Harmony happens in community! Songs sow solidarity. Songs sung with intention, like seeds planted with care, can take root in an individual or community and flower into unexpected fruits: simple joy, healing balm, increased sensitivity, awe and wonder, a re-enchanted and revitalized spirit, a grounding and centeredness, a deepening of compassion. The art and practice of community singing draws us outside of ourselves and at the same time deepens us within.
Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) for this weekend retreat with famed musician Sara Thomsen. Sara will share ways she integrates music and the arts into community engagement and social justice work, drawing from her fifteen years as founder/director of the non-audition community choir and arts nonprofit Echoes of Peace. You will experience how song builds and bridges communities, note by note, part by part, breath by breath. In a casual atmosphere, reminiscent of the age old art of singing ‘round the fire, Sara will lead the singing of familiar and new songs carefully selected for their enriching themes and qualities. Songs will be taught by call and response. No previous singing or music reading experience required.
The cost is $230 and includes sessions, lodging and all meals. The commuter fee is $180 and includes sessions, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch. For more information or to register, contact Prairiewoods at www.Prairiewoods.org or 319-395-6700.