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Circles of Light
July 16 - August 20
Series of five listening circles for women, bringing connection and community around issues often unspoken.
With Joanie Bones
Joanie Bones is coming to the Songhouse in September, leading a 3 day event bringing ceremony and song to major waymarks on a woman’s life path.
In the lead up to September Joanie is offering a series of listening circles around topics of womanhood that often go undiscussed, and yet have daily resonance for women.
What is means to be a woman, our connection with our bodies, sexuality… Joanie will hold space for sharing experiences and views, learning from each other and connection on these and other powerful themes. And doing a bit of singing too.
Noted for her ability to bring connection and warmth around issues which have previously felt shrouded in shame, Joanie encourages us to heal the absence of ‘vertical learning’ where knowledge and experience is passed from generation to generation. For this reason, she strongly encourages attendance at all the circles, so as to be able to hold space for issues other than our own. This, after all, is where the learning is, and how we become resourced for our own futures.
What are the experiences that you felt unable to share with others? Please add your voice to deciding what themes the circles should cover by telling us by emailing Joanie at email@example.com. Pricing: €15 per circle, special discount for all Sessions: €67.50, If you attend all of these sessions you will receive a further 10% discount for the residential ‘Singing Womens Lives’ course at The Song House in September.
No-one turned away for lack of funds, just get in touch if this applies to you.
Joanie has studied women’s story and song traditions for many years and has supported hundreds of women through the life-transition of pregnancy and birth. She has trained as a birth educator, midwife, shamanic practitioner, circle facilitator, and has recently been studying ancestral song and story lines with Leah Song from Rising Appalachia.
With a background spanning a deep love of folk song of the British Isles, teenage years spent immersed in 90s Britpop London, decades of spiritual searching, a deep love for devotional music from the East and her daily life as a Persian/Jewish Londoner living in the remote Scottish Highlands, Joanie Bones gathers the fragments of cultures, lands and songs into a music of soul, spirit and connection.
Mentored by four-time winner of the Scots Singer of the Year Award Siobhan Miller, Joanie is committed to using song as a power for exploring meaning and creating unity. She has sung everywhere – at births, on boats, at festivals, at folk clubs, sit-ins, lock-ins and die-ins – always encouraging people to join their voices together in song and clearing the way with her deep, resonant voice, reminiscent of June Tabor. More about Joanie: www.joaniebones.com