Songs of ELDERHOOD

A SONG CIRCLE WITH LAURENCE COLE


In many traditional cultures, elders were respected as carriers of the nourishing wisdom that held people together,
with each other, their ancestors, and the more than human world, both present and yet unborn.

In this evening with Song Elder, Laurence Cole, we will learn songs and other old and new ways
of re-membering ourselves as a people within the wider circle of life.

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
Thursday, November 15, 2018

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.