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The Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal Garden is presenting a concert with an amazing music group called MaMuse....tickets still available for the concert March 5....but the workshop is filled. ...

**UPDATE** Thank you for all for all of your support and interest in our event! Please know that the retreat is now FULL, including our scholarship applicant spots. We still have plenty of spots available for our concert with MaMuse and Lydia Violet on March 5th, which we also anticipate will sell out! You can get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/mamuse-concert-at-commonweal-gallery-tickets-20074442197 We are excited to bring you another incarnation of "Music As Medicine in Our Planet-time"- A Retreat and Concert with: MaMuse, Lydia Harutoonian and Penny Livingston-Stark Retreat: March 4-6, 2016, Friday 6:00 pm - Sunday 6:00 pm at Commonweal Garden, 480 Mesa Rd., Bolinas, CA on the beautiful Northern California Coast! Concert: Saturday, March 5th at 7:30 pm at Commonweal Art Gallery 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA. This concert is expected to sell out so please get your tickets early. A retreat to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. Together we will hold space that allows for the healing of our own wounds around giving ourselves permission to make music, learning both technically and emotionally how to free our voices into song. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Come together with us in sharing holy song circles for heart and mind. With Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker from MaMuse as our guides, we will explore songs passed down through the ages to uplift and nourish, and songs taught and created by the council of the group in the moment; both as unique paths unfolding gratitude, healing, wisdom and connection. Penny Livingston will lead us out onto the land...You will experience directly, the healing nature of deep connection with Mother Earth. You will experience the healing capacity of plants, healing waters, fire and music. This deep connection will help inspire, inform and guide into direct action to help heal and nurture ourselves, each other and the Earth. This event is 2 1/2-day retreat hosted by the Regenerative Design Institute at the beautiful and abundant Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California. MaMuse and Lydia will also offer a concert open to the public on Saturday, March 5th at Commonweal Art Gallery. If you are unable to join us for the whole workshop, please join us Saturday night for an evening of soulful, musical nourishment. You can find out more info here: regenerativedesign.org/programs/music-medicine-our-planet-time#.VoBcNs5YZFJ Click here to Register for the retreat: www.eventbrite.com/e/music-as-medicine-with-mamuse-tickets-20067693010 The Registration fee is $275 if you register before Feb 13, 2016. There are a limited number of scholarship opportunities for those who would like to attend but are needing financial assistance! Retreat fee includes on-site camping and organic, vegetarian meals (2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner) and Saturday night concert ticket. Non-camping arrangements can be made at an additional cost. Click here to Register for the Concert Only with MaMuse and Lydia Violet: www.eventbrite.com/e/mamuse-concert-at-commonweal-gallery-tickets-20074442197 Please get your tickets early as this will sell out! More about our teachers: MaMuse: (“Ma” as in Mamma; “Muse” as in the one who inspires) www.mamuse.org/ With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse creates uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker invoke a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness. Lydia Harutoonian M.A., www.lydiafiddle.com will be our main guide into the Work That Reconnects. Central to this is the spiral of the WTR, mapping a journey through four successive stages: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. These four stages support one another, and help us experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe. She will provide people the opportunity to experience and share with others their innermost responses to the present condition of our world. The WTR provides methods by which people can experience their interdependence with, their responsibility to, and the inspiration they can draw from past and future generations, and other life-forms. Penny Livingston M.A., will guide us into the wild of the living land through listening to the voice of the plants and the birds as they sing the song of the stars and the cosmic influences that are continually surrounding us as we sink into the beauty and love of the natural world. She will lead us in integrating the wild into our hearts. How can we deeply observe and listen the land, learn secrets the plants are holding, know what is happening in the landscape? How can we listen with our hearts and develop our intuitive nature? How can we find our voice and sing the song of relationship? How can we tap into the forces within us that reconnect us to that which is important.

Music As Medicine w/ MaMuse!

March 4, 2016, 6:00pm

Commonweal Garden

**UPDATE** Thank you for all for all of your support and interest in our event! Please know that the retreat is now FULL, including our scholarship applicant spots. We still have plenty of spots available for our concert with MaMuse and Lydia Violet on March 5th, which we also anticipate will sell out! You can get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/mamuse-concert-at-commonweal-gallery-tickets-20074442197 We are excited to bring you another incarnation of "Music As Medicine in Our Planet-time"- A Retreat and Concert with: MaMuse, Lydia Harutoonian and Penny Livingston-Stark Retreat: March 4-6, 2016, Friday 6:00 pm - Sunday 6:00 pm at Commonweal Garden, 480 Mesa Rd., Bolinas, CA on the beautiful Northern California Coast! Concert: Saturday, March 5th at 7:30 pm at Commonweal Art Gallery 451 Mesa Rd, Bolinas, CA. This concert is expected to sell out so please get your tickets early. A retreat to nourish your creativity and courage for the Great Turning, the transition to a life-sustaining society and the essential adventure of our time. Lydia Harutoonian will lead us through an intimate experience with the Work That Reconnects (WTR), a dynamic, interactive body of work developed by Joanna Macy, inspired by Joanna’s own scholarship in systems theory, deep ecology, and Buddhism as well as 50+ years of international activism. Practiced internationally, this work has helped many thousands of people to engage in the Great Turning, re-invigorating our energy for action and resiliency. Hearts opened by grief and celebration want to sing their songs of longing, despair, belonging, reckoning, brilliant valiant warrior-ship, and gentle loving kindness. Together we will hold space that allows for the healing of our own wounds around giving ourselves permission to make music, learning both technically and emotionally how to free our voices into song. This workshop is open to music-makers of all levels. Singing in a council of friends is one of the most healthful, encouraging, invigorating, and nourishing things that we know. Come together with us in sharing holy song circles for heart and mind. With Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker from MaMuse as our guides, we will explore songs passed down through the ages to uplift and nourish, and songs taught and created by the council of the group in the moment; both as unique paths unfolding gratitude, healing, wisdom and connection. Penny Livingston will lead us out onto the land...You will experience directly, the healing nature of deep connection with Mother Earth. You will experience the healing capacity of plants, healing waters, fire and music. This deep connection will help inspire, inform and guide into direct action to help heal and nurture ourselves, each other and the Earth. This event is 2 1/2-day retreat hosted by the Regenerative Design Institute at the beautiful and abundant Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, California. MaMuse and Lydia will also offer a concert open to the public on Saturday, March 5th at Commonweal Art Gallery. If you are unable to join us for the whole workshop, please join us Saturday night for an evening of soulful, musical nourishment. You can find out more info here: regenerativedesign.org/programs/music-medicine-our-planet-time#.VoBcNs5YZFJ Click here to Register for the retreat: www.eventbrite.com/e/music-as-medicine-with-mamuse-tickets-20067693010 The Registration fee is $275 if you register before Feb 13, 2016. There are a limited number of scholarship opportunities for those who would like to attend but are needing financial assistance! Retreat fee includes on-site camping and organic, vegetarian meals (2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner) and Saturday night concert ticket. Non-camping arrangements can be made at an additional cost. Click here to Register for the Concert Only with MaMuse and Lydia Violet: www.eventbrite.com/e/mamuse-concert-at-commonweal-gallery-tickets-20074442197 Please get your tickets early as this will sell out! More about our teachers: MaMuse: (“Ma” as in Mamma; “Muse” as in the one who inspires) www.mamuse.org/ With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse creates uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker invoke a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness. Lydia Harutoonian M.A., www.lydiafiddle.com will be our main guide into the Work That Reconnects. Central to this is the spiral of the WTR, mapping a journey through four successive stages: Coming from Gratitude, Honoring our Pain for the World, Seeing with New Eyes, and Going Forth. These four stages support one another, and help us experience first hand that we are larger, stronger, deeper, and more creative than we have been brought up to believe. She will provide people the opportunity to experience and share with others their innermost responses to the present condition of our world. The WTR provides methods by which people can experience their interdependence with, their responsibility to, and the inspiration they can draw from past and future generations, and other life-forms. Penny Livingston M.A., will guide us into the wild of the living land through listening to the voice of the plants and the birds as they sing the song of the stars and the cosmic influences that are continually surrounding us as we sink into the beauty and love of the natural world. She will lead us in integrating the wild into our hearts. How can we deeply observe and listen the land, learn secrets the plants are holding, know what is happening in the landscape? How can we listen with our hearts and develop our intuitive nature? How can we find our voice and sing the song of relationship? How can we tap into the forces within us that reconnect us to that which is important.

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