Welcome to a four-week online course using vocal practices designed to increase your system's capacity to disobey, interrupt, disrupt, rebel, and create change.
In an effort to minimize time zone issues, this course is arranged such that you can watch and practice the material where and when you are most comfortable and still benefit from a classroom environment and direct feedback from me. Each week you receive the course material via video in your inbox. You watch the video and practice along with me. Then you record yourself doing one of the assignments and post it in our private Facebook group for feedback, encouragement, and practice being seen and heard.
Laura has an incredible ability to help you shift inside. Through what seems like simple voice exercises, she helps bring about insights, healing and expression as you’ve never experienced it before.
Each week is themed according to an arc of development from beginner to getting more comfortable to breaking down to building up.
FROM THE GUT
BEGINNING TO VOICE
use your voice in new ways
hear and be heard
link your voice to instinct
FROM THE HEART
embrace your uniqueness
increase capacity for intensity
link your voice to emotion
FROM THE MIND
VOICE MY OPINION
find your no
say what you really think
link your voice to values
BLEND OF GUT, HEART, MIND
VOICE MY INTEGRITY
find interpersonal resonance
channel power into service
link your voice to vision
Laura has helped me break the spell I’ve lived under for probably hundreds of years, and she has helped me unleash, break open and literally rebirth the essence of my voice. I am blessed and in deep gratitude for I no longer fear speaking. In fact, I’m amazed that I can have so many people listening to what I have to say.
Myriam Llano, founder of Divine Renewal™
You matter. Your voice matters. Your opinion matters. Your presence matters. Your power matters. To change the system, we must change the patterns inside of it. Emergence comes from disturbance, and we need people who can speak and act in integrity even when it's difficult or scary or easier just to give up.
I have been teaching voicework as a practice for healing and change since 2016, and I can tell you that I have not found another singular modality that is as effective and powerful. Here are a few reasons why:
- Your voice is the sound of who you are. It is your acoustic identity. This means that working with the voice is an instantly intimate and concentrated act.
- Voicework practices (and songs) have a start and end. This means that a container is created for you as you practice.
- Sound waves from your voice penetrate your own body at a cellular level, as well those of witnesses. Voicework operates at multiple, unseen levels.
- Singing is theorized to be how early humans defined groups too large to groom, which means that your voice is primed to hold the key to belonging - and as such the wounds of rejection, abandonment, and judgment. The voice is a potent area that both reveals and tends to those wounds.
How does it work?
Once per week for four weeks, you will receive a video via email. Videos are both instructional and experiential (and yours to keep forever). You watch the video when it's convenient for you during the week. (It's best to find a private place and time.) There will be practices to do during the video, practices to continue during the week on your own, and practices to record yourself doing in order to post in our private Facebook group. Recording yourself and sharing your video to the wider classroom is a vital part of this process because you are rehearsing for real-world expression and exposure. I will respond to each video and give feedback. You will be giving encouragement and providing witnessing for your classmates' videos, as well.
Please note that if you have not posted in the group by the halfway point of the course, you will continue to receive course material but will be removed from the group. Participation is mandatory in order to preserve an atmosphere of safety for participants.
Through Laura's loving and empowering guidance, a new-found liberation was unlocked inside me. I highly recommend working with Laura if you are looking to unlock your voice and message to share with the world. If you already found your voice, I believe she can help you soar even higher.
Voicework for Disobedience is perfect for those of you who:
long for more social and relational courage to express who you are and how you feel
want to feel more comfortable speaking to groups or on video
struggle to share your opinion or interrupt actions that violate your values
find yourself agreeing when you want to disagree
get caught up in the fight (or the freeze) and can't seem to align your external expression with your internal passion
know you are here for big things and feel that there is something waiting to be made manifest behind the closed doors of your voice
have no experience with voicework or have lots of experience with voicework
This course offers you an opportunity to rehearse and practice brand new ways of using your voice. Dishabituation is the first step in change. We must shake loose our habits and demechanize our way of being in order to discover what is possible. Next, we create new neural pathways by doing this work in the context of safety, pleasure, and play. We begin to link disobedience with fun and acceptance, deepened by witnessing others in the class do this work without being punished or harmed. Ideally, our systems begin to reorient from threat to stability inside the container of this course. (Now, one month can only do so much. However, I do give you the tools to continue this work long after the class ends.) Finally, by dishabituating and reorienting, we arrive at building the capacity and resourcing we need to use our voices to reject that which runs counter to our values and create the world we want to see.
I'm going to get in so much trouble, and strangely, I'm looking forward to it. I feel a permission to be naughty without facing any harsh consequences of being so. I feel a sense of many choices and just a broader definition of disobedience in my body. The binary is so restrictive. Thank you, Laura.
You receive your videos on four Mondays in April, 2023: 3, 10, 17, 24.
You are welcome to engage in discussion in the group prior to the first video and continue two weeks after the final video.
The cost of this course is 299 USD.
Sliding scale for un(der)employed, region-specific need, etc. is 159 USD.
Scholarships available depending upon enrollment.
Not only did we get a wide range of exercises, the reasoning behind them and much of the other wisdom shared was so vast. I was really blown away by how I could relate parts of my voice or vocal history to big imbalances in my life. I started the course barely able to record a simple introductory "who am I", and by the end I was singing songs I had written myself (whaaaat?!). It is potent yet gentle work, and we were in wonderful hands!