If I cannot fly, let me sing.
~ Stephen Sondheim


Lisa G. Littlebird uses singing as an ancient, natural pathway– an authentic connection with oneself and the world. When joining voices in community, the benefits are immeasurably magnified. Singing in community cultivates wellness, mindfulness, empathy, and joy.

Her classes and workshops offer a safe, supported space where singers of all abilities and experience can explore their unique gifts. Her mission is to restore community singing to our daily lives, in service to a vision of a thriving and harmonious planet.

Lisa is a singer, composer, writer, and voice coach. She has more than a decade of teaching experience, and holds a Bachelors of Music from the conservatory at Miami University in Oxford, OH. She has performed throughout the US, with dozens of ensembles, choirs, and bands. She resides in Big Sur, CA.

She served as the Executive Director of the Denver Women’s Chorus in Denver, Colorado for three years and has been on the faculty as a community singing facilitator at Esalen Institute in Big Sur since 2006. Lisa has a private studio of piano and voice students on the Central Coast of California and leads community singing classes, workshops and retreats throughout the US and internationally.

Lisa "Littlebird" Goettel


bird-logo-webWholehearted is a heart-led, joy-based community chorus, open to all voices on the Central Coast of California. The chorus meets weekly, all year-round in two locations: Unitarian Universalist Church in Carmel on Monday evenings and the Grange Hall in Big Sur on Wednesday evenings. No musical or singing experience is required.

Two distinct 12-week seasons are offered, in the spring and fall, for singers who wish to learn a full repertoire of new group harmony songs that culminate in two local concerts.

Between seasons, all weekly classes are offered on a drop-in basis by donation. Visitors are welcome to drop in on our season rehearsals too.


Private Events

Lisa loves to offer fun and accessible group singing facilitation at private parties and events. She can easily shape the offering to meet the themes, time requirements and desires of your unique group. Learn more »

Corporate Services

With more than 15 years of corporate facilitation experience, Lisa brings a unique, enlivening, and effective offering to working teams in the business sector. She has several curricula appropriate for small or large groups that can be customized to your needs. Learn more »

Workshops & Retreats

Lisa offers community singing workshops for singers of all levels of experience. Based on the central coast of California, she travels internationally facilitating workshops and immersive retreats. Learn more »

Private Lessons

Lisa is available to schedule private voice lessons with adult singers in the Monterey area. All levels of experience welcome. Click here to look more »



monterey-weekly2014Read about Lisa, her Rise Up Singing group and local singing flash mobs in the December 23, 2014 edition of the Monterey Weekly.




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Happy Singers

I want to sing like birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
~ Rumi
The Bird Sings with Lisa G.