February 24th join in our very 1st Harp Circle from 6:30-8:00PM. Another MARI Workshop is scheduled for March 4th 10:00AM-12:00noon. There are too many wonderful activities to mention here so be sure to check their calendar of events.
Expressive arts is a multi-modal approach to healing and self development. In other words, a good way to relax, recharge and realign. MARI is perfect for this experience as well as learning how to play an instrument. What are you waiting for?
I’ll be presenting throughout the month of February at JCHAC. Come out and make authentic heart ❤️connections in your community. Strengthen your mental health and enrich your life with creativity. See you there!!!!
What better way to spend a wintery Saturday afternoon than exploring the rolling hills of Caledon, winter driving conditions were good, and visiting the quaint historic village of Alton.
Visited Alton Mills Arts Centre yesterday to attend CJ Shelton’s, “Winter Solstice Wishing Candle Workshop.” So glad I did…what FUN! With little time to spare before class, I had quite the adventure touring all the studios seeing the artists immersed in their work. If you’re wondering who is CJ Shelton? “Carol (“C.J.”) Shelton is best known for her highly detailed architectural renderings and portraitiure of heritage sites and private residences which she has been actively doing for over 30 years throughout York Region and now Dufferin/Peel.”
In her studio, hanging out and listening to CJ tell stories was a pleasure. It certainly was a moment to be inspired and present. Appreciating the natural beauty of the surroundings felt peaceful while taking in her creative artwork placed all around.
If you get a chance to visit the artists be sure to stop in and say “hi” to CJ. Find out more about her:
C.J. Shelton – Dancing Moon Designs
“Illuminating the Creative Spirit”
Mandala Artist & Instructor –www.dancingmoondesigns.ca
What you wear speaks volumes about what you want others to know about you. So, why bother with a wardrobe you ask? Well, it’s common to hear someone say, “I haven’t got anything to wear” and if this describes you, then you need to survey your wardrobe and make a plan.
Listen to Gail reveal Fall’s 2016 unique and exciting line up of trends, patterns, prints, detail, colours, boots, shoes and so much more to suit YOU.
The key is to plan an adequate wardrobe. Have enough suitable work clothes to carry out your job and feel confident about the way you look. Learn how you can go from Business, to Business Casual to Casual Friday’s in three easy steps.
How wonderful to be invited to do a workshop for the Harriet Tubman Institute For Research On It’s African Diasporas. The actual workshop took place in the Archives of Ontario building, York University.
The theme for the presentation was the harp and it’s connection with the stringed instruments of Africa. I can honestly say the students enjoyed learning about the harps history and playing them too.
Thank you to the Directors of the Harriet Tubman Institute for the invitation and Mr. Winston LaRose for making the introduction. Special thanks to Robert and Travis, students of the program, for helping me carrying the harps around the building.
Halton Harps shared a delightful afternoon yesterday with the Girl Guides in Mississauga. The Brampton Room was full of activity, music, laughter and song. We’ve also been invited to present our workshop to another group of Girl Guides in Woodstock later this year.
Recently I was approached by Maria Teresa De Donato and asked about my work with color and sound. My interview with her is embedded here for your convenience. I thoroughly enjoyed the interview experience sharing stories about the connection between health, wellness music and color. **Scroll within the frame**
At the Girl Guides Centre Mississauga, this group of young girls came together in the afternoon for a unique experience and opportunity with Halton Harps.
The experience was making harp music together. The girls learned to play the harp, they sang and even crafted a harp out of shoe boxes.
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! Having a hobby or creative outlet for young girls helps build a healthy self-esteem.
The end result of our event and time together was having the parents enjoy listening to their girls play for them before going home. Having the support of mom, dad a big sister, brother or mentor also helps to build confidence.
Creating magical moments of music, one harp string at a time, making friends and having fun leaves an impression and impact that lasts a lifetime for these young girls.
We allowed these young minds to flourish in an environment where they felt safe and comfortable to explore something new, learning how to play the harp.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to Heather for inviting Halton Harps into your community.
Interested in bringing our Happy Harping workshop to your community? To learn more please contact Halton Harps.
On my recent visit to Jordan Village, I was reminded how beautiful life is when we can just “BE” and step out of our minds and into the unknown. Looking around the beautiful landscape I was reminded we are infinitely creative.
Precious moments of awareness open up when we relax. Sometimes a fresh perspective about life and living requires more than just a little reflection. How about a dollop of gratefulness?
As a musician, and recently being called an artist, I realized while walking through this tiny village, how my creative perspective and innovation was touching the lives of people I serve in my community. Playing therapeutic harp music regularly moves me out of the mind and into my heart.
My creative perspective and message has always been simple: “Changing Lives Through Colour and Sound.” On this glorious day my life was being touched, awakened, and changed through the colours and sounds surrounding my visit to this quaint and charming village.
I came home with a new sense of vitality. I remembered that being creative is about learning to unlock the cage of our mind(s). Embrace what you don’t like or fear. Experience the world differently, and create the moments you need to reclaim your creativity.
What have you done lately to connect with your creativity?