Lydia Violet Harutoonian – Music As Medicine in Our Time

A workshop to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency.

We will learn together how hearts opened by grief and celebration of our time want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. Together we will hold space that allows for the healing of our own wounds around giving ourselves permission to make music, freeing our voices into song. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. We will explore songs passed down through the generations to uplift and nourish, such as freedom songs from the American Civil Rights Era. We will experience singing as council and how just one song can unfold into gratitude, healing, wisdom and connection.

Lydia Violet is a gypsy-heritage violinist and passionate singer/songwriter, creating music inspired by folk, blues, and protest traditions. She is also a workshop facilitator and teacher.

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