Music as Medicine in our Planet-Time
a Three-Day Retreat with Ayla Nereo & Lydia Harutoonian
Friday-Sunday, September 11-13
Commonweal Garden at the Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas
see website for registration information
A retreat to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. This transition is as profound as the agricultural revolution, as drastic as the industrial revolution, but necessarily faster than any social change of its magnitude to date. Lydia Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency. Through group experiential work, meditation, music and connecting to the natural world, we bring a new way of being in the world, thus freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten all life on Earth.
The WTR will be combined with experiences of creating music that is medicine for each other and our world. Ayla Nereo will facilitate group singing that leads us into a deeper understanding of how to receive and create music, finding words and shaping lyrics, following melodies into whole songs, and trusting ourselves as we do it all.
We are coming together to open our hearts courageously to the love of creation and to learn how to be in relationship to the grief and uncertainty our species is collectively navigating. We are listening deeply to the natural world and learning to understand the conversation that is happening all around us in the wildness of the land and in our souls. We are learning how to express ourselves through song and music making, and to remember medicine as music for our planet-time. We are connecting to Earth and each other to be held by resiliency and understanding.
Through group experiential work, meditation, music, and connecting to the natural world, we bring a new way of being in the world, thus freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten all life on Earth.
This event is three-day retreat hosted by the Regenerative Design Institute at the beautiful and abundant Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California. Ayla will also offer a concert open to the public on Saturday, September 12 at Dance Ballroom in Point Reyes Station. If you are unable to join us for the whole workshop, please join us Saturday night for an evening of soulful, musical nourishment.