Learn to Lead Community Singing
"There is no better way I know to learn trust and compassion within a group of people than to sing harmony together. It bypasses politics, religions and any other divisions... with a immediate goal of making one big beautiful new sound... often we become giddy with our creations and just smile at each other in disbelief. Singing together IS a wonderful medicine for our time" -Brother Timothy
You will learn 6-8 community songs (about a half hour set) that have proven themselves over the years.
You will be shown the best ways Timothy has found to lead a group of singers in the "perfection-free" style.
You will get a private zoom with Tim where he will offer positive/contructive feedback.
Near the end of our time together, You will teach our online group 1-2 of the songs you have learned.
You will leave with the ability to bring songs to community functions... it is a good tool to have in your back pocket. You may want to create a *perfection-free community singing circle of your own.
Our class will meet 4x from 6pm-7:30 central time Wednesday evenings, May 5th-May 26th.
cost is $150. (Sign up below).
You don't need to play an instrument to take this workshop. It would be good if you can keep a tune when you sing... you don't have to sing at "a performer" level. Simple voices WELCOME!
*the term "perfection-free singing" was coined by my mentor Doug von Koss.
Learn to Lead Community Singing Workshop with Brother Timothy
Brother Timothy will lead a weekly online workshop for four consecutive weeks. Each meeting will be 90 minutes long. There will be no more than 10 people in a group. You will learn 6-8 tried-and-proven community songs. When you are done you will be able to lead a 30 minute community singing circle.
Create an Heirloom Family Story Book Summer Workshop
When Timothy helped create this workshop in China and it was a meaningful and fun experience for all. You don't have to be an artist. Timothy will create a safe place to experiment... he will show you how to draw simple figures... you will choose a single story from your family history and create a handmade story book. We will discuss our family stories. We will work together, listen to music (some recorded, some live) and drink coffee. This book will outlast you. What story from your family do you want to preserve? It might become a bedtime story-book for your great-grandchildren. Maybe you'll make more on your own later.
This Workshop will meet for 5 days straight, Monday-Friday, tentatively scheduled for August 9th-13th, 2021 in a home/porch near the Saint Croix River 50 minutes from Minneapolis). You might choose to stay in Stillwater, there are some beautiful hotels and B &B's (contact Timothy for suggestions). You might choose to commute from home. We will work from 10:30am-3:30 each day. Day long coffee, tea and water will be available. A light lunch will be provided. Your fee includes a blank-page story book, a beautiful work environment, light lunch, art materials and instruction... all you'll need to create.
This workshop can host up to 10 participants. Cost is $290.
The First Green Porch In-Person Gathering--Save the dates
During this last year many of us have connected online. The Green Porch, Brother Timothy's Poetry-Song daily offering, has brought joy and tears. If you are new to the Green Porch or if you are a regular, please consider coming to this late-summer gathering! Tentatively scheduled for Thursday evening August 19th- Sunday August 22nd (our weekly Saturday Morning sing will be part of this). Our long weekend of bliss! We will sing each morning. We will be challenged by a teacher or two. We will enjoy soulful living room/porch concerts. Some meals, snacks and beverages provided (details coming). It will be a weekend to remember. You can stay at a nice hotel or B & B in Stillwater, MN, you can camp at the site, or you can commute from home. Cost TBD.