Song Village Sampler this Sunday!

All are welcome!

Song Village Sampler

Sunday, May 17, 2-4pm Pacific Time, online!

Join 16 song leaders from up and down the west coast in a very special 2-hour songfest. Although we can’t meet in person for the weekend-long Song Village, that will not stop us from meeting!

Song Village is usually held as a weekend-long camping trip in the Santa Cruz mountains; I am delighted that, despite covid precautions, it’s not deleted completely, but instead will be represented in this online form. And I’m delighted to be one of the song leaders!

All the events details be found here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-song-village-sampler-tickets-103153139818

We’ll see you there!

 

We Sing Again!

Another Drop In happens this week, Thursday February 13th!

It’s the last Drop In before the Spring Session is officially underway – so if you want to “just check it out,” this is the perfect time!

Click HERE for all the details! We hope to see you there.

Hugs,

Living Room Choir

Women’s Song Circle with Deborah Leeds this week!

Come sing this week with Living Room Choir member Deborah Leeds! Deborah has been training as a song leader with the fabulous Heather Houston and has helped lead and anchor songs with Living Room Choir for 3.5 years!

From Deborah:
“There are ten levels of prayer, and above them is Song.”
 – Hasidic teaching via Naomi Levy

Dear Friends,

I love that quote! It validates something that I think many of us feel in our bones. What’s more is that which is sacred, that occurs effortlessly when we come together to sing in circle: connection, support and kinship, the raising of vibration, and the depth and fun that is the nature of women coming together.
 
I am so pleased to announce and invite you to my first Women’s Song Circle. 
Thursday, January 9th, 7:15 – 8:45
Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe Avenue, El Cerrito
 
Please bring an item for our group altar. This can be something that represents a part of you that you would like to see grow in this new year. Or perhaps a part of you that would like some loving attention or healing. Or an object that holds an energy that you would like to see reflected back to you as we sing. You need not worry about explaining it to anyone. Just bring something that has meaning to you 🙂
 
Feel free to share this with other women who might be interested in joining us.
 
*Please RSVP to me at deborahbellleeds@me.com so that I can set a place for you in our circle.
*Please come scent-free.
This is a New Year’s gift offering, and an expression of my joy in singing together, with gratitude to you for coming!
 
Wishing you ease and goodness and joy in the New Year.

Registration Opens January 24th for Retreat in August!

Registration opens January 24th for the

Sisters in Harmony Summer Retreat

A women’s singing retreat at the stunning Om Oasis Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains

with Heather Houston, MaMuse, Becky Reardon, Debbie Nargi Brown, Amanda West and Kaitie Ty Warren !

  • August 7 -9, 2020 (Registration opens in January 2020)

Immerse your self in sacred sisterhood, song, yoga, meditation, ritual, nature, saltwater pool, hot tubs and saunas. We’ll be singing altogether in one big group the entire weekend! Fill your cup with songs that open your heart and uplift your spirit!

Food: Organic, locally sourced, vegetarian, gluten free meals.

Lodging – Camping, glamping, yurts, cabins, and tree houses are available. Some shared, some singles.

Visit HeatherHoustonMusic.com/Retreats for more information and to register.

Update for Tonight

Due to the winter cold that’s been going around, I’m going to sit out Te’s song circle tonight. It will still be happening though, and Te is a great songleader – so if you were planning on going, I recommend still going! She said to tell you she will be very excited to see you if you’re able to make it. (And we’re talking about co-leading sometime in January or February instead.)

See you then!

Songs of Strength in SF this Sunday!

Kaitie Ty  will be co-leading with Te Martin this coming Sunday:

Songs of Strength in San Francisco with Te Martin!

Sunday December 22, 5-7pm

Herchurch in San Francisco – click the link above to see map and more details!

Join us this month for a special song-circle co-led by Te Martin (Songs of Strength) & Kaitie Ty Warren (Living Room Choir).

We’ll teach simple, oral tradition songs, call-and-response style.

Come with your joy, come with your grief, come to share, come to listen, come to sing, come for calm. All are welcome. No singing experience necessary.

$5-15 donations welcome; no one turned away

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This is an explicitly antiracist, queer-friendly, trans-affirming space. As we work to undo the structures white supremacy, POC, TRANS, & QUEER voices are welcomed and prioritized.

We acknowledge that this song circle is held on Rumaytush Ohlone land. 10% of all donations will go to the Shuumi Land Tax, supporting Segorea Te’ Land Trust, an urban, indigenous, women-led land trust in the east bay.

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Te Martin believes that Song is a collaborator in healing earth and creating resilient communities. She has been leading community song circles for the past two years, is an organizer of the Thrive Street Choir, and recently completed an apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center. Her music is available on SoundCloud.

https://soundcloud.com/temartinmusic
https://www.facebook.com/ThriveStreetChoir/

Kaitie Ty Warren is passionate about waking people up to the joyful potential in their bodies, voices, and connections with others. Practicing harmony in music, Kaitie creates inclusive spaces to explore where harmony can be found in community as well. She teaches group speech classes for people with Parkinson’s; leads the Living Room Choir in El Cerrito; offers private lessons for all-things-voice; composes music and writes prose; performs and records; and is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network – an international community that believes it’s everybody’s birthright to sing. Visit www.KaitieTyWarren.com to learn more.

Tending the Spark: our winter concert approaches!

Our Winter Concert Approaches! Don’t miss it!

~Tending the Spark of Hope~
a concert of light, levity, and love
Saturday December 14th
7pm

  • $20/no one turned away for lack of funds
  • at The Grace Lutheran Church: 15 Santa Fe, El Cerrito
  • Nearst BART Station is El Cerrito Plaza
  • All ages welcome
  • The space is Wheelchair Accessible
  • Please arrive scent-free
  • connect with the event on Facebook and tell your friends all about it! Our community grows best by word of mouth.

We are looking for a few volunteers to work the door! You would need to arrive at 6pm and stay through the end of the concert. You will gain free admission and an Ubuntu Bracelet as thanks! Please contact us with “VOLUNTEER” in the subject line if you’re interested.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Full Flyer:

Tending the Spark Flyer

 

SF SingFest Next Week! and Save the Date for our Winter Concert!

We are so excited to participate in the SF SingFest coming up next week!

Choirs Unite! FREE SF SingFest at Mission Dolores Basilica

Sat, Nov 16, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Mission Dolores Basilica
Join us in celebrating community singing at the historic Mission Dolores Basilica. Hear the sonorous and beautiful sounds of five Bay Area community-based choirs including: The Calling All Choir, Oakland Interfaith Community Choir, Vocal Art Ensemble, The Living Room Choir, and the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco. Bring family and friends and enjoy a unique night of music! Starts at 8pm – doors open at 7:30. The SF SingFest is a project of The Chromatic Community Music Center.
Free and donations are welcome!

Plus:

Winter Concert Saturday December 14th, 7pm at the Grace Lutheran Church in El Cerrito!

Save the Date – details coming soon!

We can’t wait to sing with you!

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