Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice at 1440 Multiversity

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Voice as Practice

Instrument of the Heart

November 8 - 10, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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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”—together with Ellen Fisher an interdisciplinary artist, you will tap into landscapes of sound. Together, in this workshop you will 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.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Meredith Monk

    Performing arts pioneer

    Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. Considered one of the most significant and influential creative forces in the performing arts of the past 50 years, she is a pioneer of what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.”

    Ms. Monk has received numerous awards and honors, including a Doris Duke Artist Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two Guggenheim fellowships. She has made more than a dozen recordings, most of which are on the ECM New Series label, including the 2008 Grammy-nominated Impermanence.

    Recently, Ms. Monk was named Carnegie Hall’s 2014 – 2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France, and one of NPR’s 50 Great Voices. In September 2015, she received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented at major venues throughout the world.

    A longtime Shambhala Buddhist practitioner, Ms. Monk is a member of the New York Shambhala sangha and a student of Acharya Pema Chödrön. In addition to workshops and master classes at the Omega Institute, Garrison Institute, and Zen Mountain Monastery, she has co-taught workshops with Acharya Judy Lief and Lanny Harrison both in New York City and at Naropa University, where she first encountered the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in the mid-1970s. In 1999 Ms. Monk performed a “Vocal Offering” for the Dalai Lama as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles.

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  • 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.<br />

    • 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/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Opening Day

    2:15 pm
    Check-in begins; rooms are ready by 4:00 pm
    Luggage storage is available

    5:00 — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 — 9:30 pm Program Session


    Daily Schedule

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9:30 am — 12:00 pm Morning Program Session

    12:00 pm — 2:00 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table

    1:30 pm — 5:30 pm Afternoon Program Session

    5:00 pm — 6:15 pm Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    5:30 pm — 7:30 pm Dinner at Kitchen Table

    7:30 pm — 9:00 pm Evening Program Session or Events


    Closing Day

    7:00 am — 8:00 am Embodied Movement or Meditation Class

    7:00 am — 9:00 am Breakfast at Kitchen Table

    9:30 am — 11:30 am Morning Program Session

    11:00 am Checkout Time

    12:00 pm — 2:00 pm Lunch at Kitchen Table—Departure day lunch is included in your stay.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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