Shonaleigh’s Diary


Aug
4
Sat
2018
Walking The Wild Woods, Year 3
Aug 4 – Aug 10 all-day
Walking The Wild Woods, Year 3 @ Emerson College
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.

** ALL PLACES FOR 2018 HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 OPEN IN SEPTEMBER. TO BE ADDED TO THE 2018 WAITING LIST EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO ADMIN@SCHOOLOFSTORYTELLING.COM **

Year Three

Bridging The Worlds
Bud and Bloom
Midrash technique, the deconstruction and reassembling of the story to enable both storyteller and audience/participant to connect with various view points.
Five view points, fifteen questions, multiple riddles
Moving from the cerebral landscape  to the physical and the bridges in between
Working with story within the practitioners chosen field. i.e. education, community projects, library services, health, and performance.

In addition there are regular quests and tasks to be completed throughout the year and which form an intrinsic part of the training.
The course is by invitation or application ONLY.

Shonaleigh is happy to discuss your application if you have questions or would like further details before applying. You can email admin@schoolofstorytelling.com and we will send you her contact details.

You need to have a regular creative practice and are advised to take a course with Shonaleigh before applying. Creative Writing and Narrative Arts is particularly recommended.

Aug
13
Mon
2018
Word Dancing, Creative Writing and Storytelling
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm
Word Dancing, Creative Writing and Storytelling @ Emerson College

A five-day introductory course to the drut’ syla midrash – the hereditary training of traditional Jewish women storytellers for storytellers, writers and creatives from any discipline who use narrative or stories as an inspiration.
This course will give you the tools to create a piece of work to tell your story in whatever medium you choose. 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.

We invite you to come prepared with a piece of prose/ poetry or a traditional folk tale by this we mean a short story from an oral tradition, (preferably your own) that contains no magic – literally a tale of the folk, for example a trickster tale not tales such as Little Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty which contain magic. Further details will be emailed to you in the welcome letter.

Aug
17
Fri
2018
The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow – Teller, Tale and Tradition Weekend
Aug 17 @ 7:30 pm – Aug 19 @ 2:30 pm

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.

Aug
20
Mon
2018
Walking the Wildwoods Year 1
Aug 20 – Aug 24 all-day
Walking the Wildwoods Year 1 @ Emerson College
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.

** ALL PLACES FOR 2018 HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 OPEN IN SEPTEMBER. TO BE ADDED TO THE 2018 WAITING LIST EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO ADMIN@SCHOOLOFSTORYTELLING.COM **

Year One

Finding The Extraordinary In The Ordinary

Understanding the Root of a Tale

The beginning of the path
Unearthing the root/route
The significance of landscape and metaphor
Origins and Understanding of Myth and Wonder tale
Physical puzzles and cerebral riddles
Visualization, language and kinaesthetic learning
Introduction and step one of the Midrash

In addition there are regular quests and tasks to be completed throughout the year and which form an intrinsic part of the training.
The course is by invitation or application ONLY.

Shonaleigh is happy to discuss your application if you have questions or would like further details before applying. You can email admin@schoolofstorytelling.com and we will send you her contact details.

You need to have a regular creative practice and are advised to take a course with Shonaleigh before applying. Creative Writing and Narrative Arts is particularly recommended.

Sep
14
Fri
2018
Tobias and the Snow Tear: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm
Tobias and the Snow Tear: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London @ Casa Templo Setting

Join us for a weekend-long story told by a living tradition bearer, Drut’syla Shonaleigh Cumbers, part of a series of extended storytelling sessions taking place in 2018.

Tobias and the Snow Tear is one of five stories in The Gem Cycle. The Gem Cycle is one of twelve epic cycles of stories which have been passed down by generations of Jewish women from Grandmother to Grandaughter in the Drut’syla tradition. Tobias owes a debt to a Fire Wolf, a creature of darkness, once human, who has committed a series of such terrible deeds that their soul has become seared and they have been transformed to a fearsome creature of fire and darkness whose primal scream, when let out at full voice, has the power to kill everyone and everything in earshot. They are doomed to eternal damnation unless … and it’s a long shot. They sacrifice themselves for another in one selfless act, never knowing whether it will be enough to redeem them. At their death, they release a snow tear which contains seven seeds of redemption. Should the snow tears survive being eaten by an ogre – for snow tears, which quench unquenchable hunger, are an ogre’s favourite food – and are collected by a person who owes the fire wolf a debt and who agrees to try to undo the wrongs the fire wolf has committed, then a fire wolf has the chance to regain his soul. Tobias is such a man – to repay the debt he owes the fire wolf, he 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, well, that would be telling … but what I can guarantee is that it’s touch and go … join Tobias on his journey and find out what happens for yourself.

Shonaleigh was taught by her Bubbe (grandmother) so this is a rare opportunity to experience an weekend of storytelling from a living, unbroken oral tradition.

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.

We will also take time to discuss both the tradition and the issues raised by the stories and explore how the wisdom of these stories can help us navigate life in the 21st Century, and build stronger communities, whatever our location, situation, and whatever our faith or belief system.

The tellings will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and chairs. A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB. You are welcome to bring quiet crafts (that will not disturb others) such as knitting, crochet, embroidery etc.

Programme

Friday 14 September 2018

Doors open from 6:00 pm
Telling starts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends around 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Saturday 15 September 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am interspersed with coffee, lunch, and tea breaks
Telling ends around 5:30 pm

Doors open to larger group at 6:30 pm
Telling restarts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends at 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Sunday 16 September 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am, interspersed with coffee break, going through to lunchtime.

A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB.

Numbers are limited to 16 so we urge you to book soon if you would like to join us.

Stories within stories

In the Drut’syla tradition, around 4,000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, in a networked lattice 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.

Questions

Told over centuries these stories have a timeless, universal resonance for all of us, men and women, young and old, survivors and seekers. The group will interact with the story in the way it was originally intended, with listeners encouraged to ask questions directly about the stories and the environment in which they were told. We may find hidden trade routes locked within the tales, discuss the reasons why a person might forego a story in order to hear one of greater importance to the community or be prompted to engage in philosophical discussions by issues raised within the stories.

The Last Drut’syla?

Shonaleigh is the only known Drut’syla having learnt the stories from her Bubbe (grandmother) and the weekend will be a thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. 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.

What is a Casa Templo Setting?

The Casa Templo concept is a simple concept which started in South America. It defines a domestic space in which people gather to celebrate life as a community. LifeLore Casa Templo events are inspired by this model, and are hosted in the light of three universal principles: goodness, truth, and harmony which the people present balance in their own ways to guide the quality of their individual and collective actions throughout the event..

Oct
26
Fri
2018
The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a weekend-long story told by a living tradition bearer, Drut’syla Shonaleigh Cumbers, part of a series of extended storytelling sessions taking place in 2018.

The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow is one of five stories in The Gem Cycle. The Gem Cycle is one of twelve epic cycles of stories which have been passed down by generations of Jewish women from Grandmother to Grandaughter in the Drut’syla tradition. Join us on the journey through this exquisitely detailed story landscape brought to life in the moment by unique tradition-bearer, Shonaleigh Cumbers who was taught by her Bubbe (grandmother).

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.

We will also take time to discuss both the tradition and the issues raised by the stories and explore how the wisdom of these stories can help us navigate life in the 21st Century, and build stronger communities, whatever our location, situation, and whatever our faith or belief system.

The tellings will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and chairs. A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB. You are welcome to bring quiet crafts (that will not disturb others) such as knitting, crochet, embroidery etc.

Programme

Friday 26 October 2018

Doors open from 6:00 pm
Telling starts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends around 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Saturday 27 October 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am interspersed with coffee, lunch, and tea breaks
Telling ends around 5:30 pm

Doors open to larger group at 6:30 pm
Telling restarts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends at 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Sunday 28 October 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am, interspersed with coffee break, going through to lunchtime.

A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB.

Numbers are limited to 16 so we urge you to book soon if you would like to join us.

Stories within stories

In the Drut’syla tradition, around 4,000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, in a networked lattice 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.

Questions

Told over centuries these stories have a timeless, universal resonance for all of us, men and women, young and old, survivors and seekers. The group will interact with the story in the way it was originally intended, with listeners encouraged to ask questions directly about the stories and the environment in which they were told. We may find hidden trade routes locked within the tales, discuss the reasons why a person might forego a story in order to hear one of greater importance to the community or be prompted to engage in philosophical discussions by issues raised within the stories.

The Last Drut’syla?

Shonaleigh is the only known Drut’syla having learnt the stories from her Bubbe (grandmother) and the weekend will be a thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. 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.

What is a Casa Templo?

The Casa Templo concept is a simple concept which started in South America. It defines a domestic space in which people gather to celebrate life as a community. LifeLore Casa Templo events are inspired by this model, and are hosted in the light of three universal principles: goodness, truth, and harmony which the people present balance in their own ways to guide the quality of their individual and collective actions throughout the event.

Nov
19
Mon
2018
Walking the Wildwoods Year 2
Nov 19 – Nov 24 all-day
Walking the Wildwoods Year 2 @ Emerson College
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.

** ALL PLACES FOR 2018 HAVE NOW BEEN ALLOCATED. APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 OPEN IN SEPTEMBER. TO BE ADDED TO THE 2018 WAITING LIST EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO ADMIN@SCHOOLOFSTORYTELLING.COM **

Year Two

Finding the Ordinary In The Extraordinary
Bark and Branch
Vocal technique
Moving from the cerebral landscape  to the physical and the bridges in between
Methods of approaching story and research techniques
Walking the story and passing it on
Remembering to think outside the box
Application of Language in different work related environments
Step two of the Midrash

In addition there are regular quests and tasks to be completed throughout the year and which form an intrinsic part of the training.
The course is by invitation or application ONLY.

Shonaleigh is happy to discuss your application if you have questions or would like further details before applying. You can email admin@schoolofstorytelling.com and we will send you her contact details.

You need to have a regular creative practice and are advised to take a course with Shonaleigh before applying. Creative Writing and Narrative Arts is particularly recommended.

Nov
30
Fri
2018
Tellers, Tale and Tradition, Ten Wonderful Things
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 2 @ 2:30 pm
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.

Dec
14
Fri
2018
The Ten Wonderful Things: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm
The Ten Wonderful Things: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London @ Casa Templo Setting

Join us for a weekend-long story told by a living tradition bearer, Drut’syla Shonaleigh Cumbers, part of a series of extended storytelling sessions taking place in 2018.

The story of The Ten Wonderful Things is one of several extended story cycles which form part of the cycle known in the tradition as the ‘Cycle of Menassah’, which includes the subset of five extended story cycles known as The Gem Cycle. The Cycle of Menassah is one of twelve epic latticed interlinked cycles of stories which have been passed down by generations of Jewish women from Grandmother to Grandaughter in the Drut’syla tradition. Join us on the journey through this exquisitely detailed story landscape brought to life in the moment by unique tradition-bearer, Shonaleigh Cumbers who was taught by her Bubbe (grandmother).

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.

We will also take time to discuss both the tradition and the issues raised by the stories and explore how the wisdom of these stories can help us navigate life in the 21st Century, and build stronger communities, whatever our location, situation, and whatever our faith or belief system.

The tellings will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and chairs. A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB. You are welcome to bring quiet crafts (that will not disturb others) such as knitting, crochet, embroidery etc.

Programme

Friday 14 December 2018

Doors open from 6:00 pm
Telling starts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends around 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Saturday 15 December 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am interspersed with coffee, lunch, and tea breaks
Telling ends around 5:30 pm

Doors open to larger group at 6:30 pm
Telling restarts at 7:30 pm
Telling ends at 10:00 or 10:30 pm

Sunday 16 December 2018

Doors open at 9:00 am – morning tea, coffee and snacks available
Telling restarts at 10:00 am, interspersed with coffee break, going through to lunchtime.

A range of snacks (including gluten and dairy free ones), tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available throughout the event, included in the admission price. BYOB.

Numbers are limited to 16 so we urge you to book soon if you would like to join us.

Stories within stories

In the Drut’syla tradition, around 4,000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, in a networked lattice 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.

Questions

Told over centuries these stories have a timeless, universal resonance for all of us, men and women, young and old, survivors and seekers. The group will interact with the story in the way it was originally intended, with listeners encouraged to ask questions directly about the stories and the environment in which they were told. We may find hidden trade routes locked within the tales, discuss the reasons why a person might forego a story in order to hear one of greater importance to the community or be prompted to engage in philosophical discussions by issues raised within the stories.

The Last Drut’syla?

Shonaleigh is the only known Drut’syla having learnt the stories from her Bubbe (grandmother) and the weekend will be a thoroughly unusual revival of a culture almost lost. 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.

What is a Casa Templo Setting?

The Casa Templo concept is a simple concept which started in South America. It defines a domestic space in which people gather to celebrate life as a community. LifeLore Casa Templo events are inspired by this model, and are hosted in the light of three universal principles: goodness, truth, and harmony which the people present balance in their own ways to guide the quality of their individual and collective actions throughout the event.