Photo of Melinda Gardiner by Connie Marshner. All other photos by Melinda Gardiner:
Home page: the White Strand of the Monks, Iona, Argyll, Scotland
Other pages: the Universal Prayer Garden & Labyrinth, Our Lady of Hope Church, Copake Falls, NY, and the chestnut tree at home. See my first blog post for the story of the creation of the Universal Prayer Garden & Labyrinth.
Life is about learning, awakening, and growing into oneself. I am filled with gratitude for many persons: my parents, my husband Bruce Gardiner, my siblings, our children, relatives, and friends. I am especially thankful for the years spent studying deeply with Michio and Aveline Kushi, OhShinnah Fast Wolf, Dolores Krieger and Dora Kunz. I have been additionally blessed by all those who have crossed my path in community, gracing me with their presence.
I am grateful to my therapeutic music colleague and friend, Mona Peck, for all the wonderful years working together on the MHTP Board and exploring Hildegard's music; to Therese Shroeder-Sheker, for her generosity and skillfulness in initially showing me the way of therapeutic musicianship; Fabien Maman for his holistic and beautiful approach to sound healing; to Lorraine Wolf-Nelson, for helping me develop musically; to Robin Williamson and Iarla Ó Lionáird, for inspiring my singing with their own extraordinary singing; and to my dear anamchara, Fionntulach.