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.

Ishka Shir (Liat Batshira)

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.

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!

 

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.

Tentative Singing Rabbit Schedule

Friday, August 30, 2019
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, August 31, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
7:00am – 9:00am – Registration open for any late arrivals
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Circle
10:15am – 12:00pmSong Circles:

  • Ian – Our Wild Voices
  • Dodie – Now Let Us Sing!

12:15pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time
3:15-4:30pm  – Song Circles:

  • Annie –  Harmonic Basketry
  • Ishka – Songs of healing and growth

4:50-6:00pm  – Song Circles:

  • Murmurations; New Orleans community Choir – Murmurs from New      Orleans
  • Amandacera – Songs That Settle Deep Into Your Bones

6:15pm – Circle up & Dinner
8:00pm – Fireside Open Song Circle

Sunday, September 1, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
8:30am – Ultimate Frisbee (optional) – playing field
9:30am – Morning Circle
10:00am – 12:00pmSong Circles:

  • Lyndsey – Grief, Praise, & Pleasure: “Prayers” as Funky as U Are
  • Josh –  Songs of Healing and Resistance

12:15pm – Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm – Skill-share/Community Offerings or rest time
4:00pm – 6:00pmSong Circle:

  • Songs for Building Community (All song leaders head up 2-3 songs) All Camp

6:00pm – Circle up & Dinner
7:30pm – No-Talent Show – Hub
Dusk – Fireside Open Song Circle  (10pm quiet hours begin – singing okay, no drumming)

Monday, September 2, 2019
7:00am – 8:00am – Morning Practice
8:00am – 9:00am – Breakfast
9:30am – Morning Circle
10:00am – 12:00pmSong Circles:

  • Annie – The Harvest
  • Ian – Songs for Recovery

12:15pm – Lunch
2:00 – 3:45pm – Song highlights from the weekend with everyone
3:45pm –  Closing Ritual

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

Can’t come for the whole weekend? Check out our day rates! Adult: $75
Child (age 6-17): $35
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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