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The Power of Presence: creating with intention by Natalia Zukerman and Lisa Ferraro

10 AM to noon
In this workshop, we will explore words/affirmations that represent the core values present at this festival. Through writing, meditation, active listening and sacred circle, we will reflect on these concepts and leave our time together more able to integrate the visions we carry as a community back into our everyday lives.


Red Thread Circle – CANCELLED
10am to 11am

This is a gathering of women and a time to be heard and witnessed in speaking your truth and sharing your wisdom. Through the passing of the red thread to one another, we connect and weave our stories together to create opportunities for personal and collective healing, transformation, growth, and celebration – all of which are amplified in community. When women gather, magic happens. The Red Thread The Legend of the Red Thread says, those who are supposed to meet are connected by an invisible red thread since before birth. It can stretch and tangle but it will never break. (Ancient Chinese Proverb)

Writing Through Pain, Shame and Oppression
10:30 – 12:30
e nina jay shares some of the poetry that she has written & used as a bridge to cross from POWERLESS to EMPOWERED and lead a writing exercise for participants.

Drum Play with Pele
11am to 12:30pm

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!



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

11:30-12:30 pm

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!



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