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IHTP Mentors

Your mentor is a highly skilled graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program. We work to make a good match of student and mentor. When you apply to the program, you may select your mentor from a list of mentors who can take on new students. Your mentor will send you their background information. Once you have been accepted to the program, your application is forwarded to your prospective mentor so that they can have more information about you.

Question: What is the role of the mentor as a student in the IHTP?

Answer: Your mentor is responsible for listening to your recordings, reading your written work, and keeping you on track so that you finish your work on time. Regular communication with your mentor is expected as a student in the IHTP. The mentor evaluates your work and recommends that you either be promoted to the next Unit or s/he will suggest spending additional time in the present Unit. S/he also informs the IHTP Administrative office of her decision. Your tuition pays for 15 hours of consulting time with your mentor, and s/he keeps track of this time. Should you exceed the 15 hours as you progress through the 5 units, then you will be responsible for paying a mutually agreed fee between you and your mentor for her time. Much more information on a student’s responsibilities in the IHTP, and the mentor’s responsibilities to the students, is available in the At-Home Study Handbook.

Affiliated International Programs – 7 hours of mentor time for LEVEL 1 Certification and 8 hours for LEVEL 2 Certification is appropriate. Remember that mentors are not life coaches – they are there to answer questions and provide assistance about IHTP-related work. Their role is to keep you on task.

If you need instruction to meet our musical development goals, we suggest that you engage an appropriate music teacher (we can recommend several for you).  Nearly all questions about our program can be answered by consulting the At-Home Study Handbook.

HARP LESSONS BY OUR SKYPE TEACHERS

Susan Zevenbergen  http://www.myharpsdelight.com/online-harp-lessons.html

Rachel Christensen   rachelabc@charter.net

Martha Lawrance   marthalawrance@rogers.com

Mentors have provided biographical information about themselves below: mentors talk about their current/past occupations, hobbies, spirituality, and any inspirational quotes they have found useful.

Mentors also specify whether they are able to take additional students, as some of our mentors have many students so we asked them to state how many more students they would take on.

Look through the list to see which mentor might resonate with you (you will hear that word a lot in the IHTP – RESONATE!). Have at least two selections in mind, in case one mentor’s student load is at maximum. 

Mentors for the At-Home Study Program in the United States

Bambi Niles, RN, CTHP class of 1999, Director of Mentors and the CEU Program for the IHTP.  Bambi lives in Oneida, in upstate New York, and provides Harp Therapy as a private contractor at 3 nursing homes. She is also a volunteer for Hospice.

  • Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, RN, since 1990, Handbell Choir Director for 25 years, Coordinator for the Coat Give Away for 10 years (local mission outreach annually at church to collect and give away coats and winter gear), Hospice volunteer since 2000, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner since 2000, mentor for IHTP since 2010, CEU Coordinator since 2011 (or 2013), studio musician in 2016…
  • I have 4 harps:  Piamani (Goddess of music in Thailand) is a Triplett Signature 36, Christina is my Blevins Touring 33, Maura is my Westover Therapy harp, and Miss Kavanaugh is my Clark harp (Made in 1914). I love to sing alto in church choir, and any where else!
  • Cradle Methodist, and open to everyone
  • Sewing quilts and children’s clothing, knitting and crocheting, and smocking. I love to cook and bake. Travel, swim, visit family and friends, plus play and walk with my dog, Dante.  He is 6 and is a Flat Coat Retriever. A gentle and loving boy
  • I am generally a happy and energetic person, I tend to see the bright side, which can be annoying. I love meeting people, and learning about their lives.
  • My student is working through the program now, and I feel the rest of the Mentors are my students.  I am not taking students at this time.
Beverly Tyack, CTHP, IHTP Class of 2011. Bev lives in Lincoln, in Northern California, and provides harp therapy as a private contractor for a local hospice organization in private homes, assisted living facilities, Residential Care For the Elderly (RCFE)s, and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)s.

  • Occupation: I was a Medical assistant/medical transcriptionist 40+ years, and retired in 2012. Current: I am a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner; Certified Health Coach for Take Shape For Life, My harp work has included an internship at Kaiser Hospital, an acute care facility in Roseville, California, and a two-week internship at San Diego Hospice under the guidance of Christina Tourin. After graduation I started a hospice program in Placerville, California, where I was living at the time, and continued with Snowline Hospice for 2-1/2 years. I worked with terminally ill patients in residential care facilities as well as private homes.
  • My musical instruments include a pale green Heartland Harps Legend carbon fiber 36-string, a Triplett Christina therapy harp, and an 80-year-old Gulbransen piano.
  • Personally, I like to say I am not a religious person although I am very spiritual. I believe that the true religion is a blending of all religions and is based on kindness, love, and compassion. I suppose if you wanted to give me a label, you could say I am New Age Zen since these teachings are the ones that give me the most peace. That being said, I would like to add that I am tolerant and completely nonjudgmental of all religions, as each one of us needs to find that which supports our own spirit in the best way.
  • For relaxation, when not playing music, I love to knit while I watch television (I admit it), listen to all kinds of music, voraciously read contemporary novels, make healthy stews, soups, and pies, and spend time with my close friends and family, eating fine food and celebrating life in general. Healthy nutrition is one of my passions. And, if you really want to understand me, you should know that I am a long-time Parrot Head and love the work of Mr. Jimmy Buffett who, despite his “party” aura, is an amazing storyteller and poet. So many of my favorite quotes are from lines in his songs. Another piece of work I have carried around for almost 50 years is the Desiderata, and my yearly calendars include the quotes of Thich Nhat Hanh which I find to be an inspiration to my mindfulness as well as spiritually grounding.
  • Lastly, mentoring for IHTP has been a bright spot in my life and I love to watch our students evolve, grow, and finally bloom with the knowledge and skills this program affords. I currently look forward to each new class and hope I will continue to be able to accept a share of these new students.

 

Rachel Christensen, CHTP  Class of 2007.

  • I work primarily in skilled care centers and with hospice patients, but I also volunteer with animal shelters both in Albert Lea, Minnesota and Sebastian, Florida. I serve as a mentor because offering the therapeutic harp music has been one of the most meaningful things I’ve ever done.  I want to share that.  I am also a Rainbow of Sound/Color My World facilitator. Occupations held: Restaurant owner and manager, Business banker, Small business owner, freelance harpist and harp teacher
  • Type of harps you play plus other instruments/voice: I play pedal and lever harp and am learning to play a small wirestrung clarsach. I also am a singer. I am a classically trained harpist, so I tend to focus on good hand, arm and body position while playing the harp, especially when beginning the study to build a solid foundation that is also not hurtful to the body.
  • Spiritual leaning:  I am a Christian, with the guiding belief that God is Love and so much more than we can understand while still in our limiting human form. Therefore, I have no problem with people who believe differently than me.
  • Hobbies: I have always been connected to natural spaces, so I love to walk in the woods or on a beach. I enjoy doing puzzles; jigsaw, crossword, Sudoku. I love to sing with others, and to cook, and spend time with human and animal friends.
  • At this time, I have quite a few mentees and therefore, I am going to wait to take on more after some of my current students have finished.  I think some of my skills are best used in helping coach people on their playing, so that would be the sort of student I’d like to work with.
Untitled-2 Margie Bekoff –  PhD, CTHP, IHTP class of 2006. I live in Vermont, and provide harp therapy as a private contractor in 8 facilities, working predominantly with people with memory loss. I am also a hospice volunteer.

  • Occupations held: My first career was working in the lab as a biomedical researcher in the field of Immunology. My therapeutic music work reminds me daily of this earlier work since music is so beneficial to our immune system!! I was a homeschooling mom for over a decade, and began therapeutic harp work in January 2006. I now work in a number of Long Term Care and residential homes, primarily with people with memory loss. I work anywhere from 2 hours/month to 3 hours/week at any one facility.
  • Type of harps plus other instruments/voice: I play the lever harp only, although I have had a pedal harp and cross-strung harp along the way. Recently, I purchased an electric harp to use in my husband’s and my jazz ensemble (he plays trumpet/flugelhorn). I enjoy the piano occasionally, and guitar. Although I don’t consider myself a singer, I do sing at times when I sense that voice will connect me with someone. It amazes me what a difference the voice can make, in addition to the harp, in reaching some people with memory loss.
  • Spiritual leaning: I’m culturally Jewish, and attend Quaker Meeting in Middlebury, Vermont. The Meeting is unprogrammed, and inclusive. Social justice is at the root of many of the participants’ spiritual practice.
  • Hobbies: Most Sundays, and most days, nature is my sanctuary. I love hiking, biking, nordic skiing – almost anything in the woods and mountains. I enjoy cooking, too, and have been a committed vegetarian for many years.
  • A favorite quote: Each string of a wind harp responds with a different note to the same breeze. What activity makes you personally resonate most strongly, most deeply, with the wind of the Spirit that blows where it wills? David Steindl-Rast
  • I look forward to working with students who are committed to the work.
Sharon Stoll, BS in Psychology, CTHP, class of 2001, Mentor, Level 2 Coordinator for USA EastNSBTM representative for IHTP. Sharon resides in Tampa, Florida and provides Harp Therapy as a private contractor and as a volunteer for Hospice. She is a Pastoral Care Visitor and Stephen Minister.
  • Occupations held – Presently: CTHP, B.A. Psychology – Core Team and Mentor IHTP, NSBTM Board Member, Rainbow of Sound Program; Stephen Minister, Pastoral Care Visitor, Hospice Volunteer Past – Integrative Health Care – Tampa General Hospital;  St. Joseph Hospital paid CTHP;
  • Type of harps you play plus other instruments/voice: All size lever harps and piano.
  • Spiritual leaning  (church/synagogue/zen/new age/affiliations)  Episcopalian
  • Hobbies – Harp, church work, Cursillo, garden club, desktop publishing, web site creations
  • Anything else you would like to add?  “Be still and know that I am God.”
  • Are taking on more students at this time? Just a couple more.
Jan Joy Harp Jan-Joy Sax, MA, CTHP class of 2000. A teacher, composer, & recording artist, she also provides harp therapy as a private contractor at retirement facilities, hospice, hospitals, educational settings. Jan-Joy lives in Hawaii and also spends time in Oregon.
SableShaw Sable Shaw, RN, MSN, CHTP class of 2011, Mentor for IHTP, resides in Carson City, Nevada, USA, provides Harp Therapy as a private contractor for Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine and Yoga Sol and volunteers at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

  • I am a Nursing Professor, mostly retired. I provide Harp Therapy at our local acute care hospital, at Acupuncture, and yoga and meditation classes.
  • I play a John Pratt Chamber Harp and a levered Therapy Harp. I also sing and play guitar, Native American Style flute, and piano.
  • I am active in the Methodist church but think all religions are equally sacred. Spiritually, I think we all grow by holding positive intentions and accepting others as they are.There is enough in this world is we all share. Yoga and meditation are not a religion but another path to growth.
  • Hobbies: Gardening, developing friendships, traveling, camping, sewing, writing music.
  • I am very active in Circles, a group that helps families in poverty to learn how to get out of poverty.
  • I would be interested in working with 2 additional students.
Liu Hsiu Kuo - Alaska2_face0 Dr. Willow (Liu Hsiu) Kuo, DMA, CTHP, Diplomate of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy. Originally from Taiwan. I now live in Republic, Washington.

  • Full time therapeutic musician for 7 years, founder of a therapeutic music academy, creator of music first aid kit, music map, and an advocate of noise pollution awareness.
  • I play pedal and lever harp, piano, violin, flute, clarinet, recorder, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, voice and percussion
  • I am Spiritual, not religious. I am mostly Zen and Pure Land Buddhism
  • I enjoy playing and improving my skill on all kinds of instruments, alone and with others, organic gardening, hiking , picking blue berries, reading, traveling, engaging people with people of various interests and backgrounds
  • I’d like to have more students
RoddyK100  Kevin Roddy, CTHP, class of 2012. I have volunteered since 2012 at Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu in a musical healing capacity. I offer individual harp therapy; and I incorporate handpans, kanteles, and NAtive American style flutes into my practice. I am a Rainbow of Sound Facilitator.

  • Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree Library and Information Science (MLIS).
  • Occupations: I worked as a reference and instruction librarian for the City of Oakland for five years, and for twenty-three years in the University of Hawaii System at the Hilo, Mānoa, and Kapi’olani Campuses.
  • Instruments: Harp, Finnish Kantele, PanART Hang, handpans, Native American Flute. I also play handbells (C4, C#4, D4, D#4) with the Honolulu Handbell Emsemble. 
  • Spiritual side: My parents were non-believers, but I attended Catholic school where my mother was a lay teacher. I became interested in Judaism in my teens, lived on a kibbutz in Israel in the early 1970’s. I later converted to Judaism, with the possibility of emigrating to Israel. In the 1980’s. I was introduced to Nature religion and Earth Spirituality in the mid 1980’s when I became a member of the Reclaiming Collective in San Francisco from 1986-1991. Since then, I feel most comfortable and identify as Pagan person. I deeply respect all paths that allow their adherents free thought and acceptance of other ideas and beliefs. ‘And it harm none; do as you will’
  • Hobbies: Hiking, riding my bike, traveling, cooking
  • New Students?:  Yes!
schumannshannon100 Shannon Schumann, CTHP, class of 2013. I currently live in Tempe, Arizona.

  • Occupations: My harp work is through the Therapeutic Harp Foundation here in Phoenix. Currently I’m assigned to a children’s hospital, two residential memory care facilities, and hospice, but I have also worked for oncology/chemotherapy, Emergency Rooms, the NICU, and as a adjunct to Reiki sessions. I play harp and Celtic flute in a duo with a guitarist/bouzukist around town, where we play festivals, coffee houses, and the occasional wedding. Additionally, I am an associate professor of mathematics at a local university.
  • I do most of my therapy work with a 35 string Merlin harp, but I also own a Salvi Ana  for fancier gigs and a Rees Morgan Meaghan that I use when the larger harps are not appropriate. I also have a small stable of Harpsicles that I take to festivals and school for workshops. I perform in the Celtic duo on my Merlin and on a modern copy of an antique traditional flute and whistles in various keys. I’m adding acoustic bass guitar to the mix, and I sometimes experiment around on a Native American flute.
  • Spirituality: Tibetan Buddhist, but I feel I have an open mind. In my mind, the point of it all is kindness – we are all the same in our true essence; it’s just that the way we express the details varies. IHTP has contributed to my spiritual growth by deepening my understanding and sense of servanthood and compassion.
  • Hobbies/interests: Living in Arizona means that I have many months of good bike riding, although I don’t get out as much as I would like. I love hanging around the house with my two kitty cats, sibling strays, born on my patio, and I like to knit. I’m in a long distance relationship, so I would probably have to add “travel” to this list!
  • Am I taking on new students? I am a relatively new mentor, so yes, but I want to add students slowly so that I can make sure I am giving my students the attention they deserve.
IndomenicoJoy55  Joy Indomenico, CTHP, class of 2016. Marstons Mills, near Cape Cod, Massachusetts 

  • I have been a Music Therapist for 35 years, Board Certified; Certified Harp Therapy Practitioner (IHTP); Music Therapist for VNA Hospice on Cape Cod, MA; Music Therapist for PediPal Program, Hope Health Massachusetts;  Reiki Master, creative healing arts, musician, composer, arranger, poet; Rehabilitation Teacher for Blind and Visually Impaired Adults, Special Ed. Teacher, I am a Music Instructor and teach piano, clarinet, voice, harp, guitar, and ukulele
  • I play the violin in Cape Community Orchestra, and in the string trio “In-Harmony Players.”
  • Spiritual practices: kindness, gentleness, Christian based, meditation practice, Reiki healer, yoga for breath and health
  • Hobbies: Reading, knitting, sketching, practicing harp and piano
  • Favorite quote:   Helen Keller: “If life is not an adventure, it is nothing.”
  • I am very patient, non-judgmental, and I continue to learn from my students. A very wise woman once told me this: “a masterful teacher must always continue to learn from her students”.
  • I am willing to take on more students.
 Jayne Demakos, CTHP, class of 2012. I reside in Ithaca, in central New York; employed part-time as a certified therapeutic harp practitioner at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services since 2005; a private contractor at 3 skilled nursing homes and founder of CompassionHarp, a not for profit, whose mission it is to bring therapeutic harp to those who can not afford it; founder of Weeping Planet Vocal Ensemble; began music-thanatology study in 2005 with the Chalice of Repose project; currently a certification candidate in music-thanatology through the Music-Thanatology Association International.

  • I’ve lived in Ithaca for over thirty years and my work, musically, is very integral with my place in my community. The founding of CompassionHarp started with some friends who were interested in this idea that everyone should have access to Beauty through music. We are now bringing in Ithaca College students into low income nursing homes at ‘musical companions.’
  • I am a wife and also proud mother of one beautiful greyhound, Luna. We’ve had a long lineage of Whippets and Greyhounds.
  • I have 3 harps:  a  Christina therapy harp, a 36 Dusty Strings and a 24FH Dusty Strings.
  • I’m an introvert with a cultivated extroverted side; it’s hard to be a choral director and not put yourself forward.
  • Mediation and yoga are nearly everyday practices.
  • Cooking is therapeutic!
  • I have one student currently and just took on another. I love witnessing students grow into healing musicians.
Martha Lawrance, CTHP, class of 2015. Toronto, Canada

  • I am a professional harpist and play pedal and lever harps – my small Bouree 28. I am a harp teacher, mentor and supervisor for IHTP. I am also a cellist and piano teacher, and I also work with singing bowls.  I am under contract , bedside at Toronto Grace Hospital working with complex critical care, palliative Care, and rehabilitation patients, and under contract at 6 Long Term Facilities with my interactive harp program using bells and rhythm instruments for groups ranging from 15-35 residents. I offer harp therapy workshops and self-healing harp circles. Volunteer Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • I am an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, love traveling and meeting people,  golf and play competitive team tennis.
  • I most definitely will take more students. Without a doubt, this is the most fulfilling and rewarding work and I am so blessed to be a part of this IHTP family. It gives me great pleasure to help students grow and embrace this new path as a therapeutic musician. XXXX
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Hannah Roberts Brockow, CTHP Class of 2016 –  from Montreal, Canada, originally from Asheville, North Carolina
  • Occupations: Harp therapy practitioner for Montreal’s CHUM hospitals and Le Phare Enfants et Familles, a children’s hospice; I am a professional translator, and translate documenets from French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese into English (and happy to have my students do their written work in those languages)
  • Instruments: Piano, voice, nylon-strung harp and wire-strung harp; Tibetan and crystal singing bowls (I hold a 70-hour Sound Therapist Certification from the Centre Medson in Valcourt, Quebec)
  • Spiritual Leaning: Anglican Christian, yoga and meditation teacher and practitioner, follower of mystical Judeo-Christian teachings especially angels and angelology, highly informed by Buddhism, singer of Gregorian chant and Hindu and Buddhist mantras, and passionate about healing arts that include Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda,Thai Yoga Massage, aromatherapy and chromo-luminotherapy.
  • Hobbies: Cooking, needlework (embroidery, knitting, crochet), Nordic spas
  • Quotes: “The work of a CTHP is a path to the heart – a path to your own heart and to the hearts of others. I would be most honoured to travel along it together with you.”
  • New students?: Yes!
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Laurence Furr, PhD., CHTP, Director of Development – Class of 2016 Texas

  • Education: Bachelor’s and Master’sDegrees in Music and Pipe Organ performance; PhD in Music and Art history; Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain, where I earned a harpsichord certificate from the Royal Superior Music Conservatory.
  • Occupations: I am a Harp therapy practitioner for John Peter Smith Health Network which includes a large hospital and several satellite clinics. I play in all departments and floors of the hospital including Emergency, Surgery, ICU, NICU, Trauma Unit, Cardiac Care Unit, Neurology Care Unit, and Oncology. I am an “on-call” employee at Vitas Hospital. Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation. I play the organ and piano, direct all choirs, and teach 130 children Musikgarten in the Trinity Lutheran Children’s Center.
  • Instruments: Celtic harp, Native American Flutes, voice, organ, piano, crystal singing blows, hand pan drum, and meditation gong.
  • Spiritual leaning: I was brought up as a Seventh-day Adventist but work for a Lutheran church. My spiritual leanings and practices are broad. I have a strong affinity for angels. I practice Transcendental Meditation and Reiki. Two of my favorite spiritual authors are Bishop John Shelby Spong and Dr. Wayne Dyer.
  • Hobbies: Reading, hiking, traveling, knitting, Santa Fe, Native American pottery
  • Quotes:”Music gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.” – attributed to Plato. “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein.
  • New Students?:  Yes. I would be honored to take this journey as your mentor
Here are our International Mentors for the IHTP Affiliate Programs
joostenlisa100 Lies (Lisa) Joosten, CHTP, Director of Mentors – Europe  class of 2016 and a resident of the Arnhem,Netherlands

  • Occupations held: Currently I am full time harpist – see www.arpalisa.nl. Therapeutic, artistic and meditative harp music, off- stage harp at fascinating locations and in different combinations and settings.
  • Type of harps: I play pedal harp, folk harp, electric harp and therapy harp. I was trained as pedal harpist, then specialized in Latin American Folk harp and completed IHTP in 2016, which opened a new pathway with the folk harp for me. I started composing and improvising, which is impossible to stop!
  • Spiritual leaning: I was raised in a Catholic family; with respect for all religions and spiritual leanings; at the moment I practice meditation and I try to understand the cosmos in terms of energy and light.
  • Hobbies: I love to play harp in new settings and combinations. I like traveling, walking in nature with our dogs or sit on the sofa with my kids and cat to watch a movie.
  • Languages: proficiency in English, Spanish and Dutch. I used to live in Honduras (Central America) where I worked as anthropologist/ cultural manager but now I am based in Holland and fully dedicated to the harp.
  • I like to motivate and stimulate students, without controlling or pushing. I love to learn from feedback and grow together. I am linked to IHTP Europe as board member.
  • At the moment I am available to take on a couple of students
MarieL100 Laurence Marie: BMus, CTHP, VAHTP, medical dowser, Mentor and internship supervisor for IHTP; Instructor for VAHT – Private practice: Special Children, VAHT – Private contractor with 1 long term care facility; Volunteer for hospice
http://harptherapycampus.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LiesbethS55.gif Liesbeth Schroen, CTHP class 2015, director of IHTP Europe, IHTP teacher, therapist (cranio-sacral, harp, kinesiology, music water bed, neurofeedback training) and owner of holistic centre The Butterfly Garden for Healing Arts in the Netherlands (location of IHTP Europe).

  • I have worked as a naturopath since 2004, and since 2006 in my centre The Butterfly garden. I work with cranio-sacral therapy, kinesiology, Reiki and harptherapy. I also work with musicwaterbed therapy and neurofeedbacktraining. Since 2015 I’m director of the affiliate IHTP Europe. I teach the psychological and therapeutical parts of Level 1.
  • I have two harps to play: a Christina Triplett therapy harp and a Salvi 34 strings harp. I also have a harp for rental: a purple Rees therapy harp.
  • Spiritual pathways: I’m a Christian since I was young. I also studied shamanism and esoteric pathways of the heart. I’m also inspired by a zen way of life, living with kindness and compassion. During the Musical Meditative Moments I offer, I play the harp and sing mantra’s together with the people for healing vibrations.
  • I’m open for all spiritual pathways and the Universal essence of love and light.
  • My hobbies are singing, playing harp, walking in nature with my dogs, reading and I love to dance.
  • I have space for 1 student of IHTP (2017-2018).
Margaret Forrest, NL – professional harp player and teacher, core team IHTP Europe, resides in The Netherlands, provides therapeutic harp music at Elizabeth Ziekenhuis in Tilburg, The Netherlands
 ColinA Alix Colin – Belgium (French-speaking), CTHP 2014, mentor, IHTP Europe core-team, Waldorf music teacher (half-time). Individual harp therapy, harp lessons, meditative and therapeutic concerts, bedside harp music, harp circles, harp and voice therapy for motherhood; as a freelance half-time worker.
Claudia Miranda – BRAZIL –  Music Therapist, CTHP class of 2010. I live in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and I coordinate the Harp Therapy  Brazil Course – affiliated with the IHTP. I have published articles about harp therapy, and I develop independent research projects in harp therapy, provides harp therapy sessions to elderly groups, and I visit hospitals with my students.

  • Cláudia Borges de Miranda lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She graduated in architecture and in music therapy. Studied music since childhood, but from 2002 began a more focused dedication to the sound world, to start the celtic harp studies. She attended several music courses, including training in harp therapy by the IHTP (International Harp Therapy Program), coordinated by Christina Tourin. She attended the course of Thanatology and courses for the expansion of awareness with different approaches.
  • She wrote the book Tones of Colors and Sounds – Harp Therapy Shades, in Portuguese (paper) and in English (e-book available in Amazon and other web book stores). Music therapy attends clients in the office, in private homes and nursing homes. She offers harp therapy in hospitals, animal shelters, children’s shelters and home for the elderly by the Harps Angels project and by the HarPEACE project, which is specific for relaxation, peace and harmony. By her invitation, Christina Tourin came to Brazil in 2011, 2013 and will come again in 2018, to show and to expand Harp Therapy.

 

MasayoHonjo Masayo Honjo –  MS Biochemistry, IHTP class of 2011.  I live in Newbury Park, California, United States, and I mentor the IHTP Program’s Japanese students.

  • Occupations held: I  volunteer at a hospice. And I want to start seeking work using IHTP training in 2017!
  • Type of harps you play plus other instruments/voice:  Therapy Harp, Pedal Harp, voice
  • Spiritual leaning  (church/synagogue/zen/new age/affiliations): I am rather new age.  I follow my own center inside me.  I like Peace Education by Prem Rawat.
  • Hobbies:  Being in nature,  I like nearby beaches and mountains. Cooking. Singing at Chorus.
  • Anything else you would like to add – maybe a quote or something that you feel the students will be drawn to you:  “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.  I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.  I do not ask any more delight.  I swim in it, as in a sea.  Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.  Henceforth I ask not good fortune.  I myself am good fortune.  I celebrate myself and sing myself.”  Walt Whitman
  • I also like “Now is the only forever“. Prem Rawat
  • For now, I will only be taking students who want to complete the IHTP in Japanese.
Sue Caden – ENGLAND – CTHP 1998. Director of IHTP-UK, mentor for Health Creations, 30 years teaching at Kingswood School in Bath, reception class and School Administrator. Vocalist/harpist

  • Location: Bath, UK
  • Occupation: Director IHTP UK, Health Creation Mentor and Consultant
  • Type of harp: I play Celtic harp. I have a German Bohemian harp and a Lewis Creek ‘Nightingale.
  • Spiritual leaning: I would describe myself as spiritual, though not religious. I am a long – time student of ‘A Course in Miracles.’ My daily practice includes TM and Qigong, and study of the Course.
  • Hobbies: In addition to being a harpist, I am a jazz singer and perform in and around the South West UK. A volunteer with my harp at our local hospice and frequent visitor to local care and nursing homes I also teach harp to adults and children here in Bath. I have more recently started accompanying my singing with the harp and am focusing on ancient Celtic songs.
  • I love being out in Nature and have a special love of trees. Reading, walking, traveling, listening to music, and cooking and dining with friends and family are also very close to my heart!
  • A miracle worker is an artist of the soul. There’s no higher art than living a good life. An artist informs the world of what’s available behind the masks we all wear…..The cosmic spotlight isn’t pointed at you; it radiates from within you.   ’Marianne Williamson from ‘A Return to Love.’
KaManLee  Carmen (Ka Man) Lee – Hong Kong – CTHP CVAHTP HKROT 2016  Director of IHTP-Asia,

  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Occupation: Carmen is a certified occupational therapist (OT) in Hong Kong for more than 15 years withextensive clinical experience in adult and older populations. At present, she works as part-time senior lecturer at local tertiary institute as well as freelance OT at local community centres. She learnt harp since 2005 with the vision to bring joy and love to people in the world. In 2010,
    Carmen has founded a local charity organization “Harping Dream” which gathered Christian harp players to provide volunteering visits in nursing homes, hospitals and support centres.
  • Carmen believes that harp music is powerful to create a cradle of sound that promote the natural healing among humankind, and harp therapist is grateful to
    be the healing presence.
  • After graduation in IHTP, Carmen continued her therapeutic harp study and qualified as
    Certified Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy Practitioner (VAHTP) under the supervision of Sarajane Williams in 2017.
  • Therapeutic harp music use in Hong Kong is still in its infancy, Carmen is eager
    to promote and share with more people in Asia. In 2017, Carmen has started her own studio ‘Harpmony Studio’, the first company in Hong Kong to deliver and promote harp therapy services.She aims at bringing harmony to people’s lives with the power of harp music. She would also integrate the use of therapeutic harp into the practice of occupational therapy service.
    Carmen is also active to promote and educate the community about therapeutic music. She has collaborated with Hong Kong Education University and The Community College at Lingnan University to provide courses on therapeutic music for undergraduates and community.
    She is now entitled as the Director of Program Development in Asia of IHTP to assist in
    promoting and developing therapeutic harp in Asian region. Carmen is passionate to share her experience with those who are interested to learn more about therapeutic harp music and be one of the therapeutic harp practitioners in the future.

Here are our mentors who have played an important role in the shaping of all of our students. A million thanks go out to you for preparing the world to be a better place for overseeing the education of your students!

 Jocelyn  Jocelyn Obermeyer from Arizona
 GaylordStauffer  Gaylord Stauffer from Iowa – our present Conference Co-ordinator
 Beatrice  Beatrice Rose from Oregon
 GilpatrickLWeb  Liz Gilpatrick from Colorado
 MohrB55  Bonnie Mohr from California
 MarilynJohnson125px  Marilyn Johnson from Minnesota
 JanJonker  Jan Jonker from The Netherlands
 Anita-Leschied  Anita Leschied from Canada
 MargaretW  Margaret Warczak from Michigan
 ShaneKWeb  Kate Shane from New Mexico
  CynthyJohnson_face0  Cynthy Johnson from Virginia
 SimoneHoutman55 copy  Simone Houtman from The Netherlands
 ZevenbergenSWeb  Susan Zevenbergen from Colorado
 faveered55  Dominique Faveere from Belgium
 Alianna Boone, from Oregon
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