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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.


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.

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.

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.💜

Harp Workshop At The Harriet Tubman Institute Student Summer Program

IMG_1660 (1)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.



Enriching The Lives Of Young Girls & Building Confidence One Harp String At A Time.

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.


Featured in Ontario’s July 2015 Therapeutic Touch Newsletter

Photo by Mary Simpson

Francesca Durham of Burlington, is a certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and clinical musician. She provides life- enriching experiences to residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, MS, and strokes in long term health care facilities. She also serves in palliative care and Hospice. Francesca enjoys balancing the day to day activities of running her profitable harp practice and teaching others to play. Following 20 years in the corporate world Francesca built a coaching/mentoring practice for women focusing on personal development. Francesca is a writer and has published two books. She en- joys her 4 lb Yorkie, lots of play time and nature walks.

Her Personal Thoughts On Therapeutic Touch®

“Therapeutic Touch has enhanced my work by creating space within for a much calmer me, especially when approaching music. I have a greater sense of awareness and understanding of the importance of being ‘present’. ”

“Everyone and everything has a resonant tone, what something feels like, in an esoteric sense. This ‘energy’ vibration is important to our happiness and health. As both a Therapeutic Touch practitioner and a clinical musician, I work in sacred spaces, seeking to restore a sense of balance and harmony to the patient. Ultimately we access a universal flow of positive energy and love. This is the essence of life and our experiences here on this earthly plane.”

Trust and Hope

“A clinical musician is aware that TRUST is key between ourselves and the patient. As in Therapeutic Touch sessions, before we play our instrument we strive to establish trust taking cues from the environment energetically speaking, as well as the client’s condition.”

“We bring HOPE to a patient’s circumstance with our music. This has deeply affected my work because our service is a way of communicating with people through music – as with touch – to calm a difficult situation, soothe the soul, lift the spirit and instill a sense of peace . Our music can be familiar or unfamiliar, often times reflecting the various modes of music to suit a patient’s need in the moment.”

“I am grateful to have found a wonderful Therapeutic Touch Group in my community of Burlington. I look forward to its continued growth spreading the word and bringing aware- ness that reaches far and wide for everyone’s benefit.”

Francesca recently brought several colourful harps and gave a delightful presentation to her Practice Group.

You can reach Francesca through her website: http://HaltonHarps.ca Her book is available through: http://www.amazon.com/My- Harpers-Journey-Diary-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00ILJEJ5O

TTNC News, Summer, 2015

Harping In Palliative Care

Music Therapy in Palliative CareHealthcare facilities today, more than ever, are focusing on quality patient care.  Demand keeps growing for innovative methods of creating positive therapeutic environments.

Facilities worldwide (hospitals/hospice) are beginning to use music for therapeutic benefits.

Music Therapy in Palliative Care has gained considerable recognition as a practical application and solution for positive patient experience.

The growing field of health care, known as music therapy, uses music to support the healing process. Those of us practicing music therapy or providing therapeutic harp music are seeing first hand the benefits from our clients.

As part of my training (much like yours) I had to write books reports to demonstrate my understanding of the subject. Here is an excerpt from one of the book reports:

Music Therapy in Palliative Care, by David Aldridge.

In the book Music Therapy in Palliative Care, author David Aldridge features “New Voices”, a compilation of various practitioner modalities and information regarding case studies and findings from their therapeutic music treatments.

In each “New Voice”, the author’s share their experience working with therapeutic music and terminally ill clients in different countries. From a variety of settings, Hospice to the Oncology ward, rarely do we find such a broad perspective of patient cases based on the practical application of music therapy. “Neglected tradition of clinical writing” is what encouraged author David Aldridge to add “New Voices” to his latest book.