Music As Medicine Immersion

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Whidbey Institute , 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

n Collaboration with the Regenerative Design Institute

A day-long immersion with Lydia Violet Harutoonian and Penny Livingston-Stark

Oct 20 9:30-5:30 Whidbey Institute 6449 Old Pietila Rd., Clinton, WA 98236

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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.

Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. Together we will hold space that allows for the healing of our own wounds around giving ourselves permission to make music, learning both technically and emotionally how to free our voices into song. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. We will explore songs passed down through the ages to uplift and nourish, and songs taught and created by the council of the group in the moment; both as unique paths unfolding gratitude, healing, wisdom and connection.

Penny Livingston will lead us out onto the land...You will experience directly, the healing nature of deep connection with Mother Earth. You will experience the healing capacity of plants, healing waters, fire and music. This deep connection will help inspire, inform and guide into direct action to help heal and nurture ourselves, each other and the Earth.

Through group experiential work, meditation, music and connecting to the natural world, we bring more resilience and capacity into the world at this critical time on our home planet.

Registration by Sept 30- $100 and includes lunch!

After Sept. Registration goes up to $120.

Lydia Violet Harutoonian M.A., has studied dedicatedly with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past decade, learning how we can metabolize climate despair, eco-anxiety, and community traumas into energy for resilience, action, and community healing. She runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities.

Lydia is also an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. With her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience, bringing in a fresh wave of protest music. In the past year she has collaborated with world-renowned artists Climbing PoeTree, Rising Appalachia, and Lyla June. ♬

Penny Livingston M.A., will guide us into the wild of the living land through listening to the voice of the plants and the birds as they sing the song of the stars and the cosmic influences that are continually surrounding us as we sink into the beauty and love of the natural world. She will lead us in integrating the wild into our hearts. How can we deeply observe and listen the land, learn secrets the plants are holding, know what is happening in the landscape? How can we listen with our hearts and develop our intuitive nature? How can we find our voice and sing the song of relationship? How can we tap into the forces within us that reconnect us to that which is important.