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A Leisurely Pastime Picnic Coming Soon

Research suggests spending time in a natural setting is good for your mental health. A family picnic is great family time with the kids. It’s also a wonderful tradition to strengthen ties with family and friends too.

Coming soon the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a family picnic. I’ll be there with my rainbow set of harps to provide an opportunity for anyone interested to have an experience playing the harp.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play the harp? Curious about this ancient musical instrument? Then you’re in for a treat.

Recreational harp music making is healthy and inclusive. It’s based on music activities that bring the community together. Come see for yourself at the JCHAC Family Picnic Sunday, June 10th, 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to come out take part and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

http://visitoakville.com/events/joshua-creek-10th-anniversary/

For more information please contact: francescadurham@gmail.com

 

 

More Than A Night To Remember With Leslie McCurdy

“Community, Roots & Culture” Symposium ~ HBHAS

Excited to share!!! Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Leslie-McCurdy

"Actor, Playwright, Dancer, Choreographer, Singer, and Mentor; recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for "Artist of the Year" and "Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Bachelors of Fine Art in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan and former choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.

Presenting: Things My Fore Sisters Saw – a one-woman play, where you will meet four women of African Descent who affected change in Canada: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave who was said to have burned down “half” of Montreal from whom we have the first slave narrative in North America; Rose Fortune, the first “policewoman” in North America who helped “freedom seekers” settle in Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia; Mary-Ann Shadd, the first North American woman to publish and edit a newspaper, amongst other things; and Viola Desmond who refused to give up a seat to segregation well before the celebrated Rosa Parks and who was recently named as the new face of the Canadian $10 bill. Experience the theatre production of how each of these women affected change in the Canada of their time and ours.”

Location:  Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd. Burlington, ON

Tickets: Early Bird: $25
At Door w/Reservation: $30

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps?ll=43.320901,-79.800601&z=13&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=CA&mapclient=embed&cid=14288595255665240121

The Speakers’ Symposium will include historical, genealogical, and cultural speakers, authors, music and spoken word plus a marketplace of historical book suppliers and community/cultural vendors.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/signin/?referrer=%2Ffacebook-publish%3Feid%3D45809335957

Healthy Communities Are Harping For Wellness

Surrender to the timeless wisdom of your higher self and join us next month at the Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre for another peaceful Harping for Wellness Workshop.

Harping for Wellness at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre last night was another great success. It’s a fun and safe learning environment for everyone.

So grateful for this creative space where we gather to inspire each other, learn something new and authentically connect with each other. Participating brings us into relationship with like-minded people who stimulate our thinking.

Interested in being part of this mindful service and compassionate group?

To honor Mother’s Day next month we invite you to join us and bring your mom or daughter to share the experience.

To learn more contact Francesca Durham

Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom. ~ Ram Dass

Emerging Young Artist, Amber

Meet Amber our first young artist selected to participate and share her work this summer at the HBHAS Art Exhibition. Location:  Halton Hills Cultural Centre Town of Halton Hills 9 Church St., Halton Hills ON. See you there 🙂

See her work on display from July 9th – September 2.  Congratulations Amber!!!

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

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. ~ Harriet Tubman

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