Ann Mortifee and I are teaching a session at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island this August titled Moving into the Unknown. But before we can intend to move into the unknown and experience the Mystery, we must first believe it is possible to do so. How do I know that I am developing a relationship with the unseen forces of nature, and the creatures who inhabit the other-than-human world? Here are three examples from my daily life.
Our Head Chef Rebeka with Second Cook Helene made this delicious recipe, using the yummy fresh spinach our garden manager Holly and her team harvested from the Hollyhock Garden! (By the way, did you know that we are hiring for cooks? Come join us in the kitchen!)
This dish is super simple and so fresh and indicative of Spring/Summer harvest garden bounty. The color was so lovely, the texture both crunchy with fresh spinach and stems and palatable with the marinating of the cabbage. Leftovers could also be added to a sandwich the next day for lunch in lieu of a lettuce leaf, or served again a 2nd time with supper …essentially it will hold up quite well!
For thousands of years, human beings have come together in community to sing. The myth that not everyone can sing has contributed to a world in which we consume music but have lost the art of singing. Shiobhon Robinson has a passion about singing and a purpose to bring people together through song. This is an interview about the transformative power of singing and ways that singing builds community and connection.
Shiobhon will be presenting Singing for Change at Hollyhock on Aug 9-13, 2017!
By Rhiannon who will be presenting Singing in the Vocal River at Hollyhock on July 7 – 12, 2017.
This recording is an intimate singing exchange between you and Rhiannon. Using call and response as the basic format, Rhiannon will be your partner for each exercise, demonstrating patterns and leaving a space for you to sing after each example. You can feel safe to try your wings, knowing Rhiannon’s voice will be right there to guide you.
Wings of a Dove is a classic gospel song full of images of strength and of making it through hard times. This song gives you a chance to sing, melody, high and low harmony, or improvise words with the choir. Try clapping with us on beats two and four.
Rhiannon returns to create music on the beach, in the forests and in the round, resonant meeting hall of Hollyhock. Rhiannon has built her process for teaching vocal improvisation on the idea that we must be solid in musical skills, develop our intuition and be available to the mystery and grace that exist when creating music spontaneously. Rhiannon’s many years in the theatre as well as her life in music have resulted in this being a dynamic and natural blend.Register Now!