Song Carriers Women’s Circle
The Song Carriers Women’s Circle aspires to create a community united through the joyous, sublime practice of singing and dancing in beauty and harmony on behalf of and in dialogue with the Earth. The circle invites women of all ages and backgrounds into a deep dialogue with sound and silence, vocalizing and listening, movement and stillness, ritual and spontaneity. By embodying sacred songs together, the Song Carriers Women’s Circle actively cultivates balance within each member and with the human, natural, and spiritual worlds.
The Song Carriers Women’s Circle is a multi-generational and intercultural collective of women devoted to awakening the full potential of the voice through singing traditional and original medicine songs and enlivening the body with ceremonial dance. Medicine songs hold deep wisdom as they are created in sacred, intimate conversation with the Earth. Vocalizing these powerful melodies promotes wellness for the singers as well as the listeners—including the animals, plants, stars, and even the elements, especially the waters.
The group meets twice a month in alignment with the new and full Moon, honoring the energies and invitations particular to those specially charged times of each month. The communal singing work is framed by silent listening, complemented with simple dance steps, and shaped by Earth-based ritual.
Sessions are led through an oral body-centered approach and feel more like an inspired ceremony than a technical class and allow participants to cleanse the mind, invigorate the body, and refresh the soul in an enjoyable and meaningful way.
The Song Carriers Women’s Circle requires no prior experience with singing or dancing. Sessions are held at the Arco Iris Institute twice a month on the Thursday evenings closest to the New Moon and Full Moon. Sessions run for four months (eight sessions) in both the fall and spring seasons. Tuition for one season is $220 with available tuition assistance and scholarships on the basis of need and commitment.
Each season culminates with a Ceremony & Celebration wherein the Song Carriers form an inner circle around a water altar and are surrounded by the larger community. Everyone sings, dances, prays, and then feasts together, exploring a new way of continuing an old human practice: gathering in honor of and service to our beloved Mother Earth.
The circle is guided by singer & sound healer Madi Sato. Her gentle and magical leadership style helps women open all the colors of their voices and enrich their way of being in body and the upon Earth’s body. Over many years and with great integrity, Madi has gathered a profound repertoire of indigenous medicine songs from diverse cultures and is skilled at distilling their essence and empowering groups to sound them beautifully. She also goes into Nature to consciously listen for new medicine songs that are ready to emerge and be shared as a heartfelt gift back to the Earth. In both cases, singing with Madi is an entranced experience sure to expand one’s potential and clarify one’s destined path.
February 1, 15
March 1, 15, 29 and April 12, 26
Spring Solstice Ceremony is Sunday April 29th at 4pm
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Tuition is $220