The Singing Alive Tradition:
“The sensation of walking through the camp spaces of a Singing Alive event is the closest to heaven I have ever been. I hear voices harmonizing in the distance as I walk by little communities of people gathered on colorful blankets creating spontaneous music together. Smells of campfire, dinner, and forest meld together as village members happily cook and serve others meals. I have spent the day learning and experiencing heart songs, community, and play. I am full.”
— Memories of Singing Alive PNW 2023
the singing alive tradition
What Is Singing Alive?
Singing Alive is a community gathering container that began in Oregon in the late 1990s which seeks to weave together the “Gaian folk songs” of the New Age - from Rainbow and medicine songs to Kirtan and Sufi traditions to star songs and heart songs... original acappella melodies from song carriers across the country. Singing the Soul Alive does not have a performer-audience dynamic like most other festivals, we are a participation-based gathering where everyone has the chance to sing, create harmonies, and participate in circles with accomplished song leaders and to share songs at our open fire circles. In addition, we are a substance and alcohol free environment... high on life and harmony.
We create a village which runs on volunteering from all participants giving a little time and food donations to run our teahouse, kitchen, and gathering spaces. The gives us opportunities to co-create a magical experience as a community.
Singing Alive originated 30+ years ago ORIGINS ~ The idea for this gathering was conceived on July 16, 2005 by Michael Pilarski (Skeeter), & Morgan Brent (mt xen), at the Sunny Pine herb farm near Twisp, WA.
Skeeter has devoted his life to studying and teaching how people can live sustainably on this Earth. He has extensive experience in organic farming, permaculture, wildcrafting medicinal herbs and plants. For more info, go to Friends of the Trees Society.
mt xen specializes in working with prescriptive teachings received in non-verbal ways, and then translated into story and/or song. Sources include the elemental realms, medicinal plants, interstellar sources, and the Higher Self. In service to this guidance, he also makes medicines of all kinds, among them events both large (Singing Alive & Plants enChant gatherings), and small (Creation-song circles)