Schedule & More

Sunday, May 14

4-6 p.m. — Arrival, check-in

6 p.m. — Welcome Dinner

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

Monday, May 15

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Ambling with Ancestors and Dancing with Descendants: Time Travel Writing, with Caryn: Writer Flannery O’Connor once said, “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.” Add to that what we carry and grapple with from generations before us, plus our deepest wishes and work for generations to come, and we have ample material to write about for all of our days. In this workshop, we’ll draw on what stories, symbols and meanings we can catch from our people past, present and future as a way to honor all of whom helped shaped us, and those we’re helping shape in the future. Imagination, a light touch, and leaps of faith will help us time-travel through our writing to greater freedom and joy right here and now.*

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

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – The Care and Feeding of the Artist: Where Do You Get Your Ideas?, with Kelley and Caryn: How do we find new inspirations to catalyze music, writing and other arts? In this session, Caryn and Kelley will share their tricks and tips for inventing inspiration and catching all the potential writing and singing prompts springing up all around us, including ways to generate your own best prompts and follow-through. There will be time for your ideas, questions, and magic touches too.*

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage appointments with Rachel Craeger, 2-6 p.m.) and art stations with Amy and/or Sandy.

Laura Ramberg & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Up a Tree

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 16

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Soulful Singing & Songwriting, Part 1 – Getting Started, with Kelley. When Ella Fitzgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing”, she knew what she was talking about! Each session will include both singing and songwriting to get our creative juices flowing with ease. We’ll incorporate safe, stress free techniques to warm up and discover our own brave voices, and explore fun ways to spark our own soulful songwriting, including a variety prompts, learning the basics of song form, structure, and collaboration. (As always, no one will be asked to sing alone, unless they choose to).*

11:40 a.m. – Curvy Yoga – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Canoeing & Kayaking (small fee)

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage), and art stations with Amy and/or Sandy.

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 17

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Writing For Change, with Caryn: What change do we wish to be in the world, in our communities and families, and in our dreams, bodies, hearts and minds? We’ll explore writing as a vehicle for seeing and bringing to life the changes we seek and that are seeking us as individuals as part of an beautiful, dangerous and wild world.*

11:40 a.m. – Replenishing Movement/Dance

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – The Care and Feeding of the Artist: Marketing, Money and the Other Stuff That Can Freak Us Out But Also Lift Us Higher, with Caryn & Kelley.
Putting ourselves “out there” as writers, musicians, artists, and just as who we are for love, fame and money can be challenging from the outside in (how to do it effectively in a world cramped with information coming at us all) and inside out (how to get past our own barriers about sharing our brave voice, and even charging for it at times). Caryn and Kelley will talk about their journeys toward making peace with being professional artists, and marketing and figuring out finances aligned with their values and callings. We’ll also discuss what questions and ideas you might consider for your own journey, whether you’re selling a chapbook of your poems or booking Carnegie Hall.*

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage), and art stations with Amy and/or Sandy.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Collaborative Performance with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg10320374_10203692823820476_1696436664662162844_n

Thursday, May 18

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. –  Soulful Singing & Songwriting, Part 2 – Digging Deeper, with Kelley Hunt. As Paul McCartney once said, “Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.” Expect some surprises during this workshop, as we’ll experiment with group singing, arranged parts, singing outdoors (as weather permits) and spontaneous performances. We’ll dig deeper into songwriting, leaving time to explore collaborations and experimenting with different styles of music to discover our own Brave Voices.*

11:40 a.m. – Noon – Curvy Yoga – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-5:30 p.m. – Free time and preparation for the evening’s performance including rehearsal time and space.

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 19

8 a.m. — Breakfast

Sandy Snook, Amy Nixon, and BV participant Stephanie Moore

Sandy Snook, Amy Nixon, & Stephanie Moore

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


Teresa Hernandez

Staff: We are thrilled to have Amy Nixon and Sandy Snook on board to welcome participants and help them find balance and homecoming throughout the week. A little on each of them: Sandy Snook is a visionary writer, gardener, beader and community advocate. Sandy values the welcoming, creative spirit and lively song at Brave Voice! Teresa Hernandez is a cellist and teaches/studies stringed instruments. She loves connecting with another person’s creative process, bringing new expressions into the world. She values the warm support, creative expression and fun interactions that come to life at Brave Voice.

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.

*Each year we change up the workshops and care & feeding of the artist series. These are the 2016 sessions to give you an idea of what the focus is. Stay tuned for 2017 session topics.