Bowen Island Sing
May 24, 2019
Bowen Island, B.C., Canada
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May 24-26.


Join master storyteller and song leader Laurence Cole from Pt. Townsend WA, for a weekend on Bowen Island of connecting in songs of grief and praise. A long-time member of the Ubuntu Choir network (, Laurence has a great gift for using the power of song to bring people together in a rich and deep experience of harmony in community. Inspired by the work of Angeles Arrien, Malidome Some, Michael Meade and Francis Weller, Laurence compassionately leads groups into the depths of grief and the heights of joy. We’d love to have you in the village!

Here’s a quote from Francis Weller to give you a flavour of the Grief Song Ceremony: “The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give. If I carry only grief, I’ll bend toward cynicism and despair. If I have only gratitude, I’ll become saccharine and won’t develop much compassion for other people’s suffering. Grief keeps the heart fluid and soft, which helps make compassion possible.”

Friday night 7:00 – 9:30:  open community SongCircle – $20

Saturday 9:30 am – 9:30 pm AND Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm: Grief Song Ceremony -sliding scale $100 – $200.

Friday night SongCircle drop-ins are welcome. Pre-registration required for the Grief Song Ceremony. If you register for the Grief Song Ceremony you are welcome to come to the Friday night SongCircle at no extra cost.

Snacks, tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Potluck supper Saturday night; optional potluck breakfast Sunday morning.

There are many wonderful B&Bs on Bowen Island, and billeting can also be arranged. Contact shastamartinuk at gmail dot com for more details and to register.