Singing The Bones Fall 2019

Connecting to Our Ancestries Through Myth & Song

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Singing The Bones: A 5-part live Webinar Exploring Ancestries Through Myth & Song

Sept 30th, Oct 14th, Oct 28th, Nov 11th, Nov 25th, 5-7pm PST

In this live webinar series Iranian-American artist & scholar Lydia Violet will guide you in exploring at least one of your ancestries through myth and song. By the end of this course you will have a deeper understanding of the cosmologies/myths/stories held within your cultural lineage(s), a medicinal endeavor in our time. You will also be supported in discovering and learning at least one song from your heritages. You will delve into discovering the musical styles, instrumentations, customs, and rituals singing in your blood. You will see the connections and differentiations across cultures. And most importantly you will connect more deeply with your ancestors, discovering what relationship with them means for you.

This class is open to music explorers of all levels!

Week 1: Sept 30th

- Introduction to exploring the cosmologies and cultures held within the connections in your lineage.

- 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.

Week 2: Oct 14th

- Bringing in some results from our mythic investigations.

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

- Common themes/stories across cultures.

- Who were the storytellers? What was their cultural role?

Week 3: Oct 28th

- Archetypal report back: Who did you find? Which stories/characters resonated with you?

- The connections between story and song.

Week 4: Nov 11th

- Warming up the voice: healing the split through song

- Exploring beyond the standard vocal ranges we are used to speaking/singing in.

- Language: learning the sounds in our blood.

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

Week 5: Nov 25th

- Reflections from sitting with song. How has this journey affected your mind, body, and soul

- The tip of the iceberg: continuing this work.

- Voluntary song share.

Discussion groups:

Students will be placed in discussion groups according to time zones that can meet twice over the course of the program. Here you will be able to reflect and share more about the content of your process, and listen to the reflections of others taking this journey alongside you.

Classes will take place 5 Monday evenings 5-7pm PST. All sessions will be recorded and can be viewed anytime.


$250 or $85/mo for 3 months. Students are not permitted 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.

Please contact [email protected] if another payment arrangement is needed.

Lectures and discussions will be recorded and can be watched anytime.

See you soon!

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

  Welcome: A Cosmological Introduction: Sept 30th: 5pm PST
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  Archetypal Connections: Oct 14th: 5pm PST
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  The Connections Between Story and Song: Oct 28th: 5pm PST
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  Healing the Split Through Song: Nov 11th: 5pm PST
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  Singing The Bones: Nov 25th: 5pm PST
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts Sept 30th and ends Nov 25th. Recordings of sessions will be 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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