Village Fire: A Weekend of Community Singing for Everyone
Village Fire 2013
A Weekend of Community Singing for Everyone
Full schedule posted below
Register by May 31 if you'd like to eat meals prepared by camp staff. Bringing your own food and camping? You can register anytime.
(you can even just show up at camp, but if you pre-register you'll get email updates.)
Meal Menu posted below too.
June 14, 4:00—June16, noon
at Good Earth Village
near Spring Valley MN
100 miles from the Twin Cities, 125 from Viroqua, 60 from Decorah, 230 from Madison, 30 from Lanesboro,… Show more 260 from Duluth
Do you want to sing with others? You can. Come join the growing global community movement that i s knitting the world together through song. Nestle into a beautiful and supportive setting in the woods, with experienced songleaders who love to sing with you: Barbara McAfee, Mary Preus, Bret Hesla, Ellen Rockne, Liz Rog, Francis Gurtz and Colette Miller, Ida Rotto, and others. Relax into the voice you were born to sing with as we share beautiful, fun, simple songs that can reshape our world . Bring your family and friends.
Come wrap yourself in songs!
We will raise our voices together in songs that celebrate life, diversity, power, love, the rhythms of the year, and the circle of life. We will sing songs for times when comfort is needed, and songs that remind us of our ancestors. We will sing silly songs and songs that invite dancing, songs that you can take home in your head and sing the rest of your life. We will sing songs from right here and songs from all over the world. By the circular, non-hierarchical, collaborative and harmonious intertwining of our voices we will bring light to the world.
We begin at 4:00 on Friday June 14, and end at noon on Sunday. During the daytimes our songleaders will offer a variety of themed song sessions, from relaxed to rousing. Every song will be accessible and taught to all. By the evening fires we will gather again to share still more songs, taking turns among any who have a song to teach. Be you a learners or a leader, you are warmly welcomed.
Time for walking and running around in the woods. Time to play games and run around. Time to meet new friends. Time to sit around the campfire. Time to go wading or swimming in the creek. Time to stretch or practice yoga. Time to tell stories and jokes. Time to eat slow meals. Time to relax. Time to re-create our world in love and joy.
Who is Invited?
Everyone is welcome. No singing background is necessary whatsoever. We will be a mix of experienced singers and new singers, and you won't believe how great we'll sound together. We will be a mix of city and rural people, and we will love getting to know each other. We will be a combination of many backgrounds, and we will be glad for it all. We will be a mix of old, young, and in-between people, befriending each other through the play of song.
Good Earth Village is an old camp on 500 acres of expansive hills, hardwood forests, limestone cliffs, caves, meadow and a meandering trout stream . From the moment we arrive we will begin to create the community we love, welcoming each other and opening our circles to include all. We will make a home there and will work together to care for the land, water, creatures, and people of our community.
We will be staying in the rustic"Old Town" area of Good Earth camp. Dwelling options include six simple cabins which sleep 8-10 people in bunks (2 cabins have electricity); 6 covered wagons for which you need to bring a sleeping pad; and unlimited tent camping space. All options are available on the same sliding scale. You can reserve spaces with friends and family--do it soon. If you are intertested in more modern lodging, let us know, as it may be possible to rent one of the modern cabins at Good Earth.
The Old Town area is served by outhouses (not chemical toilets) and a few water spigots. The dining hall and shower house are located a short walk up the hill.
Accessibilty: Please ask in advance with regard to any of your needs.
Two Food Options:
1)T he camp will provide food for those who choose (we need to know by May 24). These vegetarian meals will include locally grown, organic ingredients. More info about the menu will be avialable in the coming months.
2) You can bring food and a campstove and make your own food at your campsite.
Cost: We offer a sliding scale, knowing that all will pay and help others as they are able. Register for camping only: $50-$100. Register for camping and food: $80-$160. (Our online ticketing system will add a 5% administrative fee).
Song Circle Schedule
Friday, June 14
4:00 arrivals, camp set-up
5:00 opening circle
6:00 supper and relaxing
7:30 Sing-along Skit: “ The Singing Summer of 1922” Come hear the incredible story of the community singing contests in the Minneapolis Parks from 1922 - 1956, and sing the songs they were singing back then. Actual newspaper accounts, daily contest standings, name that tune-- the whole nine yards. Bret Hesla, Mary Preus, Betty Tisel, of Minnesota Community Sings. We'll also sing a lot of the songs they sang, and have a ton of fun doing it.
~followed by Campfire Song Circles . All are welcome to suggest or to lead songs that everyone knows or can learn!
Saturday, June 15
7:00 Community Yoga and Stretching . Come support each other in quiet practice. No designated leaders—you are invited to emerge as one. Singing also welcomed.
9-10:30 First Song Circles. Choose from:
Amazonian Medicine Songs, with Morgan Brent. Known as 'icaros', these songs are used in shamanic ceremonies with 'teacher plants' native to the Amazon rain forest. They are short, repetitive, in spanish or indigenous languages, and beautifully trance-like in their healing energies, often evoking vistas filled w/ light, color, celestial sounds, soothing sensations, and ecstatic joy.
Songs for Ritual and Celebration, with Liz Rog. These are simple songs you'll be able to pull out of your memory when it's time to mark life's beginnings, endings, birthdays, homecomings, the turning of the seasons, and more.
10:30-11:00 Time to relax or time to play run-around group games. Bring your ideas—all are welcome to lead.
11:00-12:30 Second Song Circles. Choose from:
For Kids and Those Who Love Them, with Liz Rog. We'll learn early American dancing games, silly songs, and songs that celebrate the beauty of our diverse world.
Singing for Rowdies and Rascals—with a Brief Foray into Kumbaya, with Barbara McAfee
12:30-2:00 Lunch and Siesta
2-3:30 Third Song Circles. Choose from:
Dances of Universal Peace, with Francis Gurtz and Colette Miller. The Dances of Universal Peace are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration. From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together - at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. No special attire is required and dancers need not bring a partner.
Songs from the Road, with Ida Rotto. Ida is 21 and has been traveling the country learning and leading songs with people of all ages around campfires and kitchen tables. Come learn some favorites from near and far, from one of the next generation of songleaders.
Songs of 'Singing Alive!' with Morgan Brent. Morgan i s the founder of Singing Alive!, birthed in the bosom of the Pacific NW eco-festivals. It is about bringing people together who feel called to awaken, and nuture their spiritual life through communion with songs, prayers, chants, and blessings, of celebration of life in this temple universe.
3:30-4:-00 Time to relax or time to play run-around group games Bring your ideas—all are welcome to lead.
4:00-5:30 Fourth Song Circles: choose from
Civil Rights and Movement Songs, with Mary Preus, Betty Tisel, Bret Hesla. A singing movement is a winning movement, and there are lots of great people's songs from struggles for liberation around the world. Both familiar and new, both old and recent.
Songs of Comfort and Healing, with Barbara McAfee. Barbara leads the Twin Cities' Morning Star Singers a group of volunteer singers who offer songs of healing and comfort to those struggling with living or dying. The spirit of the music ranges from gentle and soothing to uplifting and lively. Though they hold this work sacred, they do not adhere to a particular religious tradition.
6:00-7:30 Supper, visiting, playing, relaxing.
7:30-bedtime Campfire Song Circles . All are welcome to suggest or to lead songs that everyone knows or can learn.
Sunday, June 16
7:00 Community Yoga and Stretching. Come support each other in quiet practice. No designated leaders—you are invited to emerge as one. Singing also welcomed.
9:00-9:30 A Special Celebration of Fathers for Father's Day, everyone welcome!
9:30-10:30 Fifth Song Circles: choose between
The Motley Travelers of Pleasant Avenue, Led by Bret Hesla, Mary Preus, Betty Tisel. Songs written for community singing by Bret Hesla during the current singing resurgence in the Twin Cities.
Songs of Wonder for a Sunday Morning, with Ellen Rockne . Simple Four-Part Beauties that Sound Like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir! Layer songs from Laurence Cole, and spirituals and sacred songs from world traditions.
10:30-11:30 Closing Circle
11:30-12:00 noon, a snack to get you on your way, pack up, and farewell until next year!
Read more about our songleaders:
Bret Hesla: mnsings.com/brethesla.html
Mary Preus: mnsings.com/marypreus.html
Betty Tisel: mnsings.com/about/betty-tisel.html
Barbara McAfee: barbaramcafee.com/
Ellen Rockne: ellenrockne.com
Morgan Brent and Singing Alive! singingalive.org
Liz Rog and Ida Rotto: fernhollowcabin.com, liz-rog-stories.blogspot.com/
Provided for those who request them on thier registration from by May 30. You are also welcome to make your own meals over a campfire if you prefer.
All meals are vegetarian. Almost all is wheat-free.
Supper: Vegetarian Lo Mein over millet with scallions and cashews, mixed local greens, cooked vegetable, and carrot cake
Breakfast-Granola and oatmeal, yogurt, raisins, bananas, oranges, apple juice, milk, coffee, and tea
Lunch: Greek lentil salad, marinated vegetable salad, egg salad, hearty bread, cheese, greens, lemonade, and brownies
Supper: Peanut stew on rice noodles, Tzatziki cucumber salad, mixed local greens, ice cream cones.
Breakfast: pancakes and oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, tea, milk.
Snack before departure: chocolate chip oatmeal bars, trail mix, chips, salsa, and carrot sticks.
Contact: Liz Rog, (563)382-8013,
Come sing under the sun and stars with friends new and old.
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