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Singing in the land: earth magic, song, and the bodyThursday, May 25 5-7 pmJoin bodyworker, musician, and animist priest ell rieke (they/them) in residency at the Sou’wester for a magical, musical exploration of connection with the earth, our ancestors, and the world of spirit. Part workshop, part participatory sonic experience, we will spend the first part of our time in conversation, talking through questions like: what is magic and why does it matter? Where do songs come from? Is the earth talking to us? How can sound and rhythm help us navigate this complicated, painful, beautiful world?In the second half of our gathering, ell will guide participants in using voice and body to connect with spirit and the earth. They will teach some songs of the season, from both folk and modern traditions, and then guide a gentle ritual of reverence and celebration for the coming of summer. You will be invited to sing or hum and move your body, and are also welcome to just sit and experience. All bodies, voices, and backgrounds are welcome, including kids!Please bring something to sit on, and cozy layers in case the evening is cool. You may want to bring a journal and pen, if you like taking notes, and are also invited to bring a special object (that will return home with you) and/or flowers for the group altar.