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.

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

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
Oct
4
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Opal Forest, Zwolle, Netherlands 2019
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 6 @ 7:45 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.
Tellers, 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 Opal Forest.

Of all the journeys one takes, it is the ones we fear the most that we gain from.

Nobody entering the Opal Forest emerges unscathed; they stagger into the light and for a moment it is the real world that seems as a dream. The scholar becomes a hero, the wise man is driven mad, the fool becomes a warrior without reason, and the innocent are older than they should be. The happiness of a single moment can last a lifetime; a landscape of sorrow can last beyond the grave: the key is knowing which forest to get lost in, which mountain to climb, which battle to walk away from.

Trust is important“, she said.

Can I trust you?” he replied.

Can you afford not to? This is not sad; it is a change, a letting go, from which something else may begin“, she said,

Whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace, I will offer it up as a burnt offering“.

“This thing of beauty
Held within a hand and heart
Will betray us all”.

The Opal Forest is the third tale in the Gem Cycle from the Drut’syla tradition.

Oct
11
Fri
2019
The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow: Teller, Tales, Tradition on the move at Wimbledon Park, London
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm
The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow: 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.

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.

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 11th October 2019

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

Saturday 12th October 2019

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 13th October 2019

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.

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Cardiff
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 1:00 pm

More details to follow.

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Ten Wonderful Things, Brighton
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm

At the beginning of all things, the creator hid ten wonderful things around the globe – gifts for the human race.
But time passed and these wonderful things remained unseen and undiscovered.

King Ben Barim had been on many adventures – he had driven out monsters, gathered helpers, retrieved lost objects and saved the day – but he had not met the woman who would be his wife. He went to the Elders and they told him that she would only be revealed to him if he found the Ten Wonderful Things that had remained hidden for so long.

So King Ben Barim set off, comfortable that he knew the pattern, the path, the direction he must tread and confident in the outcome – he would return victorious as he had been on other quests at other times.

But this was not just another quest and not all was as it seemed.

Join tradition bearer Shonaleigh to hear the incredible tale of the Ten Wonderful Things – the final story in the Mannasseh cycle from the Drut’syla storytelling tradition.