Music gives Soul to the Universe, Wings to the Mind, Flight to the Imagination - Plato

Nurture in Nature
Creative Rejuvenation-Inspiration Retreat
for Harp and Heart
with Martha Gallagher
"I go to Nature to be soothed & healed, to have my senses put in tune once more."
John Borroughs
Nurture in Nature is a Creative Rejuvenation-Inspiration Retreat for harp players seeking to attune themselves to a more natural, intuitive, mindful way of experiencing music, connecting with their creativity and expressing it on the harp.
"Now and again it is necessary to seclude yourself among mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life"
Morihei Ueshiba
Nestled in the beautiful Adirondacks (NYS), on the shores of a clear mountain lake, the peacefulness of the setting invites you to step out of the distractions of daily life; the quietude fosters a longing to slow down, to feel, to listen; to be inspired - and to play.
"Listen to the voice of Nature, for it holds treasures for you."
Huron Wisdom
This nature-centered harp retreat encourages and facilitates you as a harp player to achieving a state of mind, body and spirit that opens your own creative flow - a fluency of creativity - and to discovering how to tap into that creativity and to do so.
"Create each day anew by clothing yourself with heaven and earth, bathing yourself with wisdom and love, and placing yourself in the heart of Mother Nature."
Morihei Ueshiba
Nature sensory immersion activities in the peaceful setting of the retreat center will allow you to nurture your awareness of the natural world - and for that awareness to nurture you. There are many studies that show that time out in Nature reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and increases awareness and creative thought. I’ve been conscious of this and drawn on it for many, many years and am delighted to share this wonderful conduit of creativity with you!
"Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, fiber thrilling like harp strings."
John Muir
Hands-on-harp activities will help you bring this awareness to your harp playing and your music; encouraging a relaxed state of body and mind while playing. Designed to increase physical, mental, creative and musical awareness, as well as alleviate physical stress and confidence-based nervousness, these activities will lead one to a greater comfort level of playing.

This, in turn, promotes an openness to creative inspirations and to being ready for them when they occur. You will discover how to create the setting for creativity to happen - not by demand, but through active invitation!
"Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The combination of Nature immersion and hands-on harp elements, integrated with additional awareness and relaxation activities, as well as plenty of personal time to reflect, absorb, play harp, and enjoy the beautiful Adirondacks, makes for a wonderful time of contemplation, relaxation, motivation, action, enjoyment and inspiration.

Effective strategies for incorporating these newfound freedoms of playing and creativity into your daily life will ensure that they will stay with you long after the retreat is over; to grow and continue to inspire you as you go forward in your harp journey.

Nurture in Nature - A Time of Transformation

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