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Open your Heart and Sing | Barbara McAfee

Week of January 12, 2019

Take Your Voice to the Dog Park – Opening Your Full Voice in Everyday Life

“The voice is the muscle of the soul.”  Alfred Wolfsohn
What gifts reside deep inside you that are yearning for expression?
How would your life be different if you were “unsilenced?” If your voice was alive, expressive, powerful, and clear?

Playful, pragmatic, transformational, and enlivening — the Five Elements Framework is at the heart of Barbara’s work with voice.  Through playful exercises, this work will stretch your voice in the same way yoga stretches your body.  You’ll learn how to shift your voice to express authority, passion, empathy, and inspiration – and how to listen more keenly to what people are saying underneath their words.

All Together Now:  What Group Sound-Making Can Teach Us about Working Well Together
In every culture on the planet, people make sound together as a way to work cohesively, affirm connection, build courage, and cultivate joy.  In a dominant culture that over-emphasizes the individual, many of us never experience the power of belonging and sense of flow that comes from joining with others.  Using a series of simple sound experiments and songs, we will explore themes of unity, dissonance, listening, beauty, and interdependence.  No singing experience necessary….at all!

A Circle of Song – Community Singing for Everyone
When was the last time you sang with other human beings?
How hungry are you for the experience of harmony?
What essential food does singing together bring to our souls?
Barbara will prepare a feast of simple, oral tradition songs from around the world.
Then we’ll devour them, astonished at the beauty that we can create together.
No talent, training, or singing experience needed.  None.  Zero. Zilch.
All are warmly welcomed! 

The Spirit of Yes:  A Concert to Open the Heart and Awaken Delight
Barbara will offer a concert of smart, soul-stirring music to celebrate the gifts of being alive.  Her songs encompass the full human experience – from the sublime to the hilarious.  Oh – and we might sing a few songs together as well…


Barbara McAfeeBarbara McAfee uses voice to awaken and nourish the human spirit. Her recent book, Full Voice: The Art and Practice of Vocal Presence, is based on her 25+ years as a voice coach guiding people to find their voice, whatever that means to them.  A prolific singer/songwriter, Barbara has released seven CDs of smart, soulful acoustic music.  She is founder of the Morning Star Singers, a volunteer choir that sings for people facing health challenges.  She lives across the street from the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota.