Sunday, May 10

4-6 p.m. — Arrival, check-in

6 p.m. — Welcome Dinner

7:30 p.m. — Opening night writing, singing and arts

Monday, May 11

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – “The Sky Begins At Your Feet”: Earth, Sky and Body, with Caryn. “The sky begins at your feet. Think how brave you are to walk around,” writes essayist Anne Herbert. We’ll write into our bravery, using the process of putting words on paper to help us come home to our bodies, which are always at the intersection of earth and sky. We’ll also look at how writing can help us better inhabit wherever we are, and land on our gratitude for the elements that keep us alive.*

11:30 a.m. – Replenishing Movement/Dance

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Roots & Wings of the Creative Life: The Craft of Powerful Writing, with Caryn: Learn more about the craft of finding and forging strong images and rhythm in all genres of creative writing. We’ll also have time for several of you to workshop (share with the intention of getting feedback for improving the work) some poetry or prose, and have Caryn show you (and all of us) ways you can revise this piece to bring out more of its life.*

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage appointments with Rachel Craeger, 2-6 p.m.)

Laura Ramberg & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Up a Tree

4:30-5:30 — Poetry in Motion Yoga — Caryn

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:30 p.m. – An Intimate Concert with Kelley Hunt

9-10 p.m. – Open mic and jam session

Tuesday, May 12

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Breaking Through: Singing & songwriting, with Kelley: Each workshop will combine both songwriting and singing, giving us more opportunities to dive into both mediums the very first session, and will include reviewing the basic building blocks of writing a song then getting started on our own, safe & easy vocal warm-ups and group singing. Whether you’re already an accomplished songwriter & singer or just getting started, we’ll focus on ways to break through to your next level of both! As Les Brown says, “You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.”*

11:30 a.m. – Replenishing Movement/ Dance – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Canoeing (small fee)

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage)

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:30 p.m. – An Intimate Reading with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, featuring poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.

9 p.m. – Dance Party

 Wednesday, May 13

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – What If Love’s a Road Trip, and You’re the Driver?: Writing To Re-Vision Your Life, with Caryn. Writing can enable us to see our stories, and especially the endings in those stories with new eyes, to “re-vision” our lives, a term poet Adrienne Rich says is “the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes” for survival and self-knowledge. Together, we will explore how writing can give us wider perspective in understanding the stories that brought us here, and deeper insight into what those stories mean and could mean over time. We’ll especially write into shifting how we frame and tell those stories to cultivate greater freedom and joy.*

11:30 a.m. – Replenishing Movement/Dance

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Roots & Wings of the Creative Life: The Craft of Strong Songwriting, with Kelley. Kelley will share what makes a song powerful and enduring, and we’ll have time for several people to workshop songs in the works, and get Kelley’s feedback on how to revise the song.*10320374_10203692823820476_1696436664662162844_n

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage)

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. –Collaborative Performance with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thursday, May 14

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. - Going to the Next Level: Singing and Songwriting, with Kelley: During this session we’ll explore new ways to take both your song and singing up a notch, including even more advanced singing techniques, singing new songs, and fun ways to hone in on starting, editing, and finishing our song(s). We’ll find the tools we need to inspire us to keep creating, singing, and writing throughout the year & take it all to the next level!*

11:30 a.m. – Replenishing Movement/Dance – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-5:30 p.m. – Free time

5:30 p.m. – Special dinner

8 p.m. – A Celebration of Ourselves: Readings and Performances Solo and Choral with all participants ready to share their work

Friday, May 15

8 a.m. — Breakfast

9-11 a.m. — Closing circle, pictures and farewells

*2013 workshops are shown here; each year we present variations to lead you into writing and singing.

Sandy Snook, Amy Nixon, and BV participant Stephanie Moore

Sandy Snook, Amy Nixon, and BV participant Stephanie Moore

Staff: We are thrilled to have Sandy Snook and Amy Nixon on board to welcome participants and help them find balance and homecoming throughout the week. A little on each of them: Sandy Snook: Because of Brave Voice, Sandy came to recognize her inner artist. She fell into the practice of journaling and poetry through the encouragement and acceptance of fellow BVD’s. Sandy’s got a passion for Carl Jung, social justice, good conversation, storytelling, remaking old stuff, and learning as she goes. Amy Nixon is an award-winning poet and songwriter who enjoys SoulCollage(R), antiquing, and anything artsy. What keeps her coming back to Brave Voice is the dynamic community that is created among the participants each year.

Afternoon Arts & Activities: Each afternoon features a stretch of open space and time for you to write, sing, create (art supplies will be available), walk, boat, do yoga, nap, or take field trips by foot or car (maps to interesting sites will be available).

Massage: We are honored to have Rachel Creager Ireland, a massage therapist from Prairie Fire Spa in Strong City, on site for some of the afternoons if you wish to sign up for a massage (additional charge paid directly to massage therapist).

Consultations: Kelley or Caryn are available for 20-minute consultations (late afternoon) throughout the week to discuss a song, poem, story, marketing or career or performing idea or opportunity, or anything else related to writing, singing, songwriting, performing, publishing, making a living through the arts, etc.

In-Depth Consultation: Kelley and Caryn offer a limited number of in-depth consultations (50 minutes long) at Brave Voice for an additional fee. See registration for details.

*Workshop titles for 2014 event; stay tuned for 2015 workshop themes.



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