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Music As Medicine In-Person! with MaMuse & Lydia Violet

Jun 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT

A day-long outdoor workshop to celebrate being able to sing together, practice Joanna Macy’s “Work That Reconnects,” & connect to the land.
After over two years of hiatus from in-person programming, The School for The Great Turning is excited to be able to offer a ripe and ready Music As Medicine day-long workshop, with Bay-Area artist-facilitators Lydia Violet Harutoonian, and Karisha Longaker & Sarah Nutting of MaMuse, assisted by Oakland percussionist Kele Nitoto. Workshop will be held outdoors at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm in Albany, California.
Lydia, who has studied dedicatedly with Joanna Macy for the past 13 years, will lead us through group exercises from the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Macy, a scholar and respected elder in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. With these tools we can actively cultivate healing and connection we can rest into and organize with, in our desires to be effective allies to both planet and people.
Karisha and Sarah of MaMuse bring with them 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.
Sunday, June 19th from 10am – 4:30 at the beautiful Gill Track Community Farm in Albany, CA
Registration will be capped at 45 participants. If you would like to attend, we encourage you to register early!
Scholarships: If you would like to apply for one of our scholarship spots, please fill out our application at https://forms.gle/TNqB1Cw8eb7PstAN8 We have 10 scholarship spots, with priority offered to applicants from systemically marginalized groups.
Please send any additional questions to [email protected]
Covid Protocol: Participants will be asked to show either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test result from within 72 hours of our start time. Face masks are optional. These protocols are open to being changed based on the changing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lydia Violet Harutoonian, M.A., has studied dedicatedly with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 13 years, learning how we can metabolize planetary despair, anxiety, and community traumas into energy for resilience, action, and community healing. She runs The School for The Great Turning, an on-and-offline school that creates access to an education that will empower humanity’s life-sustaining legacy.
Lydia is also an Iranian-Armenian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. In past years she has collaborated with world-renowned artists Climbing PoeTree, Rising Appalachia, MaMuse, and Lyla June.
MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music to inspire the world into thriving. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness.
Kele Nitoto is a second-generation African-American percussionist and singer. Born and raised in the Oakland Dance Culture, Kele Has studied with Masters of many styles, becoming proficient in West-African, Congolese, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, and Afro-Haitian traditional musics. Over the last 25 years, Kele has performed throughout the country in dance companies, bands, and teaching workshops and classes, summer camps, spiritual and workplace retreats, and for countless ceremonies and celebrations.
Playing with such artists as Lydia Violet and the Thrive Choir, Kele has performed and recorded with the likes of MaMuse, Climbing Poetry, Rising Appalachia, Melanie DeMore, and Esperanza Spaulding. He is currently spearheading Oakland Hand Drums, an organization focused on rhythmic education and performance through a cultural and creative lens.


Jun 19
10:00 am - 4:30 pm PDT
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UC Gill Tract Farm
1050 San Pablo Ave
Albany, 94706
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