Monday, July 14, 2014

Silence Sings: An Evening of Songs, Poems, and Meditations

Friday, September 5, 2014
7 p.m.

Silence Sings, a private house concert in Silver Spring, Maryland, featuring John Mizelle. Come join us as John presents an evening of original poems, songs, and meditations that overflow in celebration of our miraculous world and the still, bright emptiness from which all of creation breaks into blossom.

John Mizelle is a prize-winning poet and fiction writer; a singer and songwriter with three published CDs of original lyrical music; and a psychotherapist and teacher of meditation and spiritual psychology. His passion is direct experience of Self beyond the conditioned mind. He draws inspiration from the mystery of the natural world, from the mystic poets of all times and places, from music, and from people. He lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the Central California coast with his wife and a family of animals. Learn more about John at

We hope you will be able to join us for this special evening--please let me know if you are interested.

This event is donation based.

July meditation with guest musicians Ronn McFarlane and Brian Kay, a lute duet

Mindfulness meditation...guided meditation...and silent meditation in a room with others on a spiritual path. Our July meditation will include guest musicians Ronn McFarlane and Brian Kay as a lute duet.

Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects. In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world. He has over 25 recordings on the Dorian label, including solo albums, lute songs, recordings with the Baltimore Consort; and "Blame Not My Lute," a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, with spoken word by Robert Aubry Davis.

Award-winning musician Brian Kay has performed throughout the United States and beyond. A multi-instrumentalist, Brian specializes in historical plucked instruments and ancient songs of the world, is a songwriter and singer, plays a variety of percussion and wind instruments, writes poetry, and paints. Brian has been featured at distinguished venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Shriver Hall, and The Boston Early Music Festival. His radio appearances include Baltimore's WYPR and Boston's WGBH. His debut album Ocean was released in November, 2013.

Meditations in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 19 begin at 10:30 and continue for one hour or so. Following meditations you are invited to join us in the dining room for lunch--delicious organic, whole, vegetarian snacks. Let me know if you are interested, and I will send you the location. Welcome to our meditation community!