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Greetings All ~~
Singing Alive 2011 will be happening twice this summer, in its full 4 day existence over Labor day, Sept. 2 - 5, @ the usual location ~ Lillebakke, Cosmopolis, WA, and a 1 day/nite version, Monday, May 30th, in Portland, OR. The Portland event is collaborative with the Village Building Convergence, and Tryon Farm (where it will take place). Urban Permaculture whirled!.

@ Tryon farm, SA afternoon workshop 1 - 3 pm, SA evening event 7 - 9:45 pm

 

SINGING ALIVE 2011
September 2 ~ 5
Lillebakke @ 1778 North River Road, Cosmopolis, WA
A teaching and sharing gathering for ceremonial/devotional song circles, dance, & music
We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of light, love, peace,
& goodwill to all beings

 

What is Singing Alive??
Now in its 5th year, Singing Alive is a gathering of the SongTribes, birthed in the bosom of the Pacific NW (Cascadia) eco-festivals. It is about bringing people together who feel called to awaken, and nuture their spiritual life thru communion with songs (and prayers, chants, blessings, and so om) of celebration of life in this benevolent universe. Such songs clarify our lives, strengthen our communities, and foster personal and planetary renewal. At Singing Alive we gather to share them, and ourselves, in a safe, welcoming environment. Our goal is to open hearts, and the songs are the keys. These songs are multi-cultural, coming to us from many eras and lands far and near. Together they tell a perennial story, a Gaian dharma, so often forgotten, yet so joyfully remembered, of the Great work of spiritual evolution, of earth-conscious living and peaceful co-existence. By singing this story we come home to Ourselves and perform the Dream of re-Creation we have so longed to live. Singing Alive is intended to hold space for this Dream to emerge and manifest, to give people resources and support for this initiatory transition we are ALL, consciously or not, with grace or in denial, going thru.

Singing Alive is part of a growing global 'song culture' which is knitting itself, and the world, together, thru the harmonics of communion with our common spiritual heritage. This culture has been fragmented by various diasporas, neglected as community rituals have secularized, atrophied as singing professionalized, and devitalized as songs became disposable consumer items. However, it appears the innate urge to sing to, with, and as, the glories, and often terrible beauties of this world, is something that may be suppressed, but is never forgotten!

Singing Alive exists to encourage the remembrance of this deep desire to sing from the heart. It provides resources in the form of, 1) songs, 2) the community to sing them, and 3) support for those of us who want to live the teachings, the sadhana, of the songs. We therefore invite all who wish to activate and nurture their spiritual life in this way. We call all who long to gather in devotion to personal and planetary regeneration.

Singing Alive offers itself as a ceremonial space in the vibrant magic of river meadows in coastal rainforest, a chrysalis in which participants can rebirth, grow, enliven, and enlighten themselves in attunement with the Garden of the Divine family of Creation. The old paradigms of domination, exploitation, and war are fitfully, yet inexorably, crumbling, and a new genre of songs have (re)emerged that reflect and celebrate the new paradigm of love, light, and the pursuit of blissful service to the world. By engaging our hearts in song, we help actualize this paradigm in ourselves and the collective. This is subtle activism, nourishment for a spiritually hungry world. Our intent is to invite singers and musicians who can share songs of this genre, which work in the format of communal singing. This is not an entertainer / audience gathering; rather it is a participatory event, a co-prayformance, where we all sing together, and work together to make this happen. Those who don't think they can sing are encouraged to come and claim the birthright of a singing species! Remember the wise African proverb, 'If you can walk, then you can dance, if you can talk, then you can sing'!

'What is the key to untie the knot of the mind's suffering? Benevolent thought, sound, and movement.' - from The Gift, by 14th-century Sufi poet Hafi

A Teaching and Sharing Gathering
Song-Circles of all sizes,
Dances of Universal Peace,
Voice & Breathwork,
Midwiving New Languages & Reclaiming the Ancient Ones,
Bardic Legacies and Storytelling,
Creating & Sharing Songbooks & Songbook Art

Traditions (Song Tribes)
Rainbow, African, Shamanic, Daime, Orisha, Osho, Cascadia, Native American, Amma, Sufi, Gospel, Kirtan, and omward . . .

Themes and Invocations
Peace within, Peace without, God/Goddess Exaltations, the Elements, Fairies & Devas, Blessings, Gratitude, Grief & Praise, Planetary Acupuncture, Human Flowering, Children Circles, Harmonic Toning, and song on . .

We aim to keep the event affordable and accessible to all who wish to attend. As in Cheap! To this end, we ask everybody to volunteer their time and talents. Everyone is asked to bring food to contribute to the community kitchen. Everyone is requested to help cook, clean, and do the necessary tasks to keep our village running smoothly.

ORIGINS ~
The idea for this gathering was conceived on July 16, 2005 by Michael Pilarski (Skeeter) , & Morgan Brent (MT Xen).
Skeeter is an wildcrafter and large-scale gardener, permaculturalist, educator, and the founder of many gatherings, including the Okanagon Barter Faire, the Northwest Herbal Faire, and the Human & Fairy Relations Congress. For more info, go to Friends of the Trees Society
MT is an educator, event organizer, and song enthusiast, who specializes in the prescriptive teachings of medicinal plants, aka Nature's plan to save the humans. In service to this guidance, he writes articles and essays, gives talks and discussion forums, births and gives haven to songs, and makes medicines of all kinds, among them events both large (Singing Alive gatherings), and small (Creation-song circles)

SCHEDULE ~
This is a 4 day Singing Alive, so there is plenty time to strreettccchh out and in to the xperience. Feel free to arrive anytime Thursday (and possibly earlier if you contact me and request . . ) if you wish, as we shall start Friday morning with whoever has arrived. Everyday (Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon.) at 9:30 am (or so) we all gather in a MORNING CIRCLE, to altar the day and introduce the events to come. There will then be 2-3 smaller circles, both in the morning, (10:00 ~ 11:30/12), and in the afternoon (2:30 to 4/4:30). At 5:30 we gather again in an AFTERNOON CIRCLE, to close out the day and introduce dinner and the evening events, which are mostly free-form fire circles that take on a life of their own. There will be a little marketplace /barter faire happening mid-day on Sunday in which all are invited to participate if you have somethings to sell or otherwise exchange.

COSTS ~
At en-trance ~~ full 4-day weekend $90, $25 per day.
In advance ~~ full weekend $70 before Aug. 1, $80 between Aug. 1 - Sept. 1, $20 per day.
1/2 price for teens 13-17 with parents, children 12 and under free.

for pre-registration, please send a check to:
Morgan Brent
1631 NE Broadway, #426
Portland, OR 97232

make check out to: 'Common Ground Wellness Center'

or send $ thru Paypal ~~

Singing Alive 2011

LOCATION ~
Lillebakke @ 1778 North River Road, Cosmopolis, WA. The land (which is actually 18 miles from the town of Cosmopolis!), 180 acres or so, is privately owned by a couple with two children, all of whom will be attending as well. Cosmopolis is located in SW Washington, not to far from the coast. Coming into the land off the road, you will be ushered into a big meadow that you can both park and camp in. From there, it is a walk across a bridge and down a trail (1/4 mi.), to another (main) meadow, which is where the Singing Alive event will take place.

RIDE SHARE ~
If you need a ride, or can offer a ride, email ~~ xen@tribesofcreation.com, with your requests. Any matchups that cannot be immediately made will be posted here, and on singingalive.org, so check back.

Please post on our Facebook Wall if you are seeking a ride or have room in your car. Alternatively, send an email to MT at xen@SingingAlive.org to inquire about sharing rides. This will be updated until late Thursday nite, and then no mas. . . good luck!

~ Saliha (saliha abrams <juniperberry11@gmail.com>; ph. ~ 541-288-6591) can offer three (3) rides to Singing Alive from Portland in Thurs, Sept. 1st.
~ Roxxane (coming from Vancouver Island) needs ride from Port Angeles or any where north ~ Roxxanne Faye <roxxannefaye@gmail.com>
~ Bell Circle <leecharlesjones@gmail.com> and Josh need ride from Olympia Friday ~~ will be getting into Olympia at 12 noon and his number is 707 337 6319
~ Shine seeks ride down from Victoria or Vancouver ~ Shine <loveisiu@gmail.com>
~ Carrie is looking for a ride for her and her dughter from Eugene on Fri morning and home all the way to Ashland OR or Yreka, CA. Alternatively, I could also drive my car if there were a couple of people who wanted to ride with me and pitch in on gas from Yreka, CA area on Friday . pj ~ 541-734-6042; Carrie Campbell <wildearthunlimited@gmail.com>
~ Zivi needs a ride from Ashland ~ zivi loeb <zivi.love@gmail.com>
~ Julia can offer a ride, or rideshare, from Olympia, WA ~ Gentlestrength <jgentlestrength@yahoo.com>, (503)332-7446.
~ Joshua needs a ride from the SF Bay area ~ Joshua Gardiner <jleroygardiner@gmail.com>
~ Denise can offer a ride for 2 on Friday, Sept. 2nd afternoon/eve from Portland. (805) 402-7809 ancientrhythm@gmail.com
~ Me (Lauren Nagel) and a friend need a ride from Portland (neruallegan@gmail.com, 2158064114 text or call) friday morning OR we can offer a ride to 1 rider from Portland friday morning. Gas monies given and accepted. Thanks! So much love!
~ Tristan needs 1 or possibly 2 rides, from Victoria... Anacortes or Seattle to those arriving at Singalive fri evening. tristen G <jingathing@yahoo.ca>
~ Michael Tivana is leaving Seattle on Friday noon - Heading back on Monday noon, has room for 2 to 3 people. <mtivana@comcast.net> Hm: 425 454 4865, Cell: 425 761 8683


DIRECTIONS (from Portland) ~
1) Travel on I-5 to exit 88 the 'Tenino/Rochester/South Sound speedway' exit, which is 15 - 20 minutes S. of Olympia, 90 minutes N. or Portland; go West on Hwy 12
2) go West about 12 miles, thru and past Rochester until you come to BLOCKHOUSE Rd. If you've come to Oakville the town you've gone to far. (at this point, if you want to go a more 'civilized' route, continue on Hwy 12 thru Oakville until it hits WA-8 in Elma, then follow directions belowe starting at '3)', meaning, go West to Montensano, turn left on Jct WA-107, turn left at US-101, turn left at Artic Rd, turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road . . . )
3) take a LEFT on BLOCKHOUSE Rd, go to intersection, then straight (slight rt actually) on CEMETARY Rd. It T's into another Rd. (SOUTH BANK RD.) take a LEFT
4) go a mile or so until crossing a big, big river, then take first LEFT onto GARRARD CREEK Rd
5) Follow it, and it will 'Y' after a couple miles, but go straight on it (don't go to Centralia!), and it becomes BROOKLYN Rd. Follow this thru the non-town of BROOKLYN (where by this time it becomes NORTH RIVER RD, and you will see 1778 NORTH RIVER RD. on your left. Be aware that there are a few miles of rough logging road on this route.

DIRECTIONS (from Olympia or Seattle) ~
1) Take US- 101 N (exit 104 if you are coming from Seattle) toward Aberdeen/Port Angeles
2) Continue on WA-8 West (signs for Aberdeen/WA-8 W/Montesano)
3) Continue on US-12 West (i.e., WA-8 turns into US-12)
4) Take the Jct WA-107 ramp to Raymond/Montesano
5). Turn left at S Main St
6) Continue on WA-107
7) Turn left at US-101
8) Turn left at Artic Rd (.5 mi.)
9) Turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road (10.1 mi.)

the bus from Olympia to Aberdeen is route 40. Bus from Aberdeen to Cosmopolis is route 15. From Cosmopolis walk or hitchhike to Singing Alive by going south on 101, left on Artic, and then left on N. River Road.

ACCOMODATIONS ~
Free Camping! Tents and some (limited) space for RVs. Early Sept. is about the driest time of the year – nevertheless, unexpected rains should always be expected!

FOOD ~
The food vision for this event is to run it as a great potluck (food for everyone, no vendors), with us, the focalizers/organizers, providing most staples, such as grains, condiments, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a person(s) who's task it is to run the whole thing. Since it will be harvest season, there should be much abundance out there. Bring what fruits and vegetables you can to feed the Family! Everything will be vegetarian, and as organic as possible. Bring your own bowls/plates/utensils.

VOLUNTEERING ~
We would like everyone who is able, to contribute a few hours to the smooth running of the event. Tasks include childcare, regisration, firewood gathering, circle recording, food prep, washing dishes, clean up, errand running, etc. We'll ask for volunteers for the needs of the day at the morning circle, and leave it to you, and your karmic guidance to keep to your commitments. There will also be a volunteer coordinator to assist u in this . .

THINGS TO BRING ~
Again, we ask that you bring your own plates, cups, and silverware and keep them for the duration. We'll have a dishwashing station set up. This is a living-on-the-land thing, so come prepared with tent, bedding, flashlights, water bottle, etc. Bring your bathing suit (or not) if you wish to swim. If you have a back country water filter, take it along, to help keep our water supply abundant. Bring songbooks and CDs for show and share. CDs, songbooks, musical instruments and the like can be informally sold/traded throughout the weekend, and there will be a barter period on Sunday for people to trade and sell other types of wares. Bring warm clothes for the evening as it can get chilly. Also if you have a recording device, bring for yourself, or likely we can use it as an additional resource for our own recording.

DOGS ~
You can bring your furry friend, however s/he, 1) must be leashed when entering thru the gate that opens into the main gathering meadows, and 2) dog dung must be picked up by the dog's attending human. All dogs must also camp outside the gate leading to the main meadows.

WISH LIST ~
Again, this is a inexpensive gathering depending on communal, co-operative energies to make it run well and harmoniously. We'll have a tea kitchen set up, that could use donations of teas, chai's, coffees, etc. Mugs, we need more mugs. Also looking for a sweat lodge person(s). What else - toys and such things for children to play with (no glitter), bales of hay to sit on. Old (yet relatively clean) rugs are useful, outdoor chairs, yes, outdoor chairs, extra recording devices (with mp3 sound card). Email us if you have any suggestions/questions. . .

Safe travels . . . May the Ancient voices, forever singing, guide you on your way!

and. . . Singing Alive sampler Cds (9 hr mp3) recorded on site, can be ordered on the 'Medicine Songs' page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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update ~~ Cantando La Vida (Singing Alive way south) is happening 2011 over full moon weekend, January 14 - 16 @ Finca Amrita, San Isidro, Costa Rica. See below for details . .

and . . . just in, some photos from Summer Harvest Singing Alive 2010, courtesy Griffin ~~

 



Cantando La Vida~~ Jan. 14 - 16, 2011
A sharing and teaching gathering for ceremonial/devotional singing circles, dancing, and music
We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of light, love, peace on earth, and goodwill to all beings

Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica, is a sister celebration to Singing Alive, a Song Tribes gathering birthed in the bosom of the Pacific NW (Cascadia) eco-festivals. It, like Singing Alive to the north, is part of a growing global 'song culture' which is knitting itself, and the world, together, thru the harmonics of communion with our common spiritual heritage. This culture has been fragmented by various diasporas, neglected as community rituals have secularized, atrophied as singing professionalized, and devitalized as songs became disposable consumer items. However, it appears the innate urge to sing to, with, and as, the glories, and often terrible beauties of this world, is something that may be suppressed, but is never forgotten!

Cantando la Vida exists to encourage the remembrance of this deep desire to sing from the heart. It provides resources in the form of, 1) songs, 2) the community to sing them, and 3) support for those of us who want to live the teachings, the sadhana, of the songs. We therefore invite all who wish to activate and nurture their spiritual life in this way. We call all who long to gather in devotion to personal and planetary regeneration.

Cantando la Vida offers itself as a ceremonial space in the vibrant magic of the tropical rainforest, a chrysalis in which participants can rebirth, grow, enliven, and enlighten themselves in attunement with the Garden of the Divine family of Creation. Check here for a look at Cantando La Vida 2010

We will gather on the full moon weekend, January 14 - 16. Feel free to arrive anytime Thursday, as we will start Friday morning.

Please Join Us There at Finca Amrta. Finca Amrta is a wonderfully majestic river-side land of forests and fields, with organically cultivated fruits, flowers, and vegetables. There we will spend three days and night in various circles around fires and altars. These circles will activate with many songs, stories, prayers, invocations, intention settings, blessings, mantras, and so ommmmm. Circles will be scheduled thruout the day, and each will be facilitated, recorded, and offered as a teaching venue. Other activities during these days include the occassional plant walk, yoga sessions, swimming in the river, and learning the ways of an organic farm.

We will nourish our bodies, as we nourish our souls, with wholesome, vegetarian food. Three meals a day of yummilicious delectables. Food include rice, beans, lentils, pasta, cheese, oats, vegetables, and from the farm fruits, such as oranges and bananas, cob oven baked bread, and yogurt. Please bring your own special treats and snacks or items to share.

Just as we evolve ourselves in service to the flowering of consciousness, so do we each do the practical work to create this ceremonial village. This is a participatory gathering. We ask all participants to volunteer, as we suggest and you all feel moved, to help things run smoothly.

Participants should bring ~
Tent with rain fly and camping accessories; flashlight; your own dish and utensil; snack food; water bottle; bathing suit; Deet-free insect repellent; sunscreen; biodegradable soap; musical instruments; altar items; smudging herbs; candles; songbooks; and if you wish items for barter or trade. Recording devices are also useful.

The weather in January of San Isidro del General is usually dry, in the mid 80's, though check weather reports before you pack.

Costs
$60 U.S. for the Entire Weekend (3 days), $50 in advance.
$20 per day/night
$10 for the day meals included

Teens 13 - 18 = 1/2 price. Children (13 and under) are free (parents are in charge of their children, though we will have some childcare helpers). This fee supplies food, reimbursement for event organizers, full-time staff and preparation and restoration of Finca Amrta.

 

Early registration either thru paypal, or if in Costa Rica, staff (ask for Suzanne or Miguel) will be at the Ferria (farmers market) of downtown San Isidro on Thursdays. Arrive early for the freshest choice organics.

Directions to Cantando la Vida
When you land in San Jose, Costa Rica you can take a cab from the airport to the Musoc Bus station. All cab drivers know where to go. Buses from this station go ONLY to San Isidro, so don't worry that you will get on the wrong bus. You should not pay more than $15 for this taxi ride. Buses leave every hour (8:30~9:30 etc., with 5:30 being the last bus.) And the cost is around 2000 colones.

Make sure that you keep track of your belongings in San Jose. Always keep your money, passport and plane ticket on your body.

From San Isidro to the farm: you have two options:

1) Taxi: Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the entrance to Arizona on the road to San Ramon Sur: "Me gustaria ir dos km norte de Pedregoso a la entrada a Arizona por el camino a San Ramon Sur." Cost should be around 3000 colones.

2) Bus: Buses leave San Isidro from the Mercado Central - (Central market) for San Ramon Sur/Pedregoso for the farm at the following times: 8:00 (sat-sun); 11:00; 2:30; 4:45 (there are more times, frequently during the daylight hours.)

Get off at the Arizona stop. Don't worry; the bus usually makes this stop, so be sure and tell the bus driver," la entrada de Arizona, por favor". Los Chofferes (bus drivers) are great and will easily help.

At the San Isidro Mercado you will see many buses. The destination is written above the driver outside of the bus. Our bus says: San Ramon , Pedregoso and is blue and white. Cost is: 300 colones.

Across from the entrance to Arizona is a wooden fence and a long gate. This is the way to our farm. On the left hand side of the driveway, on the first large tree you will see a sign that says AMRTA. On the right just before going through the gate is a rock on the ground that is painted with the name AMRTA. Go down the hill. Follow the road all the way to the end and you will find the volunteer house, and . . . Welcome to Finca Amrta!

PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in San Isidro at dark (around 5:30-6:00) plan on taking a room at the Hotel Chirripo (across from the central park) and come to the farm in the daylight hours.

For those just touching in on the singing path, remember the wise African proverb, 'If you can walk, then you can dance, if you can talk, then you can sing'!

We hope to Sing you there!!

 



SINGING ALIVE 2010
Summer Harvest ~~ Sept. 3 - 6
A teaching gathering for ceremonial/devotional singing circles, dancing, and music
We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of light, love, peace on earth
, and goodwill to all beings

What is Singing Alive?
Now in its 4rd year, Singing Alive is about bringing people together who feel called to awaken, and nuture their spiritual life thru communion with songs (and prayers, chants, blessings, and so om) of celebration of life in this benevolent universe. Such songs clarify our lives, strengthen our communities, and foster personal and planetary renewal. At Singing Alive we gather to share them, and ourselves, in a safe, welcoming environment. Our goal is to open hearts, and the songs are the keys. These songs are multi-cultural, coming to us from many eras and lands far and near. Together they tell a perennial story, a Gaian dharma, so often forgotten, yet so joyfully remembered, of the Great work of spiritual evolution, of earth-conscious living and peaceful co-existence. By singing this story we come home to Ourselves and perform the Dream of re-Creation we have so longed to live. Singing Alive is intended to hold space for this Dream to emerge and manifest, to give people resources and support for this initiatory transition we are ALL, consciously or not, with grace or in denial, going thru.

The old paradigms of domination, exploitation, and war are fitfully, yet inexorably, crumbling, and a new genre of songs have (re)emerged that reflect and celebrate the new paradigm of love, light, and the pursuit of blissful service to the world. By engaging our hearts in song, we help actualize this paradigm in ourselves and the collective. This is subtle activism, nourishment for a spiritually hungry world. Our intent is to invite singers and musicians who can share songs of this genre, which work in the format of communal singing. This is not an entertainer / audience gathering; rather it is a participatory event, a co-prayformance, where we all sing together, and work together to make this happen. Those who don't think they can sing are encouraged to come and claim the birthright of a singing species!

'What is the key to untie the knot of the mind's suffering? Benevolent thought, sound, and movement.' - from The Gift, by 14th-century Sufi poet Hafiz

A Teaching and Sharing Gathering (go here for some pics of former years)
Whole-Group Singing Circles & Small Song-Circles
Dances of Universal Peace,
Voice & Breathwork,
Midwiving New Languages & Reclaiming the Ancient Ones,
Bardic Legacies and Storytelling,
Creating & Sharing Songbooks & Songbook Art

Traditions (Song Tribes)
Rainbow, African, Shamanic, Daime, Orisha, Osho, Native American, Amma, Sufi, Gospel, Kirtan, and omward . . .

Themes and Invocations
World Peace, God/Goddess Exaltations, the Elements, Fairies & Devas, Blessings, Gratitude, Grief & Praise, Planetary Acupuncture, Human Flowering, Children Circles, Harmonic Toning, and song on.

We aim to keep the event affordable and accessible to all who wish to attend. To this end, we ask everybody to volunteer their time and talents. Everyone is asked to bring food to contribute to the community kitchen. Everyone is requested to help cook, clean, and do the necessary tasks to keep our village running smoothly.

ORIGINS ~
The idea for this gathering was conceived on July 16, 2005 by Michael Pilarski (Skeeter) , & Morgan Brent (MT Xen).
Skeeter is an wildcrafter and large-scale gardener, permaculturalist, educator, and the founder of many gatherings, including the Okanagon Barter Faire, the Northwest Herbal Faire, and the Human & Fairy Relations Congress. For more info, go to Friends of the Trees Society
MT is an educator, event organizer, and song enthusiast, who specializes in the prescriptive teachings of medicinal plants, aka Nature's plan to save the humans. In service to this guidance, he writes articles and essays, gives talks and discussion forums, births and gives haven to songs, and makes medicines of all kinds, among them events both large (Singing Alive gatherings), and small (Creation-song circles)

SCHEDULE ~
This is the first 4 day Singing Alive, so there is plenty time to strreettccchh out and in to the xperience. Feel free to arrive anytime Thursday (and possibly earlier if you contact me and request . . ) if you wish, as we shall start Friday morning with whoever has arrived. Everyday (Fri., Sat., Sun., and Mon.) at 9:30 am (or so) we all gather in a MORNING CIRCLE, to altar the day and introduce the events to come. There will then be 2-3 smaller circles, both in the morning, (10:00 ~ 11:30/12), and in the afternoon (2:30 to 4/4:30). At 5:30 we gather again in an AFTERNOON CIRCLE, to close out the day and introduce dinner and the evening events, which are mostly free-form fire circles that tend to take on a life of their own. There will be a little marketplace happening mid-day on Sunday in which all are invited to participate if you have somethings (Cd's. instruments, crafts, and such) to sell or otherwise exchange.

COSTS ~
$90 at en-trance, $70 in advance, $25 per day, $20 in advance, 1/2 price for teens 13-17 with parents, children 12 and under free.

for pre-registration, please send a check to (and made out to):
Morgan Brent
1631 NE Broadway, #426
Portland, OR 97232

or send $ thru Paypal (Thursday, 11:59 pm, Sept. 2, is the latest you can get the pre-registration price) ~~

Singing Alive ~ Summer Harvest

LOCATION ~
Lillebakke @ 1778 North River Road, Cosmopolis, WA. The land (which is actually 18 miles from the town of Cosmopolis!), 180 acres or so, is privately owned by a couple with two children, all of whom will be attending as well. Cosmopolis is located in SW Washington, not to far from the coast. We are a few miles outside of town in the coastal rain-forest. Coming into the land off the road, you will be ushered into a big meadow that you can both park and camp in. From there, it is a walk across a bridge and down a trail (1/4 mi.), to another (main) meadow, which is where the Singing Alive event will take place.

RIDE SHARE ~
If you need a ride, or can offer a ride, email ~~ xen@tribesofcreation.com, with your requests. Any matchups that cannot be immediately made will be posted here, so check back.

* Interested in biking from Olympia to Singing Alive & back? Contact Dani ~ danimadrone@gmail.com
* Paul (360.643.1242) needs a ride to Singing Alive from Pt. Townsend.
* Leslie needs a ride from Bellingham - lesliegrace1@gmail.com, Phone-360-223-1624
* Kristen needs a ride from Portland - catcalledmoth@hotmail.com
*Ride needed for 3 (mom. grandma, 5 yr old) from Olympia or Cosmopolis on September 2nd. robinannschild@saltspring.com
*I am looking for a ride to Singing Alive from Portland either Friday or Sat. Lisa @ 503-939-3904. lisagreent@gmail.com
*Hi, my name is Justin Michelson and I'm looking for a ride from Eugene, OR to Cosmopolis. Let me know if you know of anyone who's coming along this way. justin.michelson@gmail.com

*Tray needs ride to Sinigng Alive on Thursday from Portland. Call 541.806.2344
*Ashanti Shakti ~~ ashantishakti@gmail.com ~~ Please post that I need a ride from Portland on Friday. Post this email address and phone: 503-236-3124.
* Julia Gentlestrength needs from from Olympia, WA Friday ~~ jgentlestrength@yahoo.com
*On Friday I would like a ride from Portland, or I can offer one. 805-402-7809 or email ancientrhythm@gmail.com
Thanks!
Denise
*Quoia can offer ride from Portland Friday morning ~~ Quoia <awakennow@earthlink.net>

DIRECTIONS (from Portland) ~
From Portland ~~ Travel on I-5 to exit 88B (if heading North), exit 88 (if heading South), the 'Tenino/Rochester/South Sound speedway' exit, which is 15 - 20 minutes S. of Olympia, 90 minutes N. or Portland; go West on Hwy 12
2) go West about 12 miles, thru and past Rochester until you come to BLOCKHOUSE RD. If you've come to Oakville the town you've gone to far. (at this point, if you want to go a more 'civilized' route, continue on Hwy 12 thru Oakville until it hits WA-8 in Elma, then go West to Jct WA-107, turn left at US-101, turn left at Artic Rd, turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road . . . )
3) take a LEFT on Blockhouse rd, go to intersection, then straight (slight rt actually) on CEMETARY Rd. It T's into another Rd. (SOUTH BANK RD.) take a LEFT
4) go a mile or so until crossing a big, big river, then take first LEFT onto GARRARD CREEK Rd
5) Follow it, and it will 'Y' after a couple miles, but go straight on it (don't go to Centralia!), and it becomes BROOKLYN Rd. Follow this thru the non-town of BROOKLYN (where by this time it becomes NORTH RIVER RD, and you will see 1778 NORTH RIVER RD. on your left. Be aware that there are a few miles of rough logging road on this route.

From Olympia or Seattle ~~
1) Take US- 101 N (exit 104 if you are coming from Seattle) toward Aberdeen/Port Angeles
2) Continue on WA-8 West (signs for Aberdeen/WA-8 W/Montesano)
3) Continue on US-12 West
4) Take the Jct WA-107 ramp to Raymond/Montesano
5). Turn left at S Main St
6) Continue on WA-107
7) Turn left at US-101
8) Turn left at Artic Rd (.5 mi.)
9) Turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road (10.1 mi.)

the bus from Olympia to Aberdeen is route 40. Bus from Aberdeen to Cosmopolis is route 15. From Cosmopolis walk or hitchhike to Singing Alive. by going S. on 101, left on Artic, and then left on N. River Road.

ACCOMODATIONS ~
Free Camping! Tents and some (limited) space for RVs. Early Sept. is about the driest time of the year – nevertheless, unexpected rains should always be expected!

FOOD ~
The food vision for this event is to run it as a great potluck (food for everyone, no vendors), with us, the focalizers/organizers, providing most staples, such as grains, condiments, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a person(s) who's task it is to run the whole thing. Since it will be harvest season, there should be much abundance out there. Bring what fruits and vegetables you can to feed the Family! Everything will be vegetarian, and as organic as possible. Bring your own bowls/plates/utensils.

VOLUNTEERING ~
We would like everyone who is able, to contribute a few hours to the smooth running of the event. Tasks include childcare, regisration, firewood gathering, circle recording, food prep, washing dishes, clean up, errand running, etc. We'll ask for volunteers for the needs of the day at the morning circle, and leave it to you, and your karmic guidance to keep to your commitments. There will also be a volunteer coordinator to assist u in this . .

THINGS TO BRING ~
Again, we ask that you bring your own plates. cups, and silverware and keep them for the duration. We'll have a dishwashing station set up. This is a living-on-the-land thing, so come prepared with tent, bedding, flashlights, water bottle, etc. Bring your bathing suit (or not) if you wish to swim. Bring songbooks and CDs for show and share. CDs, songbooks, musical instruments and the like can be informally sold/traded throughout the weekend, and there will be a barter period on Sunday for people to trade and sell other types of wares. Bring warm clothes for the evening as it can get chilly. Also if you have a recording device, bring for yourself, or likely we can use it as an additional resource for our own recording. Well-managed dogs can come as well, however we prefer you leave any pet ego-agendas at home.

WISH LIST ~
Again, this is a inexpensive gathering depending on communal, co-operative energies to make it happen well. We'll have a tea kitchen set up, that could use donations of teas, chai's, coffees, etc. Also looking for a sweat lodge person(s). What else - toys and such things for children to play with (no glitter), bales of hay to sit on. Old (yet relatively clean) rugs are useful, metal chairs, extra recording devices (with mp3 sound card). Email xen@tribesofcreation.com if you have any suggestions . . .

Safe travels . . . We Sing You There!

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SINGING ALIVE 2010
Spring Renewal ~~ May 21 – 23
A teaching gathering for ceremonial/devotional singing circles, dancing, and music
We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of light, love, peace on earth
, and goodwill to all beings

 

Cantando La

 

Vision:

The vision of Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica, is to contribute to the conscious awareness of life, love, and the pursuit of blissful service to the world through sacred healing songs, and the empowerment of the people and communities that sing them, that live them.

Mission:

The mission of Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica is to unite people from
all over the globe in the vibrant magic of the tropical rainforest, and gather in circular devotion to personal and planetary regeneration thru ceremonial/devotional song, dance, and community.

Story:

Cantando la Vida is a sister celebration to Singing Alive, a Song Tribes gathering birthed in the bosom of the Pacific NW (Cascadia) eco-festivals.

Cantando la Vida offers itself as a chrysalis in which participants can rebirth, grow, enliven, and enlighten themselves in attunement with the Garden of the Divine family of Creation. These multi-cultural songs
of the Garden will be sung during the Full Moon, January 29-31.

Please Join Us There at Finca Amrta.

Finca Amrta is a wonderfully majestic river-side land of forests and fields, along with organically cultivated fruits, flowers, and vegetables. We will circle, with or without fire, for songs, and go on the occasional plant medicine walk. Time will be honored for a swim in the river and relaxing among the trees. We will nourish our bodies as we nourish our souls with wholesome food.

~ Sunday will be a day for bartering ~

Work-trade scholarships available:

Child's Activities Organizer:
songs, plant walks, nature crafts. Parent assistance is expected.

Food Coordinator:
experience with organizing kitchen and meals for large groups.

Just as we evolve ourselves in service to the flowering of consciousness, so do we each do the practical work to create the ceremony. This is a participatory celebration. We ask all participants to volunteer running our three-day village.

~ Participants should bring ~

Tent with rain fly and camping accessories; flashlight; dishes and utensils; sticks, scoops or prongs; snack food; water bottle; bathing suit; Deet-free insect repellent; sunscreen; biodegradable soap; musical instruments; items for ceremony, sage, candles; song book; and if you wish, items for barter or trade.

OJO! The macrobiotic stores in town carry a very effective and non-toxic brand of insect repellant that is made here in Costa Rica.

The weather in January of San Isidro del General is usually dry, in the mid 80's, though check weather reports before you pack.

Price

$60 U.S. for the Entire Weekend (3 days)
$20 per day/night
$10 for the day meals included

Teens = 1/2 price, Children are Free (parents are in charge of their children). All are welcome. This fee supplies food, reimbursement for event organizers, full-time staff and preparation and restoration of Finca Amrta.

Included ...

Rice, beans & lentils, pasta, cheese, oats and vegetables and from the farm fruits, oranges and bananas, cob oven baked bread and yogurt. Please bring your own special treats and snacks or items to share.

Registration begins Jan. 11th. Staff will be at the Ferria (farmers market) of downtown San Isidro on Thursdays. Arrive early for the freshest choice organics.

Those who register by the 15th pay an early fee of $55.

For Registration and more Information e-mail Rosie Kenny.

Directions to Cantando la Vida

When you land in San Jose, Costa Rica you can take a cab from the airport to the Musoc Bus station. All cab drivers know where to go. Buses from this station go ONLY to San Isidro, so don't worry that you will get on the wrong bus. You should not pay more than $15 for this taxi ride.

Make sure that you keep track of your belongings in San Jose. Always keep your money, passport and plane ticket on your body.

From San Jose to San Isidro:
Take the bus from the Musoc bus station to San Isidro. Buses leave every hour

(8:30~9:30 etc., with 5:30 being the last bus.) And the cost is around 2000 colones.

From San Isidro to the farm: you have two options:

1) Taxi: Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the entrance to Arizona on the road to San Ramon Sur: "Me gustaria ir dos km norte de Pedregoso a la entrada a Arizona por el camino a San Ramon Sur." Cost should be around 3000 colones.

2) Bus: Buses leave San Isidro from the Mercado Central - (Central market) for San Ramon Sur/Pedregoso for the farm at the following times: 8:00 (sat-sun); 11:00; 2:30; 4:45 (there are more times, frequently during the daylight hours.)

Get off at the Arizona stop. Don't worry; the bus usually makes this stop, so be sure and tell the bus driver," la entrada de Arizona, por favor". Los Chofferes (bus drivers) are great and will easily help.

At the San Isidro Mercado you will see many buses. The destination is written above the driver outside of the bus. Our bus says: San Ramon , Pedregoso and is blue and white. Cost is: 300 colones.

Across from the entrance to Arizona is a wooden fence and a long gate. This is the way to our farm. On the left hand side of the driveway, on the first large tree you will see a sign that says AMRTA. On the right just before going through the gate is a rock on the ground that is painted with the name AMRTA. Go down the hill. Follow the road all the way to the end and you will find the volunteer house.

Welcome to Finca Amrta!

PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in San Isidro at dark (around 5:30-6:00) plan on taking a room at the Hotel Chirripo (across from the central park) and come to the farm in the daylight hours.


If you can walk, then you can dance, if you can talk then you can sing!
We hope to sing you there!

 

Update ~~
as of Oct. 30th, I finished editting the recordings from Singing Alive 2009. 22hrs, 170 or so songs and workshop sections. Whew!! If you are interested in any or part of these Treasures of vibrational healing and lyrical learning, let me know . . .

 



In Cosmopolis, WA  . . Sept. 11 - 13, 2009

SINGING ALIVE ~~ with the tribes of creation

A teaching gathering for ceremonial singing circles, dancing, and music
We change the world as we transform ourselves with songs of blessings, devotion, and gratitude.
Lillebakke @ 1778 Northriver Rd, Cosmopolis, WA

2009 pics ~~ from Eostar . . .

WHAT IS SINGING ALIVE?
Now in its 3rd year, (see pics by Liila Torsoe from 2008) this event is about bringing people together to sing and dance in circular devotion to the regeneration of humanity and the earth. We focus on songs which embody the consciousness of love for the planet and for world peace. The old paradigm of domination, exploitation, and war is gradually being replaced by cultural forms of peace, partnership, respect, and reverence for all life. Over the past 30 years a new genre of songs have (re)emerged that reflect and celebrate this new paradigm. Our intent is to invite singers and musicians who can share songs of this genre which work in the format of communal singing. This is not an entertainer / audience gathering; rather it is a participatory event where we all sing together, and work together to make this happen. Those who don't think they can sing are encouraged to come and claim the birthright of a singing species!

A Teaching and Sharing Gathering
Whole-Group Singing Circles & Small Song-Circles
Dances of Universal Peace,
Playing Musical Instruments,
Voice & Breathwork,
Midwiving New Languages & Reclaiming the Ancient Ones,
Bardic Legacies and Storytelling,
Creating & Sharing Songbooks & Songbook Art

Traditions (Song Tribes)
Rainbow, Rasta, Shamanic, Daime, Native American, Orisha, Osho, Amma, Sufi, Gospel, Kirtan, and omward . . .

Themes and Invocations
World Peace, Divine Mother, Elementals, Planetary Acupuncture, the Devic Realms, Human Flowering, Harmonic Toning, and song on .

We aim to keep the event affordable and accessible to all who wish to attend, as in CHEAP! To this end, we ask everybody to volunteer their time and talents. Everyone is asked to bring food to contribute to the community kitchen. Everyone is requested to help cook, clean, and do the necessary tasks to keep our village running smoothly. There will be a vending period on Sunday in which all are invited to participate (Cd's. instruments, crafts, and such).

The idea for this gathering was conceived on July 16, 2005 by Michael Pilarski (Skeeter) , & Morgan Brent (M.T. Xen).
Skeeter is an wildcrafter and large-scale gardener, permaculturalist, educator, and the founder of many gatherings, such as the Okanagon Barter Faire, the Northwest Herbal Faire, and the Human & Fairy Relations Congress.
Morgan is an educator and organizer, who specializes in the prescriptive teachings of medicinal plants, aka Nature's plan to save the humans. He most often shares these teachings thru Creation-story styled sacred song circles

SCHEDULE:
Feel free to arrive anytime Thursday if you wish, as we shall start Friday morning with whoever has arrived. Everyday (Fri., Sat. & Sun.) at 9:30 am we all gather in a MORNING CIRCLE, to altar the day and introduce the events to come. Likely we will do one large theme circle (where we go around the circle and everyone has the opportunity to share a song on a single theme, such as Blessings, Peace, Gratitude, the Elements, Divine Mother, etc.), and 1 to 3 smaller specialty circles (those that are more 'taught', or led), both in the morning, (10:00 ~ 11:30/12), and in the afternoon (2:30 to 4/4:30). At 5:30 we gather again in an AFTERNOON CIRCLE, to close out the day and introduce dinner and the evening events, which are mostly free-form fire circles, though we do have some special things in the works.

COSTS:
$80 at gate, $60 pre-registered (send to Morgan Brent @ below address), $30 per day, ½ price for teens 13-17 with parents, children under 12 free.

for advanced tickets, please send a check to:
Morgan Brent
1631 NE Broadway, #426
Portland, OR 97232

or ~~ Paypal can go to: xen@kevcom.com

you can also use these contacts to send $ for the songbook / CD(s)

LOCATION:
Lillebakke @ 1778 North River Road, Cosmopolis, WA. The land, 180 acres or so, is privately owned by a couple with two children, all of whom will be attending as well. Cosmopolis is located in SW Washington, not to far from the coast. We are a few miles outside of town in the coastal rain-forest. Coming into the land off the road, you will be ushered into a big meadow that you can camp in. From there, it is a walk across a bridge and down a trail (1/4 mi.), to another (main) meadow, which is where the Singing Alive event will take place.

RIDE SHARE:
if you need a ride, or even better can offer a ride, email me (xen@tribesofcreation.com), and we see what can manifest. As of Wednesday the 9th, if you need a ride from Portland on Thursday, or Kyle at 707.501.7187 (Thursday nite); if you need a ride from Portland on Friday, call Anna 503.806.2376, or Octavia - 503.522.8875. or Kelly and/or Marlana - 617.406.8299; . Heather is leaving Olympia for SA early Saturday morning ~~ profoundia@gmail.com. Jeremy is in and out of Olympia during the three days~~ 360.970.3471,

DIRECTIONS:
From Portland
~~ Travel on I-5 to exit 88B (if heading North), exit 88 (if heading South), the 'Tenino/Rochester/South Sound speedway' exit, which is 15 - 20 minutes S. of Olympia, 90 minutes N. or Portland; go West on Hwy 12
2) go West about 12 miles, thru and past Rochester until you come to BLOCKHOUSE RD. If you've come to Oakville the town you've gone to far. (at this point, if you want to go a more 'civilized' route, continue on Hwy 12 thru Oakville until it hits WA-8 in Elma, then go West to Jct WA-107, turn left at US-101, turn left at Artic Rd, turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road . . . )
3) take a LEFT on Blockhouse rd, go to intersection, then straight (slight rt actually) on CEMETARY Rd. It T's into another Rd. (SOUTH BANK RD.) take a LEFT
4) go a mile or so until crossing a big, big river, then take first LEFT onto GARRARD CREEK Rd
5) Follow it, and it will 'Y' after a couple miles, but go straight on it (don't go to Centralia!), and it becomes BROOKLYN Rd. Follow this thru the non-town of BROOKLYN (where by this time it becomes NORTH RIVER RD, and you will see 1778 NORTH RIVER RD. on your left. Be aware that there are a few miles of rough logging road on this route.

From Olympia or Seattle ~~
1) Take S. 101 N toward Aberdeen/Port Angeles
2) Continue on WA-8 West (signs for Aberdeen/WA-8 W/Montesano)
3) Continue on US-12 West
4) Take the Jct WA-107 ramp to Raymond/Montesano
5). Turn left at S Main St
6) Continue on WA-107
7) Turn left at US-101
8) Turn left at Artic Rd (.5 mi.)
9) Turn left at N River Rd to 1778 North River Road (10.1 mi.)

bus from Olympia to Aberdeen is route 40. Bus from Aberdeen to Cosmpolis is route 15. From Cosmopolis walk or hitchhike to Singing Alive, not to far down North River Road. . .

ACCOMODATIONS:
Free Camping! Tents and some (limited) space for RVs. Early Sept. is about the driest time of the year – nevertheless, unexpected rains should always be expected!

FOOD:
The food vision for this event is to run it as a great potluck, with us, the focalizers/organizers, providing some staples, such as grains, condiments, cooking oils, and the kitchen infrastructure. Since it will be harvest season then, there should be much abundance out there. Bring what fruits and vegetables you can to feed the Family! Everything will be vegetarian, and as organic as possible. Bring your own bowls/plates/utensils.

VOLUNTEERING:
We would like everyone who is able, to contribute a few hours to the smooth running of the event. Tasks include childcare, regisration, firewood gathering, circle recording, food prep, washing dishes, clean up, errand running, etc. You'll find a board to sign up for such things when you come in . .

THINGS TO BRING:
First off, bring a lot of drinking water, as there is none at the site (though plenty of river water). Again, we ask that you bring your own plates. cups, and silverware and keep them for the duration. We'll have a dishwashing station set up. This is a camp-out, so come prepared with tent, bedding, flashlights, water bottle, etc. Bring your bathing suit since the site in on the North River. Bring songbooks and CDs for show and share. CDs, songbooks, musical instruments and the like can be sold/traded throughout the weekend, and there will be a barter period on Sunday for people to trade and sell other types of wares. You can bring your dog, but keep her/him leashed in the main meadow areas. Bring warm clothes for the evening as it can get chilly. That and dew (and thistle) proof footware.

WISH LIST:
Remember this is a inexpensive gathering depending on communal, co-operative energies to make it happen well. We'll have a tea kitchen set up in the evening, that could use donations of teas, chai's, coffees, etc. Also looking for a sweat lodge person(s). What else - rugs for canopied area and altar, bales of hay and outdoor or metal chairs to sit on, firewood, and food bounty.. As we will be recording most of the circles, we could use a good inventory of mp3 recorders, or even ipods with microphones.

As of Thursday nite the 10th, I is out of email and phone range for the duration.

Safe travels . . . I Sing You There!

 

Singing Alive Vision Statements:

Morgan Brent, 2007 ~~ 'This is really about creating a good-sized focal point of positive intention. We are gifted with many spiritual resources, among them many songs and prayers, to ride and transmute the often chaotic energies swirling about us for the collective good. When we engage with these resources, especially when there are a lot of us doing it together, we can more easily open our hearts, which gives space for our Higher selves to expand their presence into this world, to set another vibration, another story, another reality, into motion, into being. This is how we seize the opportunity of these times . . a way to do our human-sized part for the great spiritual forces to do theirs. The event is about supporting people who like to sing and pray in these ways, or who may want to but haven't had the encouragement or resources (those who don't think they can sing are urged to come!), and to network them/us and strengthen the web of beneficial visions which, as I like to say, 'is circling the world like pearled necklaces of evolutionary heat'.

Michael 'Skeeter' Pilarski, 2007~ "At this time of great changes we gather together for inspiration, empowerment and strength. We often feel separate, lonely and isolated in our work to help the world through these great changes. Singing Alive offers us a chance to be with a loving support group and at the same time do something useful for the world. Although humans obviously include an incredible range of consciousness there is a composite, planetary human mind. There are also national consciousnesses, cultures, tribes, etc. These group "psyches" are in the ethers, so to speak and they affect all of us to some degree or another. One influences all. The most conscious and illumined humans help set a template for others to tap into. They make the path easier for the rest of us. A group of people singing together with intent is a way to affect the group mind. Singing Alive is not only for the participants' joy and fun; Singing Alive can be a real contribution to world peace and love. We are helping sing into being a more loving way for humans to be in the world. We sing for freedom, for compassion, spiritual illumination, Earth-awareness, etc."

Morgan Brent, 2008 ~~ "The planetary situation of escalating crises is demanding that we humans recreate ourselves to a higher octave of possibilities, that we rapidly mature. To this beginning, many of us are initiating sanctuaries, or gathering in ceremonial spaces, where in we can go into a crysalis of held space to radically transform ourselves. Singing Alive provides such a space. It is intended to be a social container for our safe surrender, metamorphosis, and emergence. We want to allow our innate goodness and altruism, our inborn desire to care for others and see the spiritual light of ourselves in others, to surface and midwive this process. We want to invite songs that can guide us in this, that can give us safe passage thru pain and suffering, thru the Divine ecstacy and grace, the depths and heights of the hells and heavens that turn the wheels of karma for this world. We invite them from all eras, places, and cultures. We welcome the spiritual energies of the people and communities that birthed these songs, the Sufi's and Essenes, the Orisha communities and Native Americans. We welcome the experience and deep roots of the song lineages from our ancestors, the Psalms and Vedic mantras, the African chants and Gaelic prayers. We welcome the fresh teachings and flowering vibrations of the new songs from the new tribes, the Rainbow warriors and Gospel singers, the Daimistas and modern sannyasins. As the songs swirl together and do their magic, we feed the human bodies the highest vibrations of nectarous nourishment so that we may attune to their visions and thrivalize with their spiritual healing. We open in sweet surrender to become as hollow bamboo for the Goddess to play her tunes, as hollow bones for the Great Spirit to sound his whistle. Singing Alive gives us the opportunity to dance our lives to the songs, to experience wondrously re-knewed ways of being human. We can then 'heartstorm' together practical understandings of how to bring them into our everydays lives, to cultivate and nurture them, as they cultivate and nurture us. Singing Alive is boot camp for living life as ceremony in a temple Universe!"

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In Costa Rica . . Jan. 9 - 11th, 2009

SINGING ALIVE ~~ Cantando la Vida

@ Finca Amrta: organic farm and health center ~ http://www.fincaamrta.com ~ San Isidro, PZ. Costa Rica

For more info contact Rosie Kenny ~ cantandolavida@gmail.com

 

Cantando la Vida

 

the following from the Cantando la vida focalizers ~~ Life is a creation of vibrations. Rising vibrations awaken the spirit and improve the health and well-being of all creatures. So, welcome fellow Hallow Bodies, for the time has come to join our Harmonies of Life for a weekend focusing vocal celebration of Life, Love and Light.

“When two or more are gathered in my Name, so too, am I”

Vision: The vision of Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica, is to raise the vibration of the planet through the empowerment of ancient and newborn sacred healing songs with the deep magic of the tropic Rain Forest.

Mission: The mission of Cantando la Vida, Costa Rica is to unite people from all over the globe for ceremonial song, dance and cleansing.

Story: Cantando la Vida is a sister celebration to Singing Alive, a sacred event birthed from the recent Human Flowering Creation-song tradition of the Pacific Northwest of North America, and the more established 'earth-repair' networks there, including barter faires, herbal gatherings, healing circles, and permaculture workshops. Vibrations are rising, and those tuned gather for ceremony of harmonizing, chanting, blending and elevating to enliven each other and the planet. Song and dance has been passed from generation to generation, from all over the globe and throughout time, imparting the message of healing, growth and unity. Songs of spirit gather to teach, protect and heal all the light beings that wish to be.

Cantando la Vida is the chrysalis in which participants can grow, rearrange and enlighten to enliven the sacred vessel that resonates the sound of universal love.

These songs, both ancient and new, will be sung during the Full Moon in Cancer, January 9-11th, 2009. This Moon honors the Mother and the Children. As we are all children of creation, we are all honored, celebrated and raised to our highest potential.

Please Join Us at Finca Amrta, www.fincaamrta.com

Finca Amrta is a wonderfully majestic land. Forests, planes and rivers, fruits, animals and flowers harmoniously create the space. We will circle, with or without fire, for songs and plant medicine walk. Time honored for a swim in the river and relaxing among the trees.

We will nourish our bodies as we nourish our souls with wholesome food.

~ Sunday will be a day for bartering natural and made goods ~

Interested in volunteering?

Song, Art, Dance, Drumming or Child songs leader?

Just as we work to raise the vibrations of this planet, so do we each create ceremony. This is a participant created celebration. All participants volunteer.

Participants need to secure:
Tent with rain fly and camping accessories; dishes and utensils; sticks, scoops or prongs; snack food; water bottle; Deet-free insect repellent; sunscreen; biodegradable soap; song Book/paper for creating your own; natural Healing items for barter or trade

Price
$60 U.S. for the Entire Weekend (3 days), $20 per day, Teens = ½ price, Children are Free (parents are in charge of their children). All are welcome. This fee supplies food, reimbursement for event organizers, full-time staff and preparation and restoration of Finca Amrta.

For registration or more information contact

Rose Kenny: Cantandolavida@gmail.com

Register by January 1st.  Remember, we need to purchase food in advance.

We will enjoy a satisfying Menu
Rice, beans & lentils, pasta, cheese, oats and vegetables and from the farm fruits, oranges and bananas, cob oven baked bread and yogurt. Please bring your own special treats and snacks or items to share.

We hope to sing you there!

 

Where to find us: When you land in San Jose, Costa Rica you can take a cab from the airport to the Musoc Bus station. All cab drivers know where to go. Buses from this station go ONLY to San Isidro, so don't worry that you will get on the wrong bus. You should not pay more than $15 for this taxi ride.

Make sure that you keep track of your belongings in San Jose. Always keep your money, passport and plane ticket on your body.

From San Jose to San Isidro:
Take the bus from the Musoc bus station to San Isidro. Buses leave every hour

(8:30~9:30 etc., with 5:30 being the last bus.) And the cost is around 2000 colones.

From San Isidro to the farm: you have two options:

1) Taxi: Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the entrance to Arizona on the road to San Ramon Sur: " Me gustaria ir dos km norte de Pedregoso a la entrada a Arizona por el camino a San Ramon Sur." Cost should be around 2000 colones.

2) Bus: Buses leave San Isidro from the Mercado Central - (Central market) for San Ramon Sur/Pedregoso leaves for the farm at the following times: 8:00 (sat-sun); 11:00; 2:30; 4:45

Get off at the Arizona stop. Don't worry; the bus always makes this stop but just to make sure you can tell the bus driver," la entrada de Arizona" so that he will know and then let you know when to get off. At the Mercado you will see many buses. The destination is written above the driver outside of the bus. Our bus says: San Ramon , Pedregoso and is blue and white. Cost is: 260 colones.

Across from the entrance to Arizona is a wooden fence and a long gate. This is the way to our farm. On the left hand side of the driveway, on the first large tree you will see a sign that says AMRTA. On the right just before going through the gate is a rock on the ground that is painted with the name AMRTA. Go down the hill. Follow the road all the way to the end and you will find the volunteer house.

Welcome to Finca Amrta!

PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in San Isidro at dark (around 5:30-6:00) please plan on taking a room at the Hotel Chirripo (across from the central park) and come to the farm in the daylight hours.

Please bring a good flashlight, sunscreen and insect repellent THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN DEET.  The macrobiotic stores in town carry a very effective and non-toxic brand that is made here in Costa Rica.

 

 

 

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