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: firstname.lastname@example.org go to 'retreats'
WIld Heartist is a breath of fresh air on the Hilo Bayfront~ its a creative space filled with beauty, healthy lifestyle products and visionary art covering the walls. The contents consist of items created by local artists on the island of Hawaii. The vibes are high and inviting, as you enter the gallery, there is a sense of excitement and expectation that does not let you down. It is a space where the imagination soars! Hope's original paintings are featured throughout the gallery~ currently the only gallery on the island to displaying her newest work.
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.
Hope will be performing again this year to her Minnesota fam, this time as a solo musician at Project Earth. This gathering is a fundraiser for the Be the Change foundation. It is a gathering that is acoustic in the forest with space for the Harmony Spirits to play. Intimate fire light stages in the forest. Outside Minneapolis, Minnesota~ just before Summer Solstice!
Honored to have the opportunity to perform music with Nahko in Los Angeles at a fundraiser to raise funds in attempt to release Red Fawn from incarceration. She was unfairly taken while protecting the water on Native American land in the face of the construction of the North Dakota Pipeline.
We joined together with many indigenous voices at this event in solidarity to listen, share and witness each others dances, prayers, and stories of struggle and great efforts towards righteousness.
There was also a powerful art exhibit of Native American prints from over the years of imagery inspiring people to overturn oppression.
We had an exciting class experience opening a circle of beginners to the language of rhythm and drums. These students were studying psychology and artistic expression. We discussed how drum patterns enable us to realign our biorhythms into a more meditative state when we use our intentions to heal with music. Many of them had an amazingly transformative experience ~shifting from timid to empowered and connected within our class.
Celebrating out planet, Mother Earth ~ at the campus of University of Hawaii with the students and greater community~ headlining the Earth Day Fair 2017!
Hope was joined by percussionists and back up vocalists to complete her musical offering, sharing songs honoring the land, of tribes from around the world.
The sun shone brightly and children were dancing throughout the celebration, it was a beautiful community event.
Deep in the jungle of Big Island, Hawaii~ on the sacred site of Green Lake, is Flow Fest 2017.
Sharing a stage with other talented musicians, Hope shared her new music from her new album, Bring to Light and invited musicians Unity on African cora, SaraTone on vocals and percussion, Mikey Pauker on guitar, Dave Hoover on Harp and David Sunshine on Handpan. She was also supported by Ana, Bri and Kaila on back up vocals! This was a powerful set of prayer and celebration at the foothills of this sacred place.
A tribal, primitive festival setting filled with hear and sunshine! Good times~
Great Family Roots vibes with all these performers, such a sweet evening of epic soulful original melodies, strings and percussion! A rare opportunity to collaborate with all of these artists live on stage, and a beautiful night in Hilo town, on Big Island of Hawaii. Old friends with years of working together, Hope and SaraTone, of Cascadia, backed each other up while experimenting with new comer to this group, Mikey Pauker on guitar, from the Bay area.
Layers of hand percussion weaving throughout each set, this evening was a special nite to remember...
Glad this painting has made its way to a new home, the piece~ 'Mauna', inspired by the spirit of Pele of the island of Hawaii, has been SOLD. The image includes a spirit hula dancer facing the volcano, under the full moon. A pueo, the Hawaiian owl is her animal ally flying just over her shoulder, and the Ohia tree of Hawaii is just in front of her. Mauna Kea covered in snow looms behind with its powerful pressence.
In the dark night sky, the star pattern of Pledies is subtle over the horizon, which is part of the Hawaiian original mythology.
Hope has appreciated the power and blessings of being on this unique land and this painting was an opportunity to express her interpretation of the energy of Hawaii and its natural beauty.
Several years in the making, through Hope's journey as musican & into motherhood, this diverse album reflects her rich experience as a percussionist for over 20 years, her wide range of world influences, as well as her unique feminine style.
Hope plays instruments ranging from the African djembe drum, to European handpan, native flute, Brazilian berimbau, middle eastern frame drum & doumbek, Indian harmonium, and more to create a powerful and dreamlike soundscape for dancing and going deep.
Once again, she brings us 14 tracks of hip-notic world music with maternal soul.... available NOW!!!
MAnaFest ~sacred music and arts festival honoring the feminine~ is going to be amazing again this year, but now its two nights instead of just one, with two days of workshops, spa, mana marketplace, art gallery, 2 stages of music, tea lounge, and even a kids zone! And the musical line up this year is super exciting including: Ma Muse, Mama Crow, Sara Tone, Hawane Rios, Marya Stark, Mary Isis, Diane Patterson, and of course yours truly...27 musical acts in all!
There will be 40 workshops include natural health, movement & spirit such as acroyoga, beekeeping, plant medicine, hula, sexuality, a red tent, sound healing, and more!
Hope is the co-founder of MAnaFest, and continues to be one of the core organizers. This special event features female artists and musicians while welcoming everyone to attend! And the setting is at the Hawaiian Sanctuary ~ a tropical permaculture spa venue with a great dance floor! ~manafestival.org
Honored to be play at the Big Island benefit to raise money to help the Standing Rock water protectors. These water protectors have been camped near the mouth of the Missouri River to be witness and prevent the continued building of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The concern is that the oil from that pipeline will inevitably leak and contaminate the river which provides water to over 100,000 people as well as wildlife.
This stand is a historic gathering of tribes, allies and people from all walks of life, continuously holding pressence in solidarity to halt the destructive Dakota Access Pipeline.m all wal ~Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from ripping through their ancestral homelands. It threatens their water, their sacred places, and the future of their children.~ standwithhstandingrock.net
It was beautiful to play alongside the talented Hawaiian native singer, Hawane Rios.
Good times crusin' Island style this winter and performing with Medicine for the People on Maui, Big Island, & Kauai at the Homegrown Music Festival, the MACC, the Palace Theater, and the Kohala Aina Festival. As well as bringing in Medicine's new HOKA album we are sharing about the water protectors at Standing Rock and raising awareness for their stand.
Check out the new album at nahko.com and ways to support Standing Rock through HonortheEarth.org
Alongside friend and fellow musician, Mike Love, Hope had the opportunity to perform at the Yoga Festival at Kalani on Big Island of Hawaii.
Mike Love, voted reggae artist of the year of Hawaii, with serious skills and vibes which definitly reflect that level of musicianship.
It was an honor to sit in with his set at the beautiful E-Max performance space at Kalani and share beats on cajon to co-create some sweet sounds for our extended island ohana!
The soundscape of mad loops and fresh live rhythm made a stage presence that the crowd couldn't resist but dance to~
good times all night!
Exploring Northern Africa, in the ancient city of Fez in Morocco, I came across amazing ancient architecture, rich foods, & old culture steeped in religious beliefs and sacred geometry all around.
This experience inspired me to shoot a new music video for the down tempo song 'Behind the Dark' whose lyrics speak "behind the dark is always light" which reveals a depth and peace that is unique to my new album.
While walking through the earthen walled inner city, the Medina, I entered a small silver jewelry store, and spoke with the young man who owned the store. He said he loved Medicine for the People! I was amazed to be in such a remote part of Africa, and yet reminded that like attracts like and with the right state of mind~ we find love wherever we go!
An amazing group gathered to learn and experience with Hope about the natural human bio rhythms that we can affect and alter with healing intentions with the drum. We discussed the ancient techniques of using music and drums in both pregnancy and birthing to support mother to connect with her source, her baby, and her heartbeat while calming her mind and moving her hips to open the pelvis effectively for faster, gentler birthing.
Hope led a drum journey allowing participants to visualize a reconnection with their source and their womb for both healing and to plant seeds of intention.
They also explored specific rhythms used in Africa to encourage a child to come to a family.
Stoked to share the latest in my world-
with your world!