Chanting is an ancient practice in which we use our voice, our breath, and our intention to positively affect our state of being. If you’ve ever felt calmed, comforted, encouraged, or energized by singing a chant – imagine how much more potent the impact can be when you use a chant YOU created yourself! In this four-week series, you’ll learn how to chant using your own words, set to a melody you find for yourself, in a rhythm that feels just right to you – because it’s yours.
We’ll cover the basic foundational concepts: what chanting is, why it feels so good, and how it can help bring about positive change in your life. Then, I’ll lead you through exercises designed to put you in touch with the songs that are waiting to flow through YOU. These are easy, affirming practices that anyone can do, regardless of background or experience. At the end of our time together, you’ll have a whole set of personal chants that you can draw on for support and for celebration, and you’ll have all the tools you need to create more, whenever you want.
We’ll explore some of the myriad ways chant can be used, including…
Is this class for you?
Have you ever noticed that when you sing short, simple, repetitive songs in the company of others, it can change your mood? Maybe you’ve experienced this in a group specifically dedicated to chanting, or maybe you’ve felt it at a political rally, at a concert, in a church, or around a campfire. If you’ve enjoyed that experience of singing together, and you’d like to learn how to create songs specifically designed to enhance your own life, then this class is for you!
You do NOT have to be self-identified as “a singer.” Being able to “sing well” is absolutely NOT a requirement! You do not need any musical or spiritual background at all.
Discover the power of songs made from YOUR words, in your voice, springing from the depth of your own authentic self. See how these songs can change your life. (And you just might find that they can change the world.)
This class will take place on four Tuesdays: 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20, from 8:00 to 9:30 EST
Can’t wait to get started? Register by July 19, and you can attend the drop-in workshop “Write a Chant: Just for You!” (regular price: $25) for free. CLICK HERE for details on this bonus class!
About the instructor:
For over a decade, musician, writer, composer, and educator Angela Gayan Galik (aka Angie) has been immersed in the study and practice of sacred chanting. The quest for deeper understanding has led Angela to explore a wide range of approaches to ecstatic singing, from gospel choirs to pagan song circles, and from bhakti yoga to Dances of Universal Peace. Angie has facilitated many chant groups, both in person and online (through their ongoing Friday Morning Virtual Chant Circle), and is especially interested in the power of singing to help people connect with their hearts as a source of wisdom, healing, and spiritual nourishment.