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.

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).

Jun
26
Sun
Worship Service–The Kindest Thing
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

practice loving kindness

Being kind to yourself is not a luxury. Being kind to yourself is not selfish. In fact, being kind opens the way for real growth and healing on all levels. Come explore the radical act of self-compassion with Katy and Worship Associate Rene Meyer-Grimberg to learn how it can change your life!

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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Jan
9
Mon
Free 5-Day Practice Presence for Life Online Journey
Jan 9 – Jan 13 all-day

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This is my version of the popular “Challenge.”

A perfect way to get back on track after the holidays
and to start your New Year with Presence!

For 5 days, you’ll receive daily emails with practice suggestions, and we’ll support each other in a private facebook group, sharing our triumphs and our struggles. I’ll lovingly hold your hand as you try on simple, doable changes to create more presence in your life.

Join me to get excited about your life again
because you’ll be aligned with its innate support, rhythm, and beauty.
You’ll be living your life with sacred intention and practice.

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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Apr
24
Mon
Free, 5-Day Practice Presence for Life Online Journey
Apr 24 – Apr 28 all-day

This is my version of the popular “Challenge.”

A perfect way to do a Spring refresh and renew for your spiritual practice life!

For 5 days, you’ll receive daily emails with practice suggestions, and we’ll support each other in a private facebook group, sharing our triumphs and our struggles. I’ll lovingly hold your hand as you try on simple, doable changes to create more presence in your life.

Join me to get excited about your life again
because you’ll be aligned with its innate support, rhythm, and beauty.
You’ll be living your life with sacred intention and practice.

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May
28
Sun
Worship Service–Everyday Sacred Embodiment
May 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Embodiment is such a buzz word these days. What does it really mean? And what’s the big deal about being in your body? Join Interfaith Minister Katy Taylor and Worship Associate Betsy Carter to explore these questions and consider how this all fits into the times we are living in. Come curious and ready to inquire!

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Jun
25
Sun
Worship Service–Unfolding the Heart
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Is there anything between you and being at home in yourself? For most of us, there is, a lot of the time. Come explore, with Interfaith Minister Katy Taylor and Worship Associate Rene Meyer-Grimberg, what gets in the way of a free and open heart, and what we can do about it.

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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Jan
8
Mon
Free, 5-Day Practice Presence for Life Online Journey
Jan 8 – Jan 12 all-day

This is my version of the popular “Challenge.”

A perfect way to get back on track after the holidays
and to start your New Year with presence!

For 5 days, you’ll receive daily emails with practice suggestions, and we’ll support each other in a private facebook group, sharing our triumphs and our struggles. I’ll lovingly hold your hand as you try on simple, doable changes to create more presence in your life.

 

Join me to get excited about your life again
because you’ll be aligned with its innate support, rhythm, and beauty.
You’ll be living your life with sacred intention and practice.

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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

Aug
16
Sun
Walk in Beauty, Zoom Unitarian Universalist Service
Aug 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sometimes life can feel pretty overwhelming with all that is happening in the world. How do we find our way? What is right action for us? What if the answer were as simple as choosing to walk in beauty in each moment? Join Interfaith Minister and QUUF member Katy Taylor to unpack what it means to walk in beauty and to explore how to make it real in our daily lives.

This service will also include Katy singing, joined by Heidi Mattern.

Find the link to the service, which you can watch anytime after it has premiered here.

Oct
1
Thu
Chanting for Community, Healing & Hope–1st & 3rd Thursdays!
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come sing together via Zoom on 1st and 3rd Thursdays!

 

We will chant together to create the world we want to live in through our song. We will sing chants from many sources—Thich Nhat Hanh, 12th c. Hildegard von Bingen, Scots Gaelic, local singer/composer Laurence Cole, and many more from the community singing tradition.

Singing is known to help connect us to ourselves and to each other, as well as to calm the nervous system. Who doesn’t need more of that in their lives right now?

I will teach each chant line by line so you can follow along, and then we’ll sing all together. Because of the nature of Zoom (delays due to intermittent connection), you’ll only be able to hear and sing with my voice, but you’ll be able to see others and have the visual experience of singing and being together. You don’t need to be a “singer”—just come and add your voice and heart full of good intentions!

Contact me for the Zoom link to attend no later than 6:00 on the day of the chanting.

Oct
4
Sun
Evensong, 1st Sundays
Oct 4 @ 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.

In the summer months, we meet outside, held in and surrounded by the land and ocean at Chetzemoka Park. Please check in to see what we are doing in October before you show up.

If we are at the Park, entering at the main entrance and turn left, you will find us in a shady spot where we gather under the trees. We will maintain physical distance. Please bring your own seating gear and your own mask.

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