Schedule

Schedule

What happens at a Brave Voice retreat? Here is our schedule.

Please note that we have designed the home edition to ensure that we don’t get Zoom fatigue. In keeping with our previous Brave Voices, we encourage you to participate as much as possible but to also take good care of yourself.

Sunday, Sept. 20

5:30 p.m. — Welcome Zoom Meeting

6-6:45 p.m. — Welcome Dinner — bring your own food to meet with a table of people through a Zoom break-out group.

7-9 p.m. — Opening Session — writing, singing and arts via Zoom

Monday, Sept. 21

8 a.m. – Breakfast on your own

9-9:30 – Check-ins

9:30-11:30 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. 

11:30 a.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. You can take a break from the screen and instead listen to a podcast recording of lovely and replenishing music or meditations we’ve prepared just for you. You may also dip into these any time of the day or evening.

12 – Lunch in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat your lunch at home

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. – Free time to relax, create, collaborate, exercise, wander, and more.

6 p.m. – Dinner in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat at home

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

8:30-9:15 – Open Mic

Tuesday, Sept. 22

8 a.m. – Breakfast on your own

9-11:30 a.m. –Songwriting and Singing from the Soul – Part 1, with Kelley: As poet Anne Sexton once said, “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard”. We all have our own unique way or expressing our own inner Soul through both our outer voices and our voices on the page When we allow ourselves to “listen hard”, the results can be wondrous and surprising! Each workshop will include both songwriting and singing –  using specific prompts, writing exercises, basic song form & structure and collaboration. We’ll do safe, easy warm-ups before we sing and then sing together as a group, learning songs both familiar and new. (As always, no one will be asked to sing alone in front of others unless they want to.)

11:30 – 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. You can take a break from the screen and instead listen to a podcast recording of lovely and replenishing music or meditations we’ve prepared just for you. You may also dip into these any time of the day or evening.

12 –Lunch in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat your lunch at home

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. – Free time to relax, create, collaborate, exercise, wander, and more.

6 p.m. – Dinner in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat at home

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.

12 – Lunch in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat your lunch at home

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. – Free time to relax, create, collaborate, exercise, wander, and more.

6 p.m. – Dinner in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat at home

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

Thursday, Sept. 24

8 a.m. – Breakfast on your own

9-11:30 a.m. – Songwriting and Singing from the Soul – Part 2, with Kelley: Today’s workshop will be all about developing, expanding, and experimenting with the songwriting started during Part 1, with an emphasis on editing, collaboration & feedback from others, and having the option to “workshop” your song in the group setting with Kelley. We’ll take our group singing a step further by learning specific performance techniques, reviewing the songs we’ve learned and honing our part-singing skills, and, weather permitting, singing outside.

11:30 – 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. You can take a break from the screen and instead listen to a podcast recording of lovely and replenishing music or meditations we’ve prepared just for you. You may also dip into these any time of the day or evening.

12 – Lunch in break-out rooms: Using Zoom breakout rooms, you’ll get to visit with a small group (a virtual table) for 30 minutes while you eat your lunch at home

2-6 p.m. – Free time to relax, create, collaborate, exercise, wander, and more.

5:30 p.m. – Group Dinner & Surprises — via Zoom

8 p.m. – A Celebration of Ourselves — Readings and Performances Solo and Choral with all participants ready to share their work. Note: We will record this performance and share it with you after the retreat!

Friday, Sept. 25

8 a.m. — Breakfast on your own

9-10 a.m. — Closing Circle

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.

Joanne Hickey, our technological sherpa, loves songs, poems, photos, phones, tablets and computers and bringing people together to create community and enjoy life. She will be available before and during Brave Voice to help participants navigate Zoom and our online site, including meeting with you (by distance) to help you set up everything you need, doing trial runs on Zoom to help you feel comfortable, and assisting Caryn & Kelley with all things tech. As Joey says, “Here’s hoping we can boldly go from there Flint Hills to cyberspace and back again.”

Afternoon Arts & Activities: Each afternoon features a stretch of open space and time for you to write, sing, create and more. We will be sending everyone who registers an Imagination Bundle (with resources, artful activities, and surprises) in advance of the retreat. 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. We will be available by phone, Facetime, or video-conference for these meetings.

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