Shonaleigh’s Diary


Jun
7
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Diamond Girl, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Diamond Girl, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019 @ Tuin Aan Zee

THE TRADITION
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, but was almost lost after the uprooting of these communities in World War II.. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’. Shonaleigh might well be the last Druts’yla that holds these stories. Originally they were told in Dutch Jewish communities, telling them in Holland is in a way bringing them home. Starting at one point in the lattice of stories, 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. You can learn more about Shonaleigh and the Drutsyla tradition on her website.

THE STORY
The Diamond Girl and the Goat-Horn Bee is all about the day that everything changes. A blessing has become a curse and that curse is the only way to survive. When her world is torn apart, Reisal has to watch as her family disappears and she herself becomes nothing more than a pawn of the powerful; Zekal Ben Yakov has to watch as his son sets out on a quest with only half a puzzle and a sack of questions. The only thing that can save them all is a firewolf, an icefish, a snow bear and a goat-horn bee.
The telling will be in English

THE PROGRAMME
Friday: 19.30 – 21.00, telling, including snacks
Saturday: 10.00, doors open; coffee & tea
10.30 – 16.30, telling including a lunch
17.30 dinner
19.30 – 21.30 telling goes on, extra guests are welcome, like your friends and family (tickets: 10,-)
Sunday:10.00, doors open, coffee & tea
10.30 – 14.00, telling, ending with a lunch

THE PLACE
Telling is in ‘De Verhalenkamer’ or ‘Storytelling Room’ of storyteller Nancy Wiltink. A former office of the keeper of the lock that is now a place for small scale storytelling events. If the weather permits the garden of ‘Tuin aan Zee’ will be used for lunch and dinner. The place is near Central Station, more directions will be given when you book

BOOKING
The whole weekend, including meals is € 225,-
A maximum of 12 people is able to attend
Ten more people on saturday evening
Booking: nancy@tuinanzee.nl
If you book you will receive an invoice that has to be payed before the start of the event. Saturday evening tickets are sold at the door, reservations for Saturday evening are recommended

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, Totnes
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

More details to follow.

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Brighton
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm

Last chance to hear this stunning story told by Shonaleigh Cumbers over a whole weekend. This story will not be told again for 12 years!!! You will also hear about the Jewish Women’s Oral Tradition and how Shonaleigh was taught 1000s of stories by her wonderful Bubba.

Price and payment

A weekend ticket will be £120 per person.
There are only 13 places so book early.
Please contact Fleur Shorthouse Hemmings at fleurflee@gmail.com to book and for payment details.

Timings and Food

Arrive Friday night at 7pm, to begin telling at 7:30pm. The session will end at 9:30pm.
Arrive Saturday morning at 9.30am to begin telling at 10am the session will end at 5.30pm and resume at 7:30pm until 9:30pm. You may wish to go for a walk in the park or the seafront but make sure you are back for the meal we will provide at 6.30pm sharp.
Arrive Sunday morning at 9.30am to begin telling at 10am the session will end at 1pm.
There will be plenty of comfort breaks throughout.
An evening meal will be provided on the Saturday night, this will be vegan friendly. There will be dairy accompaniments and some meat options. Tea, Coffee, soft drinks and cake are also included in the price of the weekend ticket.
Please bring a contribution for a shared lunch on Saturday. Feel free to bring nibbles and drinks you like.
We will finish by 1pm on Sunday so you can make your own arrangements for lunch. We are within walking distance of lots of cafes and restaurants.
Please inform us about any dietary requirements when you book.

Travel

15mins walk from Brighton Station, 20mins walk from Hove Station. No 7 Bus stops almost right
outside venue. Closest airports, Shoreham and Gatwick.

If you are from out of town, Brighton and Hove is a seaside town so it is awash with hotels, B&Bs and there are many AirBnB listings on the App.

Jul
29
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Third Year 2019
Jul 29 @ 12:00 am – Aug 2 @ 1:00 am

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.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Graduation 2019
Aug 5 – Aug 9 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.

Aug
12
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: First Year 2019
Aug 12 – Aug 16 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.

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Aug 16 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire @ Unstone Grange

In a remote castle a Makhshef – a sorcerer and bringer of chaos – lived alone. But it had not always been so; once upon a time he had an imprisoned girl and a city to torment and all power and mayhem and evil was his. And then one day, he was tricked. The woman had taken the silver threads of the moon and sewed images into a blue cloth, taking everything embroidered to a place of safety. One by one, all who he threatened disappeared until finally she had embroidered herself into the cloth and he was all alone. In a rage, the Makhshef took the cloth and would have destroyed it had his eye not caught the half-finished likeness of himself, glinting in the moonlight. He could not destroy the cloth without destroying himself. So he remained alone, with nothing to do and nothing to torment.
One chill night he came upon a dove, frozen and still at the edge of the road. Out of curiosity and boredom, the Makshef picked it up, curious, and took it back to his empty palace.
“I am the Dove of Heaven,” said the bird. “You have saved me. What can I give you in return?”
The Makhshef felt something strange – his face was wet.
“What is this?” he asked.
“Tears,” replied the Dove.
“I want a soul,” whispered the Makhshef.
“You can only have a soul if you wander – 7 years in each direction. And you must find a woman who can stitch the cloth.”
This is the story of a demon is search for a soul and for only woman in the world who can finish stitching his image into the Cloth of Hope and Sorrow.

Prices:

£68 for the weekend

Meals

Friday night meal +£10
Saturday Lunch + £8
Saturday Evening meal + £10
Sunday Lunch + £8

You must book and inform us of dietary requirements. If you don’t book in advance there won’t be food for you.

Accomodation

Bedroom Friday and Saturday night £70 (No self catering)
Camping £40 (with the option of self catering)

Please book via email to booking@houseofthewestwind.uk

Aug
26
Mon
2019
Word Dancing: Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Aug 26 – Aug 30 all-day
Word Dancing: Unstone Grange, Derbyshire @ Unstone Grange

With growing popularity of literary festivals and spoken word events, writers are often required to TELL their work. Similarly, storytellers often want to develop their tales in a written form. But to write and to tell are two very different art forms.

As a writer, this course will show you what to adapt to be able to tell your tale.

As a storyteller, this course will show you how to adapt your oral story for the page.

This five-day course will introduce you to the Drut’syla midrash – the hereditary training of traditional Jewish women storytellers.

Shonaleigh and Simon Heywood will lead you through a range of practical exercises and creative explorations of narrative and story. We will explore ways in which the Drut’syla’s methods and approaches can be adapted practically to creative writing, storytelling and the contemporary arts. You will gain the tools to tell your story in whatever medium you choose.

This course is suitable for creatives from any discipline who use narrative or story as inspiration. It is suitable for story-lovers at any stage of their creative journey.

If you wish to book for Word Dancing (Creative Writing and Narrative Arts) then please Contact Us via email stating your name and your preferred method of contact (Email or Telephone). A member of the House of West Wind Admin Team will be in touch to discuss dates, locations, payment details and answer any questions that you may have.

Prices:

Bedroom

£355    (Fully catered) Arriving 10.00 Monday morning

£380    (Fully catered) Arriving on Sunday night

Camping

£280    (Fully catered) Arriving 10.00 Monday morning

£305    (Fully catered) Arriving on Sunday night

This is a catered course with no option for self-catering.

We will need your dietary requirements at the time of booking, in order for our caterers to plan adequately.

Book via email to booking@houseofthewestwind.uk

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, Bridport
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm

More details to follow.

Sep
27
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Isle Of Anglesey
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 29 @ 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 a Makhshef – a sorcerer and bringer of chaos. Once upon a time he had both an imprisoned woman and a whole city to torment, and all power to spread mayhem and evil was his. One day, he was tricked by his prisoner; the woman had taken the silver threads of the moon and sewed images into a blue cloth, taking everything she embroidered to a place of safety.

In a rage, the Makhshef took the cloth and would have destroyed it, had his eye not caught the half-finished likeness of himself, glinting in the moonlight. He could not destroy the cloth without destroying himself… This is the story of a demon searching for his soul and for the only woman in the world who can finish stitching his image into the Cloth of Hope and Sorrow.

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 The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow 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 to document and archive this tradition through listening, requesting stories and asking questions. There will only be 20 places, so booking is essential.

The telling of The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow 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. All 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