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The Story from Hear

5-day creative retreat (Aug 24-29, 2018) on the power of sound, listening, and place-based audio storytelling, at Hollyhock, Canada's centre for lifelong learning on Cortes Island, B.C.

Deepen your listening and audio storytelling skills in a supportive and multi-faceted group environment. Through attentive sound walks guided by acoustic ethnographer Jenni Schine and renowned acoustic ecologist/composer Hildegard Westerkamp, sonically explore and document the unique coastal rainforest environments that surround Hollyhock. Enjoy the relaxing natural environment and opportunities for research and productive time to advance personal acoustic projects. With experienced radio producer and creative writing professor Jen Moss, you will get professional feedback on your ongoing projects.

After listening to inspiring case studies and collecting audio field recordings, you will have the chance to create individually-tailored audio projects, informed by the rich sonic landscape and culture of beautiful Cortes Island. These pieces may be broadcast online and via local radio. No matter your level of audio storytelling experience, this retreat will enable you to deepen your creative and technical skills while connecting with other sound-minded professionals.

So come, put your best ears forward, and mingle with other acoustic explorers and communicators from a variety of fields. Discover the socially transformative power of sound and listening in the spectacular setting of Hollyhock, on Cortes Island.The retreat is geared for media-makers, sound artists, sound scholars, scientists, activists, and message-oriented professionals who want to deepen their listening and audio storytelling skills, both technical and creative, in a supportive and multi-faceted group environment. Any level of audio storytelling experience is welcomed.

Hollyhock, Cortes Island. Canada's Lifelong Learning Centre

Registration and Contact Info

Early-Bird Special

  • “Save the Date” NOW! Check out this link for a preview:

  • Book in advance by calling 1.800.933.6339

  • Register before Friday, Dec 15th, 2017 and receive 10% off meals and accommodations, and get your choice of rooms.

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