Posi Music Festival

Posi Music Festival

5 Days of Amazing Events!

For Music Directors, Artists & Fans!

February 22 – 26, 2018

The festival registration price of $355 includes 3 communal lunches. A service charge of $6.95 will be applied to registrations. 

Group rates are available for 3 or more from same church.

The beautiful Tampa Marriott Westshore

Hotel Conference Rate is $138 plus tax per night and each room can sleep up to 4 people.

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Experience the most awesome gathering of Posi Music artists on the planet!

  • Nightly concerts

  • The wildly popular Pajama Jam acoustic music showcases

  • Workshops and keynotes 

  • Song circles

  • Namaste Cafe (share a song)

  • Conference ensembles. 

  • And the 13th Annual emPower Posi Awards

Schedule: (Subject to change)

Thursday February 22  

4:00 – 6:00 pm   Registration
Dinner on your own
6:00 – 7:00  Orientation: Karen Drucker, Richard Mekdeci, Sue Riley, Harold Payne  
7:00 -8:30 - Welcome and keynote "The Power of One" with Richard Mekdeci, David Roth, and others. Followed by Greg Tamblyn Grace Note concert.

8:30 - 9:15 Opening receiption

8:30-10:30  Namaste Cafe hosted by David Roth.  Share a song.  Sign up sheets in bookstore

Friday February 23
8:30-9:15 am   Greet the Day Sing-along with Faith Rivera and Announcements
9:30-11:30  Friday Keynote – Garland Landrith
11:45-1:00   Communal Lunch included in registration

1:00-2:30  Five Concurrent Workshops:  
1. What Can I Do For You Today?  David Roth
This is a simple question that may evoke a wide variety of responses.  In this session, our well-traveled troubadour will ask you exactly that - how to be in service in the present moment and respond with music, engagement, open mind, and heart.  What will result is a personal and communal call to action for what happens next, and how we can use our talents and abilities to move the human family forward in a mindfully positive direction.

2. Rumi – the Way of Love - Blair Tabor: This intimate workshop will give participants an opportunity to investigate four phases of the Mystical experience through the poetry of Rumi

3.  Create the Flow- Elaine Penn & Nancy Pitkin (build an enriching and inspiring music program) New Thought Music Directors have the opportunity to create inspiring and uplifting music every week.  In this workshop you will learn to select songs that match the weekly lesson topic and inspire the congregation; coach the special musicians and band members to maximize their strengths, and create a powerful service.

4.  Social Media Basics - Jacquie Fernandez-Lenati:  This workshop will support someone who has limited experience with Facebook or Twitter. Instructions will cover social media jargon and basic concepts such as the following: My profile info, privacy settings, posting/tagging, liking and commenting, tweeting, hashtags, messaging and following/friending. Additionally, group and page admin skills will be reviewed.

5.  The Art of Performance: - Karen Drucker: Being your authentic self every time you perform

“I’m taming my inner critic - you are not welcome here anymore!   I’m taming my inner critic - allow me to kick you out the door!.”  Karen Drucker
What would it be like to do a performance and truly “be” there - to feel all the emotions, to really hear the music, to feel the validation of applause, to really connect with your audience and not let your inner critic get in the way and judge what you are doing while you are doing it? Be part of a group of performers and fans and learn how you can be more connected and authentic every time you perform. Depending on the class size, some people will be able to perform and get supportive feedback and valuable tools to be a confident performer.

Whether you are new to performing or an experienced professional this workshop will :
  *Allow you to get clear on what your intentions are whenever you perform.
*Tame your inner critic and take charge of your over-active mind.
*Get clarity on the patterns that we all fall into and how to break them.
*Get loving support for just being who you are!
This workshop will be a combination of group discussions, making music and having fun! Come give yourself the gift of truly being seen, heard and acknowledged for the gift that you are giving to the world. *This class is open to performers of all levels and also anyone who would like to come listen and be supportive!

6. Soul Prosperity - Stowe/Good
This workshop is for ANYONE who is ready to wipe the slate clean and begin creating major life changes! In this exciting 1 ½ hour workshop you’ll experience the power and magic of heart-opening songs, mind-expanding exercises, and the camaraderie of like-minded souls. Are you ready to place your order with God.com?

2:30 – 3:00  BREAK

3:00 - 4:30 Five Concurrent Workshops:  
1.  Bridging the Gap with Rap: Kim Belew
Is your community wanting to find a way to connect with a younger audience while also connecting with your longstanding community?
In this workshop we will not only explore the art of rap music but also how music can help bridge the generation gap in spiritual communities.

2.  Instrumental Ensemble directed by David Ezell: Instrumentalists are invited to join together with other musicians in small ensembles. Ensembles who are well-prepared will be invited to perform for the afternoon banquet on Sunday. For those who preregister for this activity by January 8 we will recommend an ensemble group for each participant to join and suggest or arrange appropriate music. Attendance at both rehearsals is required to participate in the performances.
For comments and questions send email to david@heartwindmusic.com.
3.  What’s A New Thought Song? – Richard Mekdeci  Language is as important in our music as it is in our sermons. In order to define our unique theology and differentiate our music from traditional church music, it should reflect the sometimes subtle nuances that make a song “New Thought”. We will discuss what New Thought is, and compare some of our most commonly used songs to the criteria we create. Participants are invited to bring their own songs to examine or suggest songs for comparison.

4.  Grain of Salt Song Support - David Roth:  Receive constructive feedback from the group and from David on your works in progress or emerging ideas for your next masterpiece. You are ultimately the creator and expresser of your inner genius so any suggestions are to be taken . . . that’s right, with a grain of salt.

5.  Native Flute Playshop - Armand and Angelina:
Are you ready to learn the Native American Flute? For Centuries, people have been mesmerized by the hypnotic sounds from these gentle flutes. This playshop will begin with a Native Flute smudging. Then we will all learn how simple this instrument is to master. All the notes are in tune with themselves so even those with no musical ability, can play lovely melodies.
We will have several practice flutes for those that want to try for themselves. We will also have flutes to purchase for those interested, along with detailed instruction books.
The Playshop includes playshop handout, a flute to use during the class and a certificate of completion with an A+ with extra credit.

4:30-6:45 Dinner on your own

7:00 pm  All Music Matters Concert and New Artist Showcase
                 featuring this year’s Honorable Mentions
10-midnight  Pajama Jam Late Night Acoustic Music Showcases –
              Over 40 artists performing in in themed hotel rooms.  Our signature event.

Saturday February 24
8:30 – 9:15 am Greet The Day Sing-along and Announcement with Daniel Nahmod
Saturday Keynote: Father Gregory Boyle -

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world.
A native Angeleno, Father Boyle entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1972 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1984. He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what he has called "the decade of death" that began in the late 1980's. In the face of law enforcement and criminal justice tactics and policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treating gang members as human beings.
By 1988, having buried an ever growing number of young people killed in gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members sought to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth by developing positive opportunities for them, including establishing an alternative school and day care program, and seeking out legitimate employment.  They called this initial effort Jobs for a Future.  “Gang violence is about a lethal absence of hope,” Father Boyle has said.  “Nobody has ever met a hopeful kid who joined a gang.”
In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, Jobs for a Future, later to become HomeBoy Industries. Today, Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to 15,000 men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
Father Boyle is the author of the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award.
Father Boyle is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog.  He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.  In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.  He received the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.

11:45-1:00  Communal Lunch:  Included in Registration

1:00-2:30 Five Concurrent Workshops:
1.     A Tapping and Quantum Love Flow Concert: Garland Landrith and Jana Stanfield
Dr. Garland Landrith whose research is cited in the movie “What the Bleep” and multi-Posi Award winner, Jana Stanfield team up to show you how to use body energies and love as a way to expand your consciousness in order to enhance the musical experience. The concert will feature two parts: During the first part, we will use EFT techniques to “tap” to the beat of the music on specific energy points to release endorphins (During this part of the concert, many people also feel moved to dance along with the tapping.) During the second portion of the concert, we will use Heartmath techniques to create a deep, rhythmic flow to the music and enhance the deep feelings you have in your heart. We will also use chanting as a way to further expand our experience. All are welcome!!!!  

2.     Purpose: From songwriting to living abundantly - John Stringer:
Whether you are seeking to write the songs you were born to write or just seeking to live life more abundantly, the principles that ensure your fulfillment are the same.  Join life teacher and billboard charting singer-songwriter, John Stringer, for a workshop on clarifying purpose, intent and practicing alignment with your knowing so that you are living the life you came to live from moment to moment.  The essence that you are has all power to ensure you fulfill all you are here to experience in a way that is blissful. John will simply remind you of how to choose alignment over resistance, bliss instead of suffering.  The workshop will include John sharing some music, channeling and a live Q&A session.

3. Vortex Party – Faith Rivera: How to Get Out of your Funk & into the Fun
 Some days we have that spring in our step and all is sunny in our posi-world.  And other moments, we feel like Charlie Brown with our very own rain cloud following us wherever we go.  No matter how positive-minded and heart-centered we are, especially with the headlines these days, we all get bogged down from time to time.  Instead of feeling stuck and deflated, what if we could play, pray, dance, intend our way out of that funk?!  Come explore and experience practical ways to turn around these hopeless moments in the direction of happiness, from frustration to freedom, anger to positive action. Using music, journaling, movement/dance, breath work, even facebook and other apps, we’ll build your own personalized “Turning Funk to Fun” toolbox to take home.  Bring your smartphones, ipads, tablets and if you don’t know what those are, just bring YOU!  And if you’re curious what a Vortex Party is – come to find out?!

4. Practical Breathwork - Shannon Plummer and Bob Sima
Breathwork is a field of study and practice that is deep and wide and complex. For millennia, breathwork has been practiced and taught for the benefit of mind, body, and spiritual enhancement by yogis, shaman, Zen masters, re-birthers, and energy healers. It is deeply rooted in much of eastern medicine and spirituality. Practical Breathwork introduces concepts that will immediately have an impact on, in, and around your life. Expect revolutionary information that will: restore nervous system balance, deepen meditation, revitalize health and well-being, raise energy and clarity, improve sleep and digestion, reduce cravings, magnify multi-level presence, and amplify connection to all. The content is presented in a format that is practical. Practical leads to a practice which leads to sustainability.
For more information, visit www.PracticalBreathwork.com

5.  A Vision For You ~ A Vision For Your Voice - Megon McDonough:
“The Divine Intersection” that’s what I call the voice. It is the mid point between our head and our heart, and it is our Power Center, according to The 12 Powers by Charles Fillmore.
There are goals and then there is a Vision. We all set goals whether we know it or not. I have a goal of waking up, making it to the coffee pot, meditation and some writing etc… but what is my Vision for: my day, my week, my LIFE? And most specifically, since I am a singer, what is my vision for my voice and communication?
Please join in the conversation about Vision. What it is, what it is not, and what actions we can take to get more clarity around a Vision for every aspect of our lives.
We will be learning some vocal techniques, warm ups, exercises to help strengthen your voice – your constant healing companion – and play a few improve games for FUN!  Because my teacher says if I’m not having fun, I’m not doing it right~Sing!

Break 2:30 – 3:00
3:00 – 4:00 Five Concurrent Workshops:  
1. Let Technology Do Your Heavy Lifting: Thom Lich - Imagine that your music director duties include rehearsing (and sometimes writing charts for) a full band every week for Wednesday and Sunday services. Your 2000 attendees on regular Sundays swell to 6500 attendees at your 7 Christmas services, featuring 7 soloists, and 85 voice adult choir and a 40 voice children’s choir that you arrange songs for. Can you say “scheduling nightmare”?  Imagine you’re sending recordings and charts sometimes a month in advance…and that’s where we get to Thom Lich’s secret superpower. He lets technology do the heavy lifting, through the use of online scheduling technology, Sibelius, Transcribe!, GarageBand, iTunes. Yes, he’s got 26,000 service songs stored with iTunes for use in services. Would you like to learn how you can apply some of these skills to make YOUR music director duties a little easier?  If you only learn one thing that makes life easier…it’s worth your time, but you’ll learn much more than that in this session.
2. Instrumental Ensemble - David Ezell - continued

3.     Daniel Nahmod song support

4.  Honoring the Four Sacred Bodies - Andrea Menard
The 4 Sacred Bodies Workshop is designed to bring healing to those who have been afraid to speak, to those who are uncomfortable with their feelings, and to those who feel terrorized by their mind. Using the wisdom of the Medicine Wheel, Andrea offers a technique to stabilize the Four Sacred Bodies and engage the Mental Body’s awareness of the other three Bodies: the Physical Body, the Emotional Body, and the Spiritual Body.
Through sacred teachings, drumming, vocalization, visualization and laughter, Andrea assists in opening the vocal channels that lock-down the emotional voice, and offers all attendees a new practice for expression.

5. Using Synchronicity to Empower Your Music – Sky Nelson
Have you ever selected music for a service only to find a miraculous alignment of meaning with the minister’s message that you could never have predicted with your logical brain? Have you ever found that a lesson topic or song selected months ago for a service just happens to be perfectly aligned with current events in your community when the day arrives?  When we are in a state of flow, these synchronicities happen naturally. Living in flow is an essential aspect of the intentional world we are creating. But how does it happen?
Come join a workshop where you will gain practice at making the most of synchronicity, backed by Sky’s fascinating research into the Science Behind Science of Mind. Picture an apple tree branching above you, representing all the many possible future outcomes. Some branches have apples, some don’t. Using quantum mechanics, Sky has shown that the actions you choose to take determine where the apples grow and which of these branches you are likely to end up on. Thoughts are things!

6.  Take a Bow! - Jan Garrett and JD Martin
The Art of Giving and Receiving, Onstage and Off.

4:30-5:30 Meet the Artists:  Bookstore
5:00-6:45 Dinner on your own
7:00 pm Mega PosiPalooza! Featuring previous Nominees
9:30-11:30 Namaste Cafe hosted by Jana Stanfield.  
Share a song. Sign up sheet in the bookstore

Sunday: February 25

11:00 –Noon-  Sunday Morning Faith Lift "How Your Life Matters-The Butterfly Effect" with Richard Mekdeci
1:00 -2:30  Posi Festival Banquet featuring ensembles, followed by the Grace Note presentation by the Music Team of UWM.  Greg Tamblyn recepient.

3-4:30 Five Concurrent Workshops: or Song Circles: (Sign up in the Bookstore)

1.  Social Media Level II - Reverand Jacquie Lenati: This workshop will support skilled social media users and cover topics including: scheduling posts, formatting photos for maximum viewing, advanced privacy settings, posting as page, multiple page administration, uploading files, and third party apps. An overview for how to effectively create posts to maximize engagement.
2.     Hands Free: Writing Melodies Without an Instrument - Lisa Aschmann
This workshop is designed to inspire and encourage the writing and crafting of great new songs from the author of “1000 Songwriting Ideas”
3.     Drumming our Authentic Selves -Celebrating our Unique Rhythm - Chelley Seibert:
The world needs EVERYONE’s part to be complete. If your part isn’t played, there is a hole in the total piece, and the world can’t live up to it’s fullest potential. By offering your unique voice, the circle is complete. However, if you shy away, your absence flattens our vibrancy. WE NEED YOU! This workshop focuses on opening up the heart space and exploring our authentic selves thru drumming, singing and creating our own songs.  Join Chelley Seibert in a session of creativity, humor and empowerment to carry into your week!
4. More Music in the World - Blair Tabor: It would be based on my experience of taking my penny whistle to the oil change place and playing music while I wait.
It would be an interactive session to brainstorm and plan ways to bring music to other people's lives

5. Song Circles – Marcy Baruch, Jana Stanfield, Freebo, John Stringer

7:00 - 13th Annual Posi Awards
11pm After Awards Backstage Celebration

Monday February 26
10:00 am Closing Circle and chanting -
9:30am 7th Totally Cool Song School, all day



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Last year's emPower Posi Music Festival,  was a jam packed weekend of music, workshops, and fun.  Here's what some of the attendees are saying about the experience.

"Just want to send you a big hug of appreciation for the Posi gathering. It was really amazing. What a thrill to see so many remarkable artists working together to make such meaningful music. We loved it."  (Flossie Ernzen, Licensed Unity Teacher)

"I am SO enriched by the Posi Festival.. thank you so much!"  (Linda Chubbuck, performing artist)

"You organize a really amazing event—I met so many terrific folks whom I can't wait to see again."  (Jeff Brown)

"I feel so blessed to be in this tribe of amazingly gifted, generous, funny, and inspiring people."  (Karen Drucker, Posi artist)