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Teller, Tales, Tradition: The Sapphire Staff - Part 1

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Casa Templo Setting

31 Ryfold Road

Wimbledon Park

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SW19 8DF

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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.

The Sapphire Staff 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. The story starts out at the beginning of time. It traces the path of the three gifts given to mankind after the Fall from Eden: a cloak made of serpent skin, a staff of sapphire that looks like wood, and a rather unusual book: the Cloak of Invisibility, the Sapphire Staff, and the Book of All Things. We follow the journeys these objects take, and find wonder story merge with stories from the Tanakh (The Old Testament). We meet Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Judah, and Joseph. On the way. the objects become lost, misappropriated, their use distorted, their ability to realise their true value thwarted ... almost forgotten, until ... but that, as they say, would be telling ...

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.

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Friday 27 April 2018

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

Saturday 28 April 2018

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 29 April 2018

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.

The Sapphire Staff is told in two parts, which can be experienced separately, but together, form a whole which is far more than the sum of its parts. The story continues at the same venue over the long weekend of Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June.

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.

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