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Workshops

2018 WORKSHOPS

Write Hear with Mimi Gonzales

10a.m.-11:30a.m

Write Hear is a writing workshop with prompts that will get you writing.  Often, we sit alone with our thoughts in a room and wonder what to catch in words and then worry how to catch it.  Before we know it, we’ve forgotten or talked ourselves out of writing.  Writing with other writers, in the safety of a communal setting committed to respect and discretion, can be the very gentle push we’ve needed to begin our practice of writing again.  Come join us for prompts and voluntary sharing.  Composition books and pens available while supplies last.


 

Drum Play with Pele

10a.m.-11:30a.m

Come join in the fun of exploring rhythm from African and AfroCuban roots. Classes are designed for all levels of participation.

We will explore the orchestration of poly-rhythm bringing forth the inner child. Let’s have some fun…..LETS PLAY!

IF YOU HAVE A HEARTBEAT THEN YOU ARE A DRUMMER…..

NO TWO CLASSES ARE EVER THE SAME…..

Pele Yemaya (PJ Young) was formally trained in piano at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago Illinois from 6-16. Beethoven soon became Boogie.

For 25 years, Pele has studied with Ubaka Hill, Fasi (Linda Thomas Jones), Edwinda Lee Tyler, Fatu , Deb Mc Gee, Paloma, and Afia Walking Tree. She has had the pleasure of being a part of The Drumsong Orchestra on Ubaka Hill’s CDs Dance the Spiral Dance and ShapeShifters.

In 2008, she travelled to Roume, Guinea (Africa) to study drum and dance with Afia Walking Tree and M. Lamine ‘Dibo’ Camara, principle soloist for Les Ballets d’Afrique Noire de Mansour Gueye. During that time, she fell in love with traditional African dance, and became Qween’s lead drummer for Nu Traditional African Dance for 9 years at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival prior to its closing in 2015.

Pele has not only studied djembe but has also learned rhythm with Dundun, Samban and Kenkeni drums for past nine years and has fallen in love with helping others in their path with traditional drum rhythms geared towards African Dance, Afro Cuban traditions and loves integrating hand drumming with many other genres of music.

Most recently, in the fall of 2017, Pele was honored to provide a 3 lecture series at Michigan State University entitled African Drumming, A Womon’s Perspective and is also serving as the percussionist for Ruth Barrett’s seasonal concert series in Lansing Michigan.

Contact info: pelejemaya@gmail.com


Two-Chord Ukulele Workshop by Jennifer and the Lady Flukes

11:30a.m.-12:30p.m

Never picked up an instrument before? Got a song in your heart? This 60 minute beginner ukulele workshop is designed for the absolute beginner. Come sing and strum with the sisterhood. Bring your ukulele and open mind. We have a few loaner ukuleles — email jrangel@umich.edu to reserve one. First come, first serve. Patient intermediate players and supporting sideline singers welcomed!

 


Listening to Our Bodies:  Taking loving responsibility for our Well-being

11:30a.m.-12:30p.m

Taking responsibility for our emotional and spiritual well-being and physical health is one of the most loving purposes of our life.  What we have experienced in life and our current choices together render natural consequences – either peaceful vitality or dis-ease (anxiety, depression, pain).  Come and learn tools that can empower you to listen and understand the cues from your body and how you can create a course to self-loving well-being.

Rev. Mary Lokers has had a well-rounded professional career as a family systems therapist, licensed social worker, school teacher, national sales manager, and wellness consultant. She now enjoys doing foot reflexology, life coaching, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), creating thought-provoking spiritual workbooks and presenting workshops.

 

 

 

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