Song, Improvisation, Grief and Joy

Workshop with Laurence Cole and Briony Greenhill

Obsidians Lodge, Eugene, Oregon, February 14-17 2019

The voice, erupting up through the tissues from the belly, flowing through the heart and out of the mouth, carrying the soul into the air and touching everyone with its soundwave. In song, we align, resonate, form a structure through our multiple voices; raise the roof. In improvisation, we stand in silence, in quiet worship of emptiness, listening for the sound that wants to come through – and gradually, more and more, daring to give it voice. In deep listening, connection and expanding trust, we sing.

Coming south from Port Townsend, Laurence Cole is the Grandfather of firecircle singing. He brings his profound and uplifting songs, of social change, soulful living, and the seeds of a hopeful future, woven in hair-raising harmony, supported by the drum.

Travelling up from California and across the waters from Wales, Improviser Briony Greenhill brings a ten year devotion to this daoist artform and “masterful,” “life-changing” teaching. Described as the “Rolls Royce of singing teachers,” Briony teaches Vocal Improvisation in weekend, week-long and year long courses internationally.

On Thursday, Friday and Sunday, we will sing songs, nurture the voice, and improvise.

On Saturday, Briony and Laurence will co-lead a grief ritual. Both are grief ritual leaders deeply steeped in the legacy of Sobonfu Some.

You can come to either the singing, or the grief ritual, or both.

Thursday 4-7.30pm (then Epic cafe opening – see below)
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

Cost: Singing only: $220. Grief ritual only: $70. Both: $250. Get in touch to discuss scholarships if this is needed.

Register here.

The Grief Ritual

About Laurence and Briony

On Thursday, Eugene’s new community Cafe, The Epic – “Community temple to chocolate, beauty and love” will have it’s grand opening. Many of us will go to that after we end on Thursday evening; there’ll be quite a bit of music – maybe even some from us!!