Bella friended me on Facebook. I’m not really sure why. I should ask her :) but I imagine it was simply due to mutual friends and shared networks.
She saw this meme of mine with that lyrics from the song Ever:
May we chose courageously. May we hope defiantly. May we love outrageously. And walk on lightly in humility.
It resonated with her and she messaged me. We began to chat and then one day, she asked: “Where are you again?” I think we’d slept that night in the van at a rest stop somewhere in Illinois, so I told her that’s where I was!
She said something like: “Oh, that’s too bad. I’m planning this festival in New Castle, New South Wales, Australia and your presence and your music would be so great for it.” She then introduced me to the work of Joel McKerrow, an Australia poet and activist who’d also be a part of the festival.
I replied that we should keep talking and not allow location to be a limitation. I could tell as the conversation progressed that they wouldn’t have the funds to fly us both over, so I shared that we have a community of people who support us in openly offering our artistry and expertise where the music is most welcomed, purposeful, resonate and in places often overlooked.
As many of you know, Jason and I believe in the expansive and transformative nature of Love. The heights, depths and breadth of Love calls us to go to the ends of the earth and abundantly share of the gifts we’ve been given as this is the best way for us to show Love in our world and hopefully contribute to the beauty and healing of it, participating within and on behalf of community and our shared human interconnectedness.
I asked our new friends in New Castle if they’d be able to host us, help with travel and meals when we get there and set up a few more gigs and help us connect into community, building relationships for the next time and I said, perhaps we could work together on the costs of getting across the ocean.
They have been wonderful to work with on all these details. They sent a wonderfully thoughtful and thorough proposal and made sure we would want to contribute to the opportunities they were providing. They're also doing great work to introduce us to new people and expand our networks in Australia. I've also done some of my own work around that, asking American friends to introduce me via email to friends there. I can hardly believe how many new friends from all over Australia now!
Along the way, some folks launching a new podcast, called Beyondering, based in Melbourne, Australia heard we were coming. They spent time on HeatherlynMusic.com and reached out to see if the music could be a part of their podcast since there was so much resonance in language and ethos. Their email was moving to me and I responded with a hearty “yes!”
I then learned it just so happened the main event for which Bella initially extended the invitation is based on the work of a good friend, who is also an author, philosopher and speaker: Peter Rollins, whose work has brought encouragement to our journey and for whom we have a great deal of love and respect. So great.
The event is called Dangerous Conversations: highlighting things of life, faith and human connection that people are often afraid to talk about. It will be a series of public meetings, designed to disrupt and challenge, but also create interpersonal connections – even community – that lasts beyond the event, through shared meals, talks, poetry, music, and interactive dialog.
Besides this event, they’ve lined up for us other opportunities including…
Adamstown Arts, a community that cares about justice, creativity and arts. Could that be more perfect for us? ;) (We'll be here on our 12th wedding anniversary, NOV 1st!!)
The Lounge Room, that cares about creating space for artists and community as we do. We’re so excited to team up with them!!
We hope for another stop in Sydney, a house concert in the Blue Mountains and perhaps taking part in music and yoga on the beach.
Before committing to going, we were sharing the possibility with some friends and one of them said: “You should do this. We can get you to Australia.” Indeed, their gift is getting us to Australia. With it, we have purchased one-way tickets there, leaving The States on Monday, October 26th!!
So now, we are inviting all who may be so moved, to participate with us by financially contributing to the costs of being away and of our flights back home. Help get us back to the U.S.!
Living Joy has generously offered to be our fiscal sponsor for this trip (as we are in transition for setting up our own non-profit). If you'd like to contribute to us through them, you may do so in a couple ways:
- ONLINE GIVING Click the "give online..." button the page and you'll see a line designated to us and this trip.
2. SEND a CHECK made payable to Living Joy, memo designation "Heatherlyn Music - Australia" to PO Box 70, Prior Lake, MN 55372
A HUGE thank you to the community of Living Joy and to all of you who are nourished, challenged and moved by the music in such a way that you desire to extend it forward into others lives. Thanks for the many ways you all encourage and participate and support us in this work and all the risk it entails.
Much love, light and blessing to you all.
Heatherlyn & Jason