SPARK Music Retreat
Center For Spiritual Living
FEBRUARY 1 - 3, 2019
Saint Augustine, Florida
Music is powerful.
Resonating music through your body is even more powerful.
Join us for a special weekend retreat where group singing is the medium through which we explore our inner strength, discover our authentic voices, and align with the healthiest and happiest version of ourselves. How can singing do all of this?
Studies show that people who sing in groups are happier. This is partly due to the high levels of oxytocin (the feel-good hormone) released in the brain during the act of singing. Singing also improves immune function, posture, breathing, mental and emotional states. Here are a few of our favorite links if you’re interested in learning more:
Music has the power to alter our mood, raise our energy, and change our vibrational field.
While we are singing, sound waves move through our bodies vibrating every organ, muscle and cell within us. When this is paired with positive reinforcement (i.e. the pleasure of singing) and positive intention, the physical body assumes a higher frequency of vibration. From this expanded state we are more patient, more loving, more creative, and more capable of expressing our authentic, beautiful selves.
Music also has the power to enhance our self confidence, expand self awareness, and strengthen our authentic expression. Through the simple act of hearing our own voice we strengthen our sense of self and claim our presence energetically.
On this retreat there is one truth about singing - there is no way you can do it wrong.
What will we do on the retreat?
Friday 6:00pm - 9:00pm
We will use different vocal activities as well as group sharing and meditation to explore what it means to resonate, and to establish a cohesive group energy. We will allow this energy to inspire us through the process of creating an original song together.
Saturday 9:00am - 4:30pm
The first half of the day we focus inward, tuning in to you. Why do you sing? What do you want more of in your life? What does your unique expression look like? We will do this through exploring vocal and breath techniques, physical body alignment, and interactive experiences. After lunch we shift to a more outward focus. How can we align with our role in the world? How can we best maintain equilibrium and peace? How can we express ourselves authentically, and with precision? We will do this through exploring balance and body motion, breath and tone, and by further cultivating our original song.
Sunday 8:00am - 11:00am
We will put into action all that we have assimilated over the past two days through a live performance during the Sunday morning gathering at the Center for Spiritual Living.
Who Are We?
We’re Sam and Luci. Our experience in music therapy, music performance, group leading, voice coaching, intuitive guidance sessions, yoga, meditation, and world travel combine in the SPARK Music Retreat as we share the best of what we know life can be. We’ve been married just over a year, and in this first year we have discovered a more enjoyable life than we ever knew possible. We have learned how to give ourselves permission to live our dream life, and take everyone higher in the process. It’s a changing world and we desire to create the world we want to live in starting now in our own lives. Music and singing is a very big part of our daily engagement with life, and we notice in ourselves the power of singing together. We want to share this power, this pleasure, this liberation to everyone who is interested.
Why are we doing this?
When you feel good, it’s like the universe opens up. You have more patience, more compassion, more gentleness towards yourself, more inspired ideas, more peaceful easy feelings. We change the world by changing our worlds first. The more empowered, relaxed, naturally high people there are in the world, the more peace there will be on the planet. We’ve personally witnessed the power singing has to unite groups of people while empowering each individual. It’s beautiful, enlightening, and so much fun! It fills us with happiness to get the opportunity to share this with others.
From an early age Samuel Hugh Williams was fascinated by music. As a young child his parents would find him making beats on his Fisher-Price drum kit and singing into his handheld tape recorder. As soon as he was old enough to work he got a job at the local music store. There he was exposed to musicians, instruments, and his first taste of the stage. From that moment on, Sam was clear on what he wanted to be when he grew up - a rockstar. After moving from Maryland to Florida, Sam began his professional music career in St. Augustine playing 5 nights a week, practically garnering local celebrity status. This led to an opportunity to join world- touring musician, Zach Deputy on his upcoming tour, playing guitar in the band and serving as the tour manager. This gig got Sam living his dream, playing in front of thousands at venues and festivals all over North America, including Gathering of the Vibes, Bear Creek, and Mountain Jam, to name a few. After leaving Zach Deputy to pursue writing original music, Sam met his wife and together they created the high-vibe duo, Sam and Luci.
Lucinda Anne Butler Williams was also destined to become a musician. Her passion for sound and melody starting in infancy led her to attend the University of Georgia where she majored in both psychology and music therapy, specializing in piano and voice. After college she moved to New York City and began her career as a music therapist, working at the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. After performing at the annual fundraiser with a stroke patient who had made an incredible recovery thanks to music therapy, Moby, who was in attendance that evening, asked her to join his band on keyboards and backup vocals for his upcoming world tour. This led to her next gig touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra also on keys and back up vocals. During her New York years Luci had the pleasure of performing with greats like Steven Tyler, Lou Reed, Tricia Yearwood, and Joe Walsh among many others, and on numerous TV shows including Jay Leno, Conan O'Brian, and Jimmy Fallon to name a few. In 2014 she took a break from touring to focus on her original music project. In the process she moved to St. Augustine, Florida where she met her husband, Sam Williams, and formed the duo Sam and Luci.
Is this weekend for me?
This weekend is for you:
if you love to sing and want to see what it may open in you
if you’re interested in exploring the realms of your inner power
if you’re feeling excited about a new year ahead and want to learn ways to spark inspired action
if you want to step more solidly into your confidence and clarity of who you are and what purpose you serve on earth
if you’re excited by the idea of making new friends while having permission and encouragement to express yourself authentically
Your level of singing experience does not matter. What does matter is your desire to dare to open yourself to more and more expansion. In the expanded state we feel love so easily, we feel compassion, access our patience, receive creative insight. In this state we heal ourselves. If your desire is to spend more time in this energy, plus learn techniques that you can use every day to guide you there, then this retreat is for you.
What else do I need to know?
On Friday please arrive having nourished yourself with food. Light snacks and tea will be provided.
On Saturday please bring your own lunch with you. We will have a picnic style lunch all together.
Sunday morning we will have 1.5 hours of retreat time together before our performance. The service is from 10-11am with an optional meditation at 9:30. There is no dress code at the Center for Spiritual Living so dress in what feels comfortable to you.
I want to sign up. How?
To reserve your place, send an email to email@example.com and we will reply with the details on payment options.
Cost is $150*. We accept checks, paypal, or cash.
*Discount for CSL members.
Everything is vibration.
We create our reality through the vibration that we are in each moment. Come and spend more time in your most desired vibrational state - and enjoy having a lot of fun in the process!
We so look forward to singing with you.
Love and good vibrations,
Sam and Luci