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Music as Medicine for These Times Day-long Workshop

Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm - 6:30 pm AKDT

$60 – $100

A day-long outdoor workshop to celebrate being able to sing together and learn from Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects.”

For many millennia, music, and specifically music made together in community, has been a crucial way we bolster ourselves in hard times. Music can mend our bones and pour in the grace. It can transform our exhaustion and help us feel more held as a part of the choir. We at FCAC’s Interfaith Working Group are excited to be able to host Bay-Area artist-facilitator Lydia Violet Harutoonian for her beloved Music As Medicine workshop, assisted by Aurora Bowers.

Lydia brings with her the gift of facilitating community into song and collaboration. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving-kindness. We will experience both the teachings of Joanna Macy and the power of community singing to resource us as we face both the peril and promise of our time.

Lydia has also studied dedicatedly with Joanna Macy for the past 14 years, an elder and activist who developed a body of work known as the “Work That Reconnects.” Each day, as we face the news of climate chaos, political warfare, ongoing oppressions, species extinction, and ecological and social suffering, we are asked to reconcile these collective traumas with all that is breaking in our hearts. It is natural in our time to feel despair, overwhelm, and grief.

Yet, we also have the power to rise to the challenges of this time. Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects” offers teachings for transforming our challenging emotions into compassionate connection and action with our world and communities. We can re-learn our place in the web of life, and rekindle our motivation to act on behalf of life on earth. Practiced internationally, this work has helped thousands of people to engage in The Great Turning, reinvigorating our capacity for action and resilience. In a time when we face so much, we engage in this experiential resource that allows us to create an inner spaciousness for healing, connection, and a bold solidarity with the Earth and each other.

Sunday, August 14, 2022 :: 1-6:30pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

Sliding Scale $60-100

Covid Protocol: Covid is an ever-changing landscape, and we are doing our best to use the information and resources available to make good decisions. This event will be held outdoors, and we would like all participants with access to a rapid test to please test the day before or morning of our event, and if anyone doesn’t have access to a rapid test, you will be able to come 20 minutes early and use one of our tests on-site. Right now face masks are optional, but these protocols are open to being modified as we tend to both our need to gather and see each other, and protect against Covid-19.


Aug 14
1:00 pm - 6:30 pm AKDT
$60 – $100
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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks
4448 Pikes Landing Rd
Fairbanks, United States
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