OJAI, CA, AUG 15, 2013: From Sept 27 – 29, 2013 at The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary (9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd, Ojai, CA 93023) Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (formerly of Sweet Honey and the Rock) will facilitate a workshop and “Community Sing!” focused on community building through music, song, and oral tradition. Music, faith-based, and school groups from around the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles areas will be attending the event, which is also open to any individual who loves to sing.
At the weekend workshop and Community Sing, Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition, singing rhythms, chants and traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, along with a variety of songs from African-American culture, including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Barnwell will share historical, social and political contexts to the work. Throughout this experience, participants will explore the values imbedded in the music, spiritual traditions and rituals, ways in which leadership emerges and can be shared by and among community members, the role of culture in political and social struggle, and the significance of a shared communal experience in one's personal life.
The weekend workshop begins at 5pm on Friday, Sept 27 and runs through lunch on Sunday, Sept 29. The Community Sing starts at 6pm on Sunday, Sept 29 for 2 hours of singing in the oral tradition.
Detailed information is available here.
Dr. Barnwell’s work at The Ojai Foundation Land Sanctuary continues the tradition of community-building and cultural exchange at The Ojai Foundation (TOF) Land Sanctuary. For over 35 years, TOF has fostered practices that awaken connection with self, others, and the natural world through music, communication, seasonal ceremonies, youth threshhold/rites-of-passage programs, Council in Schools, and Council in the world (through the Center for Council Practice).