Schedule & More

Here is the general schedule. We’ll be adding some new surprises, and updating the workshops soon (schedule includes 2017 workshops and session titles to give you a sense of what we offer).

Sunday, May 6

4-6 p.m. — Arrival, check-in

6 p.m. — Welcome Dinner

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

Monday, May 7

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. –  Living in the Layers: Writing Time and Place: As poet Stanley Kunitz writes in his poem, “The Layers,” “Live in the layers,/ not on the litter.”  We live in time and place in our horizontal and vertical lives, altogether providing us with layers of material for writing into and from, including old stories to learn from or revise, and new stories to create. We’ll draw on memories, points-of-view, and rhythms and images that call to us from our histories and environments to launch ourselves into new writing that illuminates more of the layers of our lives.

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

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – The Care and Feeding of the Artist: Conversing with Your Callings,  with Kelley and Caryn: Each of us has our own callings — what we sense we’re meant to be, do and know — from within or beyond, and in a sense, each work we create as its own calling of what it wants and needs to be. Let’s talk about strategies for listening to the ongoing life-long conversation with what calls, and how to open our perspective wider so that we can glimpse signs and wonders that show us what and how to create solo and with others.

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage appointments with Rachel Craeger, 2-6 p.m.) and art stations with Theresa 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 8

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – The Power of Song, Part 1: Remembering, Visioning, Writing, & Singing Our Own, with Kelley: The power of the SONG rings true in all our lives, from the moment we heard our first lullaby to the last song we listened to today. The first half of this workshop will focus on songwriting basics including structure, form, documentation, and inspiration. We’ll have opportunities throughout the week to write on our own, with others and to share our work, if we choose. During the second half we’ll SING! We’ll learn safe, easy, fun ways to find and use our voices, including new warm-up techniques, active listening and group singing. As always, no one will be asked to sing alone in front of others unless they would like 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 Theresa 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

11 p.m. – Music Around the Campfire

 Wednesday, May 9

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – “You Can Do This Hard Thing”: Writing Into Courage, Strength, and Vision, with Caryn: “You can do this hard thing,” Carrie Newcomer sings in her very timely song of the same title. In our personal and collective lives, we are inevitably faced with situations that challenge and stretch us beyond what we thought we could do or be. Life transitions, the occasional (or frequent) messy chaos of families and communities, and the craziness of the world at large all give us ample opportunity to grow our resilience and create something of meaning. In this workshop, we’re explore how we can use our writing to make something out of words that matters to ourselves and perhaps even to others, and along the way, expand, even just a quarter-inch at a time, our courage, strength, and vision.

11:40 a.m. – Tai Chi introduction with Teresa

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – The Care and Feeding of the Artist: Crafting Your Work For Yourself and Others, with Kelley and Caryn: How can you given your initial ideas and early drafts greater breadth and depth through honing your craft? We’ll share rules of the road for powerful writing in several genres (songs, stories — fiction and memoir, and poetry), and demonstrate some processes for revision that opens up your vision of what you have to say, and helps you more effectively reach your readers, and listeners (whether you’re sharing your work with thousands or just the cat).

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

6 p.m. – Dinner

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

10 p.m – Star Walk

Thursday, May 10

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. –  The Power of Song, Part 2: Going deeper, Finishing Touches, & Take-Aways, with Kelley: During the first half of this session, we’ll explore ways to hone in on the soul of the s10320374_10203692823820476_1696436664662162844_nong, experiment with rewriting, editing, using new writing prompts and specific tools to keep our creative fires burning throughout the year. The second half of the morning will be filled with stress free singing as we warm up together and sing the songs we learned as a group earlier in the week, adding new songs, harmonies, and inspiration to fuel our 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 11

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 Teresa Hernandez 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.