Singing together is a ritual, and song has been part of collective ritual practice across time and place. In Resonance and Ritual, we gather an emergent community to sing together and collaborate on ritual sound experiences co-created by participants and master teachers. We combine various vocalization practices and ground them with nightly rituals rooted deeply in music. Our workshops and shared practices include improvisational singing, folk songs, song circles, invocations, and musical embodiment. The ritual practice is tied closely to land-based reverence at the beautiful location of Earthdance on Nipmuc and Abenaki land.
Weaving their Earthdance roots with a synchronous vision, Marie Ebacher, Emmett DeBeer Charno and Charlotte Malin come together as song leaders and space holders to generate this space. The event will feature local indigenous leader Evan Pritchard and master song leader Onome.
Our days begin with an opening ritual and land acknowledgement, followed by a morning practice from one of the master teachers. Throughout the day there will be workshops and jams from teachers and community members, with encouraged flexibility for integration, play, and personal practice. The evenings will feature our collaborative rituals and fireside music jams.
Friday: Dinner, evening welcoming circle, and song share around the fire.
Saturday: Opening ritual and land acknowledgement; whole group singing experience from a master teacher; lunch; afternoon workshop from a master teacher; free time for community jams, community shares, and personal practice. Day Drop-In Options Available.
Sunday: Group song and closing circle, group clean and departure.
Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, Departure and COVID Testing
- Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Friday, August 25th from 4:00pm-7:00pm.
- Dinner: Friday, August 25th at 6-7pm
- Opening Circle: Friday, August 25th at 8pm
- Saturday Drop-In Arrival and Departure: 8am – 11pm
- Closing Circle: Sunday, August 27th at 12pm and final group clean at 2pm
- Departure: Sunday, August 27th at 3pm
- COVID Testing: Please make sure that you have tested for COVID on the day of arrival for the event. If needed, participants may purchase tests from Earthdance for $10 each.
Our Fees Explained
Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit.
Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:
- Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
- The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
- The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances.
- Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.
$525 – Financially Wealthy
$450 – Financially Abundant
$375 – Financially Stable
$300 – Financially Coping
$250 – Financially Strained
$495 – Financially Wealthy
$420 – Financially Abundant
$345 – Financially Stable
$270 – Financially Coping
$225 – Financially Strained
$475 – Financially Wealthy
$400 – Financially Abundant
$325 – Financially Stable
$250 – Financially Coping
$210 – Financially Strained
SATURDAY 26th Drop-In ONLY
$125 – 8am to 10pm – Includes 3 meals
Equity & Access Tickets
Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 4 Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group and have a relationship with this work. We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable.
“Apply” and see more details here. Application deadline is August 18th.
For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support those who cannot stretch and create a more diverse jam experience for all.
Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this event offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:
- Reduced pricing offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized.
- Classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at this event as a whole.
- Affinity spaces (events, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share movement space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam.
Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets
Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, event offerings, and food during the jam.
The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base Jam cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.
Includes a spot to camp on Earthdance, event offerings, and food during the jam.
You will have access to the event offerings including food for the event.
Commuter Health Care: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds and wear a mask in public spaces to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.
***Nine Mountain is not available for this event.***
Refund available up to 10 days (August 14th) before the event less a $75 processing fee.
No refunds available less than 10 days from the start of the event.
Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors.
No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. However, ALL registrants are required to take an antigen test on the day of, before arriving on Thursday, August 24th at Earthdance. If you need a test, Earthdance will have them available to purchase for $10 each.
Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before arriving. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well.
COMMUTERS COMMITMENT: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds and wear a mask in public spaces to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.
Participant Community Support
Earthdance runs as a community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!
Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.
Charlotte Malin is a performer, teacher, and healer guiding people into direct, communal, and transformational encounters with music. My artistic identities include classical violinist & violist, free improviser, songwriter, song leader, group facilitator, dancer, priestess, and healer. I’m passionate about bringing audiences, clients, and students into aliveness, authenticity, and attunement through music and awareness practices.
Charlotte has collaborated closely with luminaries of the classical world including Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Kim Kashkashian, and has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. She makes her home in Western MA and is devoted to building a rooted community that embraces new culture and sustainability. She co-curates a community hub for embodiment, arts, and spirituality in Florence MA called The Hidden Temple, and teaches viola at Amherst College.
www.charlottemalin.com IG: @resonantcharmony
Marie/Murry is a song weaver, dream teacher, death doula, & cosmic clown. They paint space with ruminative, playful and etheric sonic strokes. Both a contact dancer & vocal improvisor, the union of movement and sound is at the core of their practice of somatic instrumentation.
Hailing from the Northeast woodlands of Western MA, Marie/Murry carries the gentle & fierce landscapes of the forest in her voice. Involved with several musical projects, most dear to her heart are Tender Spot, her witchpunk project, and Eerie Muse, her folk project, both streaming on Bandcamp. Marie/Murry’s passions include poetry, forest bathing, singing with the wind, dream interpretation, herbalism, queerness and clowning. Marie/Murry is part of the organizing team for Resonance and Ritual.
Emmett Charno is an educator, facilitator, interdisciplinary artist, performer, and producer bringing magic and play to everything they do. They create events and spaces that are committed to radical self expression and inclusion, especially for those often held in the margins. Emmett has been facilitating group vocal improvisation for over ten years, and has trained with master teachers Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, and Rhiannon among others. They create and collaborate on movement, vocal music, harp, looping, costume, and narrative installation.
In the daytime, Emmett is a reading specialist in NYC teaching elementary school age children to read in private practice and in schools. In the nighttime, Emmett performs and produces as their alter ego Excess Materials in their interdimensional narrative drag shows Portals and other drag performance. Emmett is passionate about science fiction, sex positivity, social justice, literacy, fairy houses, outsider art, and magic.
www.charnoeducation.org IG: @excessmaterials
Onome (pronounced Awe nuh MAY) leads experiences at the intersection of voice, creativity, and mindfulness.
Through structured group improvisation and vocal embodiment practices, Onome designs and leads events for a wide variety of audiences internationally at colleges, corporations, cultural centers, and retreats that “a-ha!” people to new levels of self-discovery, emotional freedom, joy, and creative flow.
Onome grew up with her ear in multiple worlds, starting with the Nigerian lilt of her immigrant parents, and the African-American vernacular of her classmates. She got her start as a choir geek and embraced the eclecticism of folk, soul, spirituals, European classical chorale, rock, and hip-hop music that she grew up with in Chicago.
She is a partner artist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, where she contributes her performances and trainings across their vast educational programming spectrum.
Onome’s work serves holistic-oriented individuals committed to moving beyond fear and emotional stuckness to voice their truth, expressive arts enthusiasts whose souls are deeply nourished by community vocal rituals, and organizations committed to building thriving cultures of connection through experiential learning in the workplace.
Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series.