Laurence Cole

SINGING, LISTENING, GRIEVING, CELEBRATING, IN CARE FOR THE WHOLE LIVING WORLD

Join master storyteller and song leader Laurence Cole from Pt. Townsend WA, for a weekend on Bowen Island of connecting in songs of grief and praise. A long-time member of the Ubuntu Choir network (www.ubuntuchoirs.net), Laurence has a great gift for using the power of song to bring people together in a rich and deep experience of harmony in community. Inspired by the work of Angeles Arrien, Malidome Some, Michael Meade and Francis Weller, Laurence compassionately leads groups into the depths of grief and the heights of joy. We’d love to have you in the village!

Here’s a quote from Francis Weller to give you a flavour of the Grief Song Ceremony: “The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give. If I carry only grief, I’ll bend toward cynicism and despair. If I have only gratitude, I’ll become saccharine and won’t develop much compassion for other people’s suffering. Grief keeps the heart fluid and soft, which helps make compassion possible.”

Friday night 7:00 – 9:30:  open community SongCircle – $20

Saturday 9:30 am – 9:30 pm AND Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm: Grief Song Ceremony -sliding scale $100 – $200.

Friday night SongCircle drop-ins are welcome. Pre-registration required for the Grief Song Ceremony. If you register for the Grief Song Ceremony you are welcome to come to the Friday night SongCircle at no extra cost.

Snacks, tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Potluck supper Saturday night; optional potluck breakfast Sunday morning.

There are many wonderful B&Bs on Bowen Island, and billeting can also be arranged. Contact shastamartinuk at gmail dot com for more details and to register.

Sound and Music Events

If you’re one of those people who love to sing but don’t want to go out at night (and who can blame you in this dark time of the year!) then the “One World One Voice” SongCircle just might be the group for you. We meet Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm at Collins Hall, starting on January 22nd and running for 14 weeks. The formula is the same as for the Monday night “Just Sing!” group: no printed music + no performance = no pressure! We sing easy-to-learn, fun songs from many traditions: gospel, folk, world, rounds, chants, silly songs & serious songs, all taught in the call-and-response aural tradition. So you don’t need to read music, or know anything about music. All you need is your voice, which is perfectly good enough!

No experience necessary, ages 8 – 108 welcome. Come for a free trial for the first week or two. If you decide to join us, the fee is on a sliding scale (you decide how much feels right for you to pay) between $75 and $150. If money is an issue, you are still welcome to come and pay what you can.

We hope to see you in the circle!

Sound and Music Events

“Just Sing!” returns to its usual Monday night 7 – 9 time slot at Collins Hall on January 21st and runs for 14 weeks. If you’ve ever had even a passing thought of singing with other folks but don’t want to have to memorize music or perform in public, this is the group for you! We’re not a choir, we’re a SongCircle. No experience necessary, ages 8 – 108 welcome. Everyone can sing, and everyone deserves to know their voice is valuable and worthy of being heard. Join us for a free trial for the first week or two. If you decide to join, the fee is on a sliding scale from $75 to $150. If money is an issue, you are welcome anyway. Just pay what you can.

Most music is taught in call-and-response aural tradition. We sing easy-to-learn, fun songs from many different traditions: folk, gospel, rounds, chants, silly songs and serious songs. The one thing they all have in common is that they need a group to make them harmonious. And by the way, if you’re not sure you know how to harmonize, don’t worry. We use Pete Seeger’s definition of harmony which “Any note you’re singing that your neighbour isn’t”!

Please join us!

Song Circle of Notes

Welcome to the One World One Voice SongCircle! No matter what you may have heard, everyone can sing. Yes, even you! One World One Voice welcomes singers of all abilities and experience levels. If you are one of the many people who have been told they can’t or shouldn’t sing, you are especially warmly invited! Our western culture is deeply confused about singing and we aim to clear up some of that confusion. We’ve been taught to believe that if you don’t sound like someone on a recording, you’re not good enough to be part of group. In fact, many people who “can’t hold a tune in a bucket” on their own do perfectly fine in groups! We humans are communal creatures, and singing is one of the easiest ways to connect and feel part of something greater than ourselves. One World One Voice is part of the Ubuntu Choir network, a growing community of choirs who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song.”

Whether or not you have ever sung a note outside the shower or your car, your voice is welcome in the circle. We don’t perform or use printed music. No performance + no printed music = no pressure! That’s our winning formula!

We gather weekly in the afternoon to accommodate those who prefer not to go out at night. We sing for each other, for ourselves, and for the pure joy of being in harmony. Please join us to try it out for the first week or two, at no cost and no obligation. If you do decide to join us, the cost is on a sliding scale from $75 – $150 for the 14 week session. If the bottom end of the scale is more than you can afford, then pay what you can. You can also pay in instalments if that helps.

We look forward to seeing you in the circle!

Song Circle of Notes

You are warmly invited to Just Sing! with your friends and neighbours on Bowen Island. Just Sing! is a SongCircle, not a choir. No concerts, no printed music, no pressure to perfect anything, just the joy of being in harmonious connection with each other. Come for the first week or two to check it out at no cost and no obligation.

And if you are one of those people who were told you can’t or shouldn’t sing, then you are especially welcome! All voices are welcome in the circle, ages 8 – 108.

Contact Shasta for more information, or just show up!

In crafting our RhythmKeepers retreats over the past 3 years, we have been deeply inspired by the teachings of anthropologist Angeles Arrien, whose life work was the study of indigenous cultures throughout the world. In her book “The Fourfold Way”, she outlines four basic healing modalities which are consistent practices in all indigenous cultures in all times and places: singing, storytelling, dancing and silence. We have incorporated these into our RhythmKeepers retreat framework, with the practice of TaKeTiNa rhythm journeys (group rhythmic movement) fulfilling the function of dancing.

Each of our retreats, in addition to these basic practices, has a sub-theme which we explore throughout the weekend. The theme of this retreat, “Pay attention to what has heart and meaning”, provides us with the opportunity to connect deeply with our inner wisdom. As humans, we are always searching for meaning and trying to find ways to manifest our hearts’ desires. With rhythm and song as a framework, we can explore the many facets of the heart on the path to meaning.

Give yourself the gift of slowing down for a weekend and allowing yourself to be nurtured by closeness to nature, simple nutritious food prepared with love, and a circle of fellow travellers stepping into presence together.

We offer these weekends in the spirit of the gift economy, sharing in meal preparation and clean-up. The only fixed cost is $60 for food. There is no specific charge for tuition or rustic on-site accommodation, however we will gratefully accept whatever you can joyfully offer in the way of a donation. Space is limited to 12 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment. Contact Shasta to reserve your spot.

Laurence Cole

SINGING, LISTENING, GRIEVING, CELEBRATING, IN CARE FOR THE WHOLE LIVING WORLD

Join master storyteller and song leader Laurence Cole from Pt. Townsend WA, for a weekend of connecting in song on Bowen Island. A long-time member of the Ubuntu Choir network (www.ubuntuchoirs.net), Laurence has a great gift for using the power of song to bring people together in a rich and deep experience of harmony in community. Inspired by the work of Malidome Some, Michael Meade and Francis Weller, Laurence compassionately leads groups into the depths of grief and the heights of joy. We’d love to have you in the village!

Friday night (7:00 – 9:30) and Sunday afternoon (2 – 4:30) are open community Song Circles, and Saturday (9:30 am – 9:30 pm) is an all-day Grief Song Ceremony, with an optional follow-up on Sunday morning. You are welcome to come to any or all of the events of the weekend. The Song Circles are each $40, the Grief Song Ceremony is $80, and the cost for the entire weekend is sliding scale $120 – $200. There are many wonderful B&Bs on Bowen Island, and billeting can also be arranged. Contact shastamartinuk at gmail dot com for more details and to register.

Join Shasta and Brian at their yurt in the woods on beautiful Bowen Island as we co-create a heartfelt space in which to reclaim the process of communal grieving. Using the 5 Gates of Grief model as outlined by Francis Weller in his book “Entering the Healing Ground”, we will explore the nature of grief and the ways it is the same and yet unique for each person. We will listen deeply, respectfully and compassionately to each others’ stories of loss, sharing in the ancient healing practice of singing as affirmation and support. For as long as humans have gathered in circles, we have sung for each other and helped each other grieve when necessary. In our modern industrial world, these simple healing arts have been outsourced, and we are restoring them to their rightful place at the heart of community.

If you haven’t already read it, we recommend this wonderful interview with Francis in which he describes his journeys with his own and his clients’ grief.

We’ll begin at 9:45 with a meet and greet in the house, then move as a group to the yurt for a 10:00 start. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.  There is no specific charge for the event, however donations will be gratefully received.  You can donate at the event or send an transfer to shastamartinuk at gmail dot com

 

 




Join Shasta and Brian at their yurt in the woods on beautiful Bowen Island as we co-create a heartfelt space in which to reclaim the process of communal grieving. Using the 5 Gates of Grief model as outlined by Francis Weller in his book “Entering the Healing Ground”, we will explore the nature of grief and the ways it is the same and yet unique for each person. We will listen deeply, respectfully and compassionately to each others’ stories of loss, sharing in the ancient healing practice of singing as affirmation and support. For as long as humans have gathered in circles, we have sung for each other and helped each other grieve when necessary. In our modern industrial world, these simple healing arts have been outsourced, and we are restoring them to their rightful place at the heart of community.

If you haven’t already read it, we recommend this wonderful interview with Francis in which he describes his journeys with his own and his clients’ grief.

We’ll begin at 9:45 with a meet and greet in the house, then move as a group to the yurt for a 10:00 start. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.  There is no specific charge for the event, however donations will be gratefully received.  You can donate at the event or send an transfer to shastamartinuk at gmail dot com

 

 




Sound and Music Events

Shasta & Brian are delighted to invite anyone aged 8 – 108 who wants to sing during the daytime to join the brand new One World, One Voice Singers.  Beginning Tuesday Feb. 13th, we will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Collins Hall.  Our songs are fun, easy to learn, drawn from many different cultures and taught in the oral tradition. No printed music + no performance = no pressure! Singing is a wonderful way to create connection and now there’s research showing that it’s good for us too. So do yourself a favour and come sing with your friends, family and fellow islanders. We’d love to have you in the circle!

The first session is free. If you decide to register, the fee is on a sliding scale from $60 – $120 for 12 weeks. Contact shastamartinuk at gmail dot com for more info, or call Brian or Shasta at 2283.