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The Soul’s Flame – A Musical Reflection of Dante’s Worlds

February 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Singer’s Workshop

The Soul’s Flame – A Musical Reflection of Dante’s Worlds

February 13th @ 10am-6pm, 20th @ 10am-6pm and 21st @ 1pm-7:30pm

A musical journey of hope and forgiveness for the Lenten season. Join a Singers’ Workshop led by medieval music specialists Shira Kammen and Devi Mathieu to prepare this musical journey for presentation to the public as a Lenten offering.

Workshop Dates:​Saturday Feb 13, 10am-6pm
​​​Saturday Feb 20, 10am-6pm
​​​Sunday Feb 21, from 1-4pm and 5-7:30pm

Workshop Cost: $225 if registered by Jan 15 | $265 after Jan 15
Registration: Pre-registration is required. See below for registration details.




Dante’s 750th Year
In his epic poem the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri weaves Greek and Roman mythology, Italian history, and Christian legacy into a map that charts the journey of the human spirit from the depths of despair to the heights of beauty and love. In observance of the Lenten season, and in honor of the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, Numina Center for Spirituality and the Arts presents an experience of music, art, and story that emphasizes the profound, universal elements of Dante’s vision. We follow in the footsteps of his quest in Purgatorio for hope, healing, and community.



imageThe Singers’ Workshop – Feb 13, 20, and 21
Co-directors Shira Kammen and Devi Mathieu will lead singers in preparing a program of music, drawn from the Medieval era and beyond, that crosses the boundaries of religion and culture. The program features some of the most renowned music from the Middle Ages, with emphasis on works referenced in Dante’s poem. We will sing Gregorian plainchant, music composed by St. Hildegard of Bingen, Cantigas de Santa Maria from Spain, Carmina Burana from Bavaria, and Italian Trecento. In addition to music from the Christian tradition, we will honor the common roots of all religions that trace their origin to the prophet Abraham by singing sacred chants from Sufi and Jewish traditions.

Open to singers of all levels. Ability to read music is helpful but not required. For more information, contact Devi Mathieu, info@singhildegard.com.

Workshop Dates:

​Saturday Feb 13, 10am-6pm
​​​Saturday Feb 20, 10am-6pm
​​​Sunday Feb 21, 1-4pm and 5-7:30pm

Workshop Cost:​ $225 if registered by Jan 15 | $265 after Jan 15

Workshop Registration: Pre-registration is required. Register by sending a deposit of $50, or payment in full, to the address below. Please include the following information about yourself, or send this info via email to Devi Mathieu, info@singhildegard.com:
• Name, postal address, email address, telephone
• Vocal range
• Brief description of your singing experience
• Instruments you play, if any
• If you have participated in programs directed by Shira or Devi in the past, please remind us which ones.

Make checks payable to Numina Center and mail to:
​The Soul’s Flame/Numina Center
​c/o Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
​550 Mendocino Ave
​Santa Rosa CA 95401

imageMulti-instrumentalist Shira Kammen has spent well over half her life exploring the worlds of early and traditional music. A brilliant and inspiring teacher and director, she was a member for many years of the early music Ensembles Alcatraz and Project Ars Nova, and Medieval Strings. She has also worked with Sequentia, Hesperion XX, the Boston Camerata, the Balkan group Kitka, the King’s Noyse, the Newberry and Folger Consorts, the Oregon, California and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, and is the founder of Class V Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance on river rafting trips. She has performed and taught in North America, Europe, Israel, Morocco, Latvia, Russia, Abu Dhabi and Japan, and on the Colorado, Rogue, and Klamath Rivers.

Shira happily collaborated with singer/storyteller John Fleagle for fifteen years, and with medieval music expert and string virtuoso Margriet Tindemans. Shira performs now with several groups: a medieval ensemble, Fortune’s Wheel: a new music group, Ephemeros; an eclectic ethnic band, Panacea. She frequently collaborates with singer and medieval expert Anne Azema, storyteller/harpist Patrick Ball, and many theatrical and dance productions. www.shirakammen.com

imageDevi Mathieu sings medieval, contemporary, and traditional music in the US and Europe. She coaches singers, leads song circles, directs ensembles, and helps those who think they cannot sing to discover their voice. She sings with Ephemeros, a collaboration with her husband, composer and author William Allaudin Mathieu, and string virtuoso Shira Kammen. Their work is recorded on the Cold Mountain Music label. Devi also sings with Gradina, a California-based ensemble specializing in traditional Eastern European song and dance.

Devi has been singing and teaching the music of St. Hildegard of Bingen for more than 20 years. She uses the same methods of oral transmission Hildegard used – relaxing, nourishing techniques that lift the spirit and bring out the best in every voice. Devi leads song gatherings, retreats, and workshops on Hildegard’s music, and regularly offers pilgrimages for singers to the Land of St. Hildegard in Rhineland Germany. www.SingHildegard.com, www.coldmountainmusic.com, www.numinacenter.org


Kayleen Asbo is a passionate scholar: a cultural historian, musician, writer, and teacher who weaves myth, music, psychology, history, and art with experiential learning. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for seventeen years, Kayleen also teaches regularly for the Osher Life Long Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State University, and Dominican University. Her classes on a wide array of topics ranging from Depth Psychology to Dante to Contemporary Classical Music have been hailed as “inspirational”, “fascinating and compelling”, “transformational”, and “truly life changing”.

The Creative Director and Resident Mythologist for the Mythica Foundation for Education, Contemplation and the Arts, Kayleen leads workshops and retreats throughout the country and offers a pilgrimage to sacred sites in France every year. www.kayleenasbo.com


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February 13, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
550 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, United States
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