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An 8-week workshop series

to explore the ancient songs and sounds of Europe!

 Every Thursday @
10:30am-12noon PST /
1:30pm-3pm EST /
6:30-8pm GMT

July 14th through September 1st


(Open to anyone, including those who want to connect with their European roots)

Songs of
Mother Europe

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Nine unique

song-carriers will point us back to our indigenous European roots through the teaching of old songs and ways of singing.

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With our modern-day privilege of receiving cultural wisdom from all over the world, so many of us yearn to remember our own people's ways.

Learning the old songs is one profound way to reawaken this memory in our hearts and bones.

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What's Included:

⇻  One Opening Call w/ Hanna Leigh       (IG: @hannaleighsong)

⇻  7 Singing & Storytelling Workshops with Guest Teachers - 90min.

⇻ 2 Practice & Integration Sessions w/ Hanna Leigh 

 Mondays - July 25th & August 15th @ 2pm PST  

⇻  A private, moderated FB group

COST: $285 

Early bird pricing of $245 until June 28th.

Registration closes July 20th.

**Payment Plans available on registration page

Greetings Fellow Earth Walkers,

This Songs of Mother Europe series is intended to connect you more deeply with your ancestral remembrance -- in visceral ways -- through learning the old methods of singing.

 

We know that song has the power to awaken ancient memory.

My prayer is that this series will do just that.

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A bit about me...

My name is Hanna Leigh (@hannaleighsong), and I am feeling a lot of goodness in my belly around offering this series to you. I am a Singer-Songwriter, Doula, Vocal Embodiment Guide, and Devotee of this precious, living Earth. I also practice Holistic Pelvic Care™ and uterine massage. Raised in California, I currently live in Maui, Hawaii, on the sacred lands of the Kānaka Maoli. My music can be found on Spotify.

Throughout my adult life, I’ve gathered songs from diverse world traditions and have received the gift of attending many ceremonies of indigenous peoples.

 

A few years ago I began more actively seeking connection to my own ancestry. 

 

Luckily, I have a mother who is passionate about genealogy, so she has uncovered a lot of information from the past seven generations.

 

Still, my soul has yearned to go even further back, to a time when my people still communed intimately with the living world, and knew how to sing the songs of Nature.

 

Some ways I've been practicing this connection are through prayer, circle, ritual and song.

 

 

A note about the term "Mother Europe":

The term "Mother Europe" is inspired by a beautiful essay entitled “Reclaiming our Indigenous European Roots,” which was written by Lyla June, an Indigenous musician, scholar, and community organizer. The essay itself brought me to tears, as I felt a palpable presence in the room while reading it.

Throughout most of my youth and 20s, I was interested in, and traveled to, almost every continent on Earth. . .except Europe.

 

In her essay, Lyla calls Europe - “The Great Sacred Motherland of Europe”. When I read these words, I was brought to tears. Something shifted in me. I began to tune into how those ancestral lands may have been before their own colonization.

 

What could life have been like when our people still communed intimately with water, stone, wind and fire?

What songs did they sing? 

Well perhaps it’s been a while for most, (somewhere upwards of a thousand years). Many may have forgotten, though gratefully there are those that still keep the songs alive, and others who are remembering them, and receiving them through the ethers.

May our time together help us to remember our own motherland.

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COST: $285 

Early bird pricing of $245 until June 28th.

Registration closes July 20th.

**Payment Plans available on registration page

An excerpt from Lyla June's essay

"Reclaiming our Indigenous European Roots":

But one day, as I sat in the ceremonial house of my mother’s people, a wondrous revelation landed delicately inside of my soul. It sang within me a song I can still hear today. This song was woven from the voices of my European grandmothers and grandfathers. Their songs were made of love.

They sang to me of their life before the witch trials and before the crusades. They spoke to me of a time before serfdoms and before Roman tithes. They spoke to me of a time before the plague; before the Medici; before the guillotine; a time before their people were extinguished or enslaved by dark forces. They spoke to me of a time before the English language existed. A time most of us have forgotten.

These grandmothers and grandfathers set the ancient medicine of Welsh bluestone upon my aching heart. Their chants danced like the flickering light of Tuscan cave-fires. Their joyous laughter echoed on and on like Baltic waves against Scandinavian shores. They blew worlds through my mind like windswept snow over Alpine mountain crests. They showed to me the vast and beautiful world of Indigenous Europe. This precious world can scarcely be found in any literature, but lives quietly within us like a dream we can’t quite remember."

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Through the songs and sounds shared by our guest teachers,
may the living reality of earth and ancestral belonging be rekindled within you.

Our Teachers:

Opening Call and Vocal Opening

w/ Hanna Leigh

July 14th

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Join us for our Opening Call, which is a time to ground into our journey together, and hear from each other about what has inspired us to join this series at this time -- (sharing always optional). 

As well as teaching some basic vocal embodiment techniques, Hanna Leigh will lead us in a guided meditation to connect with a circle of our wise grandmothers/grandfathers, so that we may listen and receive their songs and messages. 

Vocal Opening through Bulgarian Song

July 21st

Sonja Drakulich is best known as singer, producer, composer and founder of the internationally-acclaimed world music ensemble, Stellamara, and as singer and percussionist for the Northern European Medieval-Folk band, Faun.

She is a certified somatic trauma therapy coach, specializing in freeing the voice as our most powerful tool for healing and empowerment. She is the founder of “Voice and Somatic Therapeutics” a unique method of somatic expressive arts.
Throughout her studies and her career as producer, performer and teacher, she maintains her focus on the devotional aspect of song and on intercultural unification through music.

 Irish Keening & Connection with the Banshee

July 28th

Mary Mclaughlin is a singer/songwriter/teacher who is steeped in the Ulster Gaelic song tradition of her native Ireland where she was born and raised.
Mary records, performs, and teaches workshops in Irish singing, technique, and Gaelic song and culture. She has toured extensively throughout the UK, Ireland, and North America, teaching and performing at Celtic/Irish camps. She has recorded five CDs to international acclaim, written two songbooks, and completed a Ph.D. in Irish Otherworld Song, Her particular expertise is in the Keen, Gaelic Christmas songs, and Fairy Song.

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"Our songs travel the earth.
We sing to one another.
Not a single note is ever lost and no song is original.
They all come from the same place and go back to a time when only the stones howled."
- Louise Erdrich
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Songs & Stories from Gaelic Scotland

August 4th

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Sìne McKenna (Shee-nuh) was born and raised in Montreal, where she was immersed in the traditional music of Gaelic Scotland and Ireland. By the time she was twelve, her greatest aspirations were to study the Gaelic language, learn a few Gaelic songs and live in Scotland.

All three came to pass. Although she now lives in Glengarry county, Canada, once the Highland heart of Ontario, she is devoted to sharing the legacy of her ancestors. As a singer, teacher and performing artist, her life's work is to pass on the beauty and wisdom of her people, through story and song. As she has always been drawn to the songs that speak of loss and longing, these have become her main focus. 

Understanding and Practicing Yoik

August 11th 

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Jungle Svonni is a Sami (indigenous people in Northern Europe) from one of the most isolated reindeer herding districts in northern Sapmi, about 200km north of the Arctic Circle. He has lived many years in other parts of the world, such as Greenland and South America. went to the Amazon in his mid-20s, where he studied shamanism and plant medicine for 7 years to recover knowledge that became lost among his own people due to Christian laws. Any practice related to shamanism, such as having a drum or practicing yoik (Sami singing style), was persecuted in ways also including the death penalty.

In 2014 Jungle himself became persecuted in Sweden, one of the colonizing countries of Sapmi. He became the first Sami shaman to win over a European Government, after centuries of persecution of shamanism in Sapmi.

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Elin Kåven is a Sami singer, songwriter and yoiker from Karasjok. With close to 20 years as a Sami artist, she has seen how yoik has been received in different parts of the world. As an adult, she decided to dig deeper into the yoik, and found a connection to nature and her foremothers and forefathers through the practice. ​

 

YOIK PRACTICE

Elin Kåven will get into the technique and practice of yoik. This is where you will be given the tools on how to yoik. You will learn a few traditional Sami yoiks, and then you can start to find your own yoik voice. In this workshop you will be using your voice and body a lot, so get ready! 

 Yodeling - the Ancient Song of the Alps

August 18th

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Amelie Mehru and Flo Bock are a couple and voice duo from Germany. For the past years, they have been traveling together, exploring the sounds of different landscapes and the vocal traditions that arise from them. On that journey they discovered parts of their roots in yodeling and reconnected with this archaic way of using the voice. To them, yodeling is a pure expression of the joy of being alive! -- an old way to be in harmony with the elements and life force, and a great opportunity to melt with other voices in delicious polyphonic harmonies. They love to take people on that journey of reconnection, giving concerts, courses and retreats, to help revive this vocal art.

Wild Yodeling

August 25th

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Sonja Morgenegg is a Swiss (Yodel) singer, composer, improviser and voice teacher living in the eastern part of Switzerland.

Her experiences and studies in many different music styles and the deep roots in Swiss yodeling give her a strong background in teaching yodel and improvisational singing in combination. 

For several years she has been teaching "Nature Yodel“ (a very ancient yodel style from the Swiss mountains). From her travel experiences around the world she has experiences with Yoik, Kulning, Hawaiian and Georgian Yodeling and recorded her own “Wild Yodel Style” on her CD “YouchZ NOW” with her band -- "Sooon".

Romanian Lullabies

September 1st

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Irina Mikhailova sings to us from the heart of her indigenous roots that lay in the rich traditions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Born and raised in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Irina currently resides in San Francisco, where for the last few years she has released many solo and collaborative projects, most of which explore vocal technique, traditional instrumentation and digital composition, all while taking in the styles of contemporary folk, modern lounge, dub-ambient, and tribal trance.
Irina's music has been used in variety of documentaries and feature films. One of the highlights include movie "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie as well as "Halo", a multi-billion dollar science fiction video game.

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COST: $285 

Early bird pricing of $245 until June 28th.

Registration closes July 20th.

**Payment Plans available on registration page

FAQs:

Q: Is this an online offering or in-person?
A: This offering is happening online through Zoom, with teachers joining us from several different countries.

Q: What if I can't attend live? Will the calls be recorded?
A: Yes. They will be recorded and sent out soon after each class.

Q: Can I sign up for just one or two of the workshops?
A: No. The nature of the content delivery is that you purchase all sessions.

Q: Will I have "lifetime access" to the calls?
A: You will have access to the recordings for up to one year, and possibly longer.

Q: Do I need to have prior singing experience?
A: No, all levels are welcome.

Q: Will I be made to sing in front of others?
A: No. There will be a Q & A time during each call, though no one will be "put on the spot".

Q: Are refunds available?
A: No. Due to the delivery of course content, all sales are final.

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In Service to Our Remembrance!