The Power of Song: Building a Vocal Community®

A Weekend Workshop with Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell

November 10-12, 2017

There is an awesome power in the human voice and when uncommon voices are blended for the common good, they become a ‘vocal community’ at its best. Masterfully led by Dr. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell, singers and non-singers alike will share the common experience of learning in the oral tradition and singing traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, and a variety of songs from African American culture including spirituals, gospels, ring shouts, hymns, and songs from the Civil Rights Movement. The historical, social, and political context will be provided as an introduction to the songs. All that is required is a willingness to sing.

Reclaim Your Voice:
A Women's Workshop

Sunday October 15th, 10 am - 5 pm

If your voice could tell its story, what would it say? When did your voice feel most alive? Most shut down? Most empowered? Most vulnerable? How does your voice make you feel today?


In this workshop, Mila creates a safe, fun, and supportive space to playfully explore the unclaimed territories of your Voice. Using the Five Elements framework designed by Barbara McAfee, we will journey into the full spectrum of the Voice using the elements of Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Air. Together, we’ll use group-singing practices and playful exploration to connect more fully with our authentic voice as Women, and ultimately to our full aliveness.

Retreats & Gatherings

Based in the City of Toronto, Mila travels to facilitate workshops, retreats, and gatherings across North America. These are mainly village-style events, where we become a song village for 4 or 5 days in a beautiful, natural setting. Click below for these annual offerings, where all voices are welcome and no singing experience is required.

Toronto Street Singing

Join us on the first Monday of every month for street singing! Inspired by the idea of a “singing flash mob”, we choose a public place, and start singing an easy-to-learn song that people can join in on. It’s a lot of fun, and what better way to bring unexpected joy to the public?