Practicing Presence: Skills for Life and Singing
Saturday, February 8th, 2020, 10:00 AM
How can we be God for one another? We begin by finding and nurturing God in us. In this workshop we will learn to use chants as icons (from the Greek eikon, meaning “likeness, image”) of divine presence. We will tease her and coax her out from her hiding places. She will leap out and surprise us when we least expect it. We will find places of comfort and repose, and also begin to negotiate the places where we may not be very comfortable at all!
When we show up as our authentic selves, and encourage one another, channels of grace and play open and co-creation and possibility walk into the room and our hearts. When we make time to reflect on our lives as an image of divine presence, we make more love. We become that love insofar as we join with others in attending to the sense of how we sing what we sing (and for whom we sing it) reflecting on the things we tell ourselves and others, and learning to make our lives a continual offering. This is the way of peace and freedom (and laughter, and improvisation). Warning: You may have epiphanies in the context of group learning, and transformation and fun are highly likely to occur.
Ana Hernandez is a retreat leader, workshop facilitator and consultant, and teacher of chanting. She collects, composes, and records chants and short tunes for every topic imaginable. She’s been on staff for many Music That Makes Community conferences and is also a song leader for the NYS Poor People’s Campaign as well as the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission for Liturgy and Music.
Ana believes deeply that there is a leader in every chair, that God welcomes absolutely everybody (there are no others, just us). She loves melody, collaboration, poetry, beauty, play, being here now, diving deep, and a good laugh.
She’s recorded eight CDs and is the author of The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice (SkylightPaths/Turner). Her hymns and chants are published in numerous places, and she can be heard on iTunes and www.cdbaby.com listed as Sending You Light, The Miserable Offenders, HARC (with Ruth Cunningham), and Eternal Spirit. For more info: www.anahernandez.org To listen: www.soundcloud.com/anahermusic.