Songs Like Seeds: Planting Hope Note by Note (2020)

Offered by Sara Thomsen
Friday, December 11 – Saturday, December 12 (introductory)
$225 (Scholarships available) Student rate: $100

As a singer-songwriter, choir director, and activist, Sara Thomsen knows that it is easy to become overwhelmed in the face of so much division and suffering in the world. Yet Sara bids us not to despair; rather, her work offers a unique vantage point for hope and positive transformation of both inner and outer worlds in these tough times.

While on retreat, we join in singing simple and compelling songs from around the world, songs of justice and peace, songs of hope and longing, songs of celebration. Singing opens the heart and re-enchants the spirit. Come reclaim the joy of singing as a human birthright. No previous singing or music reading experience required. In a casual atmosphere, Sara will teach the songs by call and response.

Words from our teacher…
Harmony happens in community. Songs sow solidarity. Songs sung with intention, like seeds planted with care, can take root in an individual or community and flower into unexpected fruits: simple joy, healing balm, increased sensitivity, awe and wonder, a re-enchanted and revitalized spirit, a grounding and centeredness, a deepening of compassion. The art and practice of community singing draws us
outside of ourselves and at the same time deepens us within.

Sara Thomsen is a singer-songwriter from the Twin Ports of Duluth/Superior. Thomsen is the Founder/Director of Echoes of Peace, a non-profit inspiring awareness, action and reflection on critical social issues through music and the arts to build and bridge informed, engaged and caring communities. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. More at sarathomsen.com and echoesofpeace.org.