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Jul 9: Retrain Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma Awareness + Resilience

What : Retrain Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma Awareness + Resilience When : Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where : Wal...

Monday, October 31, 2022

Jan-Feb 2023: Subzero Singalong @ Art Shanties on Bde Unma

Good Trouble is delighted to be part of the Art Shanty Projects this winter!  

Don't know what the Art Shanty Projects are all about?  Let us tell you!

Art Shanty Projects creates a temporary community on a frozen lake centering art, whimsy, and weird winter experiences in Minnesota.  From the ASP About page:  

Since 2004 Art Shanty Projects has created whimsical, weird and joyful winter art experiences for grown ass adults and kids of all ages. Inspired by pop-up ice fishing villages,

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Setlist from Oct 30 Grief Song Circle @ Anam Cara

Here is a list of the songs we sang at the Song Circle for Grief Tending at Anam Cara House on Sunday evening, October 30, 2022.  In alpha order by title: 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Setlist from Full Voice Song Circle @ Yess Yoga, Oct 28, 2022

Here are the songs we sang at the Full Voice Song Circle: Celebration of the Elements at Yess Yoga on Friday night, October 28, 2022:
  1. Shruti Improvisation (not recorded)
  2. I did not come here alone (The Peace Poets)
  3. The Way Knows the Way (Lyndsey Scott) - plus the studio version from their new album

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Oct 27: Freeing Stuck Refrains - Open Zoom Rehearsal

You're invited to an Open Zoom Rehearsal!  

Rie Gilsdorf and I will be presenting Freeing Stuck Refrains: A Reflective Storytelling Space for "What binds us? What liberates us?" at the Overcoming Racism Conference, November 11-12, 2022 in St. Paul, MN.  

We know that not everyone can attend that, so we're inviting friends and colleagues to join us for an Open Zoom Rehearsal.  

When:  Thursday, October 27, 2022, 7-8:30 p.m. CT

Where:  Zoom (Meeting ID: 810 1908 8042 // Passcode: 344304) -- if you'd like a link sent to you, sign up for the Freeing Refrains newsletter here.  

This is a 90-minute reprise of the Freeing Refrains gathering we had in May.  

Meet Rie and her work at Embody Equity here.  

Monday, October 24, 2022

Nov 11-12: Offerings at the Overcoming Racism Conference


We're excited to offer two breakout workshops at the Overcoming Racism Conference* at Metro State this year.  

1.  Freeing Stuck Refrains: A Reflective Storytelling Space for “What Binds Us? What Liberates Us?” with Rie Gilsdorf on Friday, November 11, 1:10-2:40 p.m. 

* We're having an Open Virtual Rehearsal on Thursday, October 27, 7-8:30 p.m. on Zoom.  Use the Contact Us form to reach out and ask for the link, if you're not able to attend the conference!

2.  Songs for Truth Telling, New Narratives, and Cultural Composting with Liz Digitale Anderson (as song leading duo, Good Trouble) on Saturday, November 12, 12:10-1:40 p.m.

* Check out some of the other community singing gatherings we're having here!

Checkout the program (in-person & livestreamed) and register before midnight on Friday, November 4 (EXTENDED!) October 28.  

* The Overcoming Racism Conference is organized by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC).  

Oct 30: Song Circle for Grief Tending @ Anam Cara

What:  Song Circle for Grief Tending 
Where:  Anam Cara House (see below for details)
When:  Sunday October 30, 5-6 p.m.

Our culture lacks space and containers for grief.
......these days, there's a lot to process.

If you need space from more expression and movement of grief, or just room to feel some feels in community, please join us to sing together next Sunday, Oct. 30.

All songs will be taught call and response, oral tradition (you don't need to know what you're doing, just be willing to breathe and open your mouth and sing back.) Liz Digitale Anderson and Conie Borchardt will be holding the circle.

The songs will give our bodies and our hearts space to feel what we need to feel and let it work through us.

Dress warmly as we will be outside around the fire. There is a port-a-potty available for use. Although wearing masks outside will be optional, we do invite folks to wear masks to tend to themselves and others. Please tend to yourself and your family as needed.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

2023 DSM Dances Retreat Lodging & Meal Notes

2/21/2023 Update:  We are so very sorry to inform you that The Breathing Life of All retreat with Neil Douglas-Klotz April 14 – 17 in Des Moines, IA has been cancelled. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you. Eventbrite will provide full refunds for those registered. Please let us know if there is any problem with that process. Read more details here.


This retreat will offer an experience of chanting, moving and meditating with the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus (the "Lord's Prayer").

Information about the retreat is here. Registration will be on eventbritePlease note the staggered registration schedule.  

This page has lodging information and more details about meals provided.  Please use the contact us form is you have questions!  


A block of rooms is reserved at the Courtyard Des Moines West/Clive (By Marriott)

1520 NW 114th St
Clive, IA 50325 

Event Summary: Neil Douglas Klotz Room Block 
99 USD - 109 USD per night
    • Start Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023
    • End Date: Monday, April 17, 2023

 Last Day to Book: Thursday, March 23, 2023

Here is a direct link to book a room in the block.  

These accommodations are either close to the hotel with the block or closer to the retreat location:
  1. Days Inn, 1600 NW 114th St, Clive, IA 50325 - close to the Courtyard above
  2. Sleep Inn and Suites, 885 South 51st St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  3. Drury Inn and Suites, 5505 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50266
If you would like to be matched for a homestay, please contact the coordinator at guildtammy@gmail.com.


For the main retreat, two lunches (Saturday & Sunday) and one dinner (Saturday) is provided in registration. 

On Monday, lunch will also be provided.

Your information about dietary restrictions, i.e., vegetarian/vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc., will be collected during registration. We will accommodate your needs as best we can.

COVID Protocols

For the health and well-being of everyone coming to sing, dance, and pray together, we ask each of us to participate in these group agreements:
  • Practice limited large group experiences the week before the retreat
  • Take a home test before leaving for the retreat and each day of the retreat, attending only when you have a negative result.
  • Don't come if you are not feeling well.
  • We hope most are vaccinated and boosted and request unvaccinated folks to mask. You are encouraged to tend to your personal risk tolerance and sense of safety to the level of your comfort.
  • The retreat space will have windows that can be opened and HVAC filters are changed regularly.
  • Refunds (minus the Eventbrite fees) are available on request.