September 3-6, 2021
Labor Day Weekend

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2024 Labor Day Weekend

September 3-6, 2021
Labor Day Weekend

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.

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 including many members from our own village. Come experience the heart of community with song, laughter, good food, and connection.

Singing Rabbit Song Leaders

Annie Schlaefer

Annie Schlaefer has been collecting songs and facilitating song circles for 12 years in different communities (Northern Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin) and now has been co-facilitating a weekly local community song circle, “Sing As You Are”, in Minneapolis with Linnea for 2+ years. She learned about this style of singing in 2012 in Decorah, Iowa from a local song-leader, Liz Rog. Annie loves to garden and explore the outdoors with friends.

Linnea Champ

Linnea Champ co-facilitates a weekly local community song circle, “Sing As You Are”, in Minneapolis, and was introduced to this style of singing in 2015. Linnea works in public health, and enjoys running, biking, and playing the piano.

Prairie Johnson

Prairie Johnson has been singing in song circles since she was 14 and writing songs since age 11. She has led songs for community singing events Village Fire and Singing Rabbit, parties, events, workshops, and the other myriad cracks in Earth’s corners that only songs can fill. She attended Dancing Rabbit’s weekly song circle from 2017-2023 where she got her first taste of song leading in community. Prairie is a spoken-word poet, writer, pianist, avid reader, lover of food, bare feet on the Terra, biking, cooking, and the enlivening love-mess-nest of authentic connection with humans.

Lyndsey Scott​

Lyndsey loves community singing as a shared practice of Playing Attention. “Here we are! Now what?!” Born and still residing in east central IL, lately she’s been bicycling around the Heartland asking what songs it needs. She brings her artist-yogi self to her song-weaving: the wiggle and the weird are welcome. Her homespun ditties hope to get You skipping easily between the sacred, sexy, and sssssilly. Your inner child, exiled banshee, and wise elder are all invited to the circle!

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.

Dodie Whitaker

Dodie is a multifaceted singer, actress, educator and mom who brings her enthusiasm, diverse musical background and passion for singing into connection and collaboration with people of all ages and walks of life. A resident of Viroqua, WI and and active community song leader in the Driftless region of Southwestern Wisconsin, Dodie previously made her home in her native Chicago, where she performed and led vocal workshops in the Chicago Public Schools and at the Old Town School of Folk Music. She currently enjoys sharing the gift of music with students at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Youth Initiative High School and Western Technical College and in such diverse spaces as the Driftless Music Festival, Girls Rock Camp Madison and with residents at Bethel Oaks Memory Care. A musical activist who is on a continuous journey to build community by blending social justice and inclusion with her lifelong love of all things musical, Dodie is beyond excited to connect, share and empower the Singing Rabbit community through song!

 

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Dodie is a multifaceted singer, actress, educator and mom who brings her enthusiasm, diverse musical background and passion for singing into connection and collaboration with people of all ages and walks of life. A resident of Viroqua, WI and and active community song leader in the Driftless region of Southwestern Wisconsin, Dodie previously made her home in her native Chicago, where she performed and led vocal workshops in the Chicago Public Schools and at the Old Town School of Folk Music. She currently enjoys sharing the gift of music with students at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Youth Initiative High School and Western Technical College and in such diverse spaces as the Driftless Music Festival, Girls Rock Camp Madison and with residents at Bethel Oaks Memory Care. A musical activist who is on a continuous journey to build community by blending social justice and inclusion with her lifelong love of all things musical, Dodie is beyond excited to connect, share and empower the Singing Rabbit community through song!

 

Murmurations Choir: Vanessa Degrassi, Sean Walsh, and Laura Borealis

As a community choir in New Orleans, we meet once a week, all-year round. As the seasons turn, so does our song palette. Over the years we have learned many songs. We tend toward the curious, the creative, and the compelling; from elegantly simple to cathartically complex. Here we present selected favorites of ours, focusing on songs we, or those we know, have written, aiming to bring to you songs new, exciting, beautiful.

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.

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Singing Rabbit Schedule

Friday
Noon- 6pm – Registration: arrive and get settled
4:00pm – Tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
6:00pm – Circle up & Dinner
7:30/8:00pm – Fireside Open Song Circle w/ introduction of song-leaders

Saturday
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
7:00am – 9:00am – Registration open for any late arrivals
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Gathering
10:15am – 12:00pm – Song Circles
12:15pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time
3:30pm – 5:30pm – Song Circles
6:15pm – Gather for Dinner
8:00pm – Fireside Open Song Circle

Sunday
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Ultimate Frisbee (optional) – playing field
9:30am – Morning Gathering
10:00am – 12:00pm – Song Circles
12:15pm – Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time
4:00pm – 6:00pm – Songs for Building Community (All song leaders head up 2-3 songs)
6:00pm – Gather for Dinner
7:30pm – No-Talent Show
Dusk – Fireside Open Song Circle  (10pm quiet hours begin – singing okay, no drumming)

Monday
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Gathering
10:00am – 12:00pm – Song highlights from the weekend with everyone
12:15pm – Lunch
2:00 –  Closing Ritual