Schedule

Schedule

What happens at a Brave Voice retreat? Here is our schedule (workshops are for 2020, and we’ll update them for 2021):

Sunday, May 16

4-5 p.m. — Check in

6-6:45 p.m. — Welcome Dinner 

7-9 p.m. — Opening Session

Monday, May 17

8 a.m. – Breakfast 

9-11 a.m. – Writing As Refuge: Coming together to write — to find and strengthen our individual and collective voices in a time of disruption — can help us co-create a refuge. There we can replenish our inner well and recommit ourselves to our work, art, and community. We will write ourselves toward shelter from the storms of our time to reconnect with what we love, what we grieve, and how we can make and hold space for one another to see more clearly our deepest callings and most effective actions in this time. 

11 a.m. — Gentle movement

12 – Lunch

1-1:45 p.m. – Care and Feeding Of the Artist — Stories, strategies, and notions to tend your creative soul, plus time for your questions and ideas.

2-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: music to meditate by, a guided walk of what to look for to learn more about where you are, and other relaxation endeavors. Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

4-5 p.m. — Restorative Yoga with Jai Radhika: They say how you do one thing is how you do everything. Let’s put this to the test.  Join Jai Radhika in a mindful yoga practice to stretch, strengthen, and balance our bodies and see how our brave voices respond.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:15 – An Intimate Concert with Kelley Hunt

8:30-9:15 – Open Mic

 

Tuesday, May 18

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Our Songs / Our Voices, Part 1: Each workshop will include both songwriting and singing. Songwriting is about distilling an idea down to its core – saying more with less, and ultimately saying what it is YOU want to say. As songwriter Jason Perry says, “I just assumed writing something in the bath was as good as sitting at a piano and writing it.” We’ll start our own songs with a variety of prompts and develop them throughout the retreat, whether from our bathtubs, desks, decks or favorite chair. We’ll get ready to sing by doing a safe, easy warm up and ease into singing both some favorites from previous Brave Voice workshops and new songs

11:30 — short walk

12 –Lunch

1 — Canoeing and kayaking (weather permitting, extra fee)

1-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: music to meditate by, a guided walk of what to look for to learn more about where you are, and other relaxation endeavors. Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:15 p.m. — An Intimate Reading with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

8:30-9 p.m. – Dance Party

 

Wednesday, Sept. 23

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Imagination and Place At Home: In this time when we’re more often restricted to our homes, we can cultivate the gardens of our imagination and unearth the wonders of our place, including our actual home and yard, and our place in the world. Write yourself into a more forgiving and generous way of seeing where and who you are and how to be more at home with all it.

11:30 — Gentle yoga

12 – Lunch 

1-1:45 p.m. – Care and Feeding Of the Artist — Stories, strategies, and notions to tend your creative soul, plus time for your questions and ideas.

2-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: music to meditate by, a guided walk of what to look for to learn more about where you are, and other relaxation endeavors. Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

4-5 p.m. — Restorative Yoga with Jai Radhika: They say how you do one thing is how you do everything. Let’s put this to the test.  Join Jai Radhikia in a mindful yoga practice to stretch, strengthen, and balance our bodies and see how our brave voices respond.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Collaborative Performance with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

 

Thursday, May 20

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Our Songs / Our Voices, Part 2: As songwriter Graham English said, “You don’t learn anything from the songs you don’t write.” Continuing with prompts, we’ll expand and develop ideas from Tuesday and explore collaboration with others with the option to “workshop” your song in the group setting with Kelley. After a gentle vocal warm up, we’ll continue raising our beautiful Brave Voices.

11 — Gentle Movement

12 – Lunch 

1-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: music to meditate by, a guided walk of what to look for to learn more about where you are, and other relaxation endeavors. Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

6 p.m. – Group Dinner & Surprises

7:30 p.m. – A Celebration of Ourselves — Readings and Performances Solo and Choral with all participants ready to share their work.

 

Friday, Sept. 25

8 a.m. — Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Closing Circle

Note: We’ll also have Alison Dishinger, a massage therapist and meditation teacher, on site for massages (extra fee).

Staff & Activities — Brave Voice 2020: Home Edition

Staff: Susan Hancock and Jai Radhika are on board to welcome participants and help them find balance and homecoming throughout the week.

Jai Radhika took early retirement from corporate America to absorb herself in Bhakti Yoga. She assists her teacher in leading yoga teacher trainings and group pilgrimages to India. Immersing herself in the Vedas (ancient Indian texts) and Sanskrit (the ancient language in which they were written), she applies her insights to her creative projects. She is currently working on a book telling the ancient stories of different yoga poses. And, if you get up early in the morning, you might even hear her thumping her drum and singing. She looks forward to sharing the harmony and balance her yoga practice has brought to her life with all of you at Brave Voice.

Susan Hancock warms audiences with her fresh, vocal interpretations of American Songbook standards, blues, pop and Latin love songs. She is recently moved to Lawrence, KS where she holds a monthly First Thursday gig at Crystal’s Spot in the downtown. She studies voice with Kelley Hunt, and jazz improvisation with Dr. Wayne Goins, the Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University. Her many performances include such locales as The Manhattan Arts Center, The Junction City Opera House, The Wamego Columbian Theater, and the Kansas State University Library system. She is grateful to be part of the Brave Voice staff and looks forward to welcoming new and returning participants to this life-changing event.

Afternoon Arts & Activities: Each afternoon features a stretch of open space and time for you to write, sing, create and more. We also will have yoga and other movement available to you and other surprises we’re cooking up. Plus, you can meet virtually with other participants to collaborate on a project.

Consultations: Kelley or Caryn are available for 20-minute consultations (late afternoon) throughout the week to discuss a song, poem, story, marketing or career or performing idea or opportunity, or anything else related to writing, singing, songwriting, performing, publishing, making a living through the arts, etc.

In-Depth Consultation: Kelley and Caryn offer a limited number of in-depth consultations (50 minutes long) at Brave Voice for an additional fee. See registration for details.

What Participants Say

Teresa Hernandez, Julia Flora, Nancy Hubble

“As a professional psychotherapist, the last thing I want to do is go to another workshop. This is not that! This is a retreat to rediscover creativity. The schedule pace is relaxing and invigorating. It’s personal and communal, fun and quiet. More than anything, I come here to listen to my own voice without having to shout above my regular din.” — Teresa Hernandez, psychotherapist and cellist, Salina, KS

“Where else can you plod in, carrying the baggage of your daily life and expectations, and after five days, joyously float away light as a blue jay feather on a gentle spring wind?” — Nancy Hubble, seller of rare books and art, poet and artist, Lawrence, KS

Allena Ross, Sherry Brooks, Reva Friedman

“Where the earth meets the sky and you wonder why you never walked here before. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll soar, you’ll fly, and you’ll want more, more, more!” — Sherry Brooks, musician, writer, sage, counselor, Lake Hamilton, FL

“One of the things we find at Brave Voice is a mirror. Whether it reflects creative process process, music, movement, or soul or even pain, looking into it enables us to remember who we truly are and then to go home and be that person.” — Olive L. Sullivan, writer, writing coach, editor, poet, and now songwriter! Pittsburg, KS

“Attending Brave Voice provides poets, creative writers, lyricists, and musicians experience in how to develop their crafts.” — Allena Ross, Singer, composer, and teacher, Topeka, KS