May 2022 Retreat Schedule


What happens at a Brave Voice retreat? Here is our schedule, which includes workshops from 2021 (to be updated for 2022):

Sunday, May 15:

4-5 p.m. — Check in

6-6:45 p.m. — Welcome Dinner 

7-9 p.m. — Opening Session

Monday, May 16:

8 a.m. – Breakfast 

9-11:30 a.m. – Workaday Miracles: Life abounds with signs and wonders, small inklings or surprising glimpses that wake us up, open our hearts, and widen our vision. Writing is a marvelous way to cozy up to workaday miracles, and we’ll be doing just that in this workshop, looking at how various prompts and practices can feed our creative well which, in turns, fosters clearer seeing and more abundant awareness of the everyday miraculous.

11:30 a.m. — Gentle Movement: A Little Dancing with Kelley

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: Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

6 p.m. – Dinner

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

8:30-9:15 – Open Mic

Tuesday, May 17:

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Soulful Songwriting & Singing, Part 1: Each workshop with Kelley will combine both songwriting and singing, giving us more opportunities to dive into both mediums the very first session and will include: reviewing the basic building blocks of writing a song, getting started on our own, safe & easy vocal warm-ups and group singing. Whether you’re already an accomplished songwriter & singer or just getting started, we’ll focus on easing our way to what our own soul has to say and sing. As songwriter Mary Gauthier says, “Fundamentally, our job as songwriters is to sit down and listen.”

11:30 — Gentle yoga with Caryn

12 –Lunch

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

1-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: 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. – Singing and telling stories around the fire

Wednesday, May 18:

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – We Traveled So Far: Taking its title from a Mary Chapin Carpenter song, this workshop focuses on what and where we traveled through to be here, especially in recent years. We explore our lives as the maps they are, leading us from beginnings again and again to discover new insights, joys, and transformations. We’ll especially focus on what we’re learning about right now about presence, freedom, and love. As MCC writes, “It’s worth it all learning at last/ The future begins with the past/ Step out of the shadow it casts/ And let the sun shine on your shoes.”

11:30 — Aimless Movement with Kathryn

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: Take a walk, explore the camp, collaborate with a new friend, create, or relax.

6 p.m. – Dinner

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

Thursday, May 19:

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Soulful Songwriting & Singing, Part 2: During this session we’ll explore new ways to take both our songs and singing up a notch, including even more advanced singing techniques, singing new songs, and fun ways to hone in on starting, editing, and finishing our song(s). We’ll find the tools we need to inspire us to keep creating, singing, and writing throughout the year to come. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with each other and, as always, we’ll sing together! As writer James Runcie says, “Singing is the sound of the soul.”

11:30 — Micro Walk with Susan

12 – Lunch 

1-6 p.m. – Coming Home to Yourself: 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, May 20:

8 a.m. — Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Closing Circle

Staff & Activities — Brave Voice May 15-20, 2022

Staff: Here are our staff for 2021 (to be updated if there are any changes). Susan Hancock and Kathryn Lorenzen are on board to welcome participants and help them find balance and homecoming throughout the week.

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.

Kathryn Lorenzen is a lifelong singer and songwriter and a native Kansan who attended church camp as a teen here at White Memorial Camp. Between then and now, she has played and recorded with many artists, won local and national songwriting awards, taught songwriting to young adults, and had songs placed in TV and film. Following a career in marketing, advertising, and talent recruiting, Kathryn now serves as a career coach to leaders, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Brave Voice is an essential part of her life, and she’s written songs each year on this sacred land, several in collaboration with other BVDs. She is delighted to move from camper to staff and support the magic of this community.

Afternoon Arts & Activities: Each afternoon features a stretch of open space and time for you to write, sing, create and more. 

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