Ana Hernández

composer, arranger, workshop facilitator, author, and mischief maker

  • Chapel Musician at Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center

    July 31 - August 6, 2017
    MA

    Looks to be a quiet week at Adelynrood, and I’ll be playing prayer services all week. Pray for me, as they’re used to having only organists, and I’m not that.

    Stephanie Spellers will be up to talk about “The Spirituality and Practice of the Jesus Movement” on Aug. 4th-6th:  http://www.adelynrood.org/Spirituality-PracticeTheJesusMovement2017/

     

    Location: 46 Elm Street, Byfield MA Directions...

  • Sacred Art of Chant Workshop

    August 12, 2017
    NC

    Join me for a day of chanting at Tigg’s Pond Retreat Center in Zirconia, NC! 10am-4pm. Come and go as you need!

    The purpose of our time together will be both to reflect at length on the nature of sound as prayer (In the beginning was the sound) and to discern new ways to open our hearts together. We will create a sound community in which we will investigate the ways sacred sound nurtures our spirit; learn sound spiritual exercises and mantras to enhance our well-being in a unique way; and experience God with and in our voices. There will be periods of deep listening and silence (being still and knowing that God is God and we are not), walking meditation, and lots of singing.

    We will learn how sound enhances mental and physical well-being through working (and playing!) with our bodies’ energy centers, the chakras; and learn simple and powerful sound prayers and mantras from many traditions to incorporate into our prayer lives. If you think it’s time to be intentional about growing in compassion and love, and would like to jump start your spiritual practice with some deep, sound fun, you’re in the right place!

    All day workshop cost is $60. Bring a lunch or buy some pizza from the Tigg’s Pond brick oven. For more information, contact Diane Rhoades at dianerhoades8@bellsouth.net

    See also Sunday August 13th at The Namaste Center for Spirituality, Healing, and the Arts below!

     

    Location: 651 State Rd 1112, Zirconia, NC 28790 Directions...

  • Namaste Center for Spirituality, Healing, and the Arts

    August 13, 2017
    NC
    Afternoon workshop 2-4pm, $30: There’s interest in starting a chanting group in Flat Rock, so come join us at The Namaste Center and sing with me! 

    HeartSong: Building Communities of Practice

    Whether you’re in a small church with limited resources, or in a larger place looking for a way to help your community find and/or build its collective voice, learn to play together, say yes to the Spirit, and be transformed, HeartSong is the workshop that will enable you to deepen your community of practice, through the shared creation of sound and silence. We will listen deeply to the spirit within, reclaim the joy of group learning by rote, utilize repetition, and engage our oft ignored ability to harmonize on the spot.
    With simple chants and global songs, we’ll have two hours of transformation and deep fun. Sing your way to your sweetest identity, individually and collectively, each person open to sharing more of who they are becoming and confident that the spiritual work they do to become their best selves will be honored and be integrated into the larger community. There will be singing, drumming, movement, and group improvisation (Yes You Can!), – all of which will leave your community with more tools to invite, encourage, and include absolutely everyone.
    Contact Namaste for details:
    Website: http://www.thenamastecenter.com/
    Phone: (561) 386-5963

    Location: 2700 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731 Directions...

  • Not-So-Churchy

    August 14, 2017
    NY

    Open Spaces. Freshly Baked Bread. Lots of Music. Chocolate and Coloring Books. I’ll be joining the fine people of Not-So-Churchy at 130 w. 30th street, NYC (between 6th and 7th). Come, the singing is great! This month I’ll be co-leading with Ike Sturm and Melissa Stylianu, and of course all the rest of the fine people!
    We gather at 6:45 pm for chocolate, fruit, and chatting and 7:00 for worship. All are welcome! Who are these Not-So-Churchy people, you may ask: Not So Churchy is an intimate worshipping community that creates our own services month by month, outside the structures of the traditional church. We are artists, community activists, and musicians. We are adults and kids — kids are an integral part of our community and we know them as full participants. We are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight allies. We bring all of ourselves, the stuff we like and the stuff we aren’t so sure of, to our space together. There is always laughter You might feel calmer leaving than you did coming in Each gathering is a little bit different, created with care There is space for change, room to grow, and an experience that’s Not So Churchy. http://www.notsochurchy.org/

    Location: 130 w. 30th street, NYC Directions...

  • Exploring Our Songlines

    August 18-20, 2017
    NM

    Las Placitas Presbyterian Church (LPPC) has invited the Placitas community to spend the summer of 2017 exploring how music can and has influenced our secular and spiritual lives.

    The church received a Lilly Endowment grant for clergy and congregational renewal. This grant will enable their pastor to complete a sabbatical this summer focusing on fiddle music and his connections to music in New Mexico and other areas. The grant also made it possible to bring in six guest artists to inspire and entertain all summer long right here in Placitas. Don Saliers, Rev. Bill Carter, Anne Hays Egan, Cipriano Vigil, Carrie Newcomer, Billy McLaughlin, and Ana Hernandez fill out the list.

    Friday Night – Potluck Supper and Community Sing – FREE

    Saturday 9am-3pm – HeartSong: Building Communities of Practice – FREE (lunch for a nominal fee)

    Sunday Worship and Songline – 9:30am

     

    Location: 7 Paseo De San Antonio Rd, Placitas, NM 87043 Directions...

  • HeartSong: Building Communities of Practice

    September 9, 2017
    NY

    Join me at Holy Trinity Church 316 East 88th Street, NYC (between 1st & 2nd Avenues) for a Saturday of deep, fun exploration.

    Whether you’re in a small church with limited resources, or in a larger place looking for a way to help your community find and/or build its collective voice, learn to play together, say yes to the Spirit, and be transformed, HeartSong is the workshop that will enable you to deepen your community of practice through the shared creation of sound and silence. We will listen deeply to the spirit within, reclaim the joy of group learning by rote, utilize repetition, and engage our oft ignored ability to harmonize on the spot.

    With simple chants and global songs, we’ll have a day of transformation and deep fun. Sing your way to your sweetest identity, individually and collectively, each person open to sharing more of who they are becoming and confident that the spiritual work they do to become their best selves will be honored and be integrated into the larger community. There will be singing, drumming, movement, and group improvisation (Yes You Can!), – all of which will leave your community with more tools to invite, encourage, and include absolutely everyone. Bring a friend or your choir, and join us for a day of transformation through singing!

    10am-3pm

     

    Location: Holy Trinity Church 316 East 88th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues) New York, NY 10128 Directions...

  • Women’s Quest Adventure Retreat in Stowe, VT

    September 10-15, 2017
    VT

    Check out the amazing Colleen Cannon and the program she’s built. Maybe you’d like to go to Peru? Iceland? Hawaii? I’ve been invited to Stowe, VT, and I can’t wait! Join us! I’ll be bringing lots of chants and songs, and my bike! For more details, to register or to look for more Women’s Quest retreats: http://womensquest.com/wq/

    What is Women’s Quest?
    • Enriching, rejuvenating adventures to renew the spirit and strengthen the body
    • A unique and powerful approach to create vibrant health and personal empowerment
    • Ideal for women of any age, background, or athletic ability
    • Developed and refined over 20 years by world champion triathlete, Colleen Cannon

    What can I expect?
    • A non-competitive, supportive environment guided by experts
    • Specialized instruction and personal attention to your interests and needs
    • A strong sense of support and camaraderie
    • A remarkable way to bring balance, self-awareness and health to everyday life417335_307496785976541_1239387242_n

    What will I discover?
    • Comfortably challenge yourself in the spirit of self-discovery
    • Learn powerful ways to unleash your potential and have fun
    • Cultivate passion, vitality and balance in daily life
    • Build a pathway between the body and mind
    • Get the tools to create a plan for your “one wild and precious life”

    To register, go here!

    Location: Trout Lodge, VT Directions...

  • Sleepless near Seattle (Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music)

    September 27-30, 2017
    WA

    A long meeting hopefully crafting beautiful liturgies, but more than likely listening to too many people nitpicking about so many small things that Jesus never cared about. However, there will be breaks, and singing! Some of my favorite people will be be there, and even more of my favorite folks will be freed from their own meetings. We will all share meals and possibly even drinks before bed (except for the very serious ones, who will continue to meet through dinner and playtime).

    Location: Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center Directions...

  • Center for Congregational Song Launch!

    October 15-16, 2017
    TX

    If you have a passion for congregational song, save these dates!

    The Center for Congregational Song is the new education and  resource arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The CCS will be an online platform, connecting people to vital resources on congregational song.

    The first director is Brian Hehn. Great guy. Great work.

    Join us for the Launch Party in Dallas!

    For more information, and to register, visit the website: http://www.thehymnsociety.org/ccs

    Location: Dallas, TX Directions...

  • Episcopal Diocese of Northern CA Convention

    November 3-4, 2017
    CA

    I’ll be leading a workshop on paperless music on Friday morning from 9-noon (remember when it was called ‘singing by rote’?), then gathering music, services. and lots of singing until Saturday afternoon.

    More info soon!

     

     

    Location: Lions Gate Hotel 3410 Westover Street McClellan, California, 95652 Directions...

  • Not-So-Churchy

    November 13, 2017
    NY

    Open Spaces. Freshly Baked Bread. Lots of Music. Chocolate and Coloring Books. I’ll be joining the fine people of Not-So-Churchy at 130 w. 30th street, NYC (between 6th and 7th). Come! We gather at 6:45 pm for chocolate, fruit, and chatting and 7:00 for worship. All are welcome! Who are these Not-So-Churchy people, you may ask: Not So Churchy is an intimate worshipping community that creates our own services month by month, outside the structures of the traditional church. We are artists, community activists, and musicians. We are adults and kids — kids are an integral part of our community and we know them as full participants. We are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight allies. We bring all of ourselves, the stuff we like and the stuff we aren’t so sure of, to our space together. There is always laughter You might feel calmer leaving than you did coming in Each gathering is a little bit different, created with care There is space for change, room to grow, and an experience that’s Not So Churchy. http://www.notsochurchy.org/

    Location: 130 w. 30th street, NYC (between 6th and 7th) Directions...

  • Tentative – Convergence Music Project

    November 15-18, 2017
    TN

    Nashville Workshop with Ken Medema, Bryan Sirchio, me, and more. Stay tuned for details.

    Directions...

  • Not-So-Churchy

    December 11, 2017
    NY

    Open Spaces. Freshly Baked Bread. Lots of Music. Chocolate and Coloring Books. I’ll be joining the fine people of Not-So-Churchy at 130 w. 30th street, NYC (between 6th and 7th). Come! We gather at 6:45 pm for chocolate, fruit, and chatting and 7:00 for worship. All are welcome! Who are these Not-So-Churchy people, you may ask: Not So Churchy is an intimate worshipping community that creates our own services month by month, outside the structures of the traditional church. We are artists, community activists, and musicians. We are adults and kids — kids are an integral part of our community and we know them as full participants. We are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight allies. We bring all of ourselves, the stuff we like and the stuff we aren’t so sure of, to our space together. There is always laughter You might feel calmer leaving than you did coming in Each gathering is a little bit different, created with care There is space for change, room to grow, and an experience that’s Not So Churchy. http://www.notsochurchy.org/

    Location: 130 w. 30th street, NYC (between 6th and 7th) Directions...

  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Following the Light of Christ

    January 15-26, 2018
    Israel/Palestine

    Led by The Rev. Tommy Dillon and Ana Hernandez – January 15th – 26th, 2018! We’re on!

    TO SECURE PLACES ON THIS TOUR please contact Lightline Pilgrimages NA, LLC., – The official Pilgrimage partner for the Diocese of Jerusalem – 1829 North Cleveland Ave, Unit B, Chicago, IL 60614-8015 Tel: (312) 622-6808 Email: info@Lightlinena.com

    Things I know: the cost is about $4275, with details below. A deposit of $500 per person is due asap. Deposits are due by July 31, 2017 and the balance of the tour cost is payable no later than 8th November 2017.

    We’ve already got enough people registered, but there’s room for more of us. Is it you? Join us!

    For years, Christians have referred to a pilgrimage to Holy Land as “The Fifth Gospel.” During Epiphanytide 2018, join The Rev. Tommy Dillon and Ana Hernández to experience the Good News in a new way. From shepherds’ fields in Bethlehem, the shores of the Sea of Galilea, and walking the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem, we will bear witness to the unique beauty and daily struggle of life in the Middle East that shaped and formed the man who taught us to love and be loved. It has been said that tourists visit a holy space and ask questions, while a pilgrim allows the sacred place to ask the questions. That is the aim of our Pilgrimage in 2018. We will break bread, share stories, and listen to the experiences of the heirs of our Christian heritage in Jewish – and Muslim- majority Israel/Palestine. This small minority of Christians represent a new temple in the Holy Land, a spiritual house for God built of “Living Stones” (individual believers) where Christians from all over the world (including you!) can join in the work of reconciliation and peacemaking. Experience the birthplace of the idea that there is one God… and that God loves each of us! Explore your relationship with the one we call Christ. Deepen your understanding and love for the human we know as Jesus. Meditate on the still waters of the Sea of Galilea, drink from Jacob’s well where Jesus promised to give “living water”, be transformed on the mountain of transfiguration, wade in the water of the Jordan, and follow our Lord through the bustling streets of Jerusalem along the Via Dolorosa to the grave and ultimately his (and our) triumph over it! The Rev. Tommy Dillon, Priest-in-Charge of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge and Ana Hernández, composer, recording artist, and chant teacher, will lead beautiful liturgies of scripture, song, and prayer throughout the trip.

    Join us! Be in touch if you’d like a copy of the brochure. It’s going to be amazing!

    HOLY LAND INCLUSIVE TOUR COST – $4275

    All Lightline Pilgrimages are carefully costed to include all necessary items to complete the pilgrimage at the advertised price – absolutely no hidden costs  Scheduled flights from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Int’l Airport Mo 15 Jan UA 2007 New Orleans/Newark 6.15am 10.18am Mo 15 Jan UA 84 Newark – Tel Aviv 4.05pm 9.25pm (16 Jan) Th 25 Jan UA 91 Tel Aviv/Newark 11.10am 4.35am Fr 26 Jan UA 1776 Newark/New Orleans 7.30am 9.55am As the airfare is common rated you may join this tour in either New Orleans or in Newark for the same fare. We can arrange connections from other cities to Newark for an extra fee.  All airport departure & passenger taxes (US & Israel).  En Suite accommodation at Christian Pilgrim hotels & guest houses Galilee – Pilgerhaus (Benedictine guest house by the Sea of Galilee) Bethlehem – Casa Nova (a Franciscan Guest House on Manger Square) Jerusalem – Gloria Hotel (Within the Old City, by Jaffa Gate)  Full board throughout (breakfast, lunch & dinner daily)  All entrance fees and local government taxes  State licensed English speaking guides throughout the tour  All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches  All tipping. THE ONLY ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Single Room supplement $655, Travel Insurance (we suggest travelexinsurance.com) and any items of a personal nature.

    Location: Jerusalem Directions...

  • Berea College Residency, Pt. I

    March 27, 2018
    KY

    I’m so excited to be in Residency at Berea College in Kentucky late March 2018! Three days of teaching, listening, learning, and lots of singing.

    On Tuesday, March 27th, I’ll preach and lead music at the weekly chapel service. Later that afternoon, there’ll be time with student chaplains and Interfaith Ambassadors. That evening, join us for a community sing at Union Church in Berea.

    Details to come.

    Continued on Wednesday, below.

     

    Location: Berea College Directions...

  • Berea College, Pt. 2: Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education

    March 28, 2018
    KY

    Have I mentioned that Berea College has been integrated since the 1860s? Yes, you read that right; the 1860s.

    Here’s Berea’s great Commitment:

    “To assert the kinship of all people and provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites.”

    On Wednesday, I’ll give a lunch presentation for faculty and staff at the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education. There will be singing, talking, listening, and noticing. Can’t wait.

     

    Directions...

  • Berea College Residency Pt. III

    March 29, 2018
    KY

    On Thursday, I’m excited to spend time with the Spiritual Seekers, a weekly interfaith student group that meets over lunch.

    Have I mentioned that Berea is the only one of America’s top colleges that awards every enrolled student a no-tuition promise? No student pays for tuition. They say it’s the best education money can’t buy.

     

    Location: Berea College, KY Directions...