From the Harp is based in the Rothbury area, Northumberland UK, but all services can be accessed anywhere via Zoom and the online harp circle can be accessed anywhere around the world!
Alice completed an MSc in occupational therapy in 2013. Occupational therapy is the art and science of living well. She is a registered with the Health and Care Professions Council no: OT68672. As an occupational therapist Alice is dual trained in physical and mental health. She has experience working with a wide range of clients in various settings including mental health, dementia, learning disabilities and neurological conditions in hospitals and the community. She has completed additional training in assessing motor and process skills (AMPS), neuroscience and sensory integration (SI1), and the Alert Program® (self regulation to deal with lifes challenges).
Alice has played the harp for several years, and while at university did her MSc dissertation on her experience of Flow (Csikszentmihalyi 1990) the sensation of getting so absorbed in the activity you forget what else is around you, and mindfulness, really taking notice of the activity that you are doing whilst playing her harp. Alice has practiced mindfulness since 2011.
In 2016 Alice completed a harp therapy course with the International Harp Therapy Programme and is a certified therapeutic harp practitioner accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians
Alice completed a diploma in group sound therapy with the British Academy of Sound in 2017 and has completed intensive Gong Master Training with Don Conreaux, originator of the gong bath, and world famous gong player and teacher Aidan McIntyre. In addition to this Alice has completed drum circle facilitation training with Arthur Hull international renowned percussionist and originator of the facilitated community drum circle.
From the Harp was the winner of The Santander University of Brighton Enterprise award for the most entrepreneurial service 2016. Alice won a package of support to develop her business including finances and mentoring. The award was judged by a panel of judges from the business community and From the harp beat nearly 100 entries to the winning spot.
Nikky Gatenby Managing Director of Propellornet keynote speaker on the awards night said:
‘Dear to my heart was the Harpist for Health and Wellbeing, Alice – changing the day-to-day lives of people in nursing homes through the power of music. Alice’s talent with the harp and her business mind proved a great combination of magic and logic that made for a strong business idea’.
Justin is a retired occupational therapist, dual trained in physical health and mental health. Justin has experience working with paediatrics, and older people within the the hospital setting as well as adult social care and the community.
Justin is a gong practitioner having completed intensive Gong Master Training with Don Conreaux, originator of the gong bath, and world famous gong player and teacher Aidan McIntyre.
Justin loves playing the gong for others, and enjoys sharing the gongs at community gong baths. He is currently investigating ways to bring the gongs to health groups.
Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow : the psychology of optimal experience (1st ed.). New York: Harper & Row.