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April 18th 2019 (Connectivity)

We’re writing to you from a special watery bolthole on the magical estuary of Wrabness – hunkering down in a friend’s beach chalet for a weekend of good food, rest and recuperation…and for the gathering of new material for our live music and vibrational healing work. Ever the eternal students of the ‘university of whatever age.’

It’s heartening that our her&her ‘Sound Spas’ are picking up pace in Essex (and Nottingham) these days – an opportunity for attendees to snuggle down for an hour in a cosy hall, and let the live music foster a deep state of relaxation. We’re attracting a healthy regular client-base from a colourful array of locals, and even those from more distant lands are showing interest…such as Colorado. Seriously! With all the recent talk about whether social media is a saint or a sinner…we have to say a big ‘thanks’ to facebook for pinging up our event, enticing this adventurous visiting trio (they happened to be staying with a relative in Holland-on-Sea) to join the throng of Essex sound spa-ites at our latest event. However, on the other hand, technology took them on a classic satnav goose chase around Tendring! They soldiered on, and after a few mistaken cheeky peeks into likely windows…they eventually found us. Well done to them for persevering!!

Along with our determined visitors from far afield, we also welcomed a contingency of courageous ‘A Level’ students looking for a break from their overload of educational expectations, and an opportunity to relax and connect with a more laid-back version of themselves again. It was truly amazing – the intergenerational age range of our attendees spanned from 18 to 83 years old…and our global mix stretching from Colorado to Essex. Awesome!

The different routes of how people find us are rewarding, and we are gradually connecting with a community of like-minded people who can support and engage with each other. This became evident afterwards with the buzz of good cheer in the hall – people sharing what the experience had brought up or them, as they sipped tea and ate Janet’s tasty cake. No one wanted to break away from the beautiful nurturing energy.

What strikes us, whilst deliberating on the emerging theme of this month’s “music notes” is the connectivity we share: with ourselves, with others and with the universe…and the opportunity of reconnection that music and meditation can offer to everyone, wherever they come from or wherever they are in their life journey. The sharing of healing in this special village hall created a feeling of unity in these times of uncertainly. We all need to stick together and rediscover the joy and love that is always there for us – and sometimes we have a desire to reach out to others, and at the same time nourish ourselves.

As we watch the light fade over the estuary towards Harwich and beyond, the ‘her&her’ planning minds move towards the summer months of June and our mini residency as part of the Harwich Festival this year. It will offer a great opportunity to experience what our “Sound Spas’ have to offer (look out for details in the Harwich Festival full programme due out 1stMay – lots of great events to enjoy). We’d love to welcome you.

“It was the first time I’d visited a Sound Spa and I hadn’t known what to expect. I loved it!  Such friendly welcoming hosts, and the others participating were equally so” (Sound Spa Attendee)

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Written for the Thorpe-le-Soken Village Magazine – “SPRING MUSIC NOTES” 

by Catherine Shrubshall and Cydnei B (aka: ‘her&her’)

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