Sound Circle: Deep Listening Workshops

Program Description: Are you hearing or are you listening? In this drop-in workshop, Sarah Van Buren will facilitate an exploration of Deep Listening and adjacent sound and movement practices, for adults and teens.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 27, November 3, and November 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Registration: Workshops are free, drop-in, first-come, first-served, and will take place inside the HAL Community Room.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own journals for writing and drawing exercises. HAL will also provide pens and paper if needed. Participants will be asked to fill out a short informational form. Masks are required.

Deep Listening is a set of exercises and meditations which lead to a broader awareness of the world — the one that surrounds us; the one that’s inside us.  It was developed by celebrated experimental musician and composer Pauline Oliveros (based in Kingston, NY until her passing in 2016), in collaboration with her partner IONE and movement practitioner Heloise Gold.

The philosophy of Deep Listening and the exercises and meditations that support it — Listening/Sounding, Moving and Dreaming — are gentle and open-ended.  Benefits can include stress release as well as an increase in awareness, communication, empathy and healing.  You don’t need musical training to participate — only an open mind. The workshop will foster a space of learning, safety and trust.

Sarah Van Buren is an educator and raver who works with music, sound and collaborative performance to investigate buried histories, communal ritual and collective resonance. She is a co-founder of both the Hudson-based DJ collective Community Rave Network and the NYC-based video/party/performance collective CHERYL, and was co-curator of Basilica Hudson’s 24-HOUR DRONE festival until covid. She is certified to teach Deep Listening by The Center for Deep Listening at RPI.

Sponsored by The Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer.