Abbotsford Arts Council

Serving local artists since 1971

Workshops at the Kariton Art Gallery

Mindful Singing: Harnessing Breath and Body Awareness to Improve and Enjoy Your Voice  plus Mindful Singing for Kids!

By practicing breathing, body awareness, and social connection techniques, you will improve the quality of your singing voice while gaining a valuable mindfulness tool.

Do you enjoy music and singing but feel shy about using your voice because you believe you are not a “naturally talented singer”? If you want to access the emotional benefits of music or simply feel more comfortable singing, this workshop could change the way you experience your voice. In this interactive workshop, you will practice breathing, body awareness, and social connection techniques. These techniques will improve the quality of your singing voice. But more importantly, they will help you to think of singing as a potential mindfulness practice that reduces stress, promotes wellbeing, and encourages social connection.


When: January 14th and February 18th, 2:30-4:30 pm 

Where: Kariton Art Gallery

Workshop Artists: Simon Bridgefoot and Kristin Witko

Maximum Occupancy: 20 people, ages 12 and up


Get your ticket here for January 14th.

Get your ticket here for February 18th.


Mindful Singing for Kids! Ages 6 - 12 yrs

When: March 11, 2:30-4:30 pm 

Where: Kariton Art Gallery

Workshop Artists: Simon Bridgefoot and Kristin Witko

Maximum Occupancy: 15 children, ages 6 - 12 years


Get your ticket here for March 11th. 

Recording Fearlessly: Mindsets and Techniques for Recording Music Without Rules

This workshop will teach you mindsets for fearless creativity and allow you to practice making spontaneous music recordings on either the Garageband or Ableton platform.

Recording music is a powerfully creative act. Unfortunately, concerns about the quality of the end product can squash genuine creative energy. If you’re a recording novice or someone with no recording experience whatsoever, this workshop could get you off on the right foot—recording music fearlessly. In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn mindsets and techniques for recording music with genuine creativity. You’ll have the option of working with two recording platforms: Garageband (for those new to recording) or Ableton (for more experienced or ambitious participants). You will practice creating music spontaneously with your working group, recording the results.


When:January 28th and March 4th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Kariton Art Gallery

Workshop Artists: Simon Bridgefoot and Kristin Witko 

Maximum Occupancy: 15 people, ages 16 and up


Get your ticket here for January 28th.

Get your ticket here for March 4th.


How to Write Songs—No Instruments Required
Learn mindsets and techniques for writing simple songs without instruments or prior musical knowledge. Kick-start your creativity and gain a mindfulness tool through spontaneous songwriting.
What do you need to be able to write a song? Do you need musical knowledge, a great voice, or the ability to play an instrument? The truth is, all you need to write a simple song is the desire to express something. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to sit still, concentrate, and start singing melodies from your gut. This style of songwriting can allow you to learn more about what’s going on in your mind and emotions. As such, it’s a means of practicing mindfulness to support your well being, as well as kick-starting some satisfying creative experiences.

When: February 4th and March 11th, 2:30-4:30 pm
Where: Kariton Art Gallery
Workshop Artists: Simon Bridgefoot and Kristin Witko
Maximum Occupancy: 20 people, ages 12 and up

Get your ticket here for February 4th.

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