Agreements for Singing Alive, the ‘Mothership’
~ Creating a conscious, focused, community space for our gathering ~
In service to the intentional space we are endeavoring to create, to its strengthening, and protection from compromise, we require the following agreements from all ticket holders. Please note that these are not intended to impose a life philosophy on anyone or invalidate anyone’s opinion. They are intended to outline and define the specific container envisioned for the event and ask agreement to respect its well-being for the duration of our time together.
Sacred Song Circle Agreements
1) SA is a communal singing gathering; it is not an opportunity to give performances, to create an audience
2) The singing voice is the primary focus. All musical instruments are in service to it.
3) It is understood that the passage of songs from one tradition, lineage, or culture, to another involves the need for permission. Unless otherwise stated by the originator of a song, or made explicit by a tradition, this permission is considered to be implicitly granted by those, native to that culture, who share and teach songs. That is, we would not know these songs if they were not taught to us.
4) With the caveat of permission recognized, this event offers a safe space for anyone to sing any song from any spiritual tradition they are moved to connect with. To honor this soul call, we acknowledge that such appreciative engagements with songs are primarily matters between the person and the spiritual agencies that call them.
5) We agree to honor the working premise of this event, that there is no ultimate ‘right’ way to sing a song. Outside of helping a song sharer to remember a melody or lyric, or with pronunciation and translation, one cannot ‘correct’ a song that is presented at our event, one can only, respectfully, offer another version(s) of that song.
SA Logistical Agreements
1) Loud instrumentation and voice expressions soften and cease after 12 midnight. Minimize talking close to camping areas after 10 pm. There will be a quiet hour from 6 – 8 am; please speak in whispers, or not at all, during this time
2) For informational and artistic purposes, elements of this event maybe recorded, video-taped, or photographed. All attendees agree to this. Likewise, all people doing recordings are asked to act respectfully, and with no sense of entitlement, as such privileges can be taken away.
3) Expressions of nudity are not necessarily equated with a loosening of sexual boundaries. Be conscious with regards to consent. Please help people feel safe with their personal boundaries.
4) This event is NOT a place to use profanity and engage in abusive language.
5) For those who wish to smoke (anything), please do so ONLY in the smoking temples ~ not the community commons, personal camping areas, or the parking lot.
6) No pets. ADA qualified service animals assisting an attendee and registered with their ticket order are welcome.
7) Please wash your hands before eating.
8) If you are told by designated ‘peace tenders’ or administrators of this event to desist from actions that are considered to be disturbing the peace, you agree to do so
9) If for any reason you are asked by designated ‘peace tenders’ or administrators of this event to leave the premises, you agree to do so.
10) Please do not operate a generator @ your campsite, nor make open fires.
11) This is a trash-free event. Pack it in pack it out.
The ethos of Singing Alive
We consider Singing Alive as part of a larger culture of Peace. We hold that Peace in the world can only come thru cultivating Peace within. We offer this event as a retreat, where can do the work of self-reflection, of self-understanding, in a supportive community of song enthusiasts.
~ May we all be, more or less, ON THE SAME PAGE ~
Song Circle Facilitator Policy ~
Leading a song circle is not, with rare exceptions, considered an exchange for admission to the event. We do, however, have a policy whereby if you lead three circles in designated (by the organizers) song circle time slots over three years, you thereafter receive admission exchange for any year you are doing a circle. In such cases it needs to be agreed upon (pre-arranged) that you will be doing a circle that year. This exchange comes with light responsibilities to show up as an ally of the organization, to act as guardians, and educators, of SA ways.
Song circle participation tips ~
Merge ~ listen closely to honor, synchronize, and harmonize with the person leading the song, by keeping your voice / instrument volume lower. If you are new to the tune or rendition, listen to a couple rounds first, visualize the images, feel the message, then move into the song
Presence ~ support the sacred silence within and between songs, for the spaces between are the source and context
Deepen ~ breath thru your heart, and sing from your soul; experience, deepen, and integrate the songs message into your being
Allow ~ In group-led sessions, provide space for, and invite those less confident, or less extroverted, to share their song
Sing ~ ‘awakened voice, awakened choice, sing with heart, sing with melody’ ~ Ari Moshe. ‘got to believe it when you sing it, that’s the . . . trick‘ ~ Katie Sontag
God created music for all of us to enjoy. . . Stevie Wonder, 2018