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NEW Fall Schedule 2017 Harp Workshops @ JCHAC

Fall Schedule 2017

Excited to share the Fall line up of harp workshops.

Fri Sept 22 – Introduction to Harp

Fri Oct 20 – Introduction to Harp

Fri Oct 27 – HARP CIRCLE

Fri Nov 17 – Introduction to Harp

Fri Dec 8 – HARP CIRCLE

Introduction to Harp – Cost: $45/per

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play the harp? Would you like to experience something NEW? Learn to play the harp for comfort, healing, and relaxation. No prior music training necessary. Learn the basics and play on your very own harp.

Harp Circle – Cost: $35/per

Join in for a different harp experience! Harp circles start with a set of 6 small rainbow harps used in a group. Our goal is to bring people together for creative music making, socializing, and adding to their harpers’ journey. This workshop experience is perfect for your mental health and to de-stress from the daily grind and relax with the soothing sounds and vibrations you create on your own rainbow harp.

All workshops are delivered in a safe and positive environment reflecting the different needs of the group and individuals.

Space is limited so sign up today!

Call: Francesca 416-505-4014

Email: francescadurham@gmail.com

Website: francescdurham.com

Visit JCHAC for more details: http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/03/10/harping-for-wellness-workshop/

Click on the map below for our Mississauga location on Google Maps.

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There’s Always A First Time, For Everything

Who Can Resist The Northern Lights Harp Fest?

Excited to be part of this year’s event…finally. I’ve waited for what seems like forever for the right time when everything would fall into place so I can attend. Well, 2017 is the year I get to see what all the talk is about. Even better, this year I’ll happily be representing the Harp For Healing program with Director, Mary Stevens.

I’ve signed up for workshops with Diana Rowan, Ray Pool, and Frank Volt to name a few of the presenters, artists, and musicians over the weekend. Out of my comfort zone? Maybe, but it’s good to try new things so I’m delighted to join in and participate. How exciting!!!!

Here’s the link for more information: northernlightsharpfest.com

Finding Your Happy Place

DawnpicIn case you’re wondering, yes, in the picture you get a glimpse inside my happy place.

Where can you escape from everyday life and feel completely free and at ease? That could very well be your happy place. For me, that’s here at home in my music room, and the place where I create, consult and mentor. As you can see if it’s colorful I’m in.

The beauty of happiness is subjective. And in my opinion, it is also a state mind.

My happy place is made up of music and MARI®. It brings the ultimate in peace and joy. Even better, I’m able to share that joy in community facilitating MARI® workshops at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre.

Having a set of rainbow harps not only tickles me pink, sharing harp music, facilitating workshops and playing for myself and others allows a return to inner peace. At least that’s how I feel.

Taking a moment to be creative is a joyful experience. Becoming a MARI® practitioner is the best education I could give myself. For me personally, it has provided more joy and happiness than I ever could have imagined. Most recently, having a client call to book a session for herself and her daughter, as a gift for her daughter’s 21st birthday, let’s me know I’m on the right path. To hear a young lady of 21 say, “I loved it” is music to my ears.

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Her mother, a graphic artist, is creator of the beautiful mandala you see in the photograph. I’m always amazed at what clients create during a session. I alway say, “…surprise yourself.” Well, this client certainly did.

Finding your happy place is pleasurable and freeing. It’s as if one becomes lost in the moment and time stands still. Having an emotional connection with nature is important too. I love spending time walking in the woods before a client visit.

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” ~ Thucydides

Over the years I’ve come to appreciate my happy place. And it started with a return to self finding inner peace.

If you’re looking for your happy place ask yourself,  “Am I free? Am I being me?”

Should you ever slip, or lose sight of your happy place, fear not. Instead, welcome a new and exciting journey before you.

What I know for sure, simplicity is key. Stay optimistic about the future.

Our hearts crave joy and happiness. Life will provide more than you could ever imagine. First, recognize and connect, and for some reconnect, to your happy place.

My workshops will start again in September 2017 @Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre. For more details visit:

http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/07/5180/

Or contact me at francescadurham@gmail.com

Be The Heart Of Change

Stevenson Gardens ~ Chester, Nova Scotia
Stevenson Gardens ~ Chester, Nova Scotia

Inner work and reflection is an ongoing process. To move through different stages in life, some more pleasant than others leaves room for more growth and personal development. Leadership from within and being your very best IS the heart of making positive change. Only then can we inspire others around us to take that same leap of faith.

To develop a purpose-filled identity will take time. More important, it’s essential to shine from the inside out while feeding your spirit with authentic heart connections.

Hit the pause button slow down a little and take the time to reflect. On a recent trip to the east coast, that’s exactly what I did. What I know for sure is the time away was worth it.

Is it time for you to be the heart of change?

For current listings of my workshops @ Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre:

http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/07/5180/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harping-for-wellness-workshop/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harp-circle-join-in-learn-to-play/

From A Hallmark Card

A beautiful card with a simple message. Enjoy!

Love yourself. 
 
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Make peace with who you are 
and where you are at this moment in time. Listen to your heart. 


If you can't hear what it's saying in this noisy world, 
make time for yourself. Enjoy your own company. 
Let your mind wander among the stars.
 

Try. Take chances. Make mistakes. 
Life can be messy and confusing, but it's also full of surprises. 
The next rock in your path may be a stepping stone.
 

Be happy. When you don't have what you want, 
want what you have. Make do. 
That's a well-kept secret of contentment.
 

There aren't any shortcuts to tomorrow. 
You have to make your own day. 
To know where you're going is only part of it. 
You need to know where you've been too. 
And if you get lost, don't worry. 
The people who love you will find you. 
Count on it.
 

Life isn't days and years. 
It's what you do with time
 and with all the goodness and grace 
that's inside of you. 
Make a beautiful life... 
The kind of life you deserve.

For current listings of my workshops at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre:

http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/07/5180/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harping-for-wellness-workshop/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harp-circle-join-in-learn-to-play/

Mandala: Path To Beauty

Another good read.

Have you been called to awaken to beauty? To see more deeply?  To cultivate practices of attentiveness? “Mandala: Path To Beauty” written by Joan Kellogg is an inspiring book thoughtfully written and perfect to support MARI® practitioners.

Let beauty penetrate your heart by creating more of the same in your own life and sharing the experience(s) with others.

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Connect, Engage & Build New Pathways ~ It’s Fun!

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Add more joy to your daily life by embracing creative activity.

Be curious and have fun connecting to your creative energy and spirit.

Build new pathways to express your life with rich and fulfilling experiences.

MARI® is just one of many ways to celebrate your creativity.

For current listings of my workshops at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre:

http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/07/5180/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harping-for-wellness-workshop/
http://www.joshuacreekarts.com/2017/01/10/harp-circle-join-in-learn-to-play/

Are You Living A Meaningful Life? Karina Is.

I know one young woman who’s living a meaningful life. Karina Bianca Scali. Karina recently fulfilled a lifelong dream, one she can now scratch off her bucket list.

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Friday, March 31st I had the pleasure of meeting Karina. She joined our Harp Circle at Joshua Creek’s Heritage Art Centre.

Learning how to play the harp was on Karina’s bucket list. She realized this goal on Friday. The accomplishment enhanced not only her happiness, her well-being too. Achieving this goal is one of many sustainable core projects Karina’s aligned for herself this year. Her goals, all within reach, are full of personal meaning.

To read Karina’s story click here.
http://www.erinoakkids.ca/Newsroom/Stories/Karina.aspx

An inspiration to us all, Karina moves through life with grace and calm.

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on what matters most in your life? Karina did. Setting goals pulls us forward toward possibilities. With the odds against her at every corner, Karina’s risen above every challenge. Today she focuses on individual goals to enjoy living a meaningful life.

Let this be the beginning of a magical new adventure and harp journey for Karina. The possibilities of learning how to play the harp are endless.

Karina’s story is one I’m only too happy to share with others. Together let’s bring awareness to community about Williams syndrome.
https://williams-syndrome.org/what-is-williams-syndrome

Williams Syndrome has been Karina’s life challenge. And, it’s been through difficulties faced having Williams syndrome that’s shinned a light on Karina’s gifts and talents. Music is definitely a gift Karina’s blessed to share with others. She plays the guitar. Now she’s learning how to play the harp!

Karina’s personal development has grown tremendously since moving to Oakville in the late 90’s. Her personal accomplishments, too many to mention, are inspiring and it doesn’t stop there. I understand congratulations are in order. Karina’s accepted into the Sheridan College ECE program starting 2017. Wow!

After a great deal of disappointment, rejection and having many doors closed, Karina never gave up. She persevered allowing several new opportunities to unfold. Perhaps the lesson is about following your dreams and listening only to those who say, “You Can Do It.”

Karina lives everyday with wonder and surprise. She lives an authentic, meaningful life carrying out what needs doing to make her dreams come true. She certainly has courage.

Your community is right behind you, Karina. Every step of the way we will be here to support you in every way.

See you again soon at JCHAC. We can’t wait to have you join us again.💜