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December 9, 2022—December 12, 2022

Onsite: Voice as Practice: Conjuring Connection in Challenging Times – Meredith Monk & Ellen Fisher

To attend a retreat or event all guests, teachers, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including at least one booster (additional boosters are optional). We will continue to follow any COVID-19 guidelines set forth by our local officials, NYS and the CDC. For this retreat, due to increased risk of transmission of both COVID-19 and the flu when singing unmasked in groups, participants will be required to wear masks for the duration of the weekend. For ease in singing, Meredith Monk recommends a singer’s mask. These are available for purchase here.

The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language that delineates feelings, energies, and memories for which we don’t have words. In our current time, it can be used as a way to connect more deeply with ourselves and others, as nourishment and energy, helping to fortify our bodies, hearts and minds.

With the return of this in-person workshop at Garrison, Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher will offer a place where voice, movement, and image intersect to create an opportunity for us to discover our own personal richness. Each session will begin with a short, guided meditation, followed by a detailed vocal and movement warm-up. We will explore how the outbreath expands into sound, tone, and resonance, and work with exercises to deepen our listening and awareness of our environment as well as the voices coming through us. The playful aspect of creation and the joy of discovering our unique vocal qualities will be emphasized as a way of connecting us to the healing power of the voice and body.

During the workshop we will further explore some of the principles that Meredith has been working with in the creation of her newest music-theater work, Indra’s Net. Meredith will also give a talk on the relationship she has crafted between her Buddhist practice and her art and Ellen will join her for a Q&A.

The workshop is open to all experiences and backgrounds. For ease in singing, Meredith Monk recommends a singer’s mask. These are available for purchase here.


Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director/choreographer, filmmaker, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer of what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance”. Celebrated internationally, her work, workshops, and lectures on Art as Practice have been presented at major venues throughout the world.

Ellen Fisher is a movement-based performance artist whose work integrates gestural actions with visual elements such as film and shadow play. She began performing with Meredith Monk/The House in the 1970s. Ellen also teaches and lectures regularly on dance both domestically and internationally.

To learn more about their work,  please visit www.meredithmonk.org

The health and safety of our guests and staff is a top priority for the Garrison Institute. We continue to follow the health and safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19 as set forth by our local officials, New York State and the Center for Disease Control. Please visit this page for more information about the new safety protocols in place as well as answers to frequently asked questions. For ease in singing, Meredith Monk recommends a singer’s mask. These are available for purchase here.

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NOTE: Dorm rooms are for groups of 3 or 4. Roommate(s) may be specified when registering.