Sunday January 15th 10am- 5pm
Music As Medicine workshop w/Lydia Violet ~
December 25, 2016
Lydia Violet (of Ayla Nereo band and Wildlight) will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Together we'll learn tools, meditations, and concepts (deeply steeped in music making) that we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people.
Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. It's our birthright (and a deep need of today's world) to engage in this culture-creation together.
In past workshops Lydia has partnered with different artists and music groups such as Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, and singer/songwriter Ayla Nereo. We explore songs passed down through generations to uplift and nourish, while drawing from international cultures, the Civil Rights movement, medicine songs, and improvisational experimentation.
***This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels...
LYDIA'S BIO: Lydia is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest traditions. She uses her stunning violin sounds and soulful voice to bring her listeners into deep communion with the beauty of our world. She has appreticed closely with deep ecology scholar Joanna Macy for the past 8 years, offering workhsops at locations such as the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and Symbiosis Festival. Lydia’s musical inspiration arises from her experience in ecological and social justice activism, participating in the great work of restoring peace and dignity to our world. In the past year she has performed alongside Ayla Nereo, the Polish Ambassador, Wildlight, Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, Elephant Revival, Joanna Macy, HAANA, and several others. From civil right songs to old-fashioned blues to banjo folk vibes, Lydia delights in sharing the medicinal power of music.
VENUE INFO: The WellSprings is a 30+ acre natural hot springs spa and events center located 2.5 miles from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in beautiful Ashland, Oregon. The WellSprings spa, event facilities and gardens offer a healing environment to relax, enjoy and gather. Home to the Health Research Institute, a non-profit sponsoring educational, botanical and environmental restoration projects, WellSprings is dedicated to promoting optimal human and environmental health. Workshop will be located in the community event space. After the workshop and before the concert please take advantage of the amazing hot springs and healing arts offered (price not included)!
EVENT COSTS: Full day workshop: $60
WHAT TO BRING: - comfy clothes - musical instruments - a willingness to learn - notebook & pen if you want