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HUM: A Weekend of Song, Connection, & Regeneration

Jul 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm PDT


During this intimate in-person weekend we engage the powerful complimentary tools of singing, permaculture for earth and self-healing, and the Work the Reconnects.

Singing has the power to restore our joy in being alive right now and encourages us to fully feel, share, and move through the pain that we all experience as sentient beings on a planet in crisis. Permaculture and personal ecology support us to deeply see and understand our planet, giving us the capacity to regenerate her and ourselves with creativity and hope. In conjunction with The Work that Reconnects (WTR), an open-source body of work rooted in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy, we create a space of trust and vulnerability, strengthen our networks of support in the natural world, and deepen our connections to each other while cultivating courage for the times ahead. Together we will explore creative and experiential exercises, group song, storytelling and nature connection for a unique weekend of positive vibration, resonance, nature and community!

Join us from 6 pm Friday evening to 4 pm Sunday afternoon in beautiful Santa Cruz, California in an oak-shaded outdoor classroom situated amongst gardens, orchards and wildlands. Camping, cooking facilities, and hot water are available onsite.

Tuition is sliding scale $195-$250 which includes optional camping, and support materials. Tickets are available on Eventbrite; you will be asked to choose your amount in the Sliding Scale Donation area. Scholarships are also available. If you have questions or would like to send a check, please contact [email protected]


Anne, Lydia, and Della bring together extensive backgrounds in community health, regenerative economics, and permaculture education and activism. Curiosity about and the study of music, Alchemy, Biodynamic herbs, and liberation psychology inspires a deep integration of the health of the land, the health of the individual, and the health of the collective. Together, they bring an action-based perspective that highlights skills, practices and resources necessary for growth, creativity, and vitality in person, community, and place.

Anne Freiwald, MPH: Human ecology and permaculture educator and regenerative design consultant for individuals, landscapes and communities; over 28 years passionately committed to community resilience.

Lydia Neilsen: PINA certified permaculture educator, landscape and habitat designer, specializing in water cycle restoration and passionate polyculture. ​

Della Duncan: Regenerative Economist, Work that Reconnects Facilitator, Right Livelihood Coach, and host of the Upstream Podcast (www.upstreampodcast.org)

Image from the the art piece “Where are the bees” by Helen Klebesadel used with permission, check out Helen’s beautiful art at http://Klebesadel.com

This workshop was deeply inspired by the Music As Medicine Project. Anne and Lydia participated in a 3-day workshop over 5 years ago in the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas. This weekend had a profound impact – the songs and visions shared are still being sung!


Jul 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm PDT
Jul 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm PDT
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