2017 -​Workshop & Activity Descriptions

Thursday 4:00 p.m.
 Registration Begins

 Drumming and Music around the Fire

Prairie Walking Meditation
Explore the feelings of walking through restored prairie and Snake Point Savanna - a remnant grass and wildflower rich hillside. The savanna has been evolving since the last glaciation thousands of years ago. The dry hills were historically burned by Native Americans and wildfires, and Snake Point savanna been relatively undisturbed by more recent European settlement impacts. We will meet in the cool hours of the morning. Laen will offer a brief overview of the ecology of the prairie and savanna, and the history of conservation at Savanna Moon; followed by a silent walk through the restored and into the remnant prairie for a short meditation.

Chastity Brown Workshop
Where There are Tears, There Will Be Dancing-
An Autobiographical journey with Chastity. The glories and challenges of evolving as a woman of color in the music world.

​​Drumming - Brazilian Samba 
Samba is the sensuous, powerful and intoxicating music of Brazilian Carnival.  One element of Samba is all percussion based-bands, known as Batucada that play in the Carnival parades along with the elaborately costumed dancers and floats. In this workshop, we will learn the basic percussion elements of samba rhythms on bells, shakers, surdos and congas.
To see Brazilian samba in action check out Dida, a bad ass all women Brazilan band from Bahia:


Take Your Voice to the Dog Park: 
A Workshop for Liberating and Celebrating Your Full Voice
Barbara McAfee
      What untapped gifts does your voice have in store for you?
What might happen in your life if you fully expressed yourself?
When was the last time you played hard, breathed deep, cut loose, felt free?
In this joyful, illuminating workshop, you will:
  • Open up the full range, power, and expression of your voice.
  • Learn how to use your voice to improve your leadership, strengthen       relationships, and live more alive.
  • Reclaim lost aspects of yourself.
  • Risk being seen and heard in new ways.

You do NOT need to know how to sing to participate in this workshop.  There will be singing involved, but we won’t read a lick of music and no one will have to sing a solo. (In fact, no one will have to do anything they don’t want to do.)
Drumming Workshop - West African Guinean Drumming
Cynthia Lane, Sally Farrar and Candace Freeland
Guinean rhythums are complex percussion arrangements with eleaborate solos on Djembe drums and interweaving basedrum parts on three sizes of dun duns (or dunun). We will learn Djembe and dun dun parts for common Guinean rhythums. Intermediate students we will have the opportunity to learn solo parts.

To see Guinea drumming at the source and professional musicians on tour check out:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZJ10OutAb c,    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dobw3PF3TsI

All Together Now: What Group Sound-Making Can Teach Us About Working Well Together
Barbara McAfee
In every culture on the planet, people make sound together as a way to work cohesively, affirm connection, build courage, and cultivate joy.  In a dominant culture that over-emphasizes the individual, many of us never experience the power of belonging and sense of flow that comes from joining with others. 
Using a series of simple sound experiments, participants will:
  • Discover the power of becoming "one voice"
  • Explore the challenges of holding one's own in the midst of chaos
  • Build capacity for deep listening and reflection
  • Experience the tensions that arise from being an individual, a member of a team, and part of a larger whole
  • Understand how sound opens the capacity for collective intelligence
  • Examine the questions of beauty, meaning, gifts, and intention in co-creating work together.

Community Dinner
A to Z Produce and Bakery provides a vegetarian meal from their home grown produce.

Raffle tickets are drawn for prizes!

DJed Dance
Kelly Ann - DJ Enigma will play a variety of dance music.


Critter Communion on the Prairie 
Cathy Coon
A morning walk to look and listen for birds and wildlife. We will investigate the creatures of the  open prairie then slip into the forest  edge to observe the dramatic change of inhabitants. See and hear Northern Harriers, Indigo Buntings,  Eastern Bluebirds, Goldfinch,  Pheasants, Pileated Woodpeckers  and a variety of warblers. We will  also scout around for  snakes, voles  and 13-lined ground  squirrels as well  as any other creatures who decide to  visit us. We will discuss the  Shamanic meanings of  any significant encounters we have as  well. 

Healing All Generations – A Celebration of Women 
Barbara McAfee
This feast of song, story, and laughter will celebrate the many ways we express being a woman – our tenderness, grit, humor, depth, and relationships with each other. We’ll honor our lineage, celebrate sisterhood, and more deeply remember who we are – individually and together.
Zikr and Dances of Universal Peace

Jamila Knox
From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story brought people together
for seasonal ceremony and celebration, and in daily renewal and meditation. In this
workshop, we will learn and experience the Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr, two
types of Sacred Dance that stem from the Sufi tradition.

The Dances of Universal Peace, or DUP, set scriptures and sacred phrases from the
world's spiritual traditions to music and movement. The Dances invoke a sense of unity,
presence and compassion and touch the spiritual essence within ourselves. The
practice of Zikr includes chanting phrases, some in Arabic, supported by live music. The

movements tend to be very simple and repetitive giving us an opportunity to release
attachments to our mundane understandings and experiences and let ourselves fall into
the remembrance of who we are.

Closing ceremony 
Join us in the Koad (sacred circle of 13 oak trees) for our parting circle, ceremony, and songs.