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.