Deep Listening with Najia Bagi
Sundays, 4:00-6:30pm | Online via Zoom
10 April 2022
8 May 2022
12 June 2022
10 July 2022
11 September 2022
9 October 2022
Listening, Self Care and Improvisation
What is the difference between hearing and listening? According to renowned composer Pauline Oliveros, “To hear is the physical means that enables perception. To listen is to give attention to what is perceived both acoustically and psychologically” In other words, listening is being aware of what sounds we can hear and consciously processing and meditating on these sounds and what conversations they trigger within ourselves and with our environments.
We will gather in a welcoming and open space, to practice listening mediations, Deep Listening exercises and improvisations. Each session will begin with a sharing circle which can be about what you feel about taking part, what you have experienced since the previous session or anything else you want to share with the group. We will then move on to focus each session around one or more listening / Deep Listening meditations and improvisation exercises.
There is no expectation to create anything during this course but you will be supported to fold these practices into your practice however you feel you want to. If you do create sound works. you can share these with the group at the end of each session. The course is suitable for those with no musical experience or training.
Session 1: One Another
Session 2: Internal and External Environments
Session 3: Object, Subject, Body
Session 4: Memory, Dreams and Reality – an Introduction
Session 5: Memory, Dreams and Reality – a Deeper Dive
Session 6: Self Care Special
Who is the course for?
This course is aimed at yoga and mediation practitioners and teachers, therapists, space holders for coaching or self development work, artists, creatives. One does not need any experience of music or art to take this course. Up to 12 places will be offered to create a small group.
Any reading material will be shared at the beginning as written and audio (Najia reading out as recording) so it can be accessed as needed by the group. Knowledge and meaning making will happen as a group, not as information given by Najia, although the group will be held and guided by Najia. In between each session you will be invited to keep a listening journal.
We believe in the importance and value of this training, and would like to offer a scaled pricing system, which enables attendees to pay which tier feels most appropriate for them. Please note there are NO further discounts available (i.e. no student discounts, etc).
Community price £139
Standard price £169
Supporter price £199
About the facilitator
is an artist, composer, and creative producer who has worked with Tate, South London Gallery, Arts Council England, The Mosaic Rooms and Manchester Art Gallery. She is also a qualified yoga and meditation practitioner. Najia has a Masters in Music from Goldsmiths College, University of London (Distinction) where she developed a practice of embodied piano work. She uses listening and improvisation to talk about her self-defined cultural heritage as a British-Libyan woman and has written about this for online curatorial platform Performing Borders. You can see some of Najia’s work here: http://www.najiabagi.com/commissions.html