Blog: The Creative Harp Collective International is coming to Tobermory July 16th–20th

Blog: The Creative Harp Collective International is coming to Tobermory July 16th–20th

June 2013


The Creative Harp Collective International 2013 (CHCI) comes to Tobermory, Ontario, Canada July 16th–20th. Last year, it started. This year it begins its evolution.

After an amazing inaugural year in 2012, my co-founder Anita Leshied and myself are so excited to be planning another fantastic Collective. We’ve got one under our belts and so are expanding classes and events that explore, even more deeply, our relationships to our music making, our harps—the medium of creativity, our abilities to heal each other and our selves. We are deepening our commitment to bring a truly musically unique experience to all ages and levels.

Special Guest Performers

Our special guest performers this year will kick off the grand opening of the Creative Harp Collective InternationalThe Orchid Trail Quartet, Michael Grace, bass; Meryl Gillmore, flute; Kerstin Allvin, harp; and Steve Wood, drums are a fantastic musical combination of varying styles. We begin the CHCI with a aural journey of jazz, classical, blues, improvisation … you name it! The concert is Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Tobermory United Church, our venue for all events.

Creative Harp Collective International Activities

We’ve added another day to the activities of the Creative Harp Collective International so there is now more time for practice, private lessons and group explorations. It’s here that we talk and learn about technique and how the body can relax and express itself. Two yoga class offerings a day allow for a choice of energetic practice and/or restorative practice. Group classes offer chances to experiment with improvisation and composition and to really tap in to our instrument as a healing medium.

For those on the path of harp performance, private lesson opportunities, repertoire coaching, both orchestral and solo, harp ensemble and chamber music all culminate in a final casual public concert performance in which all can participate.

We have invited back our dear friends who make up the drum circle called the Drumtellers. We will have two sessions experimenting with rhythm and movement in pieces that we create and prepare. We will showcase them in our final concert/jam session.

There will be more rooms available for places to practice and for lessons/classes. There is also a community meeting place for after hours to talk and hang.

How can we express ourselves more fully, engage others more directly, come up with new creative musical ideas daily and keep our own focus and concentration flowing? At the same time, how can we continue to service others and stay fresh and inspirational? Many times we can get bogged down and trapped in our own self talk, losing heart, becoming bored or worse yet, dis-heartened so completely that we quit, forgetting our original purpose for playing. This happens to beginners and seasoned performers. So this year, the Collective will focus on the following topics and begin to draw us into ways of exploring and creating in total freedom with no distractions in gorgeous, natural, inspirational surroundings.

Here are some of our class offerings. Keep checking the website event page for a more detailed schedule.

  • A Simple Path to Mindful Creativity - Kerstin
  • Harp Therapy – Connecting to Self – Connecting to Patients – Anita
  • Basic Musicianship – Necessities to Performance - James Hartway – Guest Lecturer
  • Improvisation – Following the Light and Falling into Black Holes - Michael Grace – Guest Lecturer
  • Compose Yourself - James Hartway/Kerstin Allvin
  • Easy Does It – Performing in the Moment - Anita
  • Harp Hands – Harp Bodies – Kerstin/Anita

And finally, after exploring the creative juices and realizing our music, we’ll take a boat excursion exploring the Bruce Peninsula and Flower Pot Island, enjoying the great natural surroundings and becoming inspired to stay connected to our rich abundance of life giving energy all around us. Come explore Tobermory, the Bruce Peninsula, your beautiful musical harp and yourself. Learn, Grow and Be.


Our Mission: Facilitate all harpists in realizing their fullest potential to make music. Stimulate creativity. Provide tools to enhance performance skills. Explore the healing potential of harp music, using the harp to balance the health and well-being of the patient, the harpist and the listener. Engage you in your life’s true journey.

c. 2013, Kerstin Allvin & Anita Leschied


We want our Creative Harp Collective International to continue to evolve and morph. Our ideas and discussions are accessible to those that may want to follow us, join and share in our new Facebook Group. Like my page, Kerstin Allvin, on Facebook to stay up to date on events, blog postings and creative thoughts.


Creative Harp Collective International 2013

Join just for the 2nd Annual Creative Harp Collective International 2013 Harp Workshop on July 16 – 20, 2013 in Tobermory, Ontario, Canada. Event Details >


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