April 8, 2016 to April 11, 2016 All Day
Aloha Song Family!
We are overjoyed to announce the 3rd annual, Singing Alive Kauai!
This is a 4 day gathering on April 8th – 11th, 2016
Singing Alive Kauai is a celebration of sacred song circles, honoring our deepest desire to sing from the heart. Our intention for this event is to gather people in a safe, fun, nourishing, supportive family environment, to sing our hearts open and share songs. Our focus is on giving everyone the opportunity to find their voice, to let go of shyness and self judgment around singing, and to sing with each other in community. We call forth the spirit of love, harmony, health, well being and celebration through song and community! Together we will come to share our voices and Sing our hearts Alive!
At Singing Alive, all voices are welcome and no singing experience is required. We sing together for the purpose of singing, and not to perform. This is wonderfully healing for people who have a belief that they can’t sing or they aren’t good enough to sing in a group. Singing is our birthright, we were all born to sing. Together, we come home to ourselves and our deepest ways of being in community.
In calling forth this event on Kauai, we invite our community to gather in song and extend this invitation to those of you who are not on the island, but feel called to make the journey. We are so grateful to be a part of your journey, especially since some of you may have never been here before. We recognize you are answering a call deep within yourself to sing with us, as well as Grandmother Kauai’s call for you to come home.
LOCATION: Anahola, Taro Patch
We will gather on the sacred land of the Taro Patch, in Anahola, at the base of the ancient mountain Kalalea. The Hawaiians know Kalalea to be the birthing portal, where all souls enter this world. She is an unmistakable image of a pregnant goddess, laying with her back on the earth, her pregnant belly towards the sky, with her watershed flowing down to create a river that gently wraps around the Taro patch and out to the ocean. In this beautiful sanctuary, we will come together to sing, play, and dream together under the bright stars.
WHAT IS A SONG CIRCLE?
A song circle is a communal space where people are invited and welcome to sing together in a group. They are led by song circle facilitators who are experienced at teaching the group the melody and words to a song. There are many ways to do this, but most often the songs are learned in the oral tradition of ”call-and-response”, without written words.
Some of our facilitators live here on Kauai, while some are invited from the mainland.
We have two to three song circles scheduled at a time, giving you the opportunity to choose which one you want to go to. There are many song circles over the course of four days with complimentary, community built meals, and play time in between.
After dinner, we have open song sharing around the camp fire. It’s a fun and supportive opportunity for anyone who feels inspired to teach everyone a song they know. Especially if you have never done it before!
We begin with an Opening Ceremony on Friday morning at 9:00 am. Every day, we will gather in a Morning Circle (around 9:30) to welcome the new day with an offering to the land, a few songs, exercises, and overview of the day ahead. This will be followed by Song Circles in the morning and afternoon. Before Dinner, we will gather in an Afternoon Circle to close the day and introduce dinner and evening events. Community meals will begin on Friday morning with breakfast, and continue to Monday night dinner. We will officially end with Closing Circle before dinner on Monday.
An important part of the Singing Alive Community experience is our co-creation of three meals a day, that we all participate in creating. Participants contribute to our community meals by bringing a food contribution of yummy, fresh, mostly organic, fruits and vegetables. The organizers provide the staples, such as grains, condiments, spices, cooking oils, kitchen infrastructure, and a talented Cook to lead our kitchen crew. Everyone is asked to bring their food contribution at the beginning of the event, for our cook to combine with our meal plan. There will be a sign up sheet to volunteer and assist our wonderful chef in food prep, serving food, and clean up. Below is a list of food items that we would love for you to bring ~ separate requests for those on island and those coming from mainland.
Mahalo for co-creating our nutritional abundance, and having a blast while we do it!
~ Most requested: sweet potatoes, avocados, kale, collards, chard, carrots, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, bananas, lemons, limes, garlic, ginger, turmeric, onion.
~ Other foods: beets, arugula, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, chives, chaya, cherry tomatoes, dandelion greens, potatoes, sprouts, green beans, chayote, broccoli, peppers, pineapple, papaya, honey tangerine, longans, rambutan.
Fresh Tea Herbs: tulsi, lemongrass, mamaki, ginger, turmeric, mint.
From the mainland
~ nuts and seeds, chia seeds, dried fruit (especially cranberries, raisins, apricots), granola, superfood treats
*Please note that the Kitchen is NOT open for public use. For those who have special dietary restrictions, we encourage you to bring your own food if needed. And for those who will be camping on site, you are welcome to bring a small camp stove to prepare your own food.
*Bring your own bowl, plate, cups/mug, and utensils for the duration. We’ll have a dishwashing station set up.
Every song village needs a great tea kitchen. At Singing Alive we are blessed to have a tea kitchen providing local, wild-crafted teas, and home-brewed chai. Our tea server provides most of the tea, so helpful hands and donations of tea and fresh herbs will be much appreciated.
One of the best things about Singing Alive, is how we all come together to bring our song village to life! It is our intention to keep this event affordable and accessible for all who wish to attend. To this end, we invite everybody to offer their time and talents to co-create our ceremonial song village. Everyone is requested to lend a helping hand for a short period at the gathering – to help prep and serve food, clean up, greet people, care for children and elders, etc. – the necessary tasks to keep our village running smoothly.
In this spirit, we each become active participants in the magic that unfolds. This is a different model than many events of this kind, a truly beautiful quality of our gathering, as it allows each participant to fully PARTICIPATE in the creation of our song village. We will have a volunteer sign up list at the front gate. We ask that you sign up for a role of service that inspires you deeply. We will have a Volunteer Coordinator to assist you with this. Thank you all for giving your whole heart to bringing our song village to life!
Camping at the Taro Patch is glorious, but space is limited by the river that wraps around the land. Camping will be on a first-come, first-served basis at the gate, with priority for those coming from off-island. Registration opens for camping at 12 noon on Thursday, April 7th. If you wish to camp, we encourage you to come on Thursday to set up camp, tune into the space and community, and start singing!
Camping will be $10/night. All camping fees are separate from our ticket prices and go directly towards the caring and stewardship of the land. Camping fees are collected at the gate on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration will be open Friday-Monday from 8 am-6 pm. Please arrive during registration hours, so that we can sign you in for the gathering. We will close the gate after 6pm. Tickets are available in advance (credit cards accepted) or at the gate (cash only), and are non-refundable. Please note that we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave, if necessary.
4 Day pass
Advanced (By April 3rd) = $150
At Gate = $170 Cash
1 Day Pass
Advanced (By April 3rd) = $45
At Gate = $50 Cash
Teens accompanied by Adult = Half Price
Kids 12 & under = Free
Elders 63 & Over = Free
Camping Fee is Separate (At Gate) = $10/night
*Camping is not an option for day passes
*This event is rain or shine, Tickets are non-refundable
We encourage everyone to car pool if possible, as there are a limited number of parking spots available at the land. We will have a group of parking attendants on site to assist and direct parking. Please park in the designated area, as the parking zone is shared with neighbors.
Gathered on Sacred land, with our local and visiting community, we take it to heart to hold the gathering in the best possible way. For the 1st and 2nd year of this gathering, we experienced a harmonious, supportive, open hearted community. We witnessed tears of joy, lots of laughter, and people singing themselves Alive! We invite you to help us accomplish this again for our 3rd year! Thank you for joining us, we look forward to seeing you soon! Mahalo Nui Loa!
For more information and to purchase advanced tickets, visit our website at www.singingalive.org/kauai.