Sisters in Harmony Summer Retreat
SAVE the DATES for 2024: June 27 – 30
Registration opens in January. Please sign up for the MAILING LIST so that you are the first to know when registration opens to the public.
A women’s singing retreat at the stunning Green Mountain Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Please join us for a nourishing weekend of singing in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Song leaders will be announced in January 2024.
Immerse yourself in sacred sisterhood, song, qi gong, meditation, ritual, hiking trails, and a swimming pool. We’ll be singing together in one big group the entire weekend! Fill your cup with songs that open your heart and uplift your spirit!
Food – Organic, locally sourced, gluten-free meals.
Lodging – Dorm rooms and cottages.
Private beds in shared rooms and cottages are available. Limited single rooms are also available. All accommodations include shared bathrooms.
No camping in tents, RVs, or vans are allowed on site.
Directions to the retreat center will be emailed to registrants a week prior to the event.
We will create a private Facebook page for registered participants only to arrange ride shares and to connect and make roommate choices prior to the retreat.
It’s easy to take shuttles and Ubers from the airport.
Masks are optional unless we have a mask mandate at that time.
Our first choice is to sing indoors in the Performance Hall. The acoustics in that room are incredible!
Our second choice will be to sing outdoors in the courtyard.
We will assess at the time of the retreat what is best and safest for everyone. As you all know, it’s difficult to predict what will be happening with Covid.
Schedule from 2022 (we added an extra day for 2023, Thursday)
3:00 – Arrival, Settle In, Free Time
5:00 – Welcome Circle with Singing
6:00 – Dinner
7:30 – 9:30 – Evening Singing Session
7:00 – 8:00 – Qi Gong
8:00 – Breakfast
9:30 – 12:00 – Morning Singing Session
12:00 – Lunch and Free Time
2:30 – 5:30 – Afternoon Singing Session
5:30 – 6:00 – Silent Time (bring a journal)
6:00 – Dinner
7:30 – 9:15 – Evening Round Robin (participants invited to share / teach songs)
9:30 – 10:00 – Lullabies with Heather & the Latis – bring your cozies, feel free to lie down and receive
7:00 – 8:00 – Qi Gong
8:00 – Breakfast & Pack Up
10:00 – 11:30 – Closing Circle
Off property by 12:00 — bring snacks! (There are plenty of restaurants and health food stores 20 – 30 minutes away.)
Our 2023 Facilitators:
(Our 2024 Facilitators will be announced in January)
Amanda is an award-winning singer, songwriter, song-circle leader, music teacher and mother. She is co-founder of Womb Song, U.S., an organization that supports women into motherhood through music. She understands music to be a part of our human birthright, playing an essential role in our experience of being alive, and has found her life-path and greatest joy through sharing music with others.
For over 3 decades, Debbie Nargi-Brown has been leading dancing and singing in Santa Cruz and beyond; teaching African-inspired dance classes, leading Community Sings as well as facilitating retreats and workshops. She writes songs for the heart, for healing, for transformation, for love, for grief and all those things that connects us as human beings. Bringing people together in dance and song is one of her greatest sources of joy!
Becky Reardon’s voice is familiar to the millions of people who heard her sing on the Charlie Brown TV specials (Charles Schultz called her his favorite singer!). She performed in folk venues in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years before moving to New Mexico and making the shift to writing, performing, and teaching her own compositions. Now her songs and rounds are widely sung by community choruses, song circles, university choirs, and people out for a walk in the beautiful world. Becky is currently writing a musical about a women’s singing circle.
Born with a voice full of heart and soul, Central Coast Californian Heather Houston is passionate about uplifting spirits, freeing voices, and building strong, loving communities through the power of singing. Heather is a community choir directing virtuoso and vocal coach extraordinaire with over 20-years experience writing and producing music, leading song circles, and offering life transforming events at venues like Esalen and 1440 Multiversity. In these trying times, Heather continues to spread her magic through her multiple online offerings: The Art of Mindful Singing, Singing as Sanctuary, S.H.E. Sings, Sisters in Harmony Song and Chant Leader Training, and her Sisters in Harmony Global drop-in series with guest artists and song leaders. You can find her music on all of the streaming platforms.
Kaitie Ty Warren
Kaitie Ty Warren (she/they) is a Bay Area-based songleader, teacher, writer and performer. Passionate about creating collective experiences through music, she teaches by call and response, and emphasizes playfulness as a form of resistance. In 2015 she founded Living Room Choir, which survived the move to Zoom through the pandemic and recently re-opened as Living Room Choir ANEW, co-led by Sara Stutz. Kaitie is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network, which believes it’s everybody’s birthright to sing. KaitieTyWarren.com; TheLivingRoomChoir.com
Dr. LeTa is a Certified Qi Gong Instructor for the past 15 years and has studied under various masters in the U.S. and in China. Qi Gong literally means “Energy Cultivation Practice” in Chinese. It sees your thoughts, emotions and the physical body as an integrated energy source that can be mastered and cultivated. Dr. LeTa will lead you in different Qi Gong practices to help you have a a deeper connection to your own internal energetic experience and start your day off in a flow state. LeTa is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and national wellness expert.
Lyndsey Scott is an artist and ritual-maker devoted to priestesSing the Heartland, (literal and figurative). She catches and weaves sacred music to empower earth-based spiritual consciousness, and gathers soul circles that use Song and sacred listening to decompose oppressive scripts that get in the way of freely living the Love we are. Listen here to her new album featuring The Way Knows, & visit Patreon for more prayer-in-process.
Singer-songwriter Melanie DeMore has a remarkable voice, weaving the fibers of African American folk music with soulful ballads, spirituals, and her own original music. DeMore beautifully brings her audience together through her music and commentary. She has toured extensively, singing at festivals, universities, coffee houses, and concert halls. Her recordings, “Share My Song” and “Come Follow Me,” are both heartfelt collections of her music.
Registration opens in January 2024
Paid in FULL and Payment Plans are available.
What to Bring:
- Covid Rapid Result Test to take upon arrival (maybe – we shall see where things are at in 2024)
- Ear plugs (If you’re a sensitive sleeper)
- Snacks (Especially for Sunday. We need to be off campus by noon, so no lunch will be provided that day)
- Water bottle
- Travel mug
- Flashlight / headlamp
- Comfortable layers of clothing that you can move and breathe in
- Good walking shoes
- Hiking shoes if you’d like to hike on the property
- Shower / pool shoes
- Bathing suit
- Towel for pool (shower towels are provided)
- Sun glasses
- Sun hat
- Warm hat
- An item for our collective altar — something that you want to charge up with the powerful energy of our time together and take home with you as a reminder.