Please note that Oliver will be on sabbatical during the 2015-16 season. Watch for new gatherings and events in the Fall of 2016.
Oliver Clarke devoted leader of Mystic Valley Voices In 2002Oliver Clarke returned to the Comox Valley from San Francisco with a mission: to produce a devotional CD which could be distributed among the followers of his spiritual teacher, Gangaji. After several years of leading chanting for Gangaji on many of her retreats around North America an increasing number of requests were made for a meditation CD to remind participants of their retreat experience. Oliver decided to place an ad in the local papers for singers who wanted to help form a back up group for the project.
August 2003 Over twenty enthusiastic people from a wide diversity of backgrounds responded. Everyone of them auditioned from a nine year old girl, who has since gone on to major in voice at U-Vic., to a 63 year old ex Benedictine monk. Some were semi-professional singers, some had chanted in ashrams overseas, and others had only sung in the shower. But they had one thing in common: a love of devotional music. At the suggestion of Jessica Lennox, one of the younger singers, they adopted the name Mystic Valley Voices.
February 29, 2004 Mystic Valley Voices rehearsed and recorded under Oliver’s direction until their CD, “A Circle of Souls” was released in Courtenay, BC.
2004 through 2013/14 After the CD release the group came to the realization that they had become a community of devotional chanters and has met weekly for nearly ten years. They have led chanting for Unitarian and Unity gatherings, Innesfree Farm, labyrinth commemorations, Elder College, Probus International, plus solstice and equinox celebrations.
IN THE BODY AND BEYOND There is a consciousness that sees spiritual life within our bodies and far beyond. Devotional chant awakens us to the fact that we are that consciousness. We experience all realities of spirit simultaneously and bathe in the vibrant unity of the entire universe.
Choir Members in the early days
We lovingly remember our dear chanting community member Sue Grout Her loving energy will be in our hearts and her beautiful soprano voice will be in our chants forever.