Sound Celebration

SOUND CELEBRATION  is such a special and potent part of the Gathering. Music and sound have long been a part of community for thousands of years, using voice and instruments, the vibration can resonate throughout the collective heart. From our fire circles where we share medicine songs and story, to singing bowl sound baths, to DJ guided dance journeys, to live performers who serenade us with their gentle acoustic sets, we receive the gifts of sound. Illuminated by the stars, together we celebrate the ways sound connects us to ourselves, the ancestors, each other,  and to the earth & sky.

At the Gathering you can find many classes offered that celebrate the power of sound, such as singing classes, drumming workshops, dance, and more. On Friday night we gather for our fireside Song Circle, a special experience where all are invited to offer their voices together, sharing new and old songs, all while honoring where they come from.  We also come together on Saturday for our  Sound Celebration,  a night of acoustic musical performances to honor and uplift our community through the power of sharing voice & sound. Then, on Sunday Night we come together to dance it all out with a DJ performance as the sun sets and the moon rises. All of our musicians and DJ’s are mindfully selected and invited with intention of their artistry harmonizing with the Collective’s song.

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All of these offerings are in celebration of the collective understanding of the power in sound. Since the beginning of humanity, sound and song have been guiding and healing forces in our world, and we are honored to hold that power in reverence and celebration here at Spirit Weavers.


Our 2024 Performers will be announced in the spring

Our 2023 Performers - Sun Session

Alela Diane, Sun session

Known for her “immaculately beautiful indie-folk songs” (Paste Magazine), Portland singer- song writer Alela Diane recorded her cathartic and ethereal sixth studio album, Looking Glass, during a time of personal transition.

Diane, who has been a full-time musician for fifteen years and has toured extensively in Europe and North America, recorded Looking Glass during the same weeks that she and her family were selling the Portland house she bought at the age of 26, with the money from her first royalties contract. Diane’s family had now outgrown the house, but the leaving was bittersweet for her. While living there, she’d been married, divorced, and married again, and become the mother of two children.

The emotional and logistical chaos of that moment in her life—along with pandemic-related childcare struggles—meant that finishing this record required a profound new level of discipline, with Diane logging practice sessions at 6am each morning. (One of Diane’s other recurring themes are the joys and strains of motherhood, especially for an artist.) The result is an album that represents a new artistic achievement for Diane. Looking Glass is the first of her records to be produced by the celebrated Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket, The Decembrists). The album was arranged by her longtime friend and fellow musician Heather Woods Broderick. Notable guest musicians include Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Scott Avett (The Avett Brothers), Eli Moore (Lake), Mikaela Davis, Luke Ydsitie (Blind Pilot), and Ryan Fracesconi (Joanna Newsom).

Shortly after recording Looking Glass, Diane and her family moved into a sprawling 1892 Victorian home, a dollhouse-like fixer-upper set on a surprisingly hidden wooded lot in the middle of Southeast Portland. (Think white scalloped roof lines, an airy light-filled attic with an attached tower—perfect for playing guitar—but also various unpleasant surprises: a leaky roof and ancient mouse skeletons hiding in the corners of kitchen cabinets.) Restoring the house has been a labor of love for Diane and her husband, and partly a way of gifting her daughters, ages 5 and 8, some of the magic she recalls from her own childhood home. (She and her husband have installed an outdoor clawfoot bathtub on the property, an eccentricity she recalls fondly from her own childhood yard.)

Always alert to the layers of meaning in everyday spaces and moments, Diane has described the feeling of living in this old, creaky house as one of “deep settling in.” In keeping with Diane’s love of all things antiquarian, the title of her album, like the house, also has a 19th century provenance. The original definition of “looking glass,” she noted, is “mirror,” but after Lewis Carroll published the novel Through the Looking Glass in 1871, the term took on a second meaning: “the opposite of what is normal or expected.”

“In the context of the album,” said Diane, “The Looking Glass refers to both meanings. It is a portal to past and future, and a reflection on all that lies between.”

Roberta Lea, Sun Session

With a voice like cinnamon and a pen like butter, Roberta Lea is a rising artist, ready to give the world a taste of what she’s made of. Fellow artists have called her Hampton Roads’ best kept secret. It’s as though she’s a family recipe, kept hidden until now. 

Fellow musicians have described her sound as “country-neo-pop”. As a millennial, it’s often quite difficult to pin her down to one particular genre. Her influences range from 80s RnB legends like Roberta Flack, Anita Baker and Sade, to pop 90s girl-power players like Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain and everything in between. 

“One of my biggest references as an artist right now is Tina Turner” Lea says. “Although she’s always been a dominating presence in pop-culture as the the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, recently I’ve rediscovered her through the lens of country music.”

Lea finds comfort in Tina’s raspy vocals as she explores the uniqueness of her own voice. She’s been described vocally as a Tina Turner/Macy Gray grit, lyrically clever like George Strait, incorporates some Pop-fun like Shania Twain and at times delivers her slower, more sentimental material like Norah Jones.

Pursuing music at 35 may seem like it’s a late start for some, but for Roberta Lea, it’s ideal. She’s been slowly marinating and soaking in LIFE. Now that she’s ready to do music, she has a buffet of songs that are sure to appease any listener’s pallet. 

Just ask the Black Opry. Her single “Sweet Baby Ray” hit the spot in the hearts of fellow artists and music lovers alike and drove her to record her very first country project “Just A Taste”. Now, she’s been nominated for 6 music awards including Song of the Year and Best E.P.! “Just A Taste” showcases the different flavors of country she infuses in her songwriting. She goes from classic country, to country soul, country rock, pop country and country folk. As a songwriter, she has no limits when it comes to expressing herself through song and telling a good story.

As a Virginian, Roberta Lea follows a long list of iconic artists and hitmakers. From classics like Ella Fitzgerald and Patsy Cline, to icons like Pharrel, Timberland, and Missy Elliot, legends like The Dave Matthews Band and Pat Benatar, to modern day rising stars like Old Dominion and Morgan Wade. As a songwriter and an artist, she’s in great company and confident that she’s next. 

Ny-Oh, Sun Session

Worcestershire-born, New Zealand raised, LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ny Oh is an artist who works at the root of feeling, of consciousness, and of spirit.

Her voice catches you first, one that has the type of unchained beauty that both wraps you up in cotton-wool-comfort and inspires your greatest strength at the same time. Its quiet power has shouldered numerous musical projects from Ny Oh’s own solo music, to fronting jazz-psychedelic output Neon Gru, to carrying backing vocals on Harry Styles’s recent stadium tour.

Our 2023 Performers - Moon Session

Ayla Nereo, Moon Session

Ayla Nereo is a singer, composer, producer, dancer, and visual-poetry creator from the mountains of eastern California. Grown in forests and rivers, she is a bridger of the timeless and modern, weaving poetry and sound into a magical and emotional world of sonic beauty.

With a particular joy for bridging musical styles, Ayla’s songs seem a genre unto their own, as she moves between vocal looping, produced beats, live drumming, orchestral string arrangements, Celtic melodies, disco rhythms, electronic soundscapes, and even dashes of hip-hop wordplay. Lyrical meditations and riddles of language dance into wondrous tapestries of sound and story, from electronic folk ballads to celtic melodies and elvin loop-pedal mantras.

Having an uncanny ability to crack open the heart, Ayla’s songs are an ode to the wonder of being human, inviting us deeper into the exquisite and innately psychedelic dream of this moment.

“One of the most poignant voices currently floating about… Ayla Nero is an otherworldly artist who shares the fruits of her soul” — The Huffington Post

“[Ayla’s] relationship with the earth is imprinted in her music… expansive and intriguing.” — Billboard

Calling us to listen deeper, her songs are elegant masterpieces of lucid storytelling, with lyrics ringing as anthems for planetary healing, human potential, beauty, and compassion.

Though you’d never know it by witnessing her perform, Ayla grew up with an intense fear of singing. In her final year of college, songs began pouring through her, and it was only through the constant urging of those around her that she began to slowly share her music. Propelled by the songs themselves, Ayla’s journey of meeting those fears and singing through them has grown her into the powerful performer she is today, touching an ever-widening global audience with the inspiring magic of her songs.

Ayla released her 6th solo album, By The Light of the Dark Moon, in 2019 via Jumpsuit Records and is preparing to release her 7th solo album, the first in a 4-part sonic saga, in early 2023.

Lizzie No, Moon Session

With the release of her debut album, ‘Hard Won,’ in March 2017, singer-songwriter, harpist, and guitarist Lizzie No established herself as one of the most exciting new voices in indie folk music. Billboard Magazine called the album “simultaneously understated and fervent.” She followed up the album with the release of “Sundown,” a benefit track for Black Lives Matter.

Building on the songwriting prowess displayed in her critically acclaimed debut album, Lizzie No is unsparing in the stories she tells on her second album, ‘Vanity,’ released August 2, 2019. The nine songs on ‘Vanity’ are epic tales of ego, featuring narrative shifts within vividly crafted characters. No embodies characters ranging from a handsome egoist in “Narcissus” (which Rolling Stone called a “crisp alt-rock gem”) to a broke songwriter waiting for her big break in “Pity Party,” to a bitter and isolated rocker on “Loyalty” who rants that the crowd has left him behind. Inventive arrangements written in collaboration with co-producer Nick Rapley elevate the record to shimmering heights, alternating between swaggering grooves and intimate clarity.

Lizzie has toured with Iron & Wine, Adia Victoria, Ron Pope, Son Little, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, and has showcased at festivals like Newport Folk Fest, Americanafest, South by Southwest, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Classical arrangements of her songs have been performed at the Louisville Orchestra’s Festival of American Music and the Downtown Chamber Series. She is also a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest.

In June of 2021, Lizzie joined Basic Folk as a guest host, appearing monthly on the podcast. Since her debut, she has interviewed Valerie June, Dar Williams, Brent Cobb, Amythytst Kiah, Molly Tuttle, Kishi Bashi, SG Goodman and many more.

Lizzie’s third full-length album is due out in fall 2023.

Haley Hendricks, Moon Session

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is out now via Mama Bird Recording Co.

For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable.

Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the ‘60s and ‘70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul.

It’s a balance then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden. Heynderickx vacillates between powerlessness (opener “No Face”) and empowerment (lead single “Oom Sha La La”). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album.

You can hear that exceptional care in “Jo”, as she whispers, “You tended your garden like heaven and hell / and you built the birds houses to see if it helped at all.” Aware of the birds, the garden, and anyone listening acutely, Heynderickx’s music serves as an invitation for all to join her. Because the beauty of a garden is that, while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons, its bounty is best consumed and shared with others.

I Need to Start a Garden was produced, engineered and mixed by Zak Kimball at Nomah Studios in Portland, Oregon. Haley Heynderickx co-produced the album. It was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering in Portland. The record features Lily Breshears (Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals), Denzel Mendoza (Trombone, Backing Vocals), Phillip Rogers (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals) and Tim Sweeney (Upright Bass).

Meet Our Sound Team

Sound Technician : Brenna Manzare

Brenna is an audio engineer, DJ, entrepreneur, gardener, singer songwriter, seamstress, and crafter across mediums. She first learned to play with sound at Texas State University where she majored in music with a focus on sound recording technology. Her love of singing and playing guitar corrupted her in the eyes of mainstream society early on, setting her on a path quite at odds with her pedestrian beginnings in the suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth. On account of the amount of personal resources that a dream of playing music demands, Brenna was drawn to a life of finding creative ways to make money. Through the years she has been a live sound engineer, a pedicabber, a bus driver, a seamstress, a glass bottom boat captain, a lemur, a rhinestone specialist at a local chainstitch shop.
In 2017, she started an event production business called ‘Your Silent Disco,’ through which she rents silent disco headphones and DJs private events. When she is not spinning TikTok hits at dog birthday parties and bar mitzvahs, she can be found in her garden, tending to her heirloom peppers and cut flowers.

Brenna will be lending a hand with all things audio engineering and sound projection at this year’s Moon Session.

DJ Moon Session: Heather Christie

Heather Christie is a folk-soul singer, producer, DJ, and the founder of motherhood-focused record label, Möonbabe Records. Her indelible curiosity and independence have led her on a lifelong creative journey exploring the performing arts, dance, and music production. After releasing music through several collaborative projects, she’s harnessed her cumulative talent and DIY spirit under her own name.

Raised in Santa Cruz by a family of Grateful Dead lovers, she’s followed the dream of performing since five years old, spending her childhood in classical choir, teen singing competitions, and starring in Broadway musicals.

Heather has co-founded the music projects Feral Fauna, Silk Drop, Honeywild, and Sirens of Soul, with Feral Fauna’s “Tincture” gaining viral recognition with millions of streams. In 2016, she was on American Idol’s “Hollywood Week” episode as a second-round finalist. Today she’s fascinated by the music of other cultures with her focus on writing, singing, and producing her tribal house tracks—and releasing them on her label. For live shows, she DJs, sings, and dances while her husband accompanies her on world instruments, such as the sintir from Morocco.

Her first child, a daughter named Naya, reinforced her belief that there should be a holistic space within the music industry where female music artists and mamas are celebrated and supported. Möonbabe Records is her answer. She leads through empowerment, for herself and other creatrix mothers, and empathetically maneuvers time constraints while honoring the feminine cycles.

After exploring the healing arts for a lifetime, she radiates positivity. She says, “It’s yet another pursuit. It’s another level of creativity. I believe my greatest work is my life, my whole life. This is just a part of it.”

DJ Sun Session: Elisa Rose

Elisa Rose is a singer songwriter, DJ and somatic facilitator.  She is the creator of InnerBody: Alchemy through Movement & Sound. Born in Ojai CA and raised in an intentional community; she has delved deeply into the ways of council, silent meditation retreats, long forays into the wilderness, devotional music, somatic healing and plant medicine ceremonies. Elisa is a certified “Big Leap Coach” by The Hendricks Institute and a graduate from their 2 year Leadership & Transformation Mastery Program. She is a certified Chakra Yoga Teacher and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner.  

As a DJ, Elisa loves to take her audiences on a journey with slow builds and ecstatic peaks. She plays grooves from around the world, favoring electronica that draws from the rhythms and songs of Africa and South America.  She weaves original compositions into her sets and often concludes her dances with live songs.  

Elisa’s original music follows in the path of her alternative lifestyle, traversing the worlds of folk, soul, devotional, electronic and medicine music. She beckons listeners into her inner landscape with tenderness, warmth and a honey toned voice. You can find her LP, “Breath & Bones” on all streaming platforms as well as various singles and collaborations.  She has spent much of the last 12 year traveling the world performing, DJing and facilitating at events, festivals and retreat centers.  Elisa continues to call Ojai home, where she has a private coaching practice, writes and records original music and hosts a weekly Ecstatic Dance. To learn more, visit her website at