Songs Of
Mother Europe
Lullabies

An 8-week workshop series

to explore the ancient songs and sounds of Europe!

12th March – 1st May 2024
10:30 – 12pm PST / 1:30 – 3pm EST / 6:30 – 8pm GMT

In these modern times we are so privileged to receive cultural wisdom from all over the world, and yet, so many of us yearn to remember our own people's ways.

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In this 6th season of our well-loved “Songs of Mother Europe” course, we are excited to present the first ever “Lullaby Edition”! 

Lullabies are some of the first songs we hear in this life and contain a certain magic that is not just for young ones.

What are some of the old European lullabies that have been carried down through the ages? And what are the blessings that they contain?

What were the blessings being passed down to the younger generations? 

At the heart of this Songs of Mother Europe series has always been the prayer and desire for reconnection.

Why learn old songs?

Many of us with European ancestry are tracking a deeper connection with our ancestral roots. There’s a yearning for the songs, stories, craft and teachings that can help us to reconnect with some sense of what has been lost and forgotten, and help us to place ourselves within a greater story of belonging.

 

This Songs of Mother Europe project exists to help provide nutrients for those of us who have felt disconnected and hungry for the ancestral and indigenous wisdom of Europe. 

 

May this workshop series be a small and vibrant thread in this great work of remembering and reweaving.

What’s Included

This Songs of Mother Europe series is intended to connect you more deeply with your ancestral remembrance – in visceral ways – through learning old songs and methods of singing.

We know that song has the power to awaken ancient memory. 

My prayer is that this series will do just that.

What You'll Learn

8 song carriers will point us back to our indigenous European roots through the teaching of old songs and ways of singing

Want a taste of what you’ll experience in this workshop series, for free? Enter your details to watch our “Old Lullabies of Mother Europe” Sample Class featuring 8 of the guest teachers from this series.

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How It Works

Step One

Confirm your interest by signing up on the registration page.

Step Two

Put the classes & bonus sessions on your calendar.

Step Three

Join us live for these rich, cultural singing workshops!

Why This Program?

Hi! My name is Hanna Leigh, (IG: @hannaleighsong) originally from California (Chumash territory) though currently on an extended ancestral pilgrimage in the Celtic isles. My people migrated to the U.S. several generations ago from England, Scotland, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.

I created this program out of a clear calling to begin tracing the songlines of my European ancestry, and to provide a space for others who are also called to rediscover these old pathways of song.

As a Singer-Songwriter, Voice Doula, Ritualist, and Devotee of this precious, living Earth, I’ve had the gift of attending many beautiful ceremonies of indigenous peoples over the last 15 years. At some point I realized that I had gathered a bundle of medicine songs & chants from diverse world traditions – but none from the lands of my ancestors!

Here I have gathered knowledgeable song-carriers & culture-bearers from across Europe to teach us the old songs and ways of singing.

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Who Is This For?

Those who wish to learn old songs and ways of singing from Europe

Lovers of song (even if you don’t consider yourself a “singer”)

Those who are inspired to connect with ancestral wisdom and remember the old ways

Those who could benefit from the soothing power of singing lullabies

“Our songs travel the earth.
We sing to one another.
Not a single note is ever lost and no song is original.
They all come from the same place and go back to a time when only the stones howled.”

Louise Erdrich

Program Overview

Through the songs and sounds shared by our guest teachers, may the living reality of earth and ancestral belonging be rekindled within you.

Classes are on Tuesdays @ 6:30 – 8pm GMT/BST (90-Minute Calls)

In addition to the schedule below, there will be 3 bonus calls, including a workshop with Nala Walla, a Lullaby workshop by Hanna Leigh, and a Sound Journey with Lana Lanaia

Week 1

March 12th

Opening Call w/ Hanna Leigh

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Welsh Lullabies

w/ Gwilym Morus-Baird

Week 2

March 19th

Scottish Lullabies

w/ Margaret Stewart

Week 3

March 26th

Finnish Lullabies

w/ Eeva Maria Leino

Week 4

April 2nd

Irish Lullabies

w/ Nóirín Ní Riain

Week 5

April 9th

Estonian Lullabies

w/ Agne Nelk

Week 6

April 16th

Basque Lullabies

w/ Amaia Gabantxo

Week 7

April 23rd

Portuguese Lullabies

w/ Mariana Root

Week 8

April 30th

Sami Lullabies ~ Norway

w/ Elin Kaaven

Week 8

Wednesday May 1st

Closing Call w/ Hanna Leigh

Bonus 2

Friday March 22nd

In the Arms of Mother Earth ~ Sound Journey w/ Lana Lanaia

Bonus 1

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Create your own Lullaby w/ Hanna Leigh

Bonus 3

April 4th

Ancestral Healing w/ Nala Walla

Program Deep Dive

Many may have forgotten the old ways, though gratefully there are those still keeping the skills and songs alive, and others of us who are relearning them.

May our time together help us to remember our own motherland.

Week 1

Opening Call w/ Hanna Leigh &
Si Hei Lwli and the Mothers of Celtic Myth w/ Gwilym Morus-Baird ~ Wales

Join us for our Opening Call, which is a time to ground into our journey together, and hear from the community about what has inspired us to join this series at this time.

As well as sharing some basic vocal embodiment exercises, Hanna Leigh will lead us in a guided meditation to connect with a circle of our wise ancestors, so that we may listen and receive their songs and messages.

This will be followed by our first class, with Gwilym Morus-Baird.

Si Hei Lwli is one of the most popular Welsh lullabies, probably because it’s also one of the most beautiful. In learning to sing this song we put ourselves in the shoes of Welsh mothers down the ages, and this session is an opportunity not only to learn a precious song, but also to hear about the divine mothers of the Celtic tradition, their stories, trials and tribulations and what they gave for their children. 

Dr Gwilym Morus-Baird is a Welsh musician and author. He currently teaches courses on Celtic mythology at celticsource.online

Week 2

Dream of the Cattle, My Little One w/ Margaret Stewart ~ Scotland

Margaret Stewart (Maighread Stiùbhart) is a renowned Gaelic singer and folklorist from the Isle-of-Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She is a native Gaelic speaker who has been steeped in the history, culture and songs of her homeland. She has won a number of awards for her singing, such as the National Mod Gold Medal and Traditional Singer of the Year at the Trad Music Awards. In 2020 she was inducted into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame. 

As well as her musical performances, over the last 30 years, in collaboration with some of the cream of Highland and Irish musicians, Margaret is also in demand as a mentor, teacher and lecturer on many themes of Gaelic song and related history. She has amassed an impressive repertoire and has given many live performances and online songs courses both at home and abroad. When she is not performing she enjoys teaching younger singers, and her local Gaelic choir, on how best to perform Gaelic song; driving home the importance of giving the text priority over the melody, letting the natural rhythms of the language steer the song and ensuring that accompaniment does not drown out the words and their meaning.

Margaret has recorded three albums, on the Greentrax label, to date and is currently undertaking a PhD research project focusing on pastoral transhumance on the north Lewis moors. 

In this course Margaret will offer and teach a few Gaelic lullabies from her well of song riches and impart relevant information about them. 

Week 3

Finnish Lullabies w/ Eeva Maria Leino ~ Finland

Eeva Maria Leino grew up in the Finnish countryside and has dedicated herself to the study and teaching of Finnish mythology, folklore, herbalism and ancestral wisdom, having written two books in Finnish that weave these subjects with depth psychology. Her path of singing has taken many diverse shapes, including being a vocalist in a metal band, and later finding her voice more deeply through finno-ugric shamanistic traditions, utilizing drum and kantele. Her work is devoted to supporting people to connect with the inner power of the soul, called “haltija” in Finnish.

Week 4

The Music of What Happens - Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Irish Mythology. w/ Nóirín Ní Riain ~ Ireland

Nóirín has traversed many diverse paths during her life-time and lives our her life in great gratitude for the good of it all, despite “the hollow lands and hilly lands” (William Butler Yeats). One constant, natural given has been as a singer of spiritual song; beginning with the Irish sean-nós amhrán cráifeach, this led her to other traditions such as Gregorian Chant, the music of Hildegard von Bingen, Joa Bolendas and Mira Bai.

She is author of several books ranging from a children’s Irish traditional song collection, the repertoire of her sean-nós singing mentor, Pilib Ó Laoghaire, an autobiography in 2008 and the publication of her doctoral thesis in 2011 and numerous articles.

In 2003, she was awarded the first ever doctorate in Theology from MIC, University of Limerick for her originality in creating a theology of Listening for which she coined the term, Theosony, meaning The Sound of God. Always longing to pursue a call to ministry, she was ordained an Inter-faith minister in London in 2017.

Week 5

Estonian Lullabies w/ Agne Nelk ~ Estonia

Agne Nelk is an Estonian audiovisual artist, guardian of ancestral wisdom, a keeper and weaver of sacred songs from golden times. As long as she remembers herself she was always surrounded by music and singing.
In addition to the living oral tradition she finds solace and inspiration in the hallowed halls of archives investigating the archeological findings, songs and melodies gathered for many hundreds of years. For Agne the old runosongs are portals to a bygone era, where each carefully preserved melody becomes a bridge connecting us to the timeless rhythms of our heritage.

Week 6

An Ancient Basque Lullaby Of Love w/ Amaia Gabantxo ~ Basque

Amaia Gabantxo is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist and storyteller working in the realms of music and literature. Being a writer and a singer, she likes to say that she makes art with words. Born in a fishing village in the Basque Country, northern Spain, to a family full of gifted musicians who were her first inspiration, she has lived in four different countries: Spain, Ireland, England and the US. She is a pioneer in the field of literary translation, the first person to ever translate Basque literature directly into English, and the greatest contributor to this endeavor. She grew up singing Basque songs, received classical training in the Bilbao Conservatoire, studied with some of the greatest flamenco singers in Spain, and with the avant-garde feral singer Phil Minton in the UK. She has taught literature and creative writing in UK and US universities—most recently at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago—and performed with flamenco troupes, classical ensembles and experimental musicians everywhere she’s ever lived.


Now back in Europe, she is the founder and Director of the Arts & Culture non-profit, Kreatribü, which she created with the objective of collaborating with international artists and bringing Basque art, literature and music out into the
world. Her current artistic focus is on creating soundscapes that combine traditional Basque song and poetry with field recordings of Basque landscapes, including sounds captured under water during her freediving adventures. She
created some of these soundscapes as an artist-in-residence for the Pererindod / Pilgrimage project in Wales, and another for the Uniting Voices Chicago choir, which premiered at the Pritzker Pavilion on May 2023.

Week 7

Portuguese Lullabies w/ Mariana Root ~ Portugal

Born in Porto, Portugal, Mariana Root grew up among her sisters, mother, aunts, and grandmother, who were all singers and share the last name Rute, which is the origin of the latter part of the artist’s name – Root. She has been exploring voice from a young age, having lived several years in South America reconnecting with indigenous ways of life and the traditional music of the Andean culture.

Returning to Portugal, to her ancestral roots, it was in a place named Beiras she first connected with the musical traditions and melodies of the “adufeiras” (Portuguese women drummers) of Monsanto and Paúl. There she lived amongst them and got to learn the wonders of the Adufe, the square drum, which is an instrument she has been playing ever since in her own peculiar way.

Her latest album, Lusitana, weaves with the Lusitanian Portuguese roots on a deeper level, honoring the culture and sound that may seem to be forgotten but still live strongly in the stones and landscapes of Portugal. 

Week 8

Sami Lullabies & Joik w/ Elin Kaaven ~ Sami, Norway

Elin Kåven is a Sami singer, songwriter and yoiker from Karasjok. With close to 20 years as a Sami artist, she has seen how yoik has been received in different parts of the world. As an adult, she decided to dig deeper into the yoik, and found a connection to nature and her foremothers and forefathers through the practice. ​She has been sharing the practice of yoik online for the past several years, including co-creating an online course with Jungle Svonni.

 

As a recording artist, Elin Kåven’s music combines Sami mythology with pop, rock and ambient soundcapes.

Week 8

Closing Call w/ Hanna Leigh

Join us for our Closing Call with Hanna Leigh – a time to gather for community sharing and integration. Bring a cup of tea, share your experience, and sing with us as complete the course together.

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Bonus Calls

Create Your Own Lullaby

A songwriting and vocal opening workshop w/ Hanna Leigh

In the Arms of Grandmother

In the Arms of Grandmother w/ Nala Walla

Held by Mother Earth Sound Journey

A sonic journey into the arms of Mother Earth, welcoming spring equinox w/ Lana Lanaia

Create Your Own Lullaby

w/ Hanna Leigh

A songwriting and vocal opening workshop

 

Hanna Leigh is a Singer-Songwriter, Doula, Vocal Embodiment Guide, and devotee of this precious, living Earth. She has co-created two musical albums, leads community singing circles, and is a lover of the emotional and spiritual alchemy that happens through singing. 

A big part of her current work involves supporting people of European descent to connect with their ancestral songlines. She also holds an online group program called “Birthing Your Wild Voice”, which supports women to shed old stories around their singing voices so that they may allow the earth’s wild songs to powerfully & joyfully sing through them. 

In the Arms of Grandmother

w/ Nala Walla & Hanna Leigh

Feeling held by our Ancient Grandmothers and Grandfathers is our birthright.  Though our overculture may have taught us that they are “gone” or “lost,”  it’s simply not true.  Join us as we learn to flex our imaginal “muscles” again to bring elder wisdom and kindness back into our lives in a palpable way. 
From her handbuilt earthen sanctuary at the edge of the woods, Nala has been cultivating the old-tyme “wisewoman” skills for decades.  Weaving Griefwork and Ancestral Healing, Nala moves us beyond the psychological, and into the realm of Ritual.   She specializes in helping people who feel rootless, culturally orphaned, and spiritually homeless reclaim our birthright of belonging to our own ancestors.  Through a deeply somatic and liberatory approach towards deconstructing whiteness, we become more rooted in relationship with who we come from, and the lands we where we live.  
 
Nala is director of “The Well, An Oasis for Animist Ritual,” supporting innovative ways of restoring grieving and lamentation culture from around the world. For 25 years, she has been tending the lands and waters of her permaculture homestead, both physically and ritually.  Hands in the soil, she is honored to practice a low-tech, ecosomatic lifestyle on an Island beside the Salish Sea, in Washington USA — the traditional lands of the Chimacum and S’Klallam people.

Held by Mother Earth ~ Spring Equinox Sound Journey

w/ Lana Lanaia

To celebrate and honour this time of Ostara ~ Spring Equinox, Lana will share a sonic journey into the gentle embrace and arms of Mother Earth.

Sound is the fabric of Creation – We are woven of sound and silence; the inhale and exhale of the Great Mother, as she sings the songs of life

 

Guided by the breath, soundscapes, voice, song, crystal tones & the beat of the drum, these Earth~Star Sound Ceremonies are a space of sound, stillness & otherworld journeying. An invitation to go deep within, for the healing of ourselves & Mother Earth.

 

We invite you to join us, light a candle and create a quiet space where you can fully receive and relax. The sound is captured using high quality recording equipment. We recommended using the best speakers or headphones that you have available, for the most immersive experience.

 

Lana lives in the Scottish Highlands and is a musician & sound healer known for her ‘crystalline voice’ and ‘music that infuses the heart’. She tends the earth, and guides retreats, pilgrimages and women’s journeys.

Lana’s inspiration flows from her deep love for the Earth; of wild landscapes, forests, mountains, rivers, oceans, sacred sites, and the stars. She has and continues to learn from the land, and ancestral traditions, exploring how we may remember and weave the threads of ancient wisdom within the living now.

Frequently Asked Questions

This offering is happening online through Zoom, with teachers joining us from several different countries.

Each workshop is 90-minutes in length.

While each teacher inevitably shares from their own unique teaching style, you can expect that each class will include: a brief grounding meditation, an introduction of the teacher, some historical context of the song tradition, the teaching of the song, practicing the song, and a time for Q&A. Some teachers may also include a bit of vocal warm-up.

Yes. They will be recorded and sent out soon after each class.

No. The nature of the content delivery is that you purchase the entire course.

You will have access to the recordings for up to one year, and possibly longer.

No, all levels are welcome.

The weekly time commitment is 1.5 – 3 hours.

No. There will be a Q&A time during each call, though no one will be “put on the spot”.

No. Due to the delivery of course content, all sales are final.