TO SPIRIT THROUGH SONG
An Experiential Celebration of Music, Prayer, & Creativity
A workshop led by Rev. Jody Kessler, singer/songwriter
& Interfaith Minister
The act of singing is a form of prayer on many levels. Song is:
· an expression of gratitude and a celebration of our aliveness
· a tool for opening to the Divine
· an invitation to surrender, let go, and ask for guidance
· a way to honor our authentic selves through creativity
In this workshop, we will explore from an Interfaith perspective
the many ways that song can deepen our connection with Spirit,
and how the act of singing can help us become a conduit for Divine
Love. Whether they be chants, hymns, popular or folk songs, or
our own compositions, songs are powerful tools that we can use
to infuse our lives with a spiritual focus. Drawing inspiration
from many traditions and from whatever music moves us, we will
create our own personal prayer songs that can be used for transformation
and spiritual growth. Simple ritual and guided meditation will
also be used to help us drop into a space where we can be receptive
to inner guidance and creative inspiration.
This workshop is non-denominational in focus. Recognizing that
there are many ways of envisioning and connecting with a Higher
Power, participants are encouraged to find their own path to deeper
union with Spirit. Through sound, silence, and sharing from the
heart, we will draw from the wellspring of love, wisdom, and peace
that dwells within each of us.
No previous musical or vocal experience is necessary. Just bring
your voice and an open heart.
Note: Those participants who play instruments are welcome to bring
them. In addition, a portable tape recorder is useful but not
Jody Kessler is a performing songwriter, recording
artist, educator, and ordained Interfaith Minister. She has released
four CDs, three of which have won awards for her outstanding songwriting
and musicianship. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and
has taught in schools, spiritual centers, and recreational programs
for over 25 years. She weaves together her gifts as a spiritual
leader, motivational speaker, teacher, and troubadour into a unique
ministry of song and spirit.
This workshop can be offered as a day-long retreat
or as a half-day, evening or weekend workshop. The basic format
can be modified to fit the needs of your program schedule.