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2nd Annual 2018 Summer Art Exhibition, Halton Hills Cultural Centre

We have a wonderful line up of artists coming together for our 2nd Annual Art Exhibit. Stay tuned for updates.

Make this your summer destination to drop in and discover something new and exciting!!! A dynamic opportunity to learn more about the artists and their body of work. All stunning and unique.

For more information about the artist:

www.sherylkeen.com

For more information about the Art Exhibit:

Francesca Durham
Vice-chair, HBHAS
Email: francescadurham@gmail.com

Or you may contact:

Judy Daley
Curator, Helson Gallery
Halton Hills Cultural Centre
Town of Halton Hills
9 Church St., Halton Hills ON L7G 2A3
Phone: 905.877.7915 x2536

How Does The Harp Aid In The Healing Process?

For many centuries the beneficial relationship between music and healing has been well established and there is plenty of documentation to prove the benefits. Music played on the harp is know for and has many healing qualities.

• Resonance from the strings

• The range of pitch and tonal Colour

• The relationship between sound and recipient

Historically the harp had been a symbol of relief and comfort.

”Frequency plus intention – equals healing.” Why? Because we are rhythm, vibration with aliveness. (our molecules, our atoms, our quantum particles)

Harping For Wellness Workshops are designed to encourage participants to engage with music by developing the basic skills needed individually and as a group to make music together.

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

Brownies Gain Confidence By Learning How To Play The Harp

Another successful Happy Harping Workshop Monday night! We had a wonderful evening with this group of Brownies. With our focus on the experience of playing the harp, the girls also enjoyed learning how to play a simple tune with confidence.

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

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

Heartfelt thanks go out to Kathryn and her team for inviting me to share another Happy Harping Workshop in our community.

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

Why I Love Life Coaching

It’s simple really. I enjoy building relationships with people. Every potential client has a story and I’m genuinely interested to learn more about their human ability, life and being.

Life coaching is a catalyst for change. No matter where you’re stuck, as your coach I have the opportunity to guide and inspire your walk toward a new destination. It’s exciting!! Life coaching blends every creative tool I use to facilitate, coach and mentor.

To provide you with an experience or opportunity to seek and discover more about yourself allows me to learn something about myself. My role as your Life Coach is to empower you through expectation. The next step is to facilitate your learning and uncover the why. How is the easy part.

I enjoy helping clients transition through major life crisis opening a pathway for re-discovering their potential. That’s the fun part.

Discussions and conversations happen one to one or in small class sizes. Dialogue can be emotional, enriching, expansive, and most of all uplifting. The goal is to improve health and well-being.

The 3 pillars that guide my Life Coaching, while not new, work best with my coaching style. They are:

Leadership – Who can guide you?
Relationship – Who can you trust?
Opportunity – Dream Bigger

Leo Buscaglia said,

If you’ve been thinking about Life Coaching or self-improvement in any way you’re likely ready to stretch yourself and that’s a good thing. There is a saying that goes: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

What we all have is time. How much time is unknown. What I know for sure is that when the time is right for Life Coaching, follow your intuition those hunches and that nagging in your mind reminding you it’s time for change.

Life Coaching is about change and that’s what I love. To give hope and inspire change helps my clients remember growth is a necessary part of the process and journey.

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” Leo Buscaglia.

Are you ready work with a Life Coach?

Email:  francescadurham@gmail.com

Winter: A Time of Reflection & Renewal

What better time to discover and nurture the seeds you have planted than right now? Are you living fully, present and in the moment?

Consider this invitation of appreciation for the Winter as Spring is just around the corner.

  1. How might Winter be an opportunity for renewal and change?
  2. Can you embrace the last of the winter months in anticipation of Spring?
  3. Is it possible to imagine there might be an aspect of your life that may be outdated? If so, are you ready to embrace change?
  4. In this time of introspection, is there an aspect of who you are that feels like blossoming with the arrival of Spring? If so, can you imagine giving yourself permission to nurture this seed to become even more impassioned than you have in the past?

Remember what you nurture is what you become. Live an authentic life today and every day because tomorrow is another gift.

Creating authentic heart connections in our community is what I’m passionate about. And you?

Interested in a Harping For Wellness Workshop or MARI® experience?  Contact me for details francescadurham@gmail.com 

For current listings of my workshops visit:

http://www.joshuacreekarts.com

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.