Alan Clements is an author, activist and meditation teacher and trained with Mahasi Sayadaw and U Pandita in Burma. He is passionate about humans rights and has been a long-time supporter of Burma’s nonviolent campaign for freedom, justice, and democracy. Alan co-authored The Voice of Hope, a collection of conversations with Burma’s Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is a personal passion of mine to bring our spiritual practice into the world, so I was looking forward to hearing the insights of someone who has fully lived a potent combination of spiritual practice and social change.
‘Don’t sing it in your finest classical voice,” Ysaye Barnwell gently cautioned. The former bass singer with the a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock was teaching a chant from central Africa’s Ituri Rainforest to a mostly white group at Rowe Camp, in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains. She demonstrated with her powerful voice: “Ama-ee-boo Oh-ee-yay-ee. There’s a little yodel in there. You should love that. Close your eyes . . . that’s it! Perfect!”
For the past three decades Barnwell’s day job—when she wasn’t touring and recording with Sweet Honey—has been teaching the African American tradition of community singing to groups like this one all over the world. Clad in a black leather hat and jacket, with loads of gold rings and bangles, she took center stage in the rustic recreation hall.
She gave no written music. Everything was oral. We just listened. And watched. And, most of all, felt the soul of the music and learned where it comes from. In fact, Barnwell forbids taking notes or recording.
Biography via Amber Field’s Website Feature photo via Amber Field’s Website
“I am a queer and genderqueer performance artist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and healer. I am also a Tamalpa Associate Teacher of Expressive Arts. I have lived in Korea, Nepal, Liberia, India, Peru, and the United States and specialize in world fusion music. My music is heartfelt, passionate, haunting, soulful, blissful. Continue reading Presenter Profile | Amber Field→
Interview conducted by Cameron Wenaus of Retreat.Guru and Sarah Lipton, Editor-in-Chief of the Shambhala Times. Interview transcribed by Emma Sartwell and edited by Christopher Schuman.
Finding one’s calling comes out of contemplative experience, which “for me,” Adam Bucko says, “is about essentially being in a state of receptivity and listening.” Contemplative practice has long been described as being about reaching a state of receptivity to what is – receptivity to the presence and activity of God in one’s life.” Continue reading Finding Your Calling ~ Interview with Adam Bucko→
feature photo courtesy of Dawn, Flickr Creative Commons
There are a lot of articles out there these days, including this one from the Huffington Post, which list the benefits of meditation – including reduced stress, improved concentration, greater happiness, slower aging… There is a story at Hollyhock about another benefit of meditation and how it helped to secure the Great Bear Rainforest from logging during the “War of the Woods”.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Board Member Karen Mahon tells the story of The Love Strategy in this short video.
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