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Voice as Practice

Instrument of the Heart

1440 Multiversity 800 Bethany Drive Scotts Valley,CA 95066

The voice, the original human instrument, expresses an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words.

With careful instruction and supportive guidance from Meredith Monk—celebrated internationally for the last 50 years and hailed as “a magician of the voice”—in this workshop, you will tap into landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories that could not otherwise be expressed.

This is a rare opportunity to uncover your unique voice with methods developed by a pioneering composer who is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner.

You will learn:

  • How voice, movement, and image intersect to reveal your own richness
  • To engage a meditative focus on the breath, letting the outbreath expand into sound, tone, and resonance to reveal your unique vocal qualities
  • Exercises to deepen your listening and awareness of the inspiration around you.

The playful aspect of creation and the joy of discovering your unique sound will be emphasized as a way of connecting you to the healing power of the voice. During the workshop, Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art.

You will return home with a deeper, more heartfelt connection to your voice and the potential it holds.

Meredith Monk

April 20 - 22, 2018
Friday-Sunday , 2 nights

$345 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.

Register

Program Description

The voice, the original human instrument, expresses an eloquent language of the heart that delineates energy for which we don’t have words.

With careful instruction and supportive guidance from Meredith Monk—celebrated internationally for the last 50 years and hailed as “a magician of the voice”—in this workshop, you will tap into landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories that could not otherwise be expressed.

This is a rare opportunity to uncover your unique voice with methods developed by a pioneering composer who is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner.

You will learn:

  • How voice, movement, and image intersect to reveal your own richness
  • To engage a meditative focus on the breath, letting the outbreath expand into sound, tone, and resonance to reveal your unique vocal qualities
  • Exercises to deepen your listening and awareness of the inspiration around you.

The playful aspect of creation and the joy of discovering your unique sound will be emphasized as a way of connecting you to the healing power of the voice. During the workshop, Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art.

You will return home with a deeper, more heartfelt connection to your voice and the potential it holds.

Faculty Bio

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, film, and installations.

Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique and interdisciplinary performance”.  Over the last six decades has received numerous awards and honors, most recently the 2017 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize and a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

Meredith has made more than a dozen recordings, and her work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

A longtime Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, she presents workshops and master classes at several institutions, including Omega, Garrison Institute, and Zen Mountain Monastery, and has co-taught workshops with Acharya Judy Lief and Lanny Harrison both in New York and at Naropa University. In 1999, Meredith performed a vocal offering for the Dalai Lama as part of the World Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles.

Why Attend

  • Free your authentic voice in a rare opportunity to work with one of the most innovative and celebrated interdisciplinary artists of our time

  • Find full expression for what you want in life by releasing inhibitions and accessing the power and potential of your voice

  • Expand your expressive abilities with a playful, mindful approach to vocal liberation.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

Accommodations

Standard Rooms
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.

Deluxe
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.

Suites
Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.

Pods
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available from mid-February 2018.

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

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