• $35.00 to $75.00 – Sliding Scale

Date & Time Details: Sunday, October 15, 2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Topa Institute

Address: 9739 Ojai Santa Paula Road, Ojai, CA, USA

Contact: Topa Registrar Office

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Songs of Sustenance

with Maggie Wheeler and Arnaé Batson

October 15, 2023

Songs of Sustenance

With Maggie Wheeler and Arnaé Batson

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Together with our facilitators, Arnaé Batson and Maggie Wheeler, we will embark on a vocal journey to investigate the vibrational power of song, including pieces that have been sung through the ages during times of struggle, resistance, and triumph. 

As facilitators and collaborators, Arnaé Batson and Maggie Wheeler create a dynamic vocal journey for all to share. In this workshop, the group will gather together in the ancient practice of singing as a community. Our song leaders work in oral traditions, teaching songs of joy and healing by call and response. Together, they make music accessible to beginners and experienced singers alike.

Through the creation of song, harmony, and rhythm, participants become inspired, energized, and connected to one another. The physical act of singing and being bathed in the vibrations of the music relieves tension and creates a sense of wellbeing that lasts far beyond the  moment. Making music in this way is the ultimate co-operative experience. Participants  experience the success of working as a group and creating something magnificent together, resulting in a sense of interconnectedness and joy.

When we join our voices in this way, healing is possible, courage is accessible, and connections are deepened.

Note: This program takes place indoors in the Council House, which is a well-ventilated space with several windows and fans.


Maggie Wheeler
Maggie Wheeler is best known in the U.S and internationally for her work as an actress in film, television, and voice-over and most notably as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. Maggie is a passionate singer, songwriter, choir director, and workshop facilitator. She has been teaching her vocal workshop for over 30 years at retreat centers, universities, communities, and schools to provide the experience of creating interpersonal harmony and internal harmony through the powerful act of creating vocal harmony. Maggie directs the 100-voice Golden Bridge Community Choir in Hollywood, an intergenerational, non-auditioned choir now in its 17th…
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Arnaé Batson
Arnaé Batson is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and song leader who uses music to create spiritual pathways for health and wholeness while advocating for progressive social change.  Her dedication to racial and environmental justice is an extension of her work with the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Sweet Honey In The Rock. Arnaé currently serves as artistic director for the Hearts Afire Community Choir and the Voices Raised LA Vocal Collective, two grassroots acapella groups based in Los Angeles. She also contributes original compositions to the Art/Theomusicology Working Group of the California Poor People’s Campaign. Over the past year, Arnaé has expanded…
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