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19 Girl Guides And Counting

Another successful Happy Harping workshop!!! This time Halton Harps was harping with the Girl Guides in Smithville.

Split into three groups we rotated through the rainbow set of harps. Each group learned how to play a familiar song.

Fusing music with arts and crafts the girls have an opportunity to explore musical sounds and rhythms by using their creativity and imagination.

Best of all we’re inclusive. All participants learn to play their part in the music making process. Facilitating from the Rainbow of Sound or Color My World music programs makes it easy for children to learn the fundamentals of music in an environment that encourages growth and personal development.

Benefits of Harp Playing

“Recreational Music-making (RMM) encompasses enjoyable, accessible and fulfilling group music-based activities that unite people of all ages, regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.

From exercise, nurturing, social support, bonding and spirituality, to intellectual stimulation, heightened understanding and enhanced capacity to cope with life’s challenges, the benefits of recreational 
music-making extend far beyond music. Recreational music-making ultimately affords unparalleled creative expression that unites our bodies, minds and spirits”

– Karl T. Bruhn – Father of the Music-Making
 and Wellness Movement

Interested in hosting a Happy Harping workshop? Contact: francescadurham@gmail.com

 

Be What You Are And Do What You Love

RUMI said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

If you need a little encouragement or inspiration here are a few key points to help you find beauty and love in yourself, what you do, your surroundings and everyday living.

  1. Decide what a “beautiful life” means to you.
  2. Lay the foundation and start creating the beautiful life you know you deserve.
  3. Be authentic and honest with yourself in every decision you make.
  4. Focus on moving toward your desired end result.
  5. Be grateful for what challenges you and makes you stronger.
  6. Be open to change and new life experiences.
  7. Be present and thankful for today.

The power of belief and discipline contributes greatly to the success of being what you are. Be patient with yourself and trust the process. Your free will shapes the reality you create. It’s your destiny!

Interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions? Do you need help choosing the right certified therapeutic harp program? Thinking about having a MARI® experience to remember your wholeness and the beauty of living a healthy, fulfilling, authentic, creative life.

Contact francescadurham@gmail.com.

 

Make A Promise And Always Do Your Best

At the Girl Guides Centre Mississauga, we had 14 girls participate in a Halton Harps music workshop. The young girls came together in the afternoon for a unique experience. They learned how to play the harp.

The benefit of harp music workshops for the girls helps them socially, can improve memory, teaches patience, connects them to self and others while fostering learning, expression, and creativity. Having a hobby or creative outlet for young girls builds a healthy self-esteem.

Empowering young girls to believe in themselves, try something new and simply do their best builds confidence. That was our goal yesterday and we achieved it with success!

Creating magical moments one harp at a time, making friends and having fun leaves an impression and impact that lasts a lifetime for the Girl Guides.

These young minds were able to flourish in an environment where they felt safe and comfortable to explore something new.

Heartfelt thanks go out to Mary and Heather for inviting me to share another Halton Harps workshop with your community. We had FUN!

Interested in bringing a Halton Harps music workshop to your community? To learn more please contact Francesca Durham.

Imagine A Doorway Into The Wonder of Your Mind

MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument)

Did you know MARI® has been called, “The Doorway into the Wonder of the Psyche?” Well, what I know for sure is MARI® has a beautiful way of opening people’s heart and minds.  You have the opportunity to see a visual of what is real and true in your life.

This past weekend a doorway opened in a big way for one participant in our workshop. She wasn’t expecting the heartfelt impact after creating her MARI®.  Our safe space allowed her to open up and share. Conversations took off like a rocket and it started with the quietest person in the room taking the lead which is awesome!!!

Spontaneous creativity supports participants to see and integrate what they might be holding in. It also reveals their visionary potentials. It’s the spontaneous drawing that sometimes seems a little scary for some to let go and just create.

Our weekend workshop was profound in so many ways. Thank you to those who took the time to come out and thank you for sharing your experiences.

Creating authentic heart connections in our community is alive and well! And it just keeps on getting better.

Interested in a personal MARI® experience? Join our next workshop. Contact me for details francescadurham@gmail.com

 

What Does It Take To Be Brave With Your Life?

Being brave is about taking action and it takes courage to be brave.

I decided to survey my circle of friends for their thoughts on being brave. These were the common actions and thoughts about what it takes to be brave with your life.

  1. Make decisions and be a leader.
  2. Be OK being different.
  3. Show you’re vulnerable.
  4. Do what you do and do it well.
  5. Know what you stand for.
  6. Share your experience.

Leadership is a skill that you can learn. And if you already have leadership qualities there is always room for improvement to maximize your potential.

Working toward being the best version of you each and every day takes bravery and courage. By the end of the year, you can look back and see from your actions how far you’ve come. Realistic goals and challenges are important. Most importantly, remember to be playful and have fun too.

If you are interested in working with a mentor to help you cope with major life change and transitions or if you need help with choosing the right harp therapy program for you please contact me @ francescadurham@gmail.com.

An Open Letter From My Student, Monica Part 2 –

My Year Of Harp – Part 2

You will have to tune into our blog talk radio show later this month to learn more about the work Monica is doing in her practice and how she’s helping her clients through body-based therapeutic work. For now, enjoy this short 3 min 5 sec clip, a continuation from An Open Letter – Part 1. Monica poses the question, “What exactly is creative energy, and how else does it manifest in our lives?

Monica writes, “And if we access this energy either through music making or sexual pleasure, how does that ripple out into everything else we do?” Well, what lies behind creative energy and consciousness just might surprise you.

If you are interested in being mentored or wish to learn how to play the harp therapeutically, please get in touch. I’ve been through 2 wonderful creative harp programs and I’m happy to share my experience with you. Interested?

Email: francescadurham@gmail.com
Visit: francescadurham.com
Or: myharpersjourney.com

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…

Francesca

An Open Letter From My Student, Monica – Part I

Hear Monica’s Feedback After One Year Of Learning How To Play The Harp Therapeutically

For a different blog experience today I’m going to share with you an open letter from my student Monica. With her permission, I’m going to read her thoughts on learning how to play the harp therapeutically, after one year. And yes, please do stay tuned for Part II next week.

It’s been a pleasure showing and sharing with Monica what I’ve learned on my harper’s journey. I’m encouraged and delighted to have worked with her for a year. Time passes quickly and I look forward to hearing how Monica will go on to use therapeutic harp music in her practice moving forward. Our time together has been anything but traditional and a whole lot of fun.

If you are interested in being mentored or wish to learn how to play the harp therapeutically, please get in touch. I’ve been through 2 wonderful creative harp programs and I’m happy to share my experience with you. Interested?

Email: francescadurham@gmail.com
Visit: http://francescadurham.com
Or: http://myharpersjourney.com

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…

Francesca

Monica sitting with her harp