'Creative Writing and the Narrative Arts' – a 5-day workshop with Shonaleigh Cumbers
Join us at Riverslea Retreat for a five-day introductory course on the Drut’syla method of storytelling. 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, innovators, social workers, teachers, librarians 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 the visceral nature 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 in the boardroom or workforce.
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.
When: 15–20 March, 2018
Where: Riverslea Retreat, 733 Otaki Gorge Road, RD2, New Zealand
(75 km from Wellington.)
Cost: This has yet to be worked out - but be assured that we are working to make it as reasonable as possible.
You can register your interest by filling out this form.
What to bring?
We invite you to come prepared with a piece of your own prose/ poetry or perhaps a traditional folk tale. By folk tale we mean a short story, perferably your own, from an oral tradition. The story should not contain magic so it could be a trickster tale but not tales such as Little Red Riding Hood or Sleeping Beauty that contain magic. Further details will be emailed to you nearer the course date.
Some experience of storytelling or writing is required. But more important is a willingness to learn and participate in this unique opportunity.
To get the most from this course, Shonaleigh has advised that a residential workshop is the preferred format. You will be able to fully immerse yourself in the course offerings and any tasks set by Shonaleigh without distractions. You will also have plenty of space for your own reflections and 'processing' of any insights. This is a treat for your creative soul – a chance to delve into the art and magic of storytelling. The cost will be inclusive of accommodation, meals and the fee for the workshop itself.
If you have any questions about the course please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
The Story Collective are proud to be working with the International School of Storytelling and In the Belly of the Whale School of Storytelling to bring you this workshop.
Above: The enchanting Riverslea Retreat, set in the beautiful Otaki bush on the Kapiti Coat, Aotearoa.
Let us know by filling in this form. Places are limited.
What others have said about Shonaleigh…
"What makes Shonaleigh's workshops so special is that you don’t need to be a storyteller to learn from her – artists, authors, singers, doctors and more have taken part in Shonaleigh’s courses and learned ideas and ways of thinking that benefit their chosen field."
~ Tania Faulkner-McKenzie
"Shonaleigh is truly a special lady, and not just for her drut’syla heritage and her stories. She is warm and caring and willing to share her knowledge and ideas with those willing to open their hearts to learn."
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