Songs for Comfort, Healing, Courage, and Celebration with Liz Rog



Date: November 13 & 14, 2020

9 am – 4 pm daily

Skill Level:  All levels, including those with no experience

Class Registration Fee:  Early bird – by October 23, 2020:  $160.00

After October 23, 2020:  $175.00

Communities large and small, sacred and secular are discovering the power of ‘Comfort Choirs’, small groups that gather in kitchens, at bedsides, and at hospitals to sing for anyone in need of a song. Come learn some of the simple and beautiful songs that bring comfort and encouragement. Learn how to start such a group in your community. Find connection to others who are offering this gift in their communities.

For those who have always loved to sing, AND for those who always wished they could, this retreat is for all ages, abilities, genders, levels of experience, and spiritual backgrounds. Come share in the joy of singing together in an environment that is supportive, safe, and fun. Because singing is too important to leave to the professionals!

Traditional cultures have always known that group singing has a power unlike any other to bind people together. There is an ancient African concept, ubuntu, which speaks of our interconnectedness and interdependence. It means “I am because we are.” Nowhere is this more evident than in singing together; through group singing, people experience joy, a sense of success, and an expression of shared meaning. We deepen our sense of communion with each other and a sense of sanctuary for all our spirits.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  none

Liz Rog is a songleader in the global Ubuntu tradition which welcomes all voices to weave songs and community. Liz delights in helping people rediscover their ancestral birthright of group singing. She lives in the Driftless of Northeast Iowa and enjoys traveling to other towns and regions to help in the re-seeding of the earth with songs for renewal.

To know more about Liz and the work she is doing, you may read this article, “Singing as Breath and Food,” written by Annie Zystra for Real Small Towns:

Registration includes your lunches, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown.