A spiritually focused group in which your soul sound can be expressed and explored; sound that arises from deep silence, in toning, singing healing songs and chants and vocal improvisation. I have been working with meditation and sacred song for over 20 years and have been running Sacred Singing gatherings since 2000, and am often in awe of the powerful energetic space we create together. Please see below for feedback and examples of some of the songs we sing together.
HeartSong in Lancaster in North West England is at least a monthly Meditation and Chanting group, linked with Moon cycles and the energy of Nature, focussed in Celtic festivals. We sing songs from various traditions, and explore sound healing and improvisation. I also run Occasional Day Workshops throughout the North-West UK, such as Healing with Your Heartsong and Sounding the Chakras…..
Heartsong creates a space of healing and transformation for people, taking the participants beyond their sense of themselves and their abilities, and putting them in touch with voice and a sound that is bigger and more powerful – rising out of a deeper sense of silence. It is really a kind of ritual work, Heartsong is linked in with the power of the New and Full Moons, reminding us of our connection to the Earth, to Spirit and to each other, and focussing energies for Earth healing. We intend to channel healing for participants and for the planet, and we connect with a global Earth healing network of Full Moon Meditations.
The next HeartSong evening will be on Sunday 20th January 2019
January Full Moon Heartsong
This Heartsong session will take place a few hours before the January full moon, a powerful energetic time to come together and gather in sacred community.
We will start with a simple practice of clearing the chakras by sounding sacred vowels. We will sing beautiful chants and songs that come from Hinduism, Paganism and Earth Spirituality, Buddhism, Christianity and Sufism. We will also be exploring the freedom and power of group improvisation and sound healing, and sharing in the healing of silent meditation and reflection. We will be creating and sharing together.
Sunday 20th January 2019, 7-9pm
Lancaster Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster, LA1 1TX
Room 1 is on the ground floor and is fully accessible. There is disabled parking at the back of the Meeting House, which is right beside the train station. Nearby parking is available on Wheatfield Street, or on the railway bridge, or (paid) in Dallas Road Car Park, or the Train Station.
Here is the link to the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/318412065442666/
Sunday 17th February Full Moon Heartsong 2019, 7-9pm.
Lancaster Quaker Meeting House, Lancaster, LA1 1TX
There will probably be a break in March and April.
2019 Day Workshops:
I am available to run weekend, day or session workshops to explore Voicework, Sacred Song, Ritual and Energy work such as sounding for the Chakras. These sessions are a powerful opportunity to work deeply with your energy body and voice in a safe, held group space. The facilitator, Bryony Rogers, has many years experience working with voice and healing, and has led successful Voice and deep chakra workshops before. Here is some feedback from one of her participants:
“These workshops give me a chance to be free with my voice in a close, supportive setting, where people are not competing with each other, but rather contributing to a uniquely collective gathering, and in which participants are free to explore voice work, chant together & share food – what’s not to like?! Bryony is a kind and welcoming host & facilitator” (Mary)
Bryony will be drawing on her training and extensive experience in healing and with the energy body (NFSH level 4 and Reiki level 2 training and practice of over twenty years) and training in Naked Voice (UK) and SpiritSong (USA) techniques, working with the voice and leading Heartsong since 2000.
ON 2nd February I will be leading a workshop – FINDING YOUR HEARTSONG: 10am – 4pm, Lancaster Quaker Meeting House, LA1 4TX
Give yourself the gift of this committed time at Imbolc, the significant Celtic festival of the start of New Life.
A special day in which we will dive deep into our Heartsong with singing, chanting, sounding and improvising. We will also focus and use the extremely powerful group energy we create together to dream and vision for our lives in the coming year. This process can include journeying, drawing, collages and writing.
You will be held and guided by Bryony who will draw on her many years of trained experience leading Heartsong gatherings and workshops, and her work with leaders such as Chloe Goodchild and Iegor Reznikoff. This day will provide a wonderful opportunity for enjoyment, insight, deep healing and transformation.
Here is a quote from a previous participant:
“ Bryony held the space in the energy of generosity and warmth. I felt safe to release my voice from old fear and shame and have fun, even laugh. I was able to experience and share the beauty of my voice raised alongside others in simple and joyful harmony. The group went to a safe heart space together and I can’t wait for the next one – truly divine”. Frith, Lancaster.
Please bring vegetarian lunch to share (preferably something that doesn’t need heating up), a mat or blanket to lie on, and a notebook and pen if you have one.
Refreshments and general art materials will be provided.
The workshop takes place in Room 1 in the Quaker Meeting House which is accessible.
Contribution: £33, £44, £55 (unwaged, low waged, full waged) if paid before January 20th – after this date will be an extra 15%
Please pay in advance by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact me if you want an alternative way to pay.
Please contact me for any further details, email: email@example.com
See below for participants feedback and to hear examples of songs we sing.
Some of the songs we sing are: We Are Opening Up in Sweet Surrender (Findhorn): We are Opening up, We Move from Darkness to Light (Bryony): We Move, Veni Sancte Spiritus (trad. latin prayer, arr. Bryony): Veni Sancte,I Open Myself to the Medicine (Bryony): I open Myself ,and songs like Belle Mama, a celebration of the Earth from Africa: Belle Mama
An example of the vocal improvisation soundings we do in Heartsong is Improvisation
Please contact me for any further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward, ‘I really can relax and forget negative circling thoughts when in the group’
Anne, ‘I really enjoyed the class…. Bryony brings unity, harmony and spiritual peace to everyone at her classes.’
Sam, ‘Thank you Bryony and Heartsong for a truly uplifting experience! I felt really at home in the beautiful and serene space and enjoyed meeting new and exciting like minded people! I really loved singing all together as a group and the sounds we created were magical! Bryony showed us how to vocalise our chakras, and really let go and improvise which was great fun! I’d love to come again and learn more mantras and be with other people who love to sing too.’
Gulliver, ‘I thought the solstice meditation and chanting was brilliant…. a nice balance of silence and song….. A massive thank you, it is really Important to me to gather together in this way.
Zareena, ‘Thank you for contacting me and allowing me to be part of your ‘serene’ gathering at the Friends Meeting House. Before I attended, I have been preparing and searching ‘in my heart’ to do more meditation. I also would dearly love to sing more. Your lovely gathering gave me spiritual permission to combine the two. I THANK YOU FOR THAT.’
Laura,’ In these times of great change we do need to find anchors, sources of stability and hope. Your group is one of those places…..’
I sing from the bottom of my heart
My life opens.
I sing from my life
My heart opens.
My song is my life, deep within my soul it rises
From the core of my being.