“This exceeded my expectations! I am left with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to Caryn and Kelley for their willingness to share their many gifts. I gained as much from my fellow participants as well.” – Pete Ferrell, musician, rancher, businessman, Kansas
“When I look around, I see people blossoming with joy and finding a well of talent they didn’t even know they had. It’s not about performance, but that’s what happens anyway, and you back to whatever you do with a deeper well of inspiration and understanding.” – Janet S. Emmons, singer, songwriter, composer of choral works, Santa Fe, NM
“After my second year at Brave Voice, I am truly at peace with where my music is heading. Men, don’t be left out! It is truly a magical experience.” – Ken Carr, Murphysboro, Illinois
“Well-organized, sensitive leadership, and a wonderfully diverse collection of participants.” — Louie Galloway, retired Professor, Massachusetts College of Art
“This is the best thing I’ve done for myself in a really long time. I’d love to come back and re-“treat” myself again. Kelley and Caryn provide insight into one’s heart and soul, and I’ve made some new friends that I expect to be life-long friends. What a breath of fresh air! I’m back in the saddle again!” – Mo Howe, blues harmonica player and musician, Iowa City, IA.
“It was a true gift to be able to spend time learning from these two very gifted artists. The combination of Kelley’s experience as a performing singer/songwriter and Caryn’s literary expertise provided an especially unique environment in which to explore creative expression. The workshop was both validating and inspiring, in deeply meaningful ways. Thank you, Kelley and Caryn.” – Cindy Novelo, singer/songwriter and performing musician, Baldwin, KS.
“My experience at Brave Voice was completely perfect – inspiring, nurturing, informative in a beautiful setting with some really talented, generous, loving folks.” – Paula Robinson Tyner, musician/budding songwriter, Florida
“One of the things we find at Brave Voice is a mirror. Whether it reflects creative process process, music, movement, or soul or even pain, looking into it enables us to remember who we truly are and then to go home and be that person.” — Olive L. Sullivan, writer, writing coach, editor, poet, and now songwriter! Pittsburg, KS.
“Caryn and Kelley were generous in sharing their time, talents and experience. It’s a wealth of support to a writer of any kind at any stage.” – Jane Mailand, songwriter/keyboardist, NE.
“Where else can you plod in, carrying the baggage of your daily life and expectations, and after five days, joyously float away light as a blue jay feather on a gentle spring wind?” — Nancy Hubble, seller of rare books and art, poet and artist, Lawrence, KS.
“The workshop was an opening of soul. I laughed, I cried and I grew beyond my expectations. Thank you, thank you, thank you!” — Leanna Lunsford, mother, dancer, writer, singer, designer, painter, sculptor and educator, CA.
“This was the greatest gift I’ve ever given myself. The experience has been mind-blowing, self-nurturing, awe-inspiring, soul-enhancing. I have never before felt as I belonged in such a warm, all-encompassing way. Caryn and Kelley, you have changed the way I view the world, and I love the vision.” – Kristi Thompson, mortgage broker/corporate owner/real estate agent by day, poet by heart, Minn., MN.
“Brave Voice has opened up, for me, so many possibilities as a writer and songwriter. I’ve come away with a feeling that my work is so important, so vital, and that I am supported by so many other writers, including all I connected to so deeply with here. I’ve come away feeling lifted up and inspired!” – Lana Pratt, songwriter, Lawrence, KS.
“This retreat allows me to express myself creatively in one of the most nurturing, beautiful and non-threatening environments I’ve ever been in.” – Karen Seibel, yoga instructor/RN, Lawrence, KS.