MAM "Work That Reconnects" w/ Amikaeyla Gaston & Lydia Violet

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Place for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland, CA 94608

The Work that Reconnects and Community Singing are tools to support us in cultivating vitality in the midst of all that it is to live in these times. We come together to sure up our readiness to thrive, not just for ourselves, but for our planetary family as a whole. We are all at the hub of the wheel of this Great Turning, each being asked to do our part. As we take time out from our daily lives to courageously dive into the work of becoming resilient, we are giving to ourselves and to our communities a precious gift, inspiring the waves of life to live with full capacity for both grief and joy.

This retreat is offered to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Violet Harutoonian will lead us in 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.

Music As Medicine is honored to be collaboarting with Amikaeyla Gaston, an internationally renowned facilitator, cultural ambassador, public speaker, and performer. Amikaeyla has done expansive work in the health arena for over the past 20 years and travels the world extensively as a cultural arts ambassador for the state department bringing together artists and healers of all forms and from all specialties to promote healing and wellness through the arts & activism.

Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. Singing as a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Together we will create space that allows for the tending of wounds, giving ourselves permission to make music, learning both technically and emotionally how to free our voices into song. Amikaelya Gaston and

Lydia Violet will guide us as we explore songs to uplift and nourish, to share grief and passion as a path to unfolding gratitude, health, wisdom and connection. With the history of movement and community songs at our backs, we explore what it means to become resilient in our time.

This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. We will have both time for connection as a group and reflection in quietude and stillness.

The retreat will also feature a performance Sunday evening by Lydia Violet and Amikaeyla Gaston.

Workshop- Sat/Sun 11/3 & 4 10am-5pm Evening Concert @ 7:30 Sunday 11/4 @ PLACE.

Registration for full weekend $172, Workshop registration includes concert. Concert tickets may also be purchased separately at the door $10-20, no one turned away from show for lack of funds.

Limited partial scholarship spots are available for our retreat! You are encouraged to apply! Please email Lydia at lydiavioletsounds@gmail.com for an application, app deadline is October 20th.

Bios: Amikaeyla Gaston is an internationally renowned facilitator, public speaker, and performer. She has led corporations, universities, government and nonprofit organizations through cultural competency & racial equity training. She has done expansive work in the health arena for over the past 20 years and travels the world extensively as a cultural arts ambassador for the state department bringing together artists and healers of all forms and from all specialties to promote healing and wellness through the arts & activism. Amikaeyla is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI). As a musician, she uses her voice as a catalyst for the voices of those that are not often heard. She creates environments that support people in exploring themselves and uses creativity and strategic questioning to support people in addressing their fears, developing a place where everyone has an equal voice. She is the recipient of numerous awards including Voss Foundation Emerging Leaders Women Helping Women Award, the Pioneer Award for Exemplary Leadership and Outstanding Service in Social Justice and Advocacy Award, the Hero for Peace and Forgiveness award, and 12 Washington Area Music Awards, among many others. For more info, visit: https://world-trust.org/amikaeyla-gaston/

Lydia Violet, M.A., has a Masters in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from CIIS. She has studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into profound communion with our human and more-than-human communities. She is also an accomplished musician who is deeply inspired by folk, blues, and protest music traditions. In her solo project she combines fiddle, banjo, and her soulful voice to offer a soul-folk revival experience. In the past year she has collaborated with Rising Appalachia, Climbing Poetree, Ayla Nereo, and the wonderful women of MaMuse. Three years ago she pioneered, "Music As Medicine In Our Time" with Penny Livinghgston at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA. She recently launched the organization Music As Medicine Project, more info at www.musicasmedicineproject.org and music at www.lydiafiddle.com