Field Trip

THE MOTHER'S DAY FAMILY SPECIAL: DEEP LISTENING WALK  
 

Field Trip # 10 with the Arnhem based, North American musician, educator, certified deep listening trainer and Associate Editor of The Journal of Sonic Studies Sharon Renee Stewart

Location: Bezoekerscentrum Veluwezoom National Park
Date: 10. 5. 2015
Time: 1pm-5pm, when we arrive (at the latest) back at the Veluwezoom  Bezoekerscentrum.
Getting there: Car pooling & public transport
Food: Please bring with you a packed lunch for the day.
There are also four restaurants in the area. For those with children it is recommended to make reservations as it could be very busy on a Sunday. 
The restaurants are: De Deel, De Ruijf, Prinsheerlijk and Pannekoekhuis Stijland. 
Attention: Family welcome for separate activity at Mother's Day Deep Listening Walk in the beautiful Veluwezoom National Park. Children under the age of 6 will need a supervisor.

 

"During my mothering, I became fascinated by the non-verbal information that was provided by my child: the excitement in breath and heartbeat that proceeded feeding or communicative engagement; the endless possibilities of creating sounds with the lips, tongue, throat, hands and feet; the way my children would respond to melody and the incredible drive I felt to turn daily interactions into song and dance for them.

In the meantime my children have turned 12 and 9, and my practice is focused more on being aware of how our sound environment affects our interaction. How do I listen to them? How do I engage? When and how do I tune out? I am also becoming more aware of my own needs for quiet, for music and sound that feeds me energetically and for the space and time to listen to my inner voices, to follow the natural flow of movement in my body.

For this Mother’s Day Listening Walk, I would like to focus on and explore how listening to our (natural) environment can influence our perception of the world and our own perception of ourselves as a sensitive, vibrating body in the world. The field trip will, weather permitting, take place in the open air in the Veluwe. We will journey through the landscape, taking time to connect with our bodies, with the sounds around us and with our creative inner voices." 

Sharon Stewart became certified in Deep Listening (DL), with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold in 2011, after three European intensive retreats and two years of process work with listening meditations, body work and listening to dreams. Deep Listening was developed by composer and performer Pauline Oliveros. Oliveros herself describes DL as “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.” The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself. A Deep Listening practitioner explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive – of listening. The process also develops an awareness of one’s listening habits: what one tunes into and what one tunes out. Sharon is now assisting Heloise Gold as mentor in the DL Certificate Program.

Sharon Stewart studied piano at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music, and later completed a Masters in Music Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. She has a private piano practice in Arnhem, has collaborated as sound artist with various dancers, and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sonic Studies. In her own creating and teaching, she holds and returns to balance, openness, stillness and spontaneity, while leaving space for the explosive, volatile and powerful forces of emotional expression. Sharon became certified in Deep Listening, with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold in 2011 and has had significant personal experience with Core Energetic work, including a two-year training at Cordium, Nijmegen, 2008-2010.

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