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Singing the Bones 3-month Support Group

Deepening into the Myths, Folktales, & Songs in Our Ancestry

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For anyone who has been a part of one of our previous Singing the Bones cohorts!

We want to vibrantly support the continuation of this work, and at the request of many students we are excited to offer this 3-mo group to support the deepened study of myths, stories, and songs from the cultures of our ancestries. We understand how fundamentally the support of a cohort can stabilize this exploration, and are excited to continue it with you.

Meetings will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the next 3 months; July 18th, August 15th, and September 19th from 12-2 pm PDT. Students will also have the option of forming small affinity groups for additional support.

For anyone who wants to be a part of this group, but hasn't been a part of our previous cohorts, Leah Song of Rising Appalachia and Lydia Violet will be offering this course again for a new cohort this Fall! Please do not register for this course unless you have been in one of our previous cohorts.

We will be guided by Iranian-Armenian-American artist, scholar, and course founder Lydia Violet Harutoonian, and visited for one session by Rising Appalachia front-woman and mystic crooner Leah Song.

Some topics we will continue to explore:

- De-orphaning the parts of us that have been disconnected.

- Rooting in our own lineages before fetishizing others. Cultural exchange, inspiration, and appropriation.

- The Nature of mythic truth- how myths & stories may convey a different kind of truth than we are accustomed to.

- The role of archetypes: who they are, and how we use them. Working with archetypes we are drawn to.

- Warming up the voice: healing the split through song.

- Drum, wind, string, sing- What does this culture play?

- The emergent magic that can come from turning towards the cultures of our ancestors.

Registration: There are multiple payment options, including:

- one-time payment of $120

- 2-part payment plan of $62/mo (includes fees)

- 3-part payment plan of $42/mo (includes fees)

We appreciate your support, and these funds will help us pay our facilitator and any special guests a fair, livable wage.

Please contact [email protected] with scholarship inquiries.

Students are not able to register part-time; however, each session will be recorded. If a student cannot attend a particular class they can still register for the program and watch the missed video at any time.


Your Instructor


Lydia Violet
Lydia Violet

Lydia Violet, M.A., is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together 30 years of studying and teaching classical violin and voice. She performs professionally around the country, singing and playing with groups Climbing PoeTree & Lyla June, as well as fronting her own 4-piece live band. Her songs and arrangements are inspired from her eclectic musical background, featuring American roots, gospel & blues, and Iranian folk traditions. ♬ www.lydiafiddle.com

Lydia received her Masters degree in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness in 2009 from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also studied closely with deep ecology elder and Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy for the past 9 years, learning how we can metabolize our pain for the world into energy for resilience, action, and community. She runs The Music As Medicine Project, a non-profit dedicated to creating access to music and music education as tools for cultivating resilient cultures in our communities. Learn more at www.musicasmedicineproject.org


Course Curriculum


  Reunion! July 18th : 12-2 PDT
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  2nd Session : August 15th : 12-2 PDT : w/ Leah Song
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  3rd Session : September 19th : 12-2 PDT
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Resources are available as soon as you sign up! And then meetings will occur on the scheduled dates, with recordings available indefinitely.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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