Singing The Bones w/ special guest Leah Song

Connecting to Our Ancestries Through Myth & Song

This session is sold out! Thank you for the interest and we hope to offer this again in the future!

Singing The Bones: A 5-part live Webinar Exploring Ancestries Through Myth & Song, with special guest Leah Song

5 Saturdays : May 9th-June 6th 2020 : 12-2pm PST

In this live webinar series Iranian-American artist & scholar Lydia Violet and special guest Leah Song of Rising Appalachia 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 part of 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: May 9th : Lydia Violet

- 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: May 16th: Leah Song & Lydia Violet

- 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: May 23rd : Lydia Violet

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

- The connections between story and song.

Week 4: May 30th : Leah Song & Lydia Violet

- 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: June 6th : Lydia Violet

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

- The tip of the iceberg: continuing this work.

- Singing the Bones- Voluntary song share.

Classes will take place 5 Saturdays from 12-2pm PST. All sessions will be recorded and can be viewed anytime.


This course is usually offered for $250, but because of the current financial crisis we would love to offer it for $175, or $89/mo for 2 months. We appreciate your support, and these funds will help us pay our facilitators a fair, livable wage in these times.

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.

Please contact [email protected] with scholarship inquiries.

It is a gift to do this work with you. See you soon!

Lydia & Leah

Your Instructor

Lydia Violet & Leah Song
Lydia Violet & Leah Song

Lydia Violet is an accomplished Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist weaving together Southern blues, American roots, and Iranian folk music traditions. In her live band she combines fiddle, banjo, and luscious 3-part harmonies to offer a soul-folk revival experience, participating in a new wave of protest music. ♬ www.lydiafiddle.com

Lydia also founded and 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. www.musicasmedicineproject.org

IG: @lydiavioletmusic

Leah Song is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumental musician, storyteller, poet, and activist known her role as front woman in Rising Appalachia, with her sister Chloe Smith, incorporating sultry vocals, rhythm, banjo, guitar, ballads, dance, spoken-word and storytelling into her work. Her music is based in the traditions of Southern soul and international roots music. Song engages in social activism and is involved with the environment, food justice, human rights and prisons. She has been a speaker at TEDx in Asheville, North Carolina. www.risingappalachia.com

IG @leahsongmusic

Course Curriculum

  Welcome: A Cosmological Introduction: May 9th: 12pm PDT
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  Archetypal Connections w/ Leah Song: May 16th: 12pm PDT
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  The Connections Between Story and Song: May 23rd:12pm PDT
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  Healing the Split Through Song w/ Leah Song: May 30th : 12pm PDT
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  Singing The Bones: June 6th: 12-2pm PDT
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  Added Session! A Findings Celebration : June 20th : 12-2pm PDT
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts May 9th and ends June 6th. 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.

This course is closed for enrollment.