We will explore practices of humming, toning and mantras that can be used to create a daily sound/meditation practice that can be continued after the workshop. We will also be learning a variety of simple cross cultural chants and ways of working with poems and prayers. Unfortunately zoom does not allow us to sing together but you can sing along at a distance with Ruth who will be leading the chants with harp and piano from her living room. In addition Ruth will be creating music meditation/sound journeys using her voice, harps and a variety of instruments just for this gathering of people. And as we would have done were we in the the beautiful center in Vermont Robert Bowler who runs the center will close out the sessions by leading us in a short service of Celtic evening prayer.
There will be two sessions on Saturday, June 27 and and Sunday, June 28, both from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. The workshop sessions will be followed by a Celtic Evening Prayer service from 4:45 until 5:15 pm which will include much of what we have learned. Both sessions are required, but you cannot attend the Sunday session if you have not attended on Saturday. When you register, we will send you more about the schedule including Zoom links.
The Saturday night Facebook Live concert
with Ruth Cunningham
7:30 pm by donation.
Ruth will do a short concert of medieval chants, improvised poetry and prayers, including a number of poems by her sister Elizabeth Cunningham. You can find the live concert on the Stone Church Center page HERE.
Ruth Cunningham is a founding member Anonymous 4 and a sound healing practitioner. She specializes in early music performance as well as improvisational sacred music from varied spiritual traditions in both liturgical and concert settings. She works with individuals and groups on using the voice and music as tools for healing. With Anonymous 4, Ruth performed in concerts and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East and made thirteen recordings. Ruth’s own CD releases are Light and Shadow: Chants, Prayers and Improvisations and Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and Harp. She has released two CDs of multi faith chants with colleague Ana Hernandez: Blessed by Light and HARC: Inside Chants. She has also performed and recorded renaissance music with Pomerium. For more information and sound samples go to www.ruthcunningham.com or www.youtube.com/ruthreid/
Robert Bowler or "Beau" will be our host and chaplain, and he will lead the contemplative prayer services. He is the Director of Stone Church Center. He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College with a focus on the western mystical tradition. He earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.