Singing Alive Seed Library

 

SINGING ALIVE 2013
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2
Prindle Creek Farm, 95520 E Five Rivers Road. Tidewater, OR


What is Singing Alive??
Going into its 6th year, Singing Alive is a gathering of the SongTribes, birthed in the bosom of the Pacific NW (Cascadia bio-region) 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 temple 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 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, who feel the call to gather in devotion to personal and planetary regeneration.

Singing Alive offers itself as ceremonial space in a setting of forest, meadow, and stream. It is intended as 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. A new genre of songs have (re)emerged that reflect and celebrate the ethic of Survival of the Most Loving, 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. We are open to receive those who can share songs of this genre, which work in the format of communal singing. This is not an entertainer / audience gathering, there are no performance stages, amplification, paid musicians, nor vendors; rather it is a participatory event, a co-prayformance, where we sing (and eat!) together, and work together to make this happen. Those who do not think they can sing are encouraged to 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.' - Sufi poet Hafiz

 

 

A Teaching and Sharing Gathering
Sacred 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, neo-tribal Cascadia, Native American, Amma, Sufi, Gospel, Kirtan, Shamanic, Daime, African, Orisha, Osho, and omward . . .

Themes and Invocations
Peace within, Peace without, Blessings, Gratitude, Grief & Praise, God/Goddess Exaltations, Sacred Elements, Fairies & Devas, 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. Arrive no earlier than 12 noon on Thursday, Aug. 29th, as we begin Friday morning. If you want to come yet earlier and assist with set-up, that can happen with advanced notice.

Every day we will gather in a OPENING CIRCLE (around 9:30), to begin the day with a few songs, exercises, and introduction to whats to come for the day. Whats to come are smaller circles in the morning (10:30 - 12), and afternoon (2:30 - 4:00). At 6:00 we gather in an DINNER CIRCLE to close the day and introduce dinner and evening events, which are mostly fire circles that take on a life of their own. Lunch is at 12:30 and dinner at 6:30 (or thereaboutz). We will officially end with the dinner circle on Monday. Tuesday Sept. 3, is breakdown (assistance is welcome), and last day to depart.

There will be a marketplace / barter fair happening midday on Monday, so feel free to bring things to sell or trade. Angel Walk happens on sunday afternoon. Ancestor Ritual on Sunday night (bring pictures of those you wish to honor).

An hour of (semi-) silence happens every morning between 7 - 8 am. No drums after 2 am. .

Important note ~ If you want to facilitate a scheduled song circle, it has to be cleared with the song circle coordinator either ahead of time or when you arrive.

COSTS ~

$85 early songbird (before July 1); $100 advanced; $120 en-trance
25/30/35 = 24 hr passes; teens half off, kids free

Singing Alive 2013

LOCATION ~
Prindle Creek Farm, 95520 E Five Rivers Road. Tidewater, OR. Go here for directions, and more details
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RIDE SHARE ~ email your request for a ride, or an offering of a ride, to: flowofgrace@gmail.com
and it will be posted on the ride board @ www.singingalive.org.

ACCOMODATIONS ~
plenty of free camping; Rvs and car camping can exist in the parking lot

FOOD ~
The food vision is to enjoy a great potluck (food for everyone, no vendors), with focalizers/organizers providing staples, such as grains, condiments, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a person who s task it is to run the whole thing. Meaning everyone is requested to bring food to contribute to the community kitchen. 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 plates, cups, and silverware and keep them for the duration. We will have a dishwashing station set up and a tea station, so helpful hands and donations of teas, chais, coffees, etc. will be much appreciated.

THINGS TO BRING ~
The first thing to bring is your willingness to offer cooperative energies to keep things flowing well. To keep the gathering affordable to all who wish to attend, we ask everybody to volunteer to assist, to the extent you are able, in the smooth running of the event. Tasks include registration, aura clearing, food receiving, preparation, and serving, circle recording, washing dishes, potty perusal, cleaning up, running errands, etc. There will be a volunteer coordinator to assist with this.

This is a living-on-the-land thing, so come prepared with tent, bedding, flashlights, water bottle, warm clothes, etc. If you have an RV, or a car camping situation, that can happen in the parking area. . Bring your bathing suit (or not) if you wish to swim. The potable water supply is abundant at this site, so no need to stock up on that. Electricity is also happening here. Bring songbooks and CDs for show and share. If you have a recording device, bring for yourself, or we may use it as an additional resource for recording circles.

If you have things to sell or trade, bring them for a midday barter faire on Sunday.

DOGS ~ no dogs @ this location. There is a dog care place down the road. Email here for more details.

and. . . for a vibrational preview, and to learn and en-joy some songs, Singing Alive sampler Cds (9 hr mp3) recorded on site, can be ordered here ~http://singingalive.org/cds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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