A community space where group singing is braided in with story and body movement.
Mycelium: the fungal (root) networks of mushrooms. And the largest terrestrial organism on the planet that connects entire forest floors together! Our voices together are stronger, our voices together are louder.
What is Mycelial Singing?
Mycelial Singing is a community space (for children and also for big children, eh em, I mean adults) where group singing is braided in with story and body movement. All voices are welcome, this is NOT a choir. Singing together is a human birthright that has less to do with “sounding good” and more to do with settling into our bodies, calming our nervous systems and being together in community. There are no “good” or “bad” singers in this space.
We will meet for Spring quarter 2021, the months of March-May for an hour a week (see dates below). Each meet will be filled with songs for the times we are living in, stories to help us cope with collapse & reimagine our futures and body movement to remember the innate knowings within our cells.
Benefits to singing in Community
Regulates the nervous system, positively impacting breathing, digestion and heart rate among other things
Lowers cortisol and relieves stress and tension
Invokes presence and mindfulness
Strengthens relational bonds with those with whom you are singing
Creates a sense of belonging and community
Strengthens the immune system
Read more about the benefits of group singing here
Singing online though, really?
Since the pandemic many of us have found creative ways to sing together online. For those of us who feel okay about wearing headphones for an hour, we find that this offers the richest audio experience.
My name is Ahlay Blakely (she/they). I am a mother to a twelve year wise one. I benefit from white skinned privilege and am an Ashkenazi/Scandinavian singer-songwriter. Most recently I have worked with music as a tool for social change in community and on the streets. I have discovered group singing to be one of the most medicinal experiences of my life and have heeded to the magnetic pull of singing in power-with collaborations and animist relations.
My goal is to be an instrument for you in cultivating a healthy relationship to your own voice, to witness you tapping into your innate creativity, to support your deepening sense of interconnectedness and to provide you with resilient song tools for your life-box as you unearth the benefits of group singing. Read more about my why, here.
Classes are capped at 12 participants. Due to covid, classes will be online until further notice.
REISHIS (Ages 0-7): I once read that our subconscious mind is formed in the first 7 years of our life. That means that all of our patterns and habits that are sometimes so hard to change as an adult are usually rooting from the learned behaviors from the environment around us during that time. This is a beautiful time to offer and absorb song and the magic of group singing. Also, it is a wonderful way to calm our children as we hold them in our arms. So, even if your wee ones won’t sing (yet), this is a fun class to hold them and sing to and with them. Parent(s)/guardian(s) required for this group.
TURKEY TAILS (Ages 8-11): Parent(s)/guardian(s) are not required for this group. One hour with song, dance and storytelling.
LION’S MANES (Ages 12-16): One hour with song, dance and storytelling.
CHAGAS (Ages 17+): One hour with song, dance and storytelling.
Free Introductory Class
Please register for a free, one hour, introductory class in February 2021 where you can get a little taste of what the classes will be like and to finish up our last 20 minutes with a Q&A.
Class times and dates - Spring 2021 -All times are Pacific Standard Times
Post-Spring, classes resume in the Fall. Check back in June for Fall dates. Hopefully, by Fall we will be meeting in person once again.
All classes are on the following dates, Mondays:
March 8, 15, 22, 29 | April 5, 12, 19, 26 | May 3, 10, 17, 24
REISHIS (Ages 0-7) - Mondays 1:30-2:30
TURKEY TAILS (Ages 8-11) - Mondays, 3:30-4:30pm
LION’S MANES (Ages 12-16) - Mondays, 5-6pm
CHAGAS (Ages 17+) - Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
Cost and Registration
Spring classes are once a week, 4 per month, one hour each for 3 months total.
Cost is $300 for the quarter March-May ($100 a month).
Please fill out this REGISTRATION form. I accept venmo or paypal or check. You will receive payment information in a confirmation email once you have registered.
Class discounts: click here
In the spirit of micro-reparations for the enslavement of Black People, racial profiling, exploitation of immigrants and the displacement and genocide of Indigenous People (among many other unnamed injustices), people who identify as historically and/or presently marginalized communities and/or low-income folks have access to a sliding scale. Please email me if you want to inquire about this option. No one is turned away for lack of funds. (I realize that this is a small gesture towards the need for much broader reparations and justice, and am open to feedback about how this sliding scale can evolve over time. I am committed to listening and learning.)
“The world had to be 'disenchanted' in order to be dominated,”
-Silvia Federici (Caliban and The Witch)
The root of the word enchanted comes from the Latin word encantare which means to sing. Could it be that the world had to stop singing in order to be dominated? Is singing a revolutionary act? Is it no coincidence that some of us feel embarrassed or discomfort while singing? What powers do we cultivate by singing together? In this time when we are actively looking to delight in the dismantling of systems of oppression, it is up to us to cultivate the practices we want steeped in our DNA and the DNA of our descendants.