Shonaleigh’s Diary


Nov
19
Tue
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Second Year 2019
Nov 19 – Nov 23 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.

Nov
29
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Bishops Castle
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow
A weekend storytelling with Shonaleigh, the only known living Drut’syla – a storyteller in a Jewish tradition inherited from her late grandmother, Edith Marks.
Shonaleigh was taught 12 story cycles by her Grandmother, each containing hundreds of tales. These stories interconnect – there are stories hidden in the corners of other stories and each one brings up questions challenging the listeners to explore the depths of the tale’s magic and meanings.
This a rare opportunity to spend a whole weekend immersed in a cycle of story with Shonaleigh. Over the weekend we will hear and explore the story of a demon in search of a soul and the only woman in the world who can stitch his image into the Cloth of Hope and Sorrow.

The weekend includes accommodation for Friday and Saturday night (and Sunday night for no extra charge by arrangement)
The course is fully catered from Friday evening until Sunday lunch. All food is vegetarian – vegan and gluten free diets can be catered for. As well as meals there will be plenty of cake provided for breaks and a well stocked fruit bowl.
There are five rooms and so each room will be shared. Come with a partner, a friend or two – or come and make some new friends!

Cost £175
For more details, enquiries and bookings contact
Amy Douglas, amythestoryteller@hotmail.com, 01588 638497

Mar
20
Fri
2020
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Emerald Sea, Zwolle, Netherlands 2020
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 22 @ 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 Shonaleigh tells The Emerald Sea.

In the next episode of Shonaleigh’s acclaimed Gem cycle, Prince Rahab’s kingdom is threatened.

The power which, from the beginning of time, has held destructive waters in check depends on the inscription of an unutterable name, and the name is being erased.

Rahab and his Queen must make a sacrifice to save the kingdom, but the prince has been imprisoned by a woman who has been done a terrible wrong, and the queen is on a quest to find him.

Not to be missed, it’s a world first!.

Read detailed information and entire program of all TTT weekends under the ticket link

Aug
24
Mon
2020
Walking the Wild Woods: First Year 2020
Aug 24 – Aug 28 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
28
Fri
2020
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 30 @ 2:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Eve's Three Beautiful Daughters, Unstone Grange, Derbyshire @ Unstone Grange

More details to follow.

Oct
9
Fri
2020
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Sapphire Staff, Zwolle, Netherlands 2020
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 11 @ 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 Sapphire Staff.

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!

Read detailed information and entire program of all TTT weekends under the ticket link

Nov
6
Fri
2020
Nettle Soup 2020: Intermediate Storytelling Weekend
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day
Nettle Soup 2020: Intermediate Storytelling Weekend @ Unstone Grange

You have grasped the nettle and feel confident with a selection of traditional tales. So where do you go now?

Nettle soup is the next step on the way to develop your repertoire and performance skills for storytelling.

Performance skills for storytelling
Using elements of the Drut’syla tradition as well as her experience as a professional performer, Shonaleigh will introduce you to techniques to improve your telling of the story – the use of the performer’s voice and body to bring a tale to life.

How to find stories and make them your own
Shonaleigh’s understanding and experience of learning, rehydrating and developing stories will help you to expand and deepen your repertoire of tales, as well as offering insights into the importance of research and context when working with cultural tales and traditions.

This weekend course is perfect for storytellers who have begun and wish to learn more about the art of telling tales to an audience.

If you would like to signal your interest in our Nettle Soup course 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.

Aug
13
Fri
2021
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: [TBA], Unstone Grange, Derbyshire
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm

More details to follow.

Aug
16
Mon
2021
Walking the Wild Woods: Graduation 2021
Aug 16 – Aug 20 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
23
Mon
2021
Walking the Wild Woods: First Year 2021
Aug 23 @ 4:57 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:57 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.

The course is by invitation or application ONLY.