Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mind Body Soul Miracles: Amanda Evans, Intuitive Energy Healer, Teacher and Speaker

Pretty sure I experienced a miracle meeting Amanda Evans 

OCT, B. Ed., B.A. (Hons), RCY, REH

Intuitive Energy Healer, Teacher and Speaker

I firmly believe that we meet people for a reason.  I am also happy that I decided to become part of Healthy Happy Women in Collingwood, Ontario in November of 2018.  Through this group, lead by the incredible Branch Director Ellen Kalis,  I have met some extraordinary women - women of heart-centered influence - kind women....women who I have deeply connected with.  

Side Note:  If you feel like you too would like to make new friends please know there is always room at our table for you to join us.  (Find us on Meetup or visit their website here.)

Amanda Evans is passionate about supporting children and families to be their happiest and healthiest selves! Her own healing journey taught her so much about the extraordinary healing powers of play, love and connection. She is dedicated to helping people take their health and happiness into their own hands, believing in their own magic and the power to heal from within. 

Her work as a Kindergarten teacher (and recovering perfectionist and people pleaser) taught her so much about how we need to be able to fill our own cups and feel safe, loved, accepted and connected in order to help children to do the same. She uses her teaching background, her experience supporting children with exceptionalities along with her own personal experience healing from a brain injury to help support others with invisible “disabilities”.  Amanda is also trained in Radiant Child Yoga, Rainbow Energy Healing and is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a focus on supporting children with exceptionalities.

Amanda has worked with families supporting children who are energetically sensitive and often misunderstood, being given labels like Autism, ADD/ADHD, brain injuries, depression, and anxiety. She believes in letting go of the labels and believing in what CAN be to make the impossible POSSIBLE! Children are our greatest teachers and have so much to tell us when we take the time to truly listen - when we listen with our hearts. Part of this means listening to what we cannot see and Amanda’s ability as an empath and intuitive energy healer helps her to break through the barriers of what cannot be said with words to help get to a point where the words become possible. 

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Monday, September 23, 2019

So you want to be a Writer?

Charles Bukowski - 1920-1994

So you want to be a Writer?
if it doesn't come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don't do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don't do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
searching for words,
don't do it.
if you're doing it for money or
don't do it.
if you're doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don't do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don't do it.
if it's hard work just thinking about doing it,
don't do it.
if you're trying to write like somebody
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.
if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you're not ready.
don't be like so many writers,
don't be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don't be dull and boring and
pretentious, don't be consumed with self-
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
over your kind.
don't add to that.
don't do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don't do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don't do it.
when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.
there is no other way.
and there never was.

"Somebody at one of these places asked me: 'What do you do? How do you write, create?' You don't, I told them. You don't try. That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs, creation or immortality. You wait, and if nothing happens, you wait some more. It's like a bug high on the wall. You wait for it to come to you. When it gets close enough you reach out, slap out and kill it. Or if you like its looks you make a pet out of it." - Bukowski

Bukowski was an atheist.

Images sourced from Google

I am an Artist who carries a paintbrush, camera and notebook. Instagram: @pattifriday

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Canada's Best Outdoor Blues Rock Soul Music Event: Etwell Concert Series in Muskoka, Ontario - Cultural and Culinary Tourism

Beyond the lush forests and sparkling rivers, ponds and lakes;  there are country roads near Huntsville, Ontario that will lead you deep into the woods to a magical hidden place.
A place for musicians and music lovers.

I was lucky enough to experience this 'best kept secret' for a
Crowbar (Oh What a Feeling...What a rush) concert.

After being at this Muskoka pavilion I can't decide what the key highlight is:
the sense of community, family atmosphere, live music or the legendary pizza!

Etwell Concert Series features live music at an outdoor venue near Huntsville, Muskoka. Most shows are hosted by the Spring family (Bill, Jeanine, and Tobin) at their home on the Etwell Road. 

The venue is a remote, private location in a country setting with an open pavilion to provide shelter from the elements. (Power outages do not affect whether their shows go on. They have a generator) 

This family event mostly takes place June through October on most Sundays, 3 - 6 pm (with occasional weeknight shows). Fall and winter shows will be held at indoor venues in Huntsville.  

Chairs and benches are provided and all shows are rain or shine. But you are welcome to bring your own as well.

Admission is a suggested $20 donation per person for the outdoor concerts, with proceeds going to the artists. Donations can be made on site. Children are welcome at our outdoor concerts and admitted free of charge.

Etwell Concert Series artists are internationally acclaimed musicians, including Juno-award-nominees and winners, as well as Maple Blues Awards nominees and winners. Our opening acts are often local musicians

They have merch!
Hats and Apparel

Clean and Charming bathroom facilities

Lovely gardens surround the venue.

During the opening act you can smell the wood burning
in the massive outdoor stone pizza oven.

Then the
"Mistresses of Deliciousness"
work their culinary magic
to make the

Side Note:
One of the 'Mistresses of Deliciousness' 
was wearing a Tentree Festival Hat!

(Stylish and chic for both intimate performances or outdoor concerts. 
Their Festival hats are made from 100% recycled wool, 
so you can rock out in sustainable fashion. Order here.)

(This image - Photo Credit: Dove Steele)

Etwell Concert Series Facebook

2012 Etwell Rd, Huntsville, ON P1H 2J2, Canada

Watch this video that showcases the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the Etwell Rd. music venue.

I am an Artist who carries a paintbrush, camera and notebook. Instagram: @pattifriday
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