Musical events at planned Harmony
Two special musical concert offerings will be held at Harmony Healing Arts Center on Friday evening, May 18, from 7:308:30 p.m. and Saturday morning, May 19, from 11 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Friday evening, Laura First and her Gopi Band will present an evening of Kirtan-one of the world’s oldest sacred music traditions. Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. Musical instruments and rhythmic drumming accompany the singing and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing.
Donations will be gratefully accepted at the Kirtan and given to a tax-deductible health-care fund for Makana Ashelman, who has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Makana, a former Shepherdstown resident, is a yogi, TM mediator, mentor and close friend to many in the Shepherdstown area.
On Saturday morning, Joe Gentile, “the Didgeridoo Medicine Man,” will fill the yoga studio with the deep, droning sounds of the didgeridoo-one of the world’s oldest wind instruments, dating back thousands of years. Originated by North Australian Aborigine, the instruments were first fashioned from the termite-hollowed trunks and limbs of eucalyptus trees. Today, didgeridoo are made from many types of woods, as well as leather, kelp, crystal, plastic, ceramics and paper. Come learn more about this unusual musical instrument and enjoy its distinctive sound. A $20 suggested donations is requested for the event.
Following the concert Joe and, his Reike Master wife, Peggy, will offer private didgeridoo-healing meditations from 13 p.m. Call 304-876-6918 in advance to make an appointment for the sessions, donations will be accepted.
Harmony Healing Arts Studio is located at 211 East New Street in Shepherdstown. For more information about the events at Harmony, visit www.harmonyhealingarts.org.