Renewing our spirits through singing

I often wonder what it would be like if we dared to love this life — the fragile and the vulnerable, the endangered, daring to be humble before the magnitude of our beginnings, daring to learn our species into a stubborn and pliant wonder, until reverence shines in all that we do

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For the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area clean up, it is wonderful to welcome Ellen, and Laura, who are part of the Saskatoon Singing Circle, an affiliate of the Sacred Web Singers. They are taking the time to connect and bring together singers for an absolutely delightful singing circle to join the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up on Saturday, July 9, 2016.

The Sacred Web Singers [SWS] are networks of Canadian singing circles in North America. The SWS mission is:

We are a circle of compassionate women,
renewing our spirits through singing beautiful and meaningful songs
about the earth, justice, and peace.
We are transformed through song and ritual, good company, good food, good fun
—then we share ourselves and our songs in our communities.
We connect with the larger web of women inspired by
Carolyn McDade, Norma Luccock, and others of song and action.~SourceFor instance, the singers will introduce two songs to start us out for the clean up;
Drift Like A Breath adapted from the poetry by William Stafford. Words to the song are a part of Carolyn McDade’s New Music Widening Embrace, Music arising from the energies of the Earth.

The words to the Trees Chant by Lori Fithian and Eric Fithianis online at the Panbolla – Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc. ” Today the words of a song come to me as I sift through the soil at the foot of trees that are meant to support life for the animal species that we hope will return: O Standing Nation We sing to you We breathe with you We standby you.”

The song written by Carolyn McDade, O Beautiful Gaia [meaning earth], O Gaia calling us home has had two verses added by Saskatoon Women;

O Beautiful Gaia, O Gaia calling us home
O Beautiful Gaia, calling us on. [twice]

Poplar bending in wind storm, O Gaia Calling us Home
Trees reflected in water, Calling us on.

Smell of Pine Trees Consume me, O Gaia Calling Us Home
Leaves Rustling Beside Me, Calling us on.

Seeking new birds and flowers, O Gaia Calling us Home
Neighbour to Chappell Marshland, Calling us on.

As those who gather disperse to clean the forest, the singers will choose to join or continue singing Carolyn McDade and friends type songs

As those who gather disperse to clean the forest, the singers will choose to join or continue singing Carolyn McDade and friends type songs

“Carolyn’s recorded music dates back to the early 1970’s. Over the years she has organized 13 recording projects that grew out of her singing circles. Each project involved activist women and a growing body of gifted and accomplished professional musicians. Thousands of women have touched into these circles and projects. The depth of their living – profound and ordinary – stirs and sustains this music.” Caroyln McDade biography

In Prince Edward Island, the singing circle is named Gaia singers after the Earth, relates Laura who participated in the Nature City Festival Tour at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area.

“I often wonder what it would be like if we dared to love this life — the fragile and the vulnerable, the endangered, daring to be humble before the magnitude of our beginnings, daring to learn our species into a stubborn and pliant wonder, until reverence shines in all that we do — until we live an economics of reverence — until it permeates education, development and health care, homes and relationship, arts and agriculture — a reverence for life, for planetary, social and personal wholeness. This is our purpose now. May we do it well, with thoroughness and love.” ~ from Through the Moons of Autumn by Carolyn McDade

Inspirational tree songs bring the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area volunteers courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that THINGS CAN BE DONE.

“We are members of a vast cosmic orchestra in which each living instrument is essential to the complementary and harmonious playing of the whole.”~J. Allen Boone.

Additional Links

The Ancient Love – Carolyn McDade & Friends You Tube.
Carolyn McDade biography
Carolyn McDade Music Inspiration, Sustenance, Celebration, Celebrating the Long Road of Music.
Carolyn McDade Singing Circl CCS 120th Annivesary You Tube
Carolyn McDade’s Spirit of Life.
Coming Home LIke Rivers to the Sea. book written by Carolyn McDade. A Women’s Ritual
EcoSpirituality Resources. “Born of a Star” from We are the Lane We Sing Carolyn McDade lyrics and video
Serpent Song: Carolyn McDade Singers You Tube.
Spirit of LIfe by Carolyn McDade sung online
The view from Kevin’s corner: Carolyn McDade’s “Spirit of Life”
We of Earth – Carol You Tube

“Gladness begins with the first person, with you. But it may spread far, like the ripples when you toss a stone in the water.

Sing a song, sing a song,
Ring the glad-bells all along;
Smile at him who frowns at you,
He will smile and then they’re two.

Laugh a bit, laugh a bit,
Folks will soon be catching it,
Can’t resist a happy face;
World will be a merry place.

Laugh a Bit and Sing a Song,
Where they are there’s nothing wrong;
Joy will dance the whole world through,
But it must begin with you.

~Joseph Morris.”

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET

Author: stbarbebaker

This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

2 thoughts on “Renewing our spirits through singing”

  1. An inspiring post. Lovely song and words! A wonderful project… indeed trees and nature are to be appreciated as they are God’s beautiful creation. Thank you for sharing. I do appreciate your visit to my blog and the follow. Best wishes.

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