Meredith Monk: Voice as Practice at 1440 Multiversity

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Voice as Practice

Instrument of the Heart

April 20 - 22, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$345 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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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”—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.

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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, film, and installations.

    Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what are now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance.”

    Over the last six decades she 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.

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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

    • 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

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  • 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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