Tobias through seven trials, seven, stories, seven soul searing moments as he quests to redemn this soulless creature.

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ruby Tree, Wellington, NZ 2019
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ruby Tree, Wellington, NZ 2019 @ TO BE CONFIRMED

Now is your chance to immerse yourself in a unique cultural storytelling experience! Drawing from the ancient Jewish Drut’syla tradition, Shonaleigh will be telling tales that have been handed down through generations. As the only known Drut’syla, Shonaleigh is generously sharing her ancestral legacy before it is lost.
Come and be part of this cultural revival. Over the weekend, you will experience the unfolding of ancient wisdom while gaining an insight into how a culture passed on knowledge before the written word. More than a passive listening role, those present are encouraged to become part of the new unfolding of the tale. This style of interactive, spontaneous storytelling is unique and not to be missed!

From her vast repertoire, Shonaleigh has chosen ‘The Ruby Tree’ for this weekend. She will guide us on an intriguing journey through the wonder tale, where we, the listeners, play an intrinsic role in its unfolding. The Ruby Tree is one of a series of interlinked stories from ‘The Gem Cycle’. It is a story of lost generations, wrapped up in a wonder tale as a way of helping people to cope with any challenges that they face.

The Ruby Tree – A King and his Queen long for a child. There is only one way to fulfill this wish: the King must pluck a fruit from the strange and wonderful Ruby Tree, planted by Elijah himself and guarded by a shape-shifting witch. This haunting story has been preserved in Jewish tradition for centuries, carrying echoes of Rapunzel, Snow White, and the Twelve Brothers. Our tales may travel, but the themes within them cross cultures, and wherever they go, they speak to us of our longings and failings, the hopes of generations yet to be born, and the triumph of the human spirit.

This unique and interactive event will enable you to participate in the way that the storytelling experience was originally intended – by asking questions directly about the story and how it applies to you. This may result in the story taking a different path, as one part of the story is set aside in order to hear one of greater importance or need to the community. You may end up hearing a part of the tale that has not been shared for several generations. Shonaleigh’s repertoire of over 4000 stories contains stories within stories. Knowing all these stories and how they connect instinctively, Shonaleigh may start at one point in the lattice and end up who knows where…

One thing we do know is that we will be inspired, entertained and uplifted through this warm, relaxed, engaging and very special event.

Adult themes are likely to be encountered during this event, so it is limited to adults only.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Word Dancing: Wellington, NZ 2019
Mar 7 – Mar 12 all-day
Word Dancing: Wellington, NZ 2019 @ Riverslea Retreat

In the Belly of the Whale School of Storytelling is delighted to be working with the International School of Storytelling and The Story Collective of Christchurch to bring internationally acclaimed storyteller, Shonaleigh Cumbers to New Zealand.

Shonaleigh brings with her a rich and ancient tradition of Jewish storytelling. An authentic ‘Drut’syla’, she was schooled by her Bubbe (Grandmother) in the traditional method of telling that has been handed down through generations.

Join us at Riverslea Retreat for a five-day introductory course on the Drut’syla method of storytelling and working deeply with story and narrative. Shonaleigh is generously sharing her traditions, offering a course based on the hereditary training of Jewish women storytellers – the ability to ‘midrash’ a story is a practice handed down through the generations, knowing the stories within stories and how they connect and link to each other.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the life-affirming wisdom and joy of this method. The course is for anyone who uses narrative or stories as an inspiration in their practice. So that could include leaders, social workers, teachers, librarians, communicators and community workers as well as artists in any field, writers and storytellers.Through this course, you will gain an insight into an ancient Jewish tradition of storytelling that is infinitely practical, providing you with a deep understanding of how story works, and tools to work with story in an intricate and unique way. We will explore ways in which the Drut’syla’s methods and approaches can be adapted practically to any form of narrative use from creative writing and the contemporary arts to communicating your mission and engaging your audience/clients.

Be ready to laugh, explore, create, gain new insights, learn, share and connect to your own wisdom and that of others. Shonaleigh’s personable, vibrant and spontaneous style is sure to leave you inspired and ready to weave new stories of your own.

The $900 fee is all inclusive – 5 nights accommodation (shared rooms), delicious vegetarian meals and Shonaleigh’s teaching. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ruby Tree, Christchurch, NZ 2019
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ruby Tree, Christchurch, NZ 2019 @ Avebury House

Now is your chance to immerse yourself in a unique cultural storytelling experience! Drawing from the ancient Jewish Drut’syla tradition, Shonaleigh will be telling tales that have been handed down through generations. As the only known Drut’syla, Shonaleigh is generously sharing her ancestral legacy before it is lost.

Come and be part of this cultural revival. Over the weekend, you will experience the unfolding of ancient wisdom while gaining an insight into how a culture passed on knowledge before the written word. More than a passive listening role, those present are encouraged to become part of the new unfolding of the tale. This style of interactive, spontaneous storytelling is unique and not to be missed!

From her vast repertoire, Shonaleigh has chosen ‘The Ruby Tree’ for this weekend. She will guide us on an intriguing journey through the wonder tale, where we, the listeners, play an intrinsic role in its unfolding. The Ruby Tree is one of a series of interlinked stories from ‘The Gem Cycle’. It is a story of lost generations, wrapped up in a wonder tale as a way of helping people to cope with any challenges that they face.

The Ruby Tree – A King and his Queen long for a child. There is only one way to fulfill this wish: the King must pluck a fruit from the strange and wonderful Ruby Tree, planted by Elijah himself and guarded by a shape-shifting witch. This haunting story has been preserved in Jewish tradition for centuries, carrying echoes of Rapunzel, Snow White, and the Twelve Brothers. Our tales may travel, but the themes within them cross cultures, and wherever they go, they speak to us of our longings and failings, the hopes of generations yet to be born, and the triumph of the human spirit.

This unique and interactive event will enable you to participate in the way that the storytelling experience was originally intended – by asking questions directly about the story and how it applies to you. This may result in the story taking a different path, as one part of the story is set aside in order to hear one of greater importance or need to the community. You may end up hearing a part of the tale that has not been shared for several generations. Shonaleigh’s repertoire of over 4000 stories contains stories within stories. Knowing all these stories and how they connect instinctively, Shonaleigh may start at one point in the lattice and end up who knows where…

One thing we do know is that we will be inspired, entertained and uplifted through this warm, relaxed, engaging and very special event.

Adult themes are likely to be encountered during this event, so it is limited to adults only.

Mar
22
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ruby Tree, Zwolle, Netherlands 2019
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 24 @ 2:00 pm

Shonaleigh is an internationally respected narrator and tradition keeper. She was born in the Netherlands and she grew up in England. She is a Drut’syla, a narrator in the Jewish tradition. This oral tradition of remembering and telling thousands of traditional stories has been passed through generations of Jewish women for centuries.
Counter, Tales and Tradition is an invaluable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral narrative traditions. The weekend is a revival of an almost lost narrative culture. The plan is to tell part of the cycle over the next four years when changing the seasons, so that one complete cycle has been reported over four years. This weekend tells Shonaleigh The Ruby Tree. Read detailed information and entire program of all TTT weekends under the ticket link

Apr
3
Wed
2019
Storytelling at the Feast of Fools, The Emerald Sea
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

More details to follow.

Please email contact@shonaleigh.uk for further information.

Apr
8
Mon
2019
Lichfield Storytellers: [TBA]
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

More details to follow.

Apr
12
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, Isle Of Anglesey
Apr 12 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 14 @ 2:00 pm

Book your space for £30. Cash donations of your choice towards Shonaleigh’s project expenses are also invited.

You are invited to a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling for adults from the world-renowned tradition bearer and storyteller Shonaleigh. This is a rare chance to hear these ancient tales in the light and on the tongue, stories untold for two generations and barely spoken of for decades.

In the latest episode of Shonaleigh’s acclaimed Gem cycle, we meet Tobias. Tobias owes a debt to a Fire Wolf. The Fire Wolf was once human, but after committing a series of terrible deeds, his soul became seared and he was transformed into a fearsome creature of fire and darkness. The Fire Wolf’s primal scream, when let out at full voice, has the power to kill everyone and everything in earshot. The Fire Wolf is doomed to eternal damnation unless he sacrifices himself for another. He must complete this one selfless act, never knowing whether or not it will be enough to redeem him.

When a Fire Wolf dies, they release a snow tear, which contains seven seeds of redemption. Snow tears are much sought after by ogres, for snow tears, which quench an unquenchable hunger, are an ogre’s favourite food. But should the snow tears survive being eaten by an ogre, and be collected by a person, such as Tobias, who owes the Fire Wolf a debt, then the Fire Wolf has the chance to regain his soul. However, just collecting the snow tear alone is not enough, the person who collects the tear must also agree to try to undo the wrongs the Fire Wolf has committed in order for the Fire Wolf to be redeemed.

To repay the debt he owes the Fire Wolf, Tobias takes on the quest of trying to right the wrongs that brought the Fire Wolf into existence. Tobias and the Snow Tear is the story of his quest. As for whether he is successful or not… join Tobias on his journey and find out what happens for yourself.

Shonaleigh is a Druts’yla, and carries on a living unbroken oral tradition passed down from grandmother to granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Shonaleigh knows around 4,000 tales that she can recall on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’.

This telling of Tobias and the Snow Tear will be recorded, as part of the Last Drut’syla Project, to create an archive of this tradition’s stories.

This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral and lost cultures to come and help document and archive this tradition through listening, requesting stories and asking questions. There will only be 20 places, so booking is essential.

This telling of Tobias and the Snow Tear will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening (arrive from 6pm for a bite to eat first). Saturday’s session will run approximately 10am – 9pm. Sunday will run approximately 10am – 2pm. It will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and sofas and cups of tea.

There is a charge of £30 to attend, to cover the cost of the room and basic lunches and dinners. You are also welcome to make a donation to Shonaleigh and Simon’s travel and project expenses, and to bring cakes, biscuits and snacks to share (gluten and dairy-free if possible).

To book your space, please visit: www.anadlu.com
Or contact Claire Mace on claire@anadlu.com or 07970 409 724

May
17
Fri
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Mentors Gathering
May 17 – May 19 all-day

Wildwoods is a three year part time course with four one week residential courses, which will introduce you to a new way of thinking about stories and your approach to them. We will walk with the Druts’yla tradition, identify key points of the midrash and learn how stories are held, unpeeled, understood and internalised on a practical and holistic level.

The course is by invitation or application ONLY.