GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
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Workshops

workshops

 
 

Workshop & Movement tent

The GrassRoots Workshop & Movement Tent is a hidden gem at the festival! It's located in the shade near the Healing Arts Area where you can participate in a wide variety of offerings in an intimate setting. Classes range from upbeat, make you sweat African dance classes to cool you down yoga, from percussion and singing workshops to Indigenous teachings. Take the time to see what the offerings are each year. Seize the opportunity to broaden your festival experience by spending time with some of the festival's amazing musicians, performers, and local community members while they share their knowledge, skills, and gifts!

 
 

2018 Workshop schedule

THURSDAY

Moon and Stars Hoop Dance

We welcome beginners to learn the first steps in grooving with your hula hoop. Hoop Dance is a playful and hypnotic form of hula hooping that goes beyond typical waist movements adding a variety of tricks into a rhythmic dance with your hoop. Its stimulating yet relaxing movements are an excellent source of cardiovascular, core strengthening, and meditative fitness. Extra hoops available!

WORKSHOP TENT, 3-4PM

 

Opening Yoga - Grow Your Roots with Mikey and Lennessa Shantaya

Ease into GrassRoots with Open Yoga Playtime to recharge yourself and enhance your festival weekend.

WORKSHOP TENT, 4-5PM

 

Improvisational Beginnings with Angie Beeler

Explore the potential of your voice with guided exercises and imaginative vocalizations. Easily discover that your heart-centered voice will be heard in community - we are eager to listen.

HEALING ARTS TENT 4:30-6PM

 

Grassroots Healing Arts Homecoming Round-Up

Please join us for a casual Meet and Greet with the 2018 Healing Arts Crew. Attune to our shared vision and collective intention to be of service. Find out more about our weekend schedule of Healing Arts Demonstrations.

WORKSHOP TENT, 5-6PM

 

Awaken the Healer Within with Sharon Silverstein and Deva Vidya

This workshop teaches tools to balance and re-align the subtle energetic bodies while cleansing and clearing the aura. It awakens the Pranic energy within the participant to heal themselves as well as others and the planet. This workshop includes: Visualization and examination of the subtle and physical bodies to assess the state of the energetic bodies. Core seed sounds (Bija Mantras), hand mudras, toning sounds, and breath-work to balance and heal the energetic centers (Chakras).

WORKSHOP TENT, 6:30-8PM

 

Hands-on Healing Arts Demonstrations

A variety of skilled and heart-centered healing arts practitioners will be available to meet you one-on-one, discuss your needs and provide supportive services.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 6-8PM

 

FRIDAY

Open Meditation and Movement

This self-guided time will be enhanced by the first one to arrive. Please set an intention and create an opening for others to join you.

WORKSHOP TENT, 8-8:45AM

 

Healing Arts QiGong - Wake Up to Wellness

QiGong practitioners who will lead you through movement, breath awareness, and meditative exercises and a variety of forms of QiGong.

HEALING ARTS GREEN SPACE, 9-10AM

 

Healing Arts Yoga for Kids of all ages

This fun, playful yoga will bring joy and relaxation to everyone who attends. Grassroots Healing Arts Yoga Instructors will guide you in balancing movement and stillness with your breath and imagination.

WORKSHOP TENT, 9-10AM

 

AcroYoga with Gina Newlin and Friends

All levels, all ages, all people are welcome to join! This workshop provides a safe environment to explore trust, connection, and playfulness. We will combine elements from yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Sessions may include: asana sequences, partner yoga, assisted inversions, partner acrobatics and conditioning, therapeutic flying, and Thai massage. No yoga experience required, not partner needed. All are Welcome!

WORKSHOP TENT, 10:15AM-12:30PM


 

GrassRoots Tea House Tour with Guido R. Porto

Stop by the Healing Arts Information Station to learn about the GrassRoots Tea House Tour - join us for Circling, Tea and Ceremony.

HEALING ARTS PLATFORM, 10AM-11AM

 

Reiki Circle Attunement and Practicum

GrassRoots Healing Arts Reiki Masters will provide beginning Reiki attunements and guidance for self practice. The workshop is open to anyone who would like to experience themselves as a channel for Reiki healing energy. Level I and II Reiki practitioners givers and receivers are encouraged to join us.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 10AM-12PM

       

Hands-on Healing Arts Demonstrations

A variety of skilled and heart-centered healing arts practitioners will be available to meet you one to one, discuss your needs and provide supportive services.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 12-8PM

 

AfroCuban Hand Drumming & Song with Kenneth

Come discover Cuba and Caribbean islands rich folklore of sacred and secular rhythms through hand drumming and song.

WORKSHOP TENT, 1-2PM

 

Exploring Musical Creation with Uma Galera

Each member of Uma Galera will teach their unique way of creating a song, basics on guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals & melodies will be included.

WORKSHOP TENT, 2:15-3:15PM

 

Sierra Ferrell Music Showcase

Sierra Ferrell is a solid mix of jingle-jangle gypsy jazz, old-time minstrel tunes, ragtime and honky-tonk country heartbreakers with a voice that will make you double-take to confirm it's not coming from an old record player somewhere hidden in the room. Join Sierra to explore Country music. Don’t miss this unique and intimate opportunity to experience her talents.

WORKSHOP TENT, 3:30-4:30PM

 

Afrikan Drum with Nana Anim, Master Drummer & Dancer from Ghana West Africa

Nana will lead in learning the rhythms for ZAGROBI, from Cote D’Ivoire, the dance that will be learned in the dance workshop on Saturday!

WORKSHOP TENT, 4:45-6:15PM

 

Sanskrit and Kirtan with Damador Das

Damadar Das and Friends sing traditional and nontraditional style Sanskrit chants as part of a complete bhakti (devotional) yoga experience. Damodar Das delicately balances a spiritual engagement that is deep and heart opening as well as rhythmically and harmonically fun to sing.

WORKSHOP TENT, 6:30-8:30PM

 

SATURDAY

Healing Arts QiGong - Wake Up to Wellness

Please join one of our QiGong practitioners who will lead you through movement, breath awareness and meditative exercises and a variety of forms of QiGong.

HEALING ARTS GREEN SPACE, 9-10AM

 

Shamanic Circle with Anne Sierigk and Friends

Get in touch with your inner shaman - explore the art of shamanic journey. In this workshop we will lead you on two journeys as you get in touch with your spirit guides and connect with the inner power of your own shaman.

WORKSHOP TENT, 9-10AM

 

Dance Journey Music Fun with Lou Vogel and Friends

Ease into Saturday with Lou Vogel (Dance Journey) and Sue Spencer (Make a Joyful Noise), who will tune into where you are to lift you up to another day of dancing! Healing Arts Tent becomes a sound healing space, blending vibrations with a variety of musical options played from the heart. They will send you off moving to your inner rhythms.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 10AM-12PM

 

Essential Oils Meet-up hosted by the Healing Arts Staff

What’s all the buzz about essential oils? Come share your curiosity, passion and knowledge about the therapeutic benefits of high quality essential oils and aromatherapy

HEALING ARTS TENT, 12-1PM

 

Hands-on Healing Arts Demonstrations

A variety of skilled and heart-centered healing arts practitioners will be available to meet you one to one, discuss your needs and provide supportive services.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 1-8PM

 

Dharma Yoga with Hawk

This class warms up with the mighty Siva Namaskara Vinyasa as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra and flows into the main poses followed by Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) and Pranayama (breathing). This class will be led by Hawk of Ithaca’s Ahimsa Yoga.

WORKSHOP TENT, 10:15-11:30AM

 

Get Your Flow On with QiGong with Shawn Tubridy

Join Shawn Tubridy to learn seven simple moves that wake up and move your own healing energy. Where there is flow, all good things can grow!

HEALING ARTS GREEN SPACE, 11-11:30AM

 

Intro to Hula Dance by Hula Hut Polynesian Dance

Aloha, come "hang loose"! Professional, local dancers to perform a hula dance demo, followed by dance lesson, sharing of culture, costumes and more. Island fun for the whole 'ohana (family)!

WORKSHOP TENT, 12-1:15PM

 

Country Singing & Songs with Sierra Ferrell

Sierra’s bio is above on Friday’s workshops, where she’s showcasing her music. Here she’ll focus on country music. Not to be missed!

WORKSHOP TENT, 1:30-2:30PM

 

Whole Body Music with Katherine Kramer

The workshop will explore the intimate and complex interface between music and movement,  pening up the portals that allow music to enter the body with ease and learning to listen and respond with the whole body

WORKSHOP TENT, 2:45-3:45PM

 

Afrikan Dance with Nana Anim, Master Drummer & Dancer from Ghana West Africa

Nana will lead all in ZAGROBI from Cote D’Ivoire, ZAGROBI is a dance of joy for festivals and celebrations. It requires bursts of sheer physical energy, testing the strength of individuals as they execute the fast foot movements, which reflect the complexities and the pace of life.

WORKSHOP TENT, 4-5:30PM

 

Time to go for the GLOW with Dr Lloyd Katz DC

In this fun, heart opening-soulful, playshop, we’ll explore your eight chakra system with an introductory mix of some favorite modalities including; Total Body Modification, NeuroEmotional Technique, Kundalini Yoga, Sacred Sounds, and Aromatherapy Freedom Technique.

WORKSHOP TENT, 5:45-7:30PM

 

Evening Afterglow with the Healing Arts Crew

Casual gathering of Healing Arts volunteer movers and shakers - share conversation, move, shake, create, envision, meet with your hearts, learn simple supportive ways to move along your healing path from experienced Grassroots Healing Arts transformatives. All are welcome. Bring your curiosities.

WORKSHOP TENT, 7:30-9PM

 

Root Shock Hoop Jam Circle

Come jam with Moon and Stars Hoop Dance late night in the Infield. We'll be getting down to Root Shock Saturday at 12am near the right hand speaker. Bring your LED's if you have them or borrow one of ours.

INFIELD STAGE 12:30am

 

SUNDAY

Healing Arts Yoga for Kids of all ages

This fun, playful yoga will bring joy and relaxation to everyone who attends. GrassRoots Healing Arts Yoga Instructors will guide you in balancing movement and stillness with your breath and imagination.

WORKSHOP TENT, 9-10AM

 

Hands-on Healing Arts Demonstrations

Put the finishing touches on your festival weekend. Anchor your healing journey by connecting with one of our skilled and heart-centered healing arts practitioners. We will be available to meet you one-on-one, discuss your needs and provide supportive services.

HEALING ARTS TENT, 10AM-6PM

 

Grounding Movement Practice with Portia Wells

Join in guided meditation, writing practice and improvisational movement. Take time and take care during your festival weekend to check-in with yourself and others through Contemplative Dance Practice. Find your grounded base, sensitive heart and open mind.

WORKSHOP TENT, 10:15-11:30AM

 

Life as a Musician and Refugee w/ Imad AlTaha

Following his performance with the GrassRoots Chamber Orchestra, Imad AITaha, renowned Iraqi virtuoso violinist, will explain Maqamat, the scale systems of Middle Eastern Music, and speak about his life as a musician in the middle-east, from having to perform for Saddam and Uday Hussein to working for the President of Dubai and performing throughout the Gulf Region on National Broadcasts.

WORKSHOP TENT,  Noon-1pm

 

Women’s Drumming and Chanting w/ Shanti Starr

Shanti Starr is a multi-percussionist & vocalist who tours internationally performing her original music. She incorporates traditional W. African & Afro-Cuban rhythms into her music and offers workshops in drumming & chants. Join in this workshop and awaken the divine feminine in the power of the drum! All brothers are welcome to come join in dance.

WORKSHOP TENT 1:15-2:15PM

 

The Joy of Singing with Elisa Sciscioli and Kristin Sharkey

Connect more deeply with yourself and others as we sing easy-to-learn chants and soulful songs from variety of cultures.  

WORKSHOP TENT 2:30-3:30pm

 

Let’s consider Radiant Living with Christopher Grant and Daniela Hess

Clarity, compassion, and creativity are foundational principles shared regularly at the Yoga Farm. Spend time with us to round out your weekend and prepare for the life you are choosing.

WORKSHOP TENT, 3:45-5PM

 

Heart-Centered Community Closing Circle with Christopher Grant and Daniela Hess

GrassRoots Healing Arts volunteers will facilitate a heart-centered closure to another fabulous festival. What will you bring home with you? What will you leave behind? How will you be of service?

WORKSHOP TENT, 5PM