Workshop Title: “The Word Among Us: Skills for Life and Singing”
How can we be God for one another? How can we hear one another into speech? In this workshop we will learn to use simple chants as icons of divine presence. We’ll begin by finding and nurturing God within, then look for it in those around us. 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, listen deeply, and encourage one another, channels of grace and play appear, co-creation and possibility walk into the room and our hearts open to one another. When we make time to reflect on our lives as images of divine presence, we find ways to make more love. We become divine love as we join one another in attending to the sense of how we come together, by reflecting on the stories we tell ourselves, and by learning to make our lives a continual offering.
Ana Hernandez is a composer/arranger, workshop facilitator, author, and mischief maker. Ana works with people to create beautiful liturgies in many different styles; from early music to contemplative, to drummy and participatory. She facilitates deep and meaningful conversations using the Art of Hosting modalities. Ana has made eight recordings and written one book: The Sacred Art of Chant: Preparing to Practice. Ana helps people find their voices and use sound as a way to get and stay integrated. By attending this workshop, you are sure to leave with tunes that stick, so when the world is an unholy mess, you’ll know the right tune to accompany your grief, anger, or dishevelment. You’ll also learn tunes for times of grace, abundance, joy, and gratitude.