Three Pathways, One Creative Impulse

Intuitive Songmaking (a pathway of spontaneity) Link

Songwriting & ChantMaking (lyrics, melody, music theory, composition) Link

Guitar Artistry (chord families, chord patterns, guitar styles) Link


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Intuitive Songmaking

This course provides a space for honoring your own natural creativity, your voice, your song.  This is an ideal entry point for anyone ready to be kinder to themselves around their expression, and for using their voice and songmaker to tap into their inner wisdom. With this practice at the heart, participants learn to trust their own voice and their empathic connection to others.     

Songwriting & ChantMaking

This course provides tools, tips, and techniques in songwriting and deepening one’s creative possiblity. We work with lyrics, melody, chord structure.  Time for participants to share their songwriting process.  ‘Re-writing the lyrics of our lives’ is a central key to the process, journeying with one’s own story in song.  Playing an accompanying instrument (guitar or keyboard, for example) is helpful but not required.     

Guitar Artistry

This course provides a forum for anyone wishing to deepen their skill on the instrument, and especially helpful for songwriters and songleaders.  Learning to play Michael’s chants and songs forms a foundation, along with new chord patterns and picking styles. Participants discover new sounds and musical experiences.   A basic comfortability with the guitar is all that’s required; all levels of interest welcome.

Michael Stillwater

brings over 40 years of wisdom and experience to help anyone ready to move forward in their musical life. His artistic gift for creating insightful songs in the moment has touched thousands of people around the world, and through SongLife Training he reveals the inner workings of his uniquely inspired approach for anyone interested and ready to learn.

Together with Michael’s gentle, insightful and challenging encouragement, the mutual support and co-creative atmosphere which naturally arises during these courses provides a joyful field of possibility for all participants.

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