Songs of Hope and Belonging

A WORKSHOP WITH LAURENCE COLE


Come sing with world renowned song elder Laurence Cole!

Laurence's songs are both simple to learn and wonderfully layered to be a part of. Add your voice to this gathering and his lively song leading will draw our voices skillfully together into a tapestry of song. Laurence's lyrics are inspired by his deep connection to ecological issues of our day and the notion that we each have an obligation, as humans on this Earth, to learn to live in a caring way with all of creation. Gathering together in song and finding harmony with each other helps us remember what it is to be surrounded by caring and engaged human beings. We invite you to come take part in one of the most ancient and primal “technologies of belonging” there is, our natural birthright to make beautiful and meaningful sounds together as humans. 

When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being. When such an exchange is genuinely made, and the song finds its natural ending, often there is a sweet, lively silence in which we simply stand and hold the enchantment, the sense of deep and genuine communion amongst each other and with the whole living world.
— Laurence Cole

DETAILS

Date
Friday, November 17, 2017

Time
7 - 9 PM

Location
Eco-Institute Community Barn and/or Lakeside Gazebo

Cost
Student Rate - $10
Community Rate - $20
Generosity Rate - $35


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Part of Laurence Cole's mission is to re-acquaint people with their birthright and natural ability to make beautiful and meaningful sound together. Most of the songs he's written are short, easy to learn, chant-like songs with several layers that fit over and around each other in interesting and pleasurable rhythmic and harmonic challenges that make them fun to sing. Group singing is one of the most ancient and primal “technologies of belonging” that we humans have been using since our earliest times, possibly before speech itself. When we make joyous and passionate song together, it nourishes our souls and offers an enlivening gift back to the natural world that made us and gives us our sustenance and our very being. When such an exchange is genuinely made, and the song finds its natural ending, often there is a sweet, lively silence in which we simply stand and hold the “enchantment,” the sense of deep and genuine communion amongst each other and with the whole living world.