Music and Conversation
July ‘19 :: Dancer, Yogini, Physical Therapy Doctoral Student. Tara DiRicco :: Denver, CO
Tara’s love for human form, experience, and story has guided her from the dance floor, to the yoga mat, and finally to a doctorate program in physical therapy. A dancer by training and a yogi by chance, she is fascinated by the ways in which we hold stories in our bodies. Delving into the world of chronic pain, she is on the path to uncovering how our beliefs, our community, and our environment shape the pain experience of our bodies. She envisions ultimately uniting dance, meditation, and yoga to create a unique therapy experience that goes beyond the physical. Maybe she’ll even call her practice “Beyond the Physical Therapy” one day 🙂
Tara knows first hand the impact that body pain can have on daily functioning. She is an experiential believer that we can explore our pain to uncover the stories that guide us, and even ENJOY the process while we are at it! Tara is an experiential believer that if we can meet our bodies in this very moment, what she calls our “here now body”, we can begin to live a less painful and more joyful existence.
Find her on instagram @herenowbody or at taradirocco.com
June ‘19 :: Policy Director, Colorado Sikhs. Community Organizer. Advocate. Dancer. Naureen Singh :: Denver, CO
Naureen Singh is a current graduate student at CU Denver studying Criminal Justice. She works as a community organizer at the Asian Pacific Development Center and is also the policy director of Colorado Sikhs. In her capacity at Colorado Sikhs, she has spearheaded some of the largest interfaith events to take place in Colorado and been an active voice for many Sikh issues. Due to her advocacy regarding educating her peers about the Sikh faith, she received the 2015 "Outstanding Student Voice" award. In an effort to increase awareness about Sikhism in the government, Naureen has interned at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, SALDEF, and the EEOC. She has also served as a White House E3! Ambassador under Obama's Administration, and organized communities around issues such as bullying, mental health, education, and public service. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, baking (or at least attempting to) and listening to KPOP music. She hopes to become a US Congresswoman one day and change the nature of faith in politics.
May ‘19 :: Nature + Soul Guide Yasmin Suarez Shaddox :: Lyons, CO
Yasmin Suarez Shaddox shares her inner flame to illuminate the essence of others . She is alight with wonder and is innately attuned to natural rhythms; this way of being permeates all she touches. In her powerfully transformative Soulskin Journeys, Yasmin kindles the soul essence of those who attend. Carrying the wisdom of fire, she sees in the darkness the truth within. Heralded as a compassionate guide, her work expands, centers, and propels others into the heart of their wild radiance, and invites them to walk in their inherent wholeness and truth. Yasmin inspires us to be in sacred reciprocity with the earth, and all life seen and unseen. A devotee to Mystery, Yasmin brings her gift of trust in the unknown we face every day. Learn more about Yasmin and Soulskin Journeys at soulskinjourneys.com
March ‘19 :: Community Organizer Gabriel Padilha :: Denver, CO
Originally from Argentina, Gabriel Padilha immigrated to the USA in 2005, landing at the Miami International airport with $200 and a suitcase full of dreams. He got his Green Card and a few years later, became an American Citizen, which he claims to be, one of the most difficult tasks he’s accomplished in life.
Gabriel is currently a Community Event Organizer at the Colorado Department of Health, working in the HIV/STI/Viral Hepatitis division. His job at the Department of Health is to promote PrEP among the Latino, Black, and Transgender communities, through events he crafts and tailors according to the population.
A self-taught photographer with a small photography business, he is very proud to have his photography published on the front cover of two books of poetry as well as many other photos published in different online magazines.
In 2018, Padilha enrolled at the Community College of Aurora and is transferring next semester to Colorado University to pursue his degree in Nursing.
Gabriel is a free spirited individual who lives his life to the fullest - sharing it with his partner and his partner’s 4 beautiful children.
Jan. ‘19 :: Singer Songwriter Ben Grace :: From Sydney, AU to Brooklyn, NY to The Rockies and Beyond :: Lyons, CO
Nov ‘18 :: Rev. Amanda Henderson Executive Director Interfaith Alliance of CO :: Denver, CO
October ‘18 :: Singer Songwriter Kate Farmer :: Boulder, CO
September ‘18 :: Box Girls International Ambassador and Film Maker Amanda Cruz :: Denver, CO
August ‘18 :: Box Girls International LIVE Event with Film Maker Amanda Cruz :: Denver, CO
July ‘18 :: Puala Stone Williams :: Lyons, CO
June '18 :: 9Beats Collective Artist Aaron Niequist :: Chicago, IL
May '18 :: A Peace of My Mind Author and Photojournalist John Noltner :: Denver, CO
: About John Noltner and A Peace of My Mind ::
John Noltner has been telling stories with words and images for twenty years for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York Daily News, among other publications.
Throughout his career, Noltner has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. Noltner carefully arranges details and builds relationships with his clients, using humor, understanding, and compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.
Since 2009, Noltner has been asking people the simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” for his multimedia arts project, A Peace of My Mind. He has driven 40,000 miles across the country, meeting with diverse subjects, photographing them, and recording their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. He has included the voices of Holocaust survivors, the homeless, undocumented immigrants, convicted criminals, political refugees and others.
The series has been produced as two award-winning books and four exhibits. A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, The Sojourners Summit for Change, Everyday Democracy, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the Gandhi-King Conference on Nonviolence and the Dayton International Peace Museum. A Peace of My Mind represents Noltner’s belief that art and storytelling have the power to transform our hearts as well as our communities.
April '18 :: Kathy Wells :: Denver, CO
:: About Kathy Wells ::
Kathy Wells is not your conventional psychotherapist. Ever questing for more knowledge and a deeper connection with herself and those around her, Kathy has studied with masters and teachers across a vast expanse of disciplines, philosophies, and techniques. She integrates these myriad teachings and modalities with her own personal experience and perspective, and bestows the results on her clients and students, family and friends.
For more than 25 years, Kathy has worked as psychotherapist in private practice in Denver, Colorado. Kathy’s approach makes her clients dig deep to find and address the root cause of their issues and pain, rather than applying a quick-fix to the obvious symptoms. She doesn’t believe in being a victim of your own psychology, and has absolute faith in the notion that we can, each of us, learn to grow up and be healthy, functional, relational adults.
Kathy’s work is currently focused on Quantum Psychology; she teaches a practical and understandable method of using words and language to make subtle energetic patterns tangible and malleable. Her work with couples and individuals helps each person recognize, own, and break their destructive patterns and behaviors in favor of a more grounded, happy and meaningful life experience.
Kathy has a unique ability to normalize our crazy behaviors and belief sets so we can step up and really change them, once and for all.