Teller, Tales, Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear (a story that lasts a weekend)
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 K*ll 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.
Friday 14 September 2018
Doors open from 6:00 pmTelling starts at 7:30 pmTelling ends around 10:00 or 10:30 pm
Saturday 15 September 2018
Doors open at 9:00 am - morning tea, coffee and snacks availableTelling restarts at 10:00 am interspersed with coffee, lunch, and tea breaksTelling ends around 5:30 pm
Doors open to larger group at 6:30 pmTelling restarts at 7:30 pmTelling ends at 10:00 or 10:30 pm
Sunday 16 September 2018
Doors open at 9:00 am - morning tea, coffee and snacks availableTelling 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.
Limited on-site accomodation is available. For details and a list of local hotels and bed and breakfast providers please contact the organiser.
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.
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.
12 years old
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- This December, 14th December, 06:00 pm, Teller, Tales, Tradition: The Ten Wonderful Things (a story that lasts a weekend) in London
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