Go Down Deep, Rise Up Singing – a weekend of connecting in song with Laurence Cole.
Join guest singer/songwriter/songleader Laurence Cole and the Island Village SongCircle (a member of the Ubuntu choirs network) for a journey into singing, listening, grieving, co-creating in care for the whole living world. We will raise our collective voices in harmony, in joy, in grief, in gratitude and celebration.
From Laurence’s website: “Part of my mission is to re-acquaint people with their birthright and natural ability to make beautiful and meaningful sound together. Most of the songs I’ve written are short, easy to learn, chant-like songs with several layers that fit over and around each other in interesting and pleasurable rhythmic and harmonic challenges that make them fun to sing. Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal “technologies of belonging” that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being. When such an exchange is genuinely made, and the song finds its natural ending, often there is a sweet, lively silence in which we simply stand and hold the “enchantment,” the sense of deep and genuine communion amongst each other and with the whole living world.”
Friday 7 – 9 pm: open SongCircle; Saturday 10 am – noon: open SongCircle; Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Songwriting and the art of listening to each other; Sunday 2 – pm 4: open SongCircle. Sunday 9:00 am to noon: Grief Song Ceremony
Friday night only OR Saturday morning only OR Sunday afternoon only: $30 each
Saturday all day: $60
Saturday afternoon songwriting workshop only: $40
Sunday Grief Song Ceremony only: by donation
Entire weekend: $130
(If money is an issue for you, please talk to Shasta or Brian about payment options. We sincerely hope that you don’t let money be the reason for not taking advantage of this great opportunity.)
No singing or musical experience is required for any part of this weekend. We believe that everyone can sing, and everyone deserves to sing. Shy singers, or people who’ve been told they can’t or shouldn’t sing, are especially warmly invited!