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Transformative Language Arts Network

November 14, 2015

August 12-14

Deb Hensley (early childhood educator, musician & poet ) and Martin Swinger (nationally awarded singer/songwriter and arts educator and on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster) are chairing an exciting conference in Maine in 2016, August 12-14 and we’d love you to be part of it.

Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN) is a vibrant community of artists, writers, poets, singers, teachers, facilitators who believe we can change the world for the better with WORDS!

Other TLAN conferences have focused on written word. Deb and Martin are aiming this conference at exploring SUNG WORD If you believe singing words creates intention in the universe, this conference is for YOU!! OF COURSE, you DON’T have to be a singer to participate – by no means will that be the only thread to follow! ALL forms of writing, story-telling and verbal communication are vitally included!



The conference is all about sharing words and music, singing, improv circles, poetry, spoken word, story-telling, professional and inspirational support and will include many diverse, informative and interesting workshops. (Workshop proposals from anyone will be considered!) Internationally celebrated vocalist, Rhiannon will be our Key-Note (Singer!) and has the amazing ability to unite a group in inspiration and intention.

Super Early Bird Rate is only $160 if you sign up before November 15. Such a deal. You won’t find a more inspiring gathering for such an affordable amount. We’d so love it if you could come. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to like-minded friends.

Ferry Beach ( is in southern Maine and it’s absolutely stunningly gorgeous in summer.  Room and board – there are several options available – are separate and will be negotiated directly with Ferry Beach.   You’ve longed for a retreat at the beach, why not do it with other poets, writers and musicians?!

Some scholarships will be made available as needed. If you have questions please contact Martin at



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