30 minute practiceFree Your Voice & Life!

Play your body instrument

Sing, sound & speak your truth with confidence! Free Your Voice & Drum & Body Stories

Sing, Drum, and Play in Community!
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SF FREE YOUR VOICE 90 MIN WORKSHOP
vocal technique, chakra sound healing, harmony, vocal improv, play
3-430pm, The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St., SF $35
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BERKELEY 2 HOUR FYV WORKSHOP
vocal technique, chakra sound healing, harmony, vocal improv, play
2-4pm, Green Yogi, 2807 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley $45
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10 Month Free Your Voice and Body Stories Training
vocal practices and embodied storytelling (drawing, movement, writing, theater)
Sept 2024-June 2025. 120 hours. $3950, 2 Mondays Berkeley, 1 Sunday Orinda/month

Free Your Voice and Body Stories Training Sept 2024-June 2025:

I am so excited to announce my 10-month transformational training program Sept 2024-June 2025 to help you heal and express, play and find joy in community. It will center QTBIPOC, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA! folks.

This training is half singing/sounding practices and half somatic expressive arts practices to help you release and rewrite your body’s stories. Our bodies hold both our trauma and our resilience and wisdom. By going deep into them, we can hold and heal our experiences and rewrite new narratives. What new truths want to be spoken, sounded and sung into the world? What do you want to birth in 10 months? What will you metamorphose into? This course will help you help you sing, speak, and live from a fully embodied place.

Do you want to

  • Discover and give voice to various parts and stories living inside you?
  • Sing from your whole body, not just your throat?
  • Uncover stories of different body parts/chakras and rewrite your narratives?
  • Explore gender, sexuality, ancestry, and other themes and decolonize our bodies and minds?
  • Co-create beautiful improvisational music?
  • Give and receive sound healings?
  • Release chronic muscular tension and holding patterns in the body through trauma release tremoring?
  • Restructure the body through breath?
  • Create a performance ritual/ritual performance to help release what no longer serves you and birth you into the next chapter of your life?
  • Play, play, play?

I will share creative tools (voice work, movement, drawing, writing, theater, and improvisational singing and performance) that have helped me on my own healing journey. Some influences are:

  • Fitzmaurice Voicework to destructure and restructure the body
  • Sharing Your Life Story from Page to Stage with Ann Randolph
  • Drama therapy and Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance with Armand Volkas
  • Tamalpa Institute–Body Part Mythology
  • Vocal Improvisation with Rhiannon
  • Circle singing with Bobby McFerrin
  • Mindfulness and loving kindness practices for the body

This training is recommended if you have already taken a 10-week class with me and want to go deeper or if you have some experience with voice work, expressive arts, somatic practices, and improvisational performance. You will benefit from this course if one or some of the following apply:

  • You like spaces where you can be vulnerable and authentic
  • You like spaces where you can be brave
  • You want deep healing through embodiment
  • You like groups and the potential for deep healing: acknowledging impact, calling people in
  • You like drama therapy
  • You love to play and improvise in community
  • You crave connection with others
  • You are a singer or performer and want to come from an authentic, internal foundation
  • You are a facilitator, healer, therapist, or change agent and want to fill your own well and come away with more tools for your own clients

We will start from the root (perineum, legs, feet) and go up the body and energy centers to arrive at the crown/top of the head. Each month we will focus on a different body part/chakra and its stories and how to sing from that part of our body and give voice to its songs.

Classes will be held in Berkeley on approximately the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 630-930pm at Green Yogi Telegraph near Ashby and 1 Sunday a month from 10am to 5pm at Cal Shakes in Orinda (retreat like setting in nature with lots of outdoor spaces to play). See the detailed schedule below:

September: Introduction to the Body/Process Monday Sept 16 and 30, 2024

October: Roots/Ancestral Support/Grounding/Roots (Legs/Feet/Perineum: 1st chakra) Mondays Oct 7 and 21, Sundays Oct 13 and 27

November: Creativity/Sexuality (Pelvis: 2nd chakra) Mon Nov 4; Sun Nov 10; Mon Nov 18

December: Power/Intuition (Solar Plexus, Belly: 3rd chakra) Mon Dec 2; Sun Dec 8; Mon Dec 16

January: Love/Protection (Heart/Chest: 4th chakra) Mon Jan 6, 2025; Sun Jan 12; Mon Jan 20

Feb: Connection (Arms/Hands: Extension from the heart) Mon Feb 3; Sun Feb 9; Mon Feb 17

March: Communication/Truth (Throat/Neck: 5th chakra) Mon Mar 3; Sun Mar 9; Mon Mar 17, Sun Mar 30

April: Visioning (Head/Face/3rd Eye: 6th and 7th chakra) Mon April 7; Sun April 13; Mon April 21

May: Performance Rituals/Ritual Performances Sun May 4; Mon May 12; Mon May 19

June: Integration Mon June 2; Mon June 9.

People come out of this program with a deep love/acceptance for their bodies, identities, and selves; a strong sense of community, friendship, and belonging; freeing their voices; peace and self love; healing of internal splits; more joy; empowerment; inspired creativity; and more.

The cost is $3950 for 120 hours over 10 months ($395/month). This includes a one hour private session (value $160) with me to get support around whatever is arising in the program or to get help around your performance ritual/ritual performance. You must attend 90% of the sessions (you can miss 3 classes or 12 hours) in order to graduate and receive a certificate of completion of Free Your Voice & Body Stories Level 1. Think of this group as part play/singing/music/joy and part drama therapy/healing the body through storytelling. This is a process-oriented group and a no-judgment zone, and you will become a more confident singer/musician as well as embodied performer/storyteller. Throughout it we create a strong love field of belonging and connection. If the idea of short solos and a longer 15 minute performance ritual at the end of 10 months absolutely terrifies you, I offer 10 week shorter courses (that you can take many times) that will prepare you for this deep dive.

You are making a commitment to yourself and to the group for an intensive training program that will help you transform your psychological material and free your voice and life. This work is transformative and requires a deep commitment to showing up for yourself and for the group. As a result you will be more deeply embodied and be able to hold more parts of yourself and others.

Payment plans are available. Limited sliding scale and scholarships and work trade available for folks in financial need. To apply for the program, please fill out this application. Admissions are on a rolling basis. This courses prioritizes QTBIPOC, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ folks.

I took Phoenix Song’s “Free Your Voice” class this summer and was blown away by how much I got out of it. Phoenix teaches with the expert grace of a seasoned therapist and musician combined. In ten weeks I feel like I got ten years worth of talk therapy and musical training combined. And the community we formed is priceless.–Michael F.

Free Your Voice with Phoenix Song

Discover the secrets of freeing your voice and playing your body instrument in these playful, heartfelt classes. Learn healthy vocal techniques for singing, sounding, and speaking. Experience the healing and transformative effects of sound vibrations as we free our voices in this connective community workshop. You will leave with a solid understanding of both the technical/practical aspects of the voice as well as its emotional/energetic/psychological components.

Learn how to build and tune your body instrument with breath support, core engagement, proper posture, open throat, resonance, projection, and more. Next, play music on your instrument and sing songs from around the world. Connect with your intention and desire to express your heart/soul song. We will also come into alignment with our body instruments with chakra sound and movement meditations and powerful Sanskrit mantras. We will often end with an expressive arts activity, improvisational singing or sounding circle, or small group improv skits to release sounds and emotions; help you contact and express your truth; and learn to trust yourself and others in play and creation. You will leave sessions both relaxed and energized, feeling more connected to yourself and others and empowered to free your voice and free your life!

This workshop is for all people: total beginners, shy people, those with trauma around their voices, and experienced singers. Everyone will transform!

Free Your Voice while Drumming with Phoenix Song

Learn to drum and sing at the same time! This playful workshop is a total brain workout and incorporates world rhythms and songs for djembe, doumbek, and cajon; body percussion; improvisation; and jamming. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in this class! All levels welcome including absolute beginners.

Amaze yourself and free your inner singer and drummer at the same time! This workshop will teach you how to play the fundamental drum strokes–bass, tone, slap, pop, and touch. Learn West African polyrhythms and Middle Eastern trance rhythms and songs from around the world. You will gain a deeper understanding of rhythm and learn how to feel the groove and improvise in a rhythm. I will also teach healthy voice technique (breath support, releasing throat tension, using your mask for projection, and a flexible larynx) and basic body percussion. We’ll get expressive on our drums (djembe, doumbek and cajon recommended), rock out, and sing! Drum therapy!

This workshop is for all people: total beginners, those with trauma around their voices, the rhythmically challenged, and experienced singers and drummers. Everyone will grow!

Phoenix Song's Free Your Voice class was absolutely astounding. They are incredibly skilled at quietly creating a safe space and gently encouraging people to explore and find their truth, then openly express it. Whether you are a professional singer or have never sung a note in your life you will benefit from this workshop. Sign up NOW!!! You won't regret it.

Colleen B.
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Phoenix's class is one of my favorite things I've done for myself as an adult. I learned how to be more honest, creative and vulnerable. But mostly it was just *so* much fun. If you're interested in music, expression, presenting or developing a new skill or community, you're going to love it.

Hanna J.

Free Your Voice while Drumming was outstanding. Phoenix Song is a superb teacher. We became tight after just a few classes together, and we found ourselves doing things we didn't think possible (and we're not all musicians or singers). It's really a magical experience that has liberated new possibilities in my music and my being.

Lisa F.

FREE YOUR VOICE & DRUM COURSES

2011
September 2011
Free Your Voice Initiation
In 2011, I decided to start the program to share tools such as sound meditations, chanting, singing, expressive arts, improv, and play that have helped me free my own voice. 14 people joined the inaugural group including beginners, shy people, shower singers, and performers
2014
February 2014
Harmony
After helping people free their voices for over 2 years, I developed the 2nd course in harmony to help people sing on pitch in a chorus of freedom and protest songs taught in the oral tradition. We also incorporate play, improv, expressive arts, drama, and more.
2015
January, 2015
Free Your Voice while Drumming
Do you want to experience a total brain workout and full body bliss? Learning to drum and sing at the same time feels sooo good. Middle Eastern trance rhythms and West African polyrhythms with world songs, improv, jamming, and expressive arts. Drum therapy! This class can be taken repeatedly because songs and rhythms change each class. You could take all 4 courses in a year for a deep dive.
2016
January 2016
Chakra Sound Journey--Tuning your Body Instrument
People wanted more courses, so every year I started to create a new one. In 2016, I launched a course that helped people explore each chakra with song, expressive arts, movement with sounding, improv, and play as we tune our body instruments together.
2020
Jan 2020
Sing Your Story
This course will help you sing, sound and speak your story in improv exercises that utilize embodied storytelling, theater, singing, circle singing, and more. We will learn songs in harmony as well. Reclaim your life narrative in a creative, supportive, empowering environment and sing your story!
Photos by Alison Christiana, Stani Photography, Gaby Esensten, Graham Holoch, Rucha Chitnis, Jamil Hellu, Awake Storytelling, Caitlin Hannan, Kai Lai

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