Word Dancing: Wellington, NZ 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019 – Tuesday, March 12, 2019 all-day
Riverslea Retreat
733 Otaki Gorge Rd
RD2, Otaki
New Zealand 5582

In the Belly of the Whale School of Storytelling is delighted to be working with the International School of Storytelling and The Story Collective of Christchurch to bring internationally acclaimed storyteller, Shonaleigh Cumbers to New Zealand.

Shonaleigh brings with her a rich and ancient tradition of Jewish storytelling. An authentic ‘Drut’syla’, she was schooled by her Bubbe (Grandmother) in the traditional method of telling that has been handed down through generations.

Join us at Riverslea Retreat for a five-day introductory course on the Drut’syla method of storytelling and working deeply with story and narrative. Shonaleigh is generously sharing her traditions, offering a course based on the hereditary training of Jewish women storytellers – the ability to ‘midrash’ a story is a practice handed down through the generations, knowing the stories within stories and how they connect and link to each other.

This is a rare and unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the life-affirming wisdom and joy of this method. The course is for anyone who uses narrative or stories as an inspiration in their practice. So that could include leaders, social workers, teachers, librarians, communicators and community workers as well as artists in any field, writers and storytellers.Through this course, you will gain an insight into an ancient Jewish tradition of storytelling that is infinitely practical, providing you with a deep understanding of how story works, and tools to work with story in an intricate and unique way. We will explore ways in which the Drut’syla’s methods and approaches can be adapted practically to any form of narrative use from creative writing and the contemporary arts to communicating your mission and engaging your audience/clients.

Be ready to laugh, explore, create, gain new insights, learn, share and connect to your own wisdom and that of others. Shonaleigh’s personable, vibrant and spontaneous style is sure to leave you inspired and ready to weave new stories of your own.

The $900 fee is all inclusive – 5 nights accommodation (shared rooms), delicious vegetarian meals and Shonaleigh’s teaching. Places are limited, so early booking is advised.