Hope attended an intensive retreat on learning to work with Ancestral Medicine, featuring the work of Daniel For, PhD. This mulitday journey of understanding and healing was a combination of education, techniques, and facilitated experiential journeywork. Including explorations and shamanic drumming exercises to contacting and clear past wounds from your lineage. The last step is always making an offering, co-creating a mandala of gifts from the earth. Powerful work at a time when many have passed over to the other side.
Asheville, NC is known for its annual Handpan gatherings, this year a new one was created~ the Reminiscence Gathering. Hope joined the lineup of performers and gathered a group of women to perform a co-collaboration featuring handpan, cajon, frame drum, and flute for a unique presentation of the feminine spirit; in the rustic yet breathtakingly beautiful setting at Laughing Waters Retreat Center in the Appalachian forest alongside natural waterfalls. .
Honoring Mothers Painting Vigil with Nikki Moon in Asheville, NC. They began a 36 hour painting journey the morning after Mother's Day with the intention of embodying the beauty, power, and diverse nature of women and mothers, in all their forms. They created on a triptych of 3 canvases 4 ft by 7 foot long using primarily acrylic paint. As a meditation in action, there were beautiful altars of flowers, music was playing, and many other creative women came to the vigil to witness the process, & share their thoughts and heartsong to add to the vibe and intentions while Hope and Nikki were creating.
Stoked to perform at the Rekinection- Spring Up Celebration outside Kanas City! Alongside Desert Dwellers, Wookiefoot, David Starfire and more! Hope played her solo set and brought up CedarWing on stage with her, then she also performed with Chase Makai, Robin Lewis, and Peewee Dread. Was an amazing event of youth and elders, back to nature and reconnecting with old friends in the mid-west. Hope also facilitated a workshop: 'connecting with your spirit, through finding your voice' in the Red Tent. It was powerful and transformational for all the many beautiful women who attended..
This class integrates rhythm, music, self care, and playful creativity as we explore the powerful source of our own creativity~ for mamas of all kinds!
This series is a journey of creating beautiful projects for your baby or yourself as a mother. It will be hosted in a nourishing environment at The Mothership doula center in W. Asheville.
We will be making music, singing, painting, creating our own affirmation cards, making a dream catcher, learning massage for self care, making birth jewelry, creating a baby mobile, and experiencing a blessingway.
There is so much to benefit as a new mama journeying through her path, and this class is meant to be a place of respite and integration as well as inspiration in her next steps.
Such a blast to connect with the Medicine for the People Tour again this summer hitting shows including Asheville, NC and Louisville, Ky. Hope played duets with Nahko on reminiscent of the early days on Budding trees, and Hope returned for solos on full scale performances of Aloha and Build a Bridge!
Good times and classic shows with the 7 piece band. Always such a pleasure to join them on ever growing stages across the country and beyond!
Inspired by the Asheville Percussion Festival, and all the wonderful connections made there, Hope decided to continue to share the love and is offering a Rhythm and Drum class featuring both traditional rhythms as well as techniques for participants to practice creating their own rhythms.
This class is sponsored by Asheville Rhythm and will take place in their percussion studio filled with drums from almost every country in the world. It is a unique opportunity and will be a fun time for everyone involved.
For beginners and intermediate, all are welcome!
Birth is the route to a mothers empowerment, the heart of women's culture & gateway to our next generation... I am very excited to share, after years of practicing as a certified midwife; offering birth education/activation classes for doulas and anyone seeking knowledge about empowered birthing... I've begun teaching weekly, and now will host a 5 day intensive in Hawaii covering the DONA certification curriculum as well as holistic approaches such as blessingways, birth songs and art, massage, comfort tools and positions for labor, birth anatomy, breastfeeding tips and more! In collaboration with an amazing internationally sought after teacher and old friend of mine, Jesse Remer, who is a DONA certified doula trainer as well as founder of Mothertreebirth services.
Hawaii will be perfect place to connect with the spirit of mother earth, her natural fertility will envelop us in her lush embrace for us to go deep into these rich topics of women's health and wisdom.
With women's reproductive rights still in question, it's critical to stand with our sisters and empower ourselves with knowledge to overcome the veil of fear birth has been surrounded by. Beauty awaits us. Let's awaken to our original blessing togehter, in a supportive setting. Delicious meals will be provided as well as opportunities to relax, swim at black sands beaches, and visit the yoni lava cave.
To register: www.mothertreebrith.com questions: email@example.com go to 'retreats'
HIP Ag is the North Big Island Permaculture Institute~ and they're putting on thier 8th annual outdoor festival to raise money for their education programs! Its gonna be another amazing lineup and Hope with be performing on Main stage alongside her musical sis-stars, Ydine & Kaahele~ two ladies with sweet island voices and power in their lyrics.
Hope will be performing her solo music, at this special festival. She will be opening for Dustin Thomas and Nahko, all performing solo style. After these sets, they will collaborate and all play to better as a band. This will be during a total Solar Eclipse of 2017. The event is Aug 18-21 and located at Hawk Arrow Springs just 5 minutes outside of St. Clair, MO.
The featured attraction at Darkening of the Sun is the total solar eclipse of 2017, of which patrons will experience 2 minutes and 40 seconds of darkness. The event will also feature camping, live music, live art, swimming, rock climbing, hay rides, workshops, yoga, community bonfire rings, and an eclipse observatory area. Additionally - the event will feature Native American Art, Vendors, and Music sanctioned by the Northern Cherokee Nation.
A portion of the proceeds of Darkening of the Sun will go to the Northern Cherokee Nation & The Covering House.
website for all event details and to purchase tickets: http://www.DarkeningOfTheSun.com/
Oregon Country Fair is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with an incredible array of talented artists. Hope played at the opening ceremony, performed on MainStage with the Luminaries and then joined Scarlett Crow on another stage, co-creating improvisational alchemy each step of the way! Scarlett Crow, a duo made up of Marya Stark & Mama Crow outta East bay. incorporating strong, deep lyrics and sweet instrumentation with Hope's heartfelt percussion created a labyrinth of sound and imagery for the listeners which was both unique and sure to happen again!
An Amazing new line up and She Beats II, 2017!
Such a powerhouse crew of female dancers and performers on stage at the historic Parkway Theater of Minneapolis. The evening was filled with heart, smarts, and refined talent from the streets of the twin cities. Ladies poured forth their skillz alongside Hope to support the release of her new CD, Bring to Light.
The artists included musicians: Manchita, K Raydio, Maxee, and Hazel Howl; modern dancers: Taja Will, the Energy Dance Collective, and Crash Dance Productions; and DJ Neekasodope. Hope's music videos were featured on the theaters large movie screen as a back drop throughout the show.
Once again, this event was co- produced by the prolific Amanda Leaveck, movement artist and founder of Face Forward, a non-profit organization which creates events and opportunities for diverse artists in the twin cities.
Stoked to share the latest in my world-
with your world!