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Music And Mindfulness: Exploring sound and silence

Teacher: Hilary Kromberg and John Roff
Cost: 2 days accommodation + R250 surcharge
Dates: Sunday 12 July 2020 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

hillary krombergjohn roffMusic gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything - Plato

Our busy lives are fragmented by noise. We struggle to hear the rhythms and resonances at the heart of life. Drawing on their musical, spiritual and academic journeys, Hilary and John will lead an exploration of sound and silence - listening, reflecting and creating, through music and mindfulness. The retreat will be an experiential and immersive journey through music and meditation, creating spaces for participants to discover their innate musicality. Moving meditations will include mindful walking and yoga, amidst the sounds of nature. A musical journey will be used to facilitate creative expression through visual art. Retreatants will also have opportunities for meditative music-making with an array of instruments such as the shakuhachi Zen flute, the mbira, djembe drums, the uhadi bow and Tibetan singing bowls. Join us in the tranquil environment of the BRC to connect to the universal rhythms at the heart of life. No previous music training is necessary.

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Hilary Kromberg believes in the power of music to transform and to heal - whether it be hip hop, Mozart, the beating of a djembe drum or the sound of a bird singing in a tree. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social anthropology and an MMus in musicology. She is a specialist in music communications and is the creative director of Jive Media Africa, as well as founder of the youth development programme, Hip Hop U. She is a pianist, married to Robert (a tenor) and together they have raised three musical human beings. She believes in the restorative power of both sound and silence and spends her spare time practising yoga and walking in wild gardens. Her dream is to be fit enough to climb a few steep mountain paths in Nepal.

John Roff is a multi-instrumentalist musician, with a leaning towards bamboo flutes, kalimbas and the didgeridoo. He has witnessed the restorative power of music many times. For the past 30 years, he has been a nature guide and environmental educator - sharing the beauty and wonder of the natural world with many people in diverse locations. His meditative musicianship and deep appreciation for, and understanding of, the natural world promise to make his contribution to this retreat an especially meaningful one. John is married to Jo, with whom he runs Strong Heart Retreats.