Mindful Song with Dylan Scott and Alexander deVaron
Through mixing mindfulness and singing, we synchronize body, speech and mind, and reveal our innate human goodness. Recent research has proven what people have known for centuries: singing brings a myriad of benefits to anyone who sings at any level. Specifically, it rouses one’s energy and opens one’s heart. In addition, singing together is one of the oldest, most widely practiced, and most effective ways of building community.
This workshop will include meditation practice, mindful movement, group warm-ups, individual and group vocal exploration, improvisation, rounds and songs, and live performance from the co-facilitators.
Sunday, May 19
Dylan Scott is a committed and passionate teacher inspired by his deep connection to and gratitude for mindfulness practice. Drawing from his own experiences of bringing the teachings to life, Dylan has worked with diverse populations ranging from high school students to older adults. He has completed extensive training under the supervision of senior teachers, Diane Reibel, PhD and Aleezé Moss, PhD, at the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness, signing on as a contracted mindfulness teacher there in May 2018. Apart from his training at Myrna Brind, Dylan has attended retreats with leading mindfulness practitioners Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, Beth Mulligan, PA-C and Hugh O’Neill. Dylan has co-taught the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) curriculum as well as graduate courses that delve into more specific themes through the Myrna Brind Center.
Music: Dylan has played and formally studied guitar and drums since the age of 12 and attended The Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut for a year with a concentration in jazz drums and music production. He produces electroacoustic music under the moniker LTMR, and is enthusiastically searching for ways to combine his passions for mindfulness and music to promote healing and well-being.
Alexander deVaron has been teaching meditation since 1986. He serves as a Shastri (senior teacher) in Shambhala, and has taught stress management for the Penn Program for Mindfulness.
Over the last 30 years he has led a wide variety of workshops and retreats that mix mediation and music. Some involve a receptive role such as mindful listening and sound bathing, some or more active such as vocal exploration and group improvisation. For the last six years, he has led singing workshops that join the gentleness, acceptance and precision of mindfulness with an open and supportive atmosphere that encourages all types of vocal expression.
He currently teaches music at Temple University and leads a monthly mindfulness group for Temple employees.