September 16-October 21st 2020 : 12-2pm PST
In this live webinar series Iranian-American artist & scholar Lydia Violet and Leah Song of Rising Appalachia will guide you in exploring the cultural inheritance of one of your ancestries through researching myths, folktales, archetypes, musical instrumentation, and song.
You do not need to have musical experience to take this course!
By the end of this course you will have a deeper understanding of the cosmologies/myths/stories held within your inherited cultural lineage(s), a deeply medicinal endeavor in our time.
You will also be supported in discovering and learning part of at least one song from one of your heritages. You will delve into learning about the instruments, musical styles, customs, and rituals singing in your blood. You will see the connections and differentiations across cultures. And most importantly, you will practice reconnection within the diaspora, defining what relationship with your ancestors means for you.
"People do meditation to find psychic alignment. That's why people do psychotherapy and analysis. That's why people analyze their dreams and make art. That is why some contemplate tarot cards, cast I Ching, dance, drum, make theater, pry out a poem, and fire up their prayers. That's why we do all the things we do. It is the work of gatherings all the bones together. Then we must sit at the fire and think about which song we will use to sing over the bones, which creation hymn, which re-creation hymn. And the truths we tell will make the song...
...The old woman sings over the bones, and as she sings, the bones flesh out. We too 'become' as we pour soul over the bones we have found. As we pour our yearning and our heartbreaks over the bones of what used to be when we were young, of what we used to know in the centuries past, and over the quickening we sense in the future, we stand on all fours, four-square. As we pour soul, we are revivified. We are no longer a thin solution, a dissolving frail thing. No. We are in the 'becoming' stage of transformation." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves
About Our Teachers
***Important note*** This course has the beauty of a lot of interest and is kept at a limited size to support the work being done! Please register early to secure your spot. Thank you!
All funds go towards paying all teachers, guest speakers, teaching assistants, and tech support a fair, livable wage. The "Supporter Ticket" tier bolsters our scholarship fund for this course, supporting our commitment at Music As Medicine to democratize access to education and healing.