We set off on our journey, arriving by boat. Our activities over the weekend will include: morning meditation, chant and qi gong, making music with songs and improvisation, touring the Island, listening instructions for nature encounters, walking songs, vocal exploration, mindfulness of the human story of slavery and capitalism on Ossabaw Island, open space, and gathering for delicious organic local meals by Chef Leslie Varnadore.

Friday April 22 is Earth Day, an opportunity for us to bring full awareness to this beautiful piece of Earth. Ossabaw Island provides a unique ecosystem to connect deeply with nature, the human story of this place, and the creative expressions that unfold. Elise and Gayanne will lay a framework for connecting with each other and the land/water as all of this offers a conduit to our creativity.

Find out more and register here:



Jessica Lily created this beautiful music video, featuring paintings, quilts, collages, photos, and drawings from artists aged 3-83, representing India to Italy and France, Ecuador to Uganda, and locations all across the US...

Watch the video here:


AND - you can still join the project!

Share your art, photos, stories, poems, memories …

by posting on our fb page www.facebook.com/ReadyOrNotSuitcase

or Instagram #ReadyorNotSuitcase

You will join our Archive to connect our Journey Stories


“Ready or Not” imagines our human journeys, through the image of packing a magic suitcase. Both whimsical, like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag, and contemplative, reflecting on the journeys taken as forced departure, migration, the refugee’s journey... packing quickly the things most precious, objects as well as memories.

What is most precious to you

and the health of our communities,

the health of our planet?


Give the gift of Music!

(to loved ones and yourself!)

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CDs & Digital Download Cards

Done with CDs? You can now get any of my music as digital downloads.

And yes, CDs are still available, (though Love Being Here and the archival Elise Witt & Small Family Orchestra double CD are almost sold out)

Click HERE to peruse the Music!

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* Elise Witt w:Songbook, photo by Jessica Lily
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Twenty-two of my songs have been arranged for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB choral groups by Michael Holmes. Check out the music and some beautiful performances by choirs, choruses, and small ensembles! More info click here.

"Jenny Jenkins" celebrates creativity by artists aged 1-83, from around the world. I updated this traditional color song to reflect the important changes born of our times. It has a fun chorus and a beautiful video created by Jessica Lily.
Watch here
Woody Guthrie's iconic song "This Land is Your Land" is one of our favorites at the Global Village Project. In this version we collaborated with Congregation Bet Haverim, chorus directed by Will Robertson and music director Gayanne Geurin.
Watch here:
On November 23, 2019, over 50 musicians and more than 300 audience members gathered at the Chosewood Arts Complex in Atlanta to celebrate the release of All Singing: the Elise Witt Songbook.
You can watch the whole concert here!

Elise's Upcoming Schedule

(all times are Eastern US)


Feb. 7- Mar. 28 ~ Online

7:30 - 8:45 p.m. Singing for Fun for Everyone month-long class

Feb. 25 ~ Atlanta GA

Celebrating Gayanne Geurin at Congregation Bet Haverim

Mar. 18 ~ Decatur GA

Authors' Tea at the Global Village Project

April 21-24 ~ Ossabaw Island GA

Singing The Inspiration Of Ossabaw Island: 4-day immersion with Elise Witt & Gayanne Geurin on this Georgia nature preserve

May 14 ~ Decatur GA

Global Village Project graduation & Women's Wisdom Project

May 20 ~ Decatur GA

GVP's Got Talent @ Global Village Project

June - Verbania, Busto Arsizio, Roma, ITALY

A hopeful return to beloved Italy