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Open Your Heart and Sing

Week of January 4, 2020

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 imaginative 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.

Making Stuff Up: Simple Spontaneous Singing for Everyone
Singing is an essential aspect of being human.
So is improvisation.
We make stuff up all the time, right?
In this illuminating and joyful session, Barbara will lead us on a vocal safari, using sound and rhythm to create spontaneous music.
No talent, training, or singing experience needed.  None.  Zero. Zilch.
All are warmly welcomed!

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 McAfee is a one-woman Burning Man Festival.”  – Author Parker Palmer

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 – and draw on the roots of jazz, blues, folk, and gospel. When she serves them up with her rich and sassy voice, it makes the ears and heart equally happy.


Barbara 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.