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An Afternoon of Peace and Gratitude

I recently had an opportunity to perform in my mom’s hometown … population 1,246! I performed on a Sunday afternoon and 80 people showed up, including several family members. I guess it was big news for a harpist to be in the community!

It was nerve-wracking to speak and play in front of family/people I know. (It is much easier to perform in front of total strangers.) Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time together … both family and the members from the community told me they enjoyed the afternoon. Whew! It is delightful to bring peace and calm to small, rural communities.

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Need relaxation during the busy holiday season?

We offer several suggestions to help reduce your stress and bring peace to your holiday season include: 

  • Be mindful of your breathing several times a day.
  • Pause a few times daily paying attention to how you feel. Journal about or express all emotions to release them.
  • Listen to calming music, moving you to your peaceful core.
  • Play your favorite holiday CDs at 25% less volume than you would normally listen to it.
  • Many radio shows feature beautiful holiday music. Find your favorite station and listen while you are driving or doing any holiday preparations.
  • Set realistic expectations. Sometimes family gatherings increase our stress levels, so think about self-care strategies that work for you … and follow through!
  • Prioritize! If possible, decrease the number of obligations during the month of December and put one or two things on your calendar that bring you joy, nurture your spirit.

Finally, model holiday peace to those we serve. When you are centered and calm, everyone you touch will pick up these peaceful “vibes” during this spiritual time of year.

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Women Gathering at Holiday Time…

There’s something really powerful that happens when women gather in community … especially around the holidays!

I will be doing a series of events in early December. The purpose is to bring peace and calm to each group of women during this busy time of year. When those attending feel peace, they can extend it out to their friends and family, those they touch during the upcoming busy month. 

  • “A Morning of Holiday Peace,” Peace Lutheran Church (1954 County Rd U in Green Bay, WI), December 1, 9:00-11:00 a.m. For more information, contact Carla Heintz at 920-865-7595.
  • “Musical Moments of Hope and Healing” in the Cotton Exchange Banquet Room (345 Hickory Hollow Road in Waterford, WI), December 2 at 1:00-3:00 p.m. For tickets, please contact Rosemary Bilgrien at rosemarymassage2000@yahoo.com.
  • “An Evening of Christmas Peace,” St. James Catholic Parish, (830 County Road NN East in  Mukwonago, WI), December 2 at 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact 262-363-2416.
  • “An Evening of Christmas Peace,” St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish (S89 W22650 Milwaukee Ave. in Big Bend, WI), December 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rosemary Bilgrien at rosemarymassage2000@yahoo.com.
  • “An Evening of Holiday Peace” for Mayo Hospice at St. Elizabeth’s Chapel, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha, MN, on December 6th at 6:45-800 p.m. Free to the public; call 651-565-5550 for more information.

Come join us if you are in the area and available!

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Integrating Harp Therapy in Health Care Systems

While my harp therapy teacher’s mission is to have a “harp player in every hospital and hospice by 2020,” my vision includes: 

  • Licensing harp CDs to health care systems for their closed-circuit TVs. This is a simple, cost-effective method to help hospital and hospice patients relax, feel peace and calm, and sleep. E-mail me if you want more information.
  • In-service education of health care staff. Topics range from “Music and Healing” to “Music for Hospice” to “Self-Care for Health Care Providers.” Click here for more details about my presentations.
  • CDs in hospital gift shops. Contact me for wholesale prices of my books and CDs.
  • Playing at the bedside. For hospitals and hospices in the Twin Cities, I am available for these special bedside vigils. Contact me for pricing and availability. To find a therapeutic harpist in your geographical area, click here.

I’ve been doing this work full-time for the past 13 years and in that time, I’ve seen remarkable shifts in health care systems incorporating the ancient healing modality of harp therapy into the current evidence-based medical model. And we’ve only just begun … we are definitely living in exciting times!  This is my deep passion and I so appreciate your continued support to help make this a reality for those we are serving.

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Healing Harp Concerts

For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing Healing Harp Concerts. These events are slightly different than an educational session.

During a Healing Harp Concert, I play a lot of music, share some stories and readings … the focus is on individuals’ healing and using live vibrations to “fill the wells” of those attending. When they are evening concerts, I end with lullabies … a lovely way to sleep!

Some interesting things have happened:

  • One woman said, “I came here with a splitting headache and shortly after you started playing, the pounding in my head went away.”
  • A woman with an autistic son said, “Usually my son is moving constantly. This is one of the few times I’ve seen him completely chill and move into peace and calm.”
  • A man came up to me afterwards and said, “I put all of the harp notes in my sore ankle and it feels better now!”

The next Healing Harp Concert will be in Yankton, SD on Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Riverfront Event Center (121 West Third St.). Come join us!

If you would like to schedule a Healing Harp Concert in your area, please click here.

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