utm3#UNITYTHROUGHMUSIC2020 is a virtual retreat experience happening both online and in the real world. Before the pandemic, the event took shape as an all-day grassroots cultural festival held in Mt Shasta, CA with the purpose of strengthening local community ties amongst residents across social boundaries (race, class, gender, politics) . This year, over a 48-hour period dedicated to the four pillars of wellness (Mind, Body, Community and Spirit), we invite artists, healers, educators, media-makers, parents and youth from around the world, to join us for a transformative and rejuvenating virtual experience grounded in Nature, Prayer/Meditation, Healing+Arts, Rhythm|Movement and Word.Sound.Life.

ATTEND. The event begins on Friday, August 7th at 4PM PDT / 7PM EDT, when we all gather online for the Opening Show. 48 hours later, on Sunday at 4PM PDT, the clock stops and we get together again for the Closing Ceremony. In between, there will be all sorts of creative collaboration, inspiring conversations, interactive workshops, live performances and FUN!
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** Please note - this year Unity through Music will take place entirely online. If you plan to get away in nature to maximize the impact of the experience, and are considering visiting Mount Shasta, we've included a map of the local lodges and our favorite camping sites here.

Nature ConcertPRESENT. We invite artists, speakers and workshop presenters on topics ranging from mindfulness, fitness, music, therapy, nutrition, gardening/permaculture etc... with the goal to provide attendees with valuable resources that offer a variety of lifestyle alternatives with healing benefits. In particular, we would like to invite elders and youth to perform, speak, or facilitate a session. Sessions should be between 20 and 30 minutes. Please review the categories below, before submitting your application:

We encourage presentations that address the effects of creativity and music on our individual and collective experience.
Topics including but not limited to:
*Stigma on mental health and disability
*Prayer, meditation, reiki energy healing
*Gardening, permaculture and food security
*Physical fitness and resilience
*Building community across distance
Workshops and demonstrations will run throughout the day and may be scheduled morning or afternoon according to the nature of the activity. We anticipate workshops such as:
*Sound Healing
Open call for submissions of DJ sets, live music, poetry, films, virtual installations and interactive experiences.

Apply to present

Sponsoring this event is an ideal way to demonstrate your individual or organization’s commitment to contributing to a culture of wellness and mindfulness in our schools and communities. Community sponsorship will allow Music Is Healing artists and presenters to receive complimentary honoraria for their artwork and expertise, while providing sponsoring organizations and businesses exposure and publicity for their support.
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Is this event for me? Who can participate?
The mission of Music is Healing is to promote Unity through Music. The intent of the Unity through Music Virtual Retreat is to provide everyone access and connection to individuals and resources that serve to fortify the four pillars of wellness: mind, body, community and spirit. That includes YOU!

What is the time commitment? Do I have to participate all 48 hours?
No. You may attend only the sessions that are of interest to you. We do however encourage you to spend as much time as you can, to get the most out of it.

Who is behind this event?
Unity through Music is a project of Music Is Healing - a creative media services agency started by Pierre-Valery Tchetgen (Artist, Educator and Entrepreneur), while pursuing a PhD at the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Since 2006, Pierre-Valery (also known by the stage name: Akwerius) has been amplifying creative voices and providing youth, families and the general public opportunities to access and share creative and cultural resources by connecting them with like-minded peers and mentors.

What is the Lion's Gate and why did you pick that date?
On August 8th, the brightest star in our sky (Sirius, known as the “Dog Star”) will reach its closest point to us and align with the Sun and Earth, opening what is known as the Lion’s Gate portal. This is a great time of activation of our collective intent for this virtual retreat, which is to create a space of meditation, restoration and rejuvenation during trying times, globally.