Hear Monica’s Feedback After One Year Of Learning How To Play The Harp Therapeutically
For a different blog experience today I’m going to share with you an open letter from my student Monica. With her permission, I’m going to read her thoughts on learning how to play the harp therapeutically, after one year. And yes, please do stay tuned for Part II next week.
It’s been a pleasure showing and sharing with Monica what I’ve learned on my harper’s journey. I’m encouraged and delighted to have worked with her for a year. Time passes quickly and I look forward to hearing how Monica will go on to use therapeutic harp music in her practice moving forward. Our time together has been anything but traditional and a whole lot of fun.
If you are interested in being mentored or wish to learn how to play the harp therapeutically, please get in touch. I’ve been through 2 wonderful creative harp programs and I’m happy to share my experience with you. Interested?
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.
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