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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...

Monday, January 29, 2024

*Mar 22*, May 24, Jul 26, Sept 20, Nov 22: Songs for Tending Our Hearts @ Yess Yoga

When it feels like the world is falling apart, when everything is literally on fire, singing in community together heals and centers us—we’re not alone.

Our culture desperately needs spaces where it is safe to feel your sorrow and the weight of the world. Come sing through the small and large griefs in your life and give them space to breathe.

When: Bimonthly Fridays in 2024, 7:30-9p
  • Jan 26
  • Mar 22
  • May 24 (revised!)
  • July 26
  • Sept 20 (revised!)
  • Nov 22
Where: Yess Yoga, 105 E 26th St, Mpls
Facebook event link

Song leaders Conie Borchardt and Liz Digitale Anderson (aka GOOD TROUBLE) hold care-filled circles for you to find freedom in your voice, de-stress your nervous system, and move your body.

Every voice is welcome! We teach all the songs call and response- just open your mouth and echo back. We’ll sing songs to ground you, heal you, and help you breathe in the days to come.

Pre-register + pay what you can here: https://www.yessyogastudio.com/yoga-workshops/
$5-$20 sliding scale (No one turned away for lack of funds; we want you there!) You can also pay on the door.

- Masks May Be Required when Covid is surging.  Masks will be available.  
- Parking can be kind of tight around this block - leave yourself some extra time to find a spot!
- As we're in a yoga studio, we ask people to leave their shoes at the entrance to keep the studio clean. If you want to bring a clean pair of indoor shoes to support your feet that's fine. Thank you!

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Setlist for Jan 26: Songs for Tending Our Hearts


Here are the songs we sang at Songs for Tending Our Hearts at Yess Yoga on Friday night, January 26, 2023:

* No recording yet available.  Liz has given permission to share the words on the blog:  

Aurora's Song (Liz Digitale Anderson)

Grief ... is coming for us all
I said Grief is coming for us all
Cuz how we gather round in care
when it's your turn to collapse
well that is the revolution
from this capitalism trap

See and know and loved in the midst
See and known and loved in your hot mess.

Puttin' in the work,
puttin' in the reps,
comfort in discomfort
is such a flex

Some of you asked about the Resources we shared.  Here's a short list...

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Feb 4: Dances of Universal Peace @ TC Friends Meetinghouse


Sufi Dancing
(AKA Dances of Universal Peace)

Sunday February 4th, 6:30 to 8:45 pm (fb event)
at the Twin Cities Friends Meeting House
1725 Grand Ave, St. Paul (map)
-Donations accepted, but not required-

Come and weave a circle of sacred presence and harmony with shared movement and song. All spiritual traditions of the world are honored in a circle of universal prayer.

No former experience is necessary (And... seasoned dancers and dance leaders are more than welcome to bring their wisdom, dances, and shared leadership:)

We'll take a break in the middle of this event for some meet and greet with snacks (bring something to share if you like)

All beings are welcome in this circle

Send Adam Wolter (AKA Saleem) a line if you have any questions about this event: (612)237-6690

For more info on the dances:

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Setlist from Jan 6, 2024 Sing at HCL

Here are the songs we sang at the Library on Saturday morning, January 6, 2024:

  1. Gather / We Are Not Alone (Joanna Laws Landis)
  2. Welcome to the table/circle (clb)
  3. Neuroplasticity Song (Ahlay Blakely) - first line "everyday I can change ..."
  4. The Center Will Hold (text: Brene Brown, from Atlas of the Heart; music: clb)
  5. Summons (words adapted from Aurora Levins Morales poem “Summons”/music: Ahlay Blakely) - first line "last night i dreamed 10,000 grandmothers..."
  6. What we need is here* (from The Wild Geese by Wendell Berry/Music: Amy McCreath) 
  7. Answer back in love** (unknown***) - first line "trouble is gonna find you/happen"
  8. Let it snow! (sea shanty adapted for winter) - 
  9. Open Sentences (Ahlay Blakely) - first line "I love being alive because ..."
  10. Healing is Possible (Orion Johnstone)
* Click on the red "View Attached resources" to see a video.
** We haven't found an online recording of this song.  If you have, please let us know if the comments below!
*** We don't know the source of this song, but we'd love to know.  If it's you or you know who it is, please let us know in the comments! 

are grateful to you if you sang with us! We also want to thank fellow songleader Sarina Partridge for inviting us to sub for them yesterday, librarians Emma and Mark from the Hennepin County Library for hosting us, and the MN Legislature for the Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to provide programming like this!