May 2023 Retreat Schedule


Here’s our 2022 schedule (2023 will be the same but with new workshops):

Sunday, May 14:

4-5 p.m. — Check in

6-6:45 p.m. — Welcome Dinner 

7-9 p.m. — Opening Session

Monday, May 15:

8 a.m. – Breakfast 

9-11:30 a.m. – Live in the Layers: Mindfulness and Writing: “Live in the layers, not on the litter,” Stanley Kunitz writes in his poem, “The Layers.” Through cultivating a practice of mindful writing, we can bring greater curiosity to the layers of our lives and more vivid, compelling, and powerful writing to the page. Writing itself can be its own path of mindfulness, training us to open our peripheral vision wider as we learn to listen to and glimpse what wants to be said. We’ll engage in writing to grow our freedom, gratitude, courage, and resilience.

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 16:

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 Bono says, “A deep desire to communicate inspires songwriting.”

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 17:

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – The Map That Leads Us Home: Writing Our Healing JourneysThe practice of writing can be an act of continually coming home to who we are, and in the journey, finding an inch, a breath, a note more healing and wholeness. Add to this the healing road trips life has taken all of us on, often beyond our choosing, and we can see in the mirror of our writing our hard-won wisdom, glory, and tenderness. We’ll explore the healing power of writing from our life as well as begin mapping out some of the writing that calls us home right now.

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 18:

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 Clarissa Pinkola Estes says, “Talking is the voice of human, singing is the voice of 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 19:

8 a.m. — Breakfast 

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. — Closing Circle

Staff & Activities — Brave Voice May 14-19, 2023

Staff: Here are our staff (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