Shonaleigh’s Diary


Aug
21
Mon
Walking the Wild Woods
Aug 21 @ 4:24 pm – Aug 25 @ 5:24 pm

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. This course is by application only

Aug
25
Fri
The Golem – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 12:30 pm
The Golem – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College

Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’. This weekend is an opportunity to gain an insight into how a culture thrived before the written word became common practice.

Starting at one point in the lattice we the listeners will guide the journey through the interlinked tales, hearing stories possibly left untold for two generations. There will be time for discussion and exploration of both the tradition and the stories.

All the tellings stand alone but if you choose to journey with us on one, or more, of the weekends you will experience the thrill of old friends and foes making an appearance, and witness how the story cycles enfold one into another.

The group will be able to interact in the way it was originally intended, asking 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 thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. The telling will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening and finish at noon on Sunday. 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. There will only be sixteen places so early booking is advised.

Sep
11
Mon
Word Dancing – The Art of Storytelling with Shonaleigh @ Ashton Home
Sep 11 – Sep 15 all-day
Word Dancing - The Art of Storytelling with Shonaleigh @ Ashton Home

Hosted by Full Circle Connections

Come enjoy a week long intensive workshop with Shonaleigh here in the States. She is London’s national treasure. A Jewish Drut’syla, or oral storyteller. She will teach you how to walk through a story and deepen your ability to write or tell.

Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/760321254150186

 

Oct
6
Fri
The Sapphire Staff – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 8 @ 12:30 pm
The Sapphire Staff – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College

Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’. This weekend is an opportunity to gain an insight into how a culture thrived before the written word became common practice.

Starting at one point in the lattice we the listeners will guide the journey through the interlinked tales, hearing stories possibly left untold for two generations. There will be time for discussion and exploration of both the tradition and the stories.

All the tellings stand alone but if you choose to journey with us on one, or more, of the weekends you will experience the thrill of old friends and foes making an appearance, and witness how the story cycles enfold one into another.

The group will be able to interact in the way it was originally intended, asking 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 thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. The telling will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening and finish at noon on Sunday. 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. There will only be sixteen places so early booking is advised.

Nov
20
Mon
Walking the Wild Woods (2nd Years)
Nov 20 @ 12:00 am – Nov 25 @ 12:00 am

Students, please refer to your Quest material.

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. This course is by application only.

Nov
26
Sun
Walking the Wild Woods (Mentors)
Nov 26 @ 4:39 pm – 5:39 pm

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. This course is by application only.

Dec
1
Fri
Secret Life of the Folktale @ International School of Storytelling
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 3 @ 3:30 pm
Secret Life of the Folktale @ International School of Storytelling
Like pebbles worn by the sea into shapes of startling wonder, the folktales we all know are the legacy of centuries of slow growth, and generations of work and vision, by some of the greatest storytellers who have ever lived.
 
Most of the time we do not even know their names. Usually we never think about how they gave their tales the form in which we know them best today. But in the story of this long creative process, unexplored treasures and mysteries lie hidden as if in plain view. Familiar tales take unfamiliar shapes; chicanery, sheer genius, charlatanism, and chance all play a part in shaping and handing on the stories.
 
In this two-day course writer and storyteller [link2 id=1334 text="Simon Heywood"] and [link2 id=6 text="Shonaleigh"], storyteller in the Jewish women’s drut’syla tradition, take a practical, creative, and inspiring look at the hidden story of the tales we think we all know.

 
Feb
12
Mon
New Zealand Tour
Feb 12 – Mar 21 all-day
New Zealand Tour

Performances, weekend/week workshops and Teller, Tale and Tradition weekend.
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill

Mar
23
Fri
ISoS Word Dancing: Weekend Workshop @ International School of Storytelling
Mar 23 – Mar 25 all-day
ISoS Word Dancing: Weekend Workshop @ International School of Storytelling
An introduction to story and the Drut’syla technique

An introduction to story for beginners and those interested in learning about the Drut’syla technique. In this workshop we will look at narrative as a three -dimensional art. A world of story, a world of landscape. A drut’syla, is the teller of a story-lattice woven over centuries by the Jewish communities. To create objects of wonder a carpenter must learn about the nature of wood, a silversmith about the nature of silver. This course will introduce you to the nature of story, and how we can create whole worlds with the words on our tongue alone to evoke an image in another’s eye. This course is not about learning performance skills, it is an introduction to how we can work with language so that it becomes a dance, and how we can find the very heartbeat of a story so that it lives in us, whatever our creative medium.

Artists, sculptors, writers, poets, teachers, library staff anyone with an interest in story and narrative; Welcome! The only experience required is an interest in narrative and story.

Apr
6
Fri
Tobias and the Snow Tear – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 12:30 pm
Tobias and the Snow Tear – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend @ Emerson College

Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from Grandmother to Granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’. This weekend is an opportunity to gain an insight into how a culture thrived before the written word became common practice.

Starting at one point in the lattice we the listeners will guide the journey through the interlinked tales, hearing stories possibly left untold for two generations. There will be time for discussion and exploration of both the tradition and the stories.

All the tellings stand alone but if you choose to journey with us on one, or more, of the weekends you will experience the thrill of old friends and foes making an appearance, and witness how the story cycles enfold one into another.

The group will be able to interact in the way it was originally intended, asking 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 thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. The telling will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening and finish at noon on Sunday. 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. There will only be sixteen places so early booking is advised.