Welcome to my Calendar!

If you’re looking for things to do that will help you reconnect with yourself, you’re in the right place!

My offerings include many options to meet your yearning for a life that is congruent—aligned with who you are and how you want to be in the world.

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Dec
6
Sun
Soloist at Church
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Soloist at Church @ Unity Church Unitarian | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

I don’t perform very much these days, but I’ll be singing at my church, Unity Unitarian, in St. Paul for all three services: 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. I’d love to see you there!

I sing a mixture of original and medieval celticky music. Check out my music (and CDs).

One audience member said “Your music reminds me of my ancient celtic roots and resonates deeply in my soul.”

Dec
8
Tue
Singing at “The Unruly Mystic” Film Showing
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Singing at "The Unruly Mystic" Film Showing @ Carondelet Center | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join us for the premiere showing of a new documentary telling the story of a powerful but still little-known saint and muse who invites us to experience the ordinary touching the divine. Filmmaker Michael Conti tells the story of Hildegard of Bingen and explores the ways she continues to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators.

Following the film, Mary Kaye Medinger and Sue Swanson will facilitate a conversation around how Hildegard inspires us. Katy Taylor, who has studied Hildegard’s music, will lead us in singing chants and melodies.

Dec
9
Wed
Mid-Advent Singing Meditation
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Advent to deepen your Advent journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (12/9 & 12/16). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Dec
16
Wed
Lenten Singing Meditation
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Lent to deepen your Lenten journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (3/2 & 3/9). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Lenten Singing Meditation
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Lent to deepen your Lenten journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (3/2 & 3/9). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Mid-Advent Singing Meditation
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Advent to deepen your Advent journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (12/9 & 12/16). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Dec
21
Mon
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Winter Solstice Celebration @ Unity Church Unitarian | Saint Paul | Minnesota | United States

Join the Winter Solstice Celebration, a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)!

Jan
30
Sat
Welcoming Joy Workshop
Jan 30 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

joy cropNote: This workshop is part of a full-day women’s retreat.

What if joy were always here, within reach, within us, but we just weren’t mindful enough to recognize it?

Join me to explore how we can use the natural rhythm of our daily lives to mindfully welcome joy through various practices including meditation, movement, and music.

* The image of the woman bursting out of a flower is from a painting by Melissa Harris. Check out her beautiful work.

Mar
2
Wed
Lenten Singing Meditation
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Lent to deepen your Lenten journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (3/2 & 3/9). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Mar
9
Wed
Lenten Singing Meditation
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hildegard von BingenGather on two Wednesday evenings during Lent to deepen your Lenten journey with sacred chant and silent prayer/meditation. (3/2 & 3/9). Learn and sing music from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen as well as other sacred music.

No prior professional singing experience necessary.

Hosted by the CSJ Membership and Association Offices (Celeste’s Dream, Consociate Services and Sister Membership).

Dec
21
Wed
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Solstice Spiral

Join the Winter Solstice Celebration, a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)!

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Mar
23
Thu
Voice Medicine: Chanting & Laughing
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As a longtime singer and a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, chanting and laughing have been an integral part of my life! I started singing as a little girl and it has always been a way for me to keep connected with my deepest sense of self—to a place that I find difficult to explain with words. When I found Laughter Yoga, I found it also brought a deep sense of connection, this one with a distinctly joyful affect!

In this Energy Medicine Salon, I welcome the opportunity to explore more consciously the effect on our being of using our voices in these ways.

Tones come through the human channel as unique and varied voices, even though many say all sound comes from a primordial and common source. There are various theories about certain tones corresponding to and/or eliciting specific energetic responses, but what I find most interesting is how people produce and respond to tone differently.

This evening, we will explore:

  • The energetic effect of tones from our individual experience
  • The energetic effect of different vocal expressions of tone
  • The interface between tone and silence
  • Singing meditation
  • Laughter yoga
  • The healing benefits of sound

Advance registration is required. Registration closes the day prior to the event.

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Dec
21
Thu
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Solstice Spiral

Join the Winter Solstice Celebration, a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)!

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Jul
18
Wed
Women in Love with the Divine
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Through original, celticky, and sacred chant and song,

may the door of your heart slip open.

 

In Sufism, Laila is the deep secret love of God, that fierce and sweet song that stirs the heart for union with the Beloved. Through angelic voice, mountain dulcimer and prayerful intent, she joyfully reminds you Who you truly are.

 

Katy sings original and medieval chant and song that weaves celtic ornamentation with haunting, mystical invocations and prayers. Her voice creates a bridge between heaven and earth, calling down the angels from on high to join hands and hearts with the goddess of the earth.

 

Known and deeply appreciated in the Hudson Valley for years, Amy puts the very essence of her entire being into song. She lifts you up into a higher plane with her beautiful, larger-than-life voice.

 

Note: The Woodstock Sufi Center is above the Burnette Gallery and between Mirabai Books and Catskill Art and Office Supply.

 

We look forward to singing for (and with ) you!

Nov
2
Fri
FREE Full Voice Workshop
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Full Voice: The Art & Practice

of Vocal Presence

 

How can you embody your full presence–through your voice?

How can you speak so people will listen?

What gifts reside deep inside you that are yearning for expression?

How would your life be different if you were “unsilenced?” If your voice were alive, expressive, powerful, and clear?

 

No matter what you do for a living, you spend a good part of every day in conversation–at work, at home, and in your community. As important as our voices are, few of us know how to embody them to their full potential. Many of us feel self-conscious about how we sound, but don’t know how to make authentic, lasting change in our voices.

Learning to consciously tap the full range of expression available to you in your voice also opens up a fuller range in your bodysoul… and makes it much more likely that your message will reach the minds and hearts of your listeners. Working with your own full voice makes you a more skillful listener as well.

Full Voice is the work of Barbara McAfee–I am in her Full Voice Coach Training Program and this is part of my practicum!

 

In this highly interactive, practical, and fun workshop, together, we will:

  • Explore our vocal strengths, habits, assumptions, and challenges,
  • Increase vocal awareness, flexibility, and expression using the Five Elements Framework,
  • Identify ways to use voice to project authority, express passion, extend compassion, and convey vision in everyday conversations,
  • Learn how to use our voices to awaken our gifts,
  • And have fun, playing and making sound together!

 

Logistics:

Friday, November 2nd, from 7:00-8:30
St. Paul Yoga Center, Corner Studio
FREE! Let me know you’re coming, or just show up!

Dec
21
Fri
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Solstice SpiralJoin the Winter Solstice Celebration, a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)! No RSVP needed–just come!

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Dec
21
Sat
Winter Solstice Celebration
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Solstice SpiralJoin the Winter Solstice Celebration, a contemplative, family-friendly, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include chanting, meditation, candle-lighting, singing, and cauldron jumping. Kids—bring animal masks and hand percussion (rattles, shakers, bells)!

QUUF members may bring a guest, but space is limited. Doors open at 6:45 for first-come, first-served seating.

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Feb
1
Sat
Grateful Harmony Imbolc Concert with Simon de Voil
Feb 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Celebrating Imbolc & St. Brigid’s Feast Day

Grateful harmony is a concert series that falls on the pagan cross quarter days. Consisting of song, ritual and conversation to explore the sacred.

Simon de Voil, the Music Minister at Unity Church, hosts the evening, and I am his special guest!

I perform original, medieval, and Celtic chant and song weaving Celtic ornamentation with haunting, mystical invocations and prayers. I have performed and toured with various ensembles over the years and have recorded 4 CDs. Singing since I was a child, music often rises up within me to become song. Singing is my primary channel to the Divine Mystery. You can have a listen on my old website

 

I’d be honored to share this evening with you!

Mar
7
Sat
FREE Full Voice Workshop
Mar 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Full Voice: The Art & Practice

of Vocal Presence

 

How can you embody your full presence–through your voice?

How can you speak so people will listen?

What gifts reside deep inside you that are yearning for expression?

How would your life be different if you were “unsilenced?” If your voice were alive, expressive, powerful, and clear?

 

No matter what you do for a living, you spend a good part of every day in conversation–at work, at home, and in your community. As important as our voices are, few of us know how to embody them to their full potential. Many of us feel self-conscious about how we sound, but don’t know how to make authentic, lasting change in our voices.

Learning to consciously tap the full range of expression available to you in your voice also opens up a fuller range in your bodysoul… and makes it much more likely that your message will reach the minds and hearts of your listeners. Working with your own full voice makes you a more skillful listener as well.

Full Voice is the work of Barbara McAfee–I am a Certified Full Voice Coach.

 

In this highly interactive, practical, and fun workshop, together, we will:

  • Explore our vocal strengths, habits, assumptions, and challenges,
  • Increase vocal awareness, flexibility, and expression using the Five Elements Framework,
  • Identify ways to use voice to project authority, express passion, extend compassion, and convey vision in everyday conversations,
  • Learn how to use our voices to awaken our gifts,
  • And have fun, playing and making sound together!

FREE, but…

 

Registration Required

Dec
21
Mon
Winter Solstice Celebration via Zoom
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Solstice SpiralJoin us for a contemplative, Earth-centered, Celtic-inspired ritual to mark the turning of the year as the darkness gives way to the growing light. This participatory ritual will include calling in the Directions, chanting & singing, meditation, candle-lighting, and deep connection with this seasonal turning of the year.

Unlike our in-person ritual, this one is not particularly kid-friendly. 🙁

Plan to have with you a candle and matches as well as a noisemaker (rattle, shaker, bell) for the Light Returning section. Because of intermittent connectivity with Zoom, participants will remain muted until invited at certain times in the ritual to unmute. Chants and songs will be participatory and lyrics will be posted in the Chat.

Contact Katy to request the zoom link. 

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Apr
4
Sun
Easter Fire at North Beach
Apr 4 @ 6:43 am – 7:28 am

Join me and Elisabeth Haight to celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service outside at North Beach!

We will have a fire to gather around, but dress warmly as we’ll need to maintain physical distance and ask everyone to wear masks.

Come sing Easter in! Wordsheets provided.

 

Oct
3
Sun
Evensong, 1st Sundays
Oct 3 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Join me and Elisabeth Haight for a 45-minute, contemplative Christian music prayer service that draws on the Celtic Christian and Taize traditions.

During the warm months, we meet outside, at Chetzemoka Park in the shelter of the lovely trees and sacred land.

*** If you are not on our email list, check with one of us
before attending to make sure we will be at the Park.
Depending on the weather, we may need to meet via zoom. ***

If we are at the Park, when you enter at the main entrance and turn left, you will find us. Please bring your own seating gear, and you may want some extra layers. We follow the guidance of Washington State in terms of masking. Please contact Elisabeth or Katy for more information.

 

Dec
21
Tue
A Quiet Winter Solstice Gathering, via zoom
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Interfaith Minister and Songstress Katy Taylor for an evening celebrating the turning of the year. Katy will lead the group in song and sing a few pieces solo, weaving poetry and participatory ritual that invites us into the depth, stillness, and contemplative aspects of the season. Consider having a candle and matches available if you want to participate in the candle-lighting towards the end.

This gathering takes the place of the bigger, community-led Winter Solstice celebration QUUF sponsored in 2019-2020. Hopefully, we can celebrate in person in 2022.

Contact Katy for the zoom link or with any questions.

Apr
17
Sun
Easter Fire at North Beach
Apr 17 @ 6:17 am – 7:15 am

Join me and Elisabeth Haight to celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service outside at North Beach!

We will have a fire to gather around, but dress warmly as we’ll need to maintain physical distance and encourage everyone to wear masks.

Come sing Easter in! Wordsheets provided.

 

Aug
1
Mon
Evensong, 1st Sundays
Aug 1 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Join me and Elisabeth Haight for a 45-minute, contemplative Christian music prayer service that draws on the Celtic Christian and Taize traditions.

Starting in July (hopefully) and continuing during the warm months, we hope to meet outside, at Chetzemoka Park in the shelter of the lovely trees and sacred land. If this is not possible, we will meet via Zoom. *** Please watch your email–if rain is strongly forecast, we will meet via Zoom. ***

Please contact Elisabeth or Katy for more information (and for the zoom link when not in person).

When in person, we follow the guidance of Washington State in terms of masking.

 

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