Hold and Be Held
Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm PST or Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm PST
November 10th - December 15th (6 Sessions)
*all song circles are currently held on zoom. Times are listed in PST (West Coast U.S.), you can use this converter to find your time*
As we near the end of the year, with days getting shorter and temperatures getting cooler, singing can feel like a warm blanket over our bodies. In this shorter six-week intensive, we allow song and community to hold us. We allow our hearts to soften into the possibilities of the future through warmth, connection, and the closeness of our voices and spirits. Our culminating recording project will be "Hymn to Loving (Hold and Be Held)" and will be released on Lisaʻs forthcoming album!
WeSing is a queer-led, intergenerational and life-affirming community of humans, singing into the growing and necessary movement for our collective liberation. Our mission is to meet each other at the intersection of healing justice, community and song, where we: make music + cultivate practices for transforming ourselves first, then our larger community and planet; foster healing, connection and resilience for our strength and wholeness in the Movement; ground in a "We" instead of an "I," as we envision a world rooted in Justice in Love. WeSing strives to be an actively inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppression community -- you can learn more about our practices and intentions in the anti-racism statement below.
There is no prior singing experience required to participate in WeSing. Our community members come from all backgrounds - some trained singers, some, car/shower singers, some singing for the very first time in our space. You are loved and you are welcomed. Singing is your birthright.
Includes six live sessions, two original song downloads, and a culminating "performance" in the form of a virtual choir video and audio recording.
Supporting community: $250
Supported by community: $150
Video Only: $60 (email Lisa for info)
Please submit payment prior to November 10th
in order to secure your spot:
Venmo to @lisa-forkish
PayPal to email@example.com (please make
sure to select "friends and family" to avoid fees)
Notes about payment structure:
We offer three tiers. Those with the means are invited to pay in support of our community members who may need extra support. Those who are impacted by systemic oppression (low-income, disabled, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ fam) are invited to pay at the "supported by community" tier.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please email Lisa directly if you need further support: firstname.lastname@example.org
We donate 10% of proceeds to a native or indigenous-led movement and a Black-led movement. This term, we are making offerings to:
Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua: "Fueled by Lanakila Mangauil’s passion for Hawaiian culture and his mission to cultivate environmental stewardship, community members rallied together to work with him in creating the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua. HCCOH invites you to broaden your understanding and deepen your connection with Hawaiian culture through classes and workshops in art, hula, language, history and more."
Holistic Resistanceʻs Grief to Action Camp: "It is clear that there is a significant amount of grief and rage that is being released by African Heritage people and people of oppressed identities. The Grief to Action Camp is a semi-mobile camp where African Heritage and other identified POC (People of Color) can come shelter in place and grieve with support. After these strong emotions are released, folks can notice the wisdom that comes out of grief and out of rage, especially while being held and supported by African Heritage people and other allies."
As a white-bodied facilitator, I am deeply committed to a fierce, compassionate and consistent practice of examining, excavating and dismantling the culture of whiteness/white supremacy that lives inside my body - and so many healing, wellness, music and singing spaces. These anti-racist, anti-oppression practices are living, breathing and always changing as I learn (unlearn) and grow. For now, they include but are not limited to:
Giving from our proceeds each term: 10% of proceeds to a Native/Indigenous-led movement a Black-led movement.
Engaging in a land acknowledgement practice: naming the unceded / stolen territory where we reside, the ways in which we benefit from it, and the actions we can take toward healing, justice and accountability. For research, singers can use this link to Native lands and enter their zip code. We donate funds, as well as seek actions around Indigenous sovereignty.
Educating ourselves on the impact of whiteness and white supremacy, as it pertains to music and community singing, and within our broader world (anti-racism resource page is here and will be updated regularly).
Naming and owning our complicity in systems of oppression and working to dismantle those systems.
Understanding cultural appropriation --especially as it shows up in music-- with a commitment to learn from any missteps and repair harm caused with swiftness, thoughtfulness and humility.
Honoring and lifting up the stories and music of humans from BIPOC, queer, and other marginalized communities with care and deep listening to the voices themselves.
Offering an ongoing open forum via Google forms for singers to submit feedback -- anonymously if they so choose -- with an explicit invitation (but not expectation) for BIPOC within the community to share any insight, requests, questions or grievances so that we may stay accountable to our ant-racist intentions.
** WeSing welcomes humans from all backgrounds, and I strive to make our community as inclusive as possible. Our circles have always included folx from many racial and ethnic identities. Itʻs important for me to name that there tends to be a higher emotional calorie burn for BIPOC in mixed spaces, and so I lift up and prioritize the wellness of our BIPOC siblings in all circles. As well, I invite myself and other white-bodied folx to stay mindful of the space we inhabit with our bodies, voices, stories, experiences, etc. I believe we can do powerful healing in mixed spaces, and that it can also be hard and messy and uncomfortable, and so much more.
Can I join if I've never sung before? Yes, yes yes! All are welcome.
Will I have to sing in front of others? No, all singers are muted while singing together, due to delay issues on Zoom.
CAN I sing in front of others? Yes, there will be optional moments to share your voice unmuted with the group or in a breakout room.
Can I join if I'm unable to attend all 9 sessions? Yes, you can still join us! Our sessions will be recorded so you can access anytime.
Can I join if I don't want to participate in the recording project? Yes, you can join for the song circles and opt out of the video recording.
Can I join if I want to participate in the recording project but NOT the weekly gatherings? Yes, but payment is still required to cover costs of audio and video editing.
Can I participate without my video on? Yes, though preference is for videos on, as it tends to be easier to connect. I encourage all singers to take care of yourselves and lean in to comfort and safety in whatever ways you can.
What can I expect from the 90-minute circles? Our structure roughly looks like this:
opening grounding / body + voice practice
personal connections (diads using reflective listening practices)
singing: learning short, accessible songs with repeated parts that build
review of song for final (virtual) performance
Can I join if I'm not interested in the social justice/anti-oppression part? Not recommended. There are many other song circles out there just for singing! The WeSing community is queer-led, anti-racist, anti-oppression, anti-capitalist, pro-abolition, pro-liberation, pro-human. If some of these things don't jive with you, then this may not be the community singing space for you. Have questions or want to explore this 1:1? Email me to schedule a session: email@example.com
"Singing with Lisa and WeSing choir allows me
to feel expansive in a
time that can feel
community spirit is
alive in our song."
- Nani, WeSinger
"Now, more than ever, WeSing has become a weekly meditation where the resonance of our humanity can be deeply felt. That music can be so instrumental in creating this community is no accident; Lisa is strongly committed to the healing power music has to reach beyond the dissonance and create harmony. It is fundamental to her being that we can change the world through love. And Lisa is truly a love warrior."
- Robin, WeSinger
"This was an
time for me. Thank
you so much for
with us. The depth
and breadth of
this space is
Much, much gratitude
- Karen, WeSinger