Our own Wisdom community has been a leader in this trend toward simplifying chanting, and you’ll sample the fruits of that work right here. Explore a rich collection of beautiful, easy-to-sing Wisdom chants created within our own Wisdom network and suitable for both personal and group use. Even if you’re a bit shy about your singing, our experienced chant leaders will guide you gently as you discover your own wisdom voice.
Meet Our Original Chant Writers
Darlene Franz is a freelance oboist, music educator, singer, and chant composer residing in Seattle, Washington. Since 2006 she has facilitated music and attention sessions at Wisdom Schools and other retreats, workshops, and conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.
Her work with groups cultivates the expansion of embodied attention and presence. Through active and meditative practices based in sacred mantric interspiritual chant, both accomplished and reticent singers can discover grounded, centered, whole awareness while singing together.
Recordings are available for listening or download at wisdomchant.bandcamp.com, where you will also find an email contact form.
Paulette Meier is a singer/songwriter, whose strong alto voice has stirred hearts and opened minds for over 30 years in the pursuit of a peaceful, just and sustainable world. An active Quaker, Paulette was moved to set quotations from texts of early Quaker leaders to
song and record them in chant-like, a cappella style in Timeless Quaker Wisdom in Plainsong, which includes many chants used in Wisdom Schools and gatherings as well in personal practice.
Inspired at a Quaker Wisdom retreat led by Cynthia, Paulette and Marcelle Martin, Paulette’s most recent chant CD, Wellsprings of Life: Quaker Wisdom in Chant,
draws from Quaker quotes spanning the centuries and features Wisdom’s Nick Weiland on double bass and Andrew Breitenberg on piano. Bursting with the immediacy so present in the roots of Quaker spirituality, Paulette’s chants serve both as joyful and meditative elements of inner practice.
Learn more, listen, and order recordings at her website
Try out some chants by our local Wisdom chant writers
Chanting is my favorite way to pray, as well as the spiritual practice that most reliably awakens all three centers in me. It is a practice that can offer healing to ourselves and to the world around us. I am quite convinced that one reason my lengthy cancer treatment was successful was that I intentionally used chanting as a daily vibrational nourishment for my being.
I have been chanting and singing my whole life, and it is the practice that most grounds me in my heart, mind and body.
I enjoy creating chants — which is more like receiving chants from the atmosphere or the imaginal or wherever it is that chants come from.
Singing every day reminds me that, really and truly, it is all about LOVE.
Chants with a Celtic flair by Debbie Brewin-Wilson. A sought-after Celtic harp teacher and songwriter, Deborah always seeks ways to help people find their voice and connect more deeply with God.
For the past several years, Kristy has immersed herself in writing chants and body prayer chants, teaching chant as a spiritual practice, and leading weekly meditation and chanting groups, both locally and nationally.
Learn More About Chanting
Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide with Instructional CD
Learn even more about the how’s and why’s of chanting with Cynthia’s authoritative guide book. Everything you need to know: background, a bit of theory, and a wealth of practical tips and encouragement. Instructional CD included.
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