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May 2: Retrain Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma & Resilience

What: Train Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma Awareness + Resilience When: Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Walker...

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Meet Rie

Points of Light Music (PLM) is inviting each Freeing Refrains storyteller into an public pre-conversation to help us get to know them before the event. 

Meet Rie, the storyteller for our May 19th event.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Setlist from New Moon EARTH Vocal Explorations @ Yess Yoga, April 29, 2022

Here's the songs Liz and Conie lead at the New Moon EARTH Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, April 29, 2022: 
  1. Soften the ground (a baby song born on the drive over! clb)
  2. Wanna Be Ready for Change to Come (Charon Hribar, the Kairos Center; Tune: I Wanna Die Easy)
  3. Gathered Here (Phil Porter)
  4. Get Into Your Body (Lea Morris)
  5. Loosen, Loosen (Aly Halpert)

May 27: New Moon Vocal Explorations: FIRE @ Yess Yoga

New Moon Song Circle-FIRE w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, May 27th 
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A New Easter Carol: Lord of the Dance

This year I got encouragement from Brene Brown to create another Easter dance.  Our church was reading her book, Gifts of Imperfection, where she names "Laughter, Song, and Dance" as one of 10 guideposts to cultivate.  And knowing this community usually sings "Lord of the Dance" at the Easter Sunrise service, it seemed a no-brainer.

Not having a lot of capacity to do exhaustive research, I took to my personal mobile research unit and intuited my way to something that felt natural and meaningful.  Here's the write-up; a video from the service is at the end.  Let us know what you think.


Refrain:  Instructions first with (accompanying words from the song in parathesis)

  1. Standing in a circle facing in, take hands with your neighbors and take four steps in (Dance then)
  2. Step back 4 steps (wherever you may be)
  3. Turn in place to the right (I am the Lord of the Dance said he)

Apr 29: New Moon Voice Explorations: EARTH @ Yess Yoga


New Moon Song Circle-Earth w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, April 29th 
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Saturday, April 9, 2022

May 19: Freeing Refrains with Rie Gilsdorf: More Stories, Convos, & Song

We are delighted to welcome Rie Gilsdorf to share some of their story with Freeing Refrains.  RSVP below and then watch for our interview with them to drop.

Day:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m. CT

RSVP free:  Eventbrite 

Bio:  Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, MS, MA, has broad experience as a principal, arts administrator, facilitator, coach, teacher of science and dance, and parent in innovative public, private, magnet and charter schools. She spent her early career delivering, designing and guiding arts-integrated, student-centered learning, and most recently spent five years at Courageous Conversation learning how to engage productively in equity work as a white woman.

Throughout her career Rie has also facilitated adult learning that develops capacity to achieve equity across race, gender, sexuality and ability in redesigned schools and progressive faith communities.