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December 18, 2020—December 20, 2020

Virtual Retreat: Voice as Practice/Art as a Beacon in Dark Times with Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher

The voice, the original human instrument, is an eloquent language that delineates feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. In our current time, it can be used as a way to connect more deeply with ourselves, as nourishment and energy, helping to fortify our hearts and minds.

For this virtual workshop, Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher will offer an online environment where voice, movement and image intersect, creating 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 continue with exercises exploring resonance, range, gesture, scale, rhythm, character and landscape. The playful aspect of creation and the joy of discovering our unique vocal and physical qualities will be emphasized as a way of connecting us to the healing power of the voice and body. The use of Zoom will also embrace our ability to work together with people from all over the world, practicing with and alongside others to generate a greater sense of solidarity.

Meredith will also share some performance videos that she has created and interviews that she has offered on Zoom since the beginning of the pandemic. At the end of the workshop, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with Meredith and Ellen, providing insight into some of the ways that Buddhist and artistic practices have served as a beacon for them in these times, and how they might be of use to others. The workshop is open to all levels and backgrounds.

This Virtual Retreat will be conducted on Zoom over three days – 5:30pm-7:00pm ET on Friday, December 18th; 10:00am – 12:30pm ET & 2:00pm – 5:00pm ET on Saturday, December 19th; and 10:00am – 12:30pm ET & 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET on Sunday, December 20th. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration closes at 3:00pm ET on Friday, December 18, 2020.

The Q&A session with Meredith Monk and Ellen Fisher will take place on Sunday, December 20, 2020 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET. If you are unable to attend the full retreat, you can register for just the Q&A session for $25. Those who are registered for the full virtual retreat will already have access to the Q&A as part of their registration. To sign up for the Q & A SESSION ONLY, REGISTER HERE.

Please email: events@garrisoninstitute.org with any questions.


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 an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines dance with visual components such as film, shadow play, objects and puppets. She began performing with Meredith Monk/The House in the 1970s. Ellen continues to teach and collaborate with artists on community inter-generational and intercultural projects, both domestically and internationally, and recently served as a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka.


Registration Options

1 - Standard Registration
2 - Subsidized Registration