Music and Mindfulness Retreat – July 2015

I was part of a team recently delivering a 2 day residential creativity retreat at Sudarshanaloka Buddhist Retreat Centre in Thames, on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand. Our retreat was called Music and Mindfulness and the team consisted of Mindfulness facilitator Akasadaka Robison, a Buddhist ordained in the Triratna order and our assistant Heather Garland, a localContinue reading “Music and Mindfulness Retreat – July 2015”

Transformational Festivals, NZ Summer 2015

Summer in New Zealand is full of fabulous lifestyle festivals. My favourites are the ‘Transformational Festivals’  that offer camping, musical performances, healers and workshops in modalities including: massage, yoga, tai chi, diet, meditation and what I could loosely call ‘philosophy’. For the last couple of years in addition to performing music at the various festivalsContinue reading “Transformational Festivals, NZ Summer 2015”

The Circle – A place to breathe music. Prana Festival 2015

20 January 2015 Updated 13 October 2105 The Circle Stage first ran as a performance space using Zenergy Facilitation processes at Prana Festival in Opoutere, Coromandel Peninsula over the 4 day New Years Celebration Dec 30 2014 – Jan 2 2015. This blog is here to document The Circle project and hopefully to inspire a conversation about the use ofContinue reading “The Circle – A place to breathe music. Prana Festival 2015”

Being In Music

This workshop ‘Being In Music’ was presented at the Australasian Facilitators Conference in Alice Springs Australia 2014. Being In Music introduces ‘musical’ processes to explore the three basic awarenesses of a facilitator. Of simultaneously being with the self, being with another ( i.e with each member of the group ) and being with the groupContinue reading “Being In Music”

Emerging Music workshop

Here is wonderful team building soundscaping process that I used in a workshop at the transformational festival Prana which I call “Emerging Music”. The group chose the theme of the soundscape and created their own sounds and sonic ideas, while the facilitator role is to encourage people to make sounds freely, without inhibition. This isContinue reading “Emerging Music workshop”

The Positive Power of Illusion

I was talking to a street musician, she was about 17  I think, playing the accordion outside the supermarket, and she was tired….but there was a ethereal beauty about her fair complexion and dark ringlets. She reminded me of a ballerina, an opera singer, a performer I might have seen and aspired to be whenContinue reading “The Positive Power of Illusion”

Powerful voice for Yoga Teachers Workshop

I was invited to deliver this workshop by the leader of a leading local Yoga Academy that offers a teachers training programme. Powerful voice skills are included as part of the course First I explained to the participants their Course Leaders purpose for the session: To explore tools to develop voice: Projection Tone Pitch variationContinue reading “Powerful voice for Yoga Teachers Workshop”

Collective Intelligence

Why are we living the lives we are living? What are we doing here on the planet? Do we want to live using the combined power of all the beings on the planet? The collective intelligence of our entire race? This is evolution :  emotional and spiritual human evolution. What do you want to doContinue reading “Collective Intelligence”