TEN-WEEK GROUP CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Come experience the liberating effects of voice work, expressive arts, drama therapy & somatic practices as we build community and solidarity with each other in these holistic workshop offerings!
Free Your Voice: Initiation Sing, sound & speak your truth with more confidence This course is open to all levels including those who are shy, have never sung, feel they can’t sing, have trauma around their voices as well as professional singers and those who love singing and sounding. We create a safe space for everyone in the room to take their voice to the next place. The focus is to free your voice and express yourself without any judgment, inner or outer! Toning, chanting, songs from around the world, expressive arts, drama, lots of play, improv, and community building practices. Playtime for adults!
Free Your Harmony is for people who want to learn songs in 4 part harmony and sing on pitch. This course focuses on songs in the oral tradition from the African diaspora, spirituals, gospel, and civil rights songs and includes expressive arts and drama therapy activities that look at you in relation to others. Hold your part and create a beautiful tapestry of sound together!
Free Your Chakras: Sound & Song Get aligned and shine your light! This workshop explores the Indian chakra (energy) system and includes different sounding and movement practices to open and balance them. We will practice breath meditations, toning, movement with sound, Indian devotional chanting and mantra, spirituals and Civil Rights songs in 4-part harmony, drama therapy, expressive arts, improv, play and community sharing exercises. We will examine the psychological aspects of each chakra and your particular stories as we transform our life narratives.
Foundation Flow: Free Your Voice while Drumming is open to all levels including those without drumming experience. You learn 4 rhythms (2/4, 4/4, 4/4/ and 6/8) from the Middle East and West Africa and 4 different songs and how to sing and drum at the same time. I teach a Middle Eastern style of trance drumming where you learn a basic rhythm (open) and how to fill it (closed). This class gives you a great foundation in drumming and how to accompany yourself vocally. It also includes space for improv, play, and freeing your drum and voice! Drum recommendations are djembe, doumbek, cajon or Arabic tambourine.
Rhythm Weave: Free Your Voice while Drumming is open to people who want to explore polyrhythms and learning and playing 1 rhythm in a room full of different rhythms (works the ear and focus!) We focus on West African rhythms and sing songs in 3 part harmony from the oral tradition. We also do a lot of freeform playing and expression and community building exercises as we unleash our creativity. Suitable for all levels, including beginners.
Voices of Belonging: The Art of Collective Liberation Co-facilitated with Aryeh Shell, Education Director at Creative Action Institute.
How do we embody now the future we want to live into?
How do we build beloved communities of belonging?
How do we strengthen our resilience, internally and collectively, to stay present and responsive to our changing world?
Using trauma-informed embodied arts practices, we will strengthen our capacity to be effective leaders and allies in authentic relationship with each other, working together for mutual transformation and collective liberation. This innovative diversity training creates a space for deep sharing and listening to foster a sense of belonging and solidarity.
We will explore:
- Ancestral stories and legacies
- Power, privilege and intersectional identities
- Trauma resiliency
- Communication and feedback skills
- Transforming limiting beliefs/internalized oppression
- Effective ally interventions and solidarity actions
- Deep ecology and biomimicry
- Emergent strategy
- Embodied visioning
Using poetry, visual art, storytelling, singing, drumming, ritual performance, Theatre of the Oppressed and the Work that Reconnects
The Art of Solidarity Co-Facilitated with Juli Rees, Director of Education at Hospital Employees Union, Vancouver. Experience the transformational power of expressive arts and body-based practices applied to leadership and solidarity. Through movement, drawing, singing, writing and reflection, explore how identity, privilege and power influence our leadership and working relationships. Gain awareness of your strengths and challenges as we create together and apply new leadership skills and practices. This program provides participants with the opportunity to practice solidarity in the group and then take these skills back to their communities. No prior experience with the arts is necessary as we draw upon everyone’s innate creativity. Become a more creative, embodied leader and deepen relationships with people from different cultural and social backgrounds so that we can truly lead together to create the change we want to see in the world.
Adoption Stories: Healing the Primal Wound Co-facilitated with drama therapist Armand Volkas of the Living Arts Counseling Center. Adopted people often have complex feelings, identities and family relationships that are difficult to navigate. The primal wound of separation from the birth mother can result in grief, anger, abandonment, and longing. Relationships with the adopted family can bring gratitude and disappointment. There are few places where the diversity of these adoption experiences can be witnessed and held. Join us for a weekend of exploration and healing with prominent drama therapy and expressive arts facilitators. We will uncover and transform our stories into life affirming narratives through drama therapy and the expressive arts. No previous arts or theatre experience is necessary. Shy people are welcome!