Building Community Through Song

Singing has been a backbone of human culture for millenia. Whether used for storytelling or recreation, the magic of song has been an essential means of expression, connection, and celebration. You can take part in this ancient tradition with us. Bring your voice to help weave together a wondrous community through song.

No matter your talent, age, or skill there is a place for you at Singing Rabbit. Come and explore singing together within a thriving ecovillage. Join a community with a strong song culture and a rich background in using song in song circles, important life events, and everyday life. Spend your Labor Day weekend with us, out in nature, surrounded by laughter and music.

Singing has been a backbone of human culture for millenia. Whether used for storytelling or recreation, the magic of song has been an essential means of expression, connection, and celebration. You can take part in this ancient tradition with us. Bring your voice to help weave together a wondrous community through song.

 

No matter your talent, age, or skill there is a place for you at Singing Rabbit. Come and explore singing together within a thriving ecovillage. Join a community with a strong song culture and a rich background in using song in song circles, important life events, and everyday life. Spend your Labor Day weekend with us, out in nature, surrounded by laughter and music.

This unique experience will provide you with:

  • New songs to take back to your friends, family and song circles
  • Guidance from experienced song leaders
  • A chance to learn the hard and soft skills of living in a thriving ecovillage through skillshare sessions
  • Time to dive deep and rediscover yourself and each other while connecting to the living essence of community through the ancient medium of song
  • Knowledge of some of the principles of sustainable community living, and how to apply them to your life
  • The inspiration and courage to spread the gift of song by starting your own community song circle

Singing Rabbit will be an intimate gathering of 80-100 people, including many members from our own village. Come experience the heart of community with song, laughter, good food, and connection.

Your Singing Rabbit Song Leaders

Annie Zylstra

Annie Zylstra is a classically trained vocalist who has transitioned to inspiring the world to sing for the joy of it. She loves to share her gift for singing with the world, engaging in song circles from the U.S. to the UK. As a person who lives her life in an offering to song, she brings a magical element to any choir or song group she leads. With a wealth of original songs and a guidance in harmony making, you can feel comfortable to sing along no matter your experience level.

Liat Batshira (Ishka Shir)

Liat Batshira's name, given at birth, means "daughter of song." She has been singing in choirs since before she could read, and has been leading song circles on the East Coast for seven years. Liat is especially drawn to songs that have simple yet powerful lyrics and she believes that songs can be medicine and help us to heal.

Josh Blaine

Josh’s work as a community song leader began as an inquiry into the state of protest songs after the 2016 election, which sent him out on the road to interview dozens of musicians and song leaders for a project called “Finding Our Voice.” Since his return in the fall of 2017, he’s been leading regular community sings in the Texas State Capitol rotunda and other public spaces around Austin to build community and resilience through song. He’s also a regular song leader and organizer at rallies, meetings and marches for various organizations and social justice movements including IfNotNow and the Poor People’s Campaign.

Amandacera

Amandacera is an artist and song-forager from the East Coast. She is excited to be returning to Dancing Rabbit, where she first experienced the magic and interconnection of a community song circle. She has since led spirit songs for moon circles, women's groups, and private gatherings. Beyond simply enjoying sweet harmonies, Amandacera utilizes song as a vehicle for self care, re-connection to nature, processing grief, and fully embodying joy. With her passion for this potent medicine, she has made it her mission to share the deep healing of communal singing and to sow some of the myriad treasures of song-seeds so that they may continue to grow.

Ian Carrick

Ian is a recovering singer based in Bend, Oregon. Other teenage musicians once told him he had a bad voice. Ian's own work of relearning to love his voice has led him into the heart of a North American cultural revival of aural tradition singing. After a decade of experience of community building, group facilitation and musical leadership, Ian is honored to share his love for singing far and wide, from corporate groups to homeless shelters to Parkinson's support groups. His original songs are inspired by the non-human world that keeps human spirits afloat in dark times. Ian is also a Full Voice coach, empowering people to re-member themselves by exploring the wild parts of their voices.

Additional Information

August 30-September 2, 2019 (Labor Day weekend)

Arrive on Friday, August 30th. Depart Monday afternoon, September 2nd.
Gather by the fire with us among the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri, at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. You’ll be surrounded by the beauty of nature while enjoying our village life. There will be plenty of time for you to explore and learn about Dancing Rabbit. You’ll have the chance to tour our land and a variety of our green and natural buildings. Come learn how sustainable living isn’t just about respecting the planet, but the connections we make with each other. Raise your voice and create a community of song with us here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage!
Meals provided from Friday dinner through Monday lunch.

We will work together cooperatively to provide three meals a day, packed with as much nourishing, local food as possible. We can work with a range of dietary needs – let us know your particulars when you fill out the registration form. Please note that we will do our best to accommodate different dietary needs but cannot guarantee that we will be able to, and you may need to bring supplemental food.
The event fee includes camping accommodations, which includes shower and composting toilet access. Some tent platforms will be available.

Indoor accommodations may be available to rent during the event for an additional fee. We have several options: rooms in cabins, private homes, and the bed & breakfast. Email us after you register to see what’s still available.
Early Bird Pricing for the first 20 people!
Adult: $200
Child (age 6-17): $100
Children under 5: FREE

Regular Pricing
Adult: $250
Child (age 6-17): $125
Children under 5: FREE

The all-inclusive fee covers meals, camping space (bring your own gear), showers, bathrooms, WiFi, and community building access. Indoor accommodations are available at an extra cost.

There are limited work trade options available for this event. Please inquire for details.

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