“Deep Listening is listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.” --Pauline Oliveros

Developed by Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive -- of listening. The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself. It cultivates a heightened awareness of the sonic environment, both external and internal, and promotes experimentation, improvisation, collaboration, playfulness and other creative skills vital to personal and community growth.

The pre-conference Deep Listening workshops offer participants 3 full days of highly focused, intensive learning within a specific context of the Deep Listening practice. Taught by three of our Deep Listening certificate holders (out of 46 globally), they will lead participants through how the Deep Listening practice can be applied to methods in teaching in educational environments, developing an individualized body-centered practice and experiential training with electronics and programming software.

Please Note:  The Pedagogy Workshop and the Deep Listening with Electronics workshop have been canceled due to lack of enrollment, as of June 15, 2014

Heloise Gold – Deeply Listening Body Workshop
Course Fee:  $150

This workshop will focus on the study of the healing and meditative practices of t’ai chi and qi gong. It will also offer movement and sound improvisations designed to enhance our skills in listening, mindfulness, play and attuning to our bodies as instruments of creativity and well being. Techniques to relieve stress and nurture ourselves and experience the Tao – the ancient wisdom teachings of balance and interconnection.

Facilitator Biography: Heloise Gold is a performing artist, choreographer, dancer, comedian, T’ai Chi/Qi Gong instructor and co-founding director of Art From the Streets, a project for homeless artists. Heloise has taught T’ai Chi for over thirty years. She has served on the faculty of The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA), and Omega At The Crossings in Austin, and teaches private and group T’ai Chi/Qi Gong classes at her movement/arts studio, as well as retreats at Rose Mountain Retreat Center, New Mexico. Her students have included young people, elderly, business executives, jail inmates, artists, professionals and people from all walks of life. She co-leads Deep Listening Retreats with New Music pioneer/composer Pauline Oliveros and author Ione in the US and Europe and also runs week-long T’ai Chi Retreats annually in New Mexico. Her book Deeply Listening Body was published in 2008. She currently resides in Austin, TX.

The Deep Listening: Art/Science conference organizers welcome applications for the second international conference on Deep Listening. This conference provides artists, educators, and researchers an opportunity to creatively share ideas related to the practice, philosophy and science of Deep Listening. Developed by composer and educator Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening is an embodied meditative practice of enhancing one’s attention to listening. Deep Listening began over 40 years ago with Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations and organically evolved through performances, workshops and retreats. Deep Listening relates to a broad spectrum of other embodied practices across cultures and can be applied to a wide range of academic fields and disciplines.

Call for Conference Presentations Open: January 10, 2014
Call for Festival Performances/Presentations Open: January 10, 2014
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2014
Conference Registration Open: April 9, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: May 5, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshop: July 7-9, 2014
Conference & Festival: July 10-13, 2014

For additional information please contact Conference Director Lisa Barnard Kelley
For technical questions, contact Conference Technical Director Brian Cook ​