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Stillpoint for the Solstice: A Free online Event featuring We Play Well Together Instruments

Stillpoint for the Solstice: A Free online Event featuring We Play Well Together Instruments

 Stillpoint for the Solstice: A Gathering for Sound, Movement & Meditation

Facilitad by: Joule L'Adara & Monique Schubert

With Special Guest Appearences By: Treya Lam & Junauda Petrus-Nasah

We invite you to join us in community as we pause to go deep, deep within: journeying to the stillpoint at our center. This is the resting place of the soul.

At the end of this tumultuous year, we come together on the eve before the Solstice, to sit in presence with one another. We acknowledge where we are and how much we've been through. We will release and empty out all that's been held within us: sounding the shadows so that as the wheel turns into the next solar year, we open up space for what we desire to bring in. By going through this vibrational process together, we may more easefully come into alignment, cohesiveness, and illumination.

You'll be guided through a series of participatory invitations utilizing movement, voice, breath, and deep listening. These will include: gentle yoga poses, guided breathwork, vocal sounding, and listening to live performances of inspired poetry, song, and therapeutic sound instruments. You may chose your level of participation: whether it's laying down and listening as a sound bath, or actively moving and vocalizing. Each invitation is designed to bring you into deep awareness of your self, while receiving support from the collective.

This meditational journey will last about an hour with participants' mics on mute. After the facilitation concludes, we will stay and open up mics for those who may wish to to be seen, heard, and witnessed with optional sharing in the group space.

"The longest night gifts us with time to enter the darkness, fully. The stillness behind action gathers as we empty and trust in our renewal." - Oak Chezar, Mother Tongue Ink

This online event will take place live on Zoom starting at the following times:

Sunday, Dec. 20th:

US: 2pm Hawaii/ 4pm Pacfic/ 5pm Mountain/ 6pm Central/ 7pm Eastern

Monday, Dec. 21st: 12am UK , 1am EUR, 11am VIC/NSW, 10am QLD

For other time zones click HERE to find 12am UTC

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About the Presenters:

Monique Schubert, MFA, E-RYT 500, is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and the founder of OM Society, a lifestyle wellness company that expands the reach of yoga and mindfulness through workshops, classes and special events. She sees life as an extended project to make the world a kinder and more beautiful place. She uses the tools of art, yoga and music to educate, inspire, and connect.

For almost 20 years Monique has taught yoga and mindfulness in the New York City area. Monique weaves her background in visual arts into her mindfulness teaching and has brought yoga to diverse cultural spaces including Socrates Sculpture Park, Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art, Rush Arts Philanthropic, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Through collaborations with non-profits, museums and schools Monique creates engaging public programs for young people and adults. Monique is in her 12th year teaching yoga, mindfulness and stress management at the Bronx Community College, and currently she works with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health as a teacher trainer.

Monique is also a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, as group of more than 60 women who unite to sing songs from various protest traditions, such as the Civil Rights, Labor and the Women’s movement. The message of the chorus is one that resonates with Monique from a yogic perspective as well, the idea that joy is a necessity of life and, in the words of poet Toi Derricotte, ‘Joy is an act of Resistance.’

Treya Lam is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and ethereal vocals are built on Nina Simone-inspired piano, meditative guitar and lush chamber arrangements. Treya’s debut album, Good News, was released via Kaki King’s label, Short Stuff Records. Produced by Kaki (who plays multiple instruments throughout the album), the album was recorded with array an of talented female musicians, most notably Catherine Popper (Jack White, Norah Jones) on upright bass, and mixer Erin Tonkon (David Bowie, Esperanza Spalding). Mastered by Sarah Register, Good News is an instant classic, full of the kind of songwriting and raw talent that has never gone out of style, as well as a message of love and longing.

Treya was one of five artists selected for the 2019 Joe’s Pub Working Group residency and is an active member of the Resistance Revival Chorus. She frequently performs with the Big Quiet and is developing a musical as an Associate Artist with the eco-theatre group Superhero Clubhouse. Lam seeks out extraordinary venues and has performed original music at the Prospect Park Bandshell, American Museum of Natural History, New York Botanical Gardens, Garfield Park Conservatory, MoCA Museum and the New York Public Library. Treya has shared stages with Ani Difranco, Yo-Yo Ma and the late jazz pianist Billy Taylor as well as her frequent collaborations with Kaki King.

Learn more about her work at: treyamakesmusic.com

Junauda Petrus-Nasah is a creative activist, writer, playwright, and multi-dimensional performance artist who is born on Dakota land, West-Indian descended, and African-sourced. Her work centers around Black wildness, -futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, spectacle and shimmer.

Petrus-Nasah has written works for the stage, screen and page, employing poetics and experiences re-membered via ancestral dreaming and research of their lost stories. She is inspired by her parents and ancestors who immigrated from the Caribbean bringing their magic and trauma with them, and her art ripples with their legacy. She is influenced by the Middle passage and diaspora, Black folks in Minneapolis, ancestral magic, and stories of queerness and womanhood within these contexts. Speculative fiction and magical realist elements are central to her work.

Her debut novel, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them was published by Penguin Random House in 2019, and was a 2020 winner of a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Petrus lives in Minneapolis with her wife, Ngowo Nasah, and family. Learn more about her work at: junauda.com

Joule L'Adara

Joule L’Adara, MFA, is an experimental vocalist, holistic vocal coach, and sound facilitator based in New York City. She is the founder of Sounding Circles, offering sound-based practices that support well-being and transformational development. Since 2009, she has offered her unique voice facilitation training to sound practitioners through live workshops, retreats, and online courses. Her vocal meditation programs have been featured nationally at the New York Open Center, Integral Yoga Institute, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, WeWork Wellness, Unplug Meditation, The Green Spa, Naturopathica, The Dorot Institute, New York City’s Community Healthcare Network, Planned Parenthood, The WOOM Center, Bread & Yoga, The Samadhi Center for Yoga and Meditation Denver, Sound Meditation Presents in San Francisco with Guy Douglass, The Globe Institute San Francisco, Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Program in Los Angeles, and at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Hawaii.

Joule is also an official US trainer for feeltone instruments: a German-based builder of beautifully handcrafted mediation monochords. This is a drone instrument that produces a cascade of heavenly harmonics which supports the body to come into renewal throuh deep relaxation. Joule offers monochord training intensives and online courses, as well as serving as an ambassador for feeltone. She’s been featured with the instruments on The Today Show, New York 1, at the Guggenheim Museum with The Big Quiet, and as part of San Francisco’s Sound Healing Symphony. Joule is a trained classical singer who in the past performed with The Metropolitan Opera and as a soloist in Carnegie Hall.

Joule leads a weekly free online therapeutic vocal sound gathering every Sunday. It's a chance to come together and connect with others in circle beyond words, or difference, and find cohesiveness through sound. Join our community at: Sounding Circles Sunday

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Hokema B5 Kalimba Elemental Soundscape Tuning-Terra/ Aqua

This Kalimba is pleasing to the eye because of the cut & quality of the cherry wood. The size is perfect for small hands such as mine. I particularly love the Terra Tuning & fell instantly in love with this Kalimba that reminds me of a music box when played.
I also received the Aqua B5 Hokema Kalimba which is equally as beautiful as the Terra.
The Aqua Kalimba completes my Aqua Elemental Soundscape bundle. I cannot say how much I have loved jamming with my set.
This B5 Kalimba may be small, but its sound output is excellent & the tone is perfect. The B5 Kalimba can also be paired with the matching Koshi Chime & easily played. I think that I prefer the size of the B5 Kalimba & would highly recommend it for sound & ease of play.
Thanks & best wishes to the WPWT team.

Aqua, Aria, Ignis, & Terra Koshi Chimes

All that I can say is that I love my Koshi Chimes. Each Elemental Chime is unique & complete in its own light tinkling playful sound & becomes even more beautiful in the complexity of two chimes paired together. I particularly enjoy the calming quality of Aqua & Aria. I also like the joyfulness & energy of Ignis & Terra as they are played together. I bought the Koshi Chimes because they were highly recommended for their durability & because they never go out of tune. I also like the earthiness of the color of bamboo. One day I might like to pair Koshi Chimes with a pop of color from matching Zaphir Chimes.
Now let me throw in the beauty of the B5 Hokema Kalimbas - Terra & Aqua as they are paired with their companion Koshi Chimes. I have small hands & can easily hold & play the B5 Kalimba as I am holding the chime of the same tone in the other hand. This is indeed as lovely as the Elemental Soundscape video.
I like to play the Koshi Chimes before I go to bed as it helps to empty my mind, offer relaxation & sounder sleep.
My thanks again to the WPWT team for providing yet another pleasant experience as I keep adding to my ever growing collection of musical instruments.

A
Monolina Travel Set
Aaliyah Bolden
Divine

The packages arrived in a timely manner and packaged with care. The instrument had the richest tone and a divine frequency, I look forward to using this for sound journeys.

Hokema B9 Kalimba Aria

I was pleased with customer service & by the work ethic that this company has. This is my first kalimba that I have ever owned. It is easy to make pretty little melodies & pairs well with the chime of the same key, but admittedly the kalimba sounds louder & sweeter when held & played so it works better when these instruments are played by 2 people. Overall I was pleased with my purchase.

Aria Air A Minor Koshi Chime

Customer service was yet again excellent. My question was answered promptly by email. Items were mailed promptly & in excellent condition upon arrival. I purchased my Aria Chime & was thrilled by its beauty & by how easy it was to learn to play. All I need to do is slightly move my arm to emit the best sound. Please do not sling your chimes from side to side as it will sound chaotic. There are instructional videos on Youtube that will teach you how to play your chimes correctly. I did purchase a companion Hokema Kalimba in the same key to play with the Koshi chime. The chimes & kalimba do sound beautiful when played together by 2 people. I personally feel that it would be better for me to play 2 Koshi chimes together as it is easier as my coordination is just so so so. I will be adding more Koshi chimes to my growing collection of musical instruments from WPWT. As always I am pleased with my purchase.

Perfect

This case makes carrying my monalina so easy and I feel confident that she won’t get damaged.

Wonderful

Easy to set up and very sturdy

Tinka Tong (432 hz) 4 Tunings

The wait is over!!! I am now the proud owner of the Aqua (Blue), Aria (Gold), Terra (Green), & Ignis (Red) Tinka Tongs. I purchased the Aqua first just to test the water, & immediately fell in love with the instrument. I purchased the other 3 Tinka Tongs just as soon as they became available. It adds so much more to the experience to play multiple instruments at once. I line the Tinka Tongs vertically & mainly play 2 at a time. It is fun just to hit random notes & to be amazed at the unique sounds to be made. Every note played is indeed beautiful & harmonious.
The majors & minors do pair well together. The Aqua (D Minor) & the Terra (C Major) pair well together.
The Ignis (G Major) & Aria (A Minor) pair well together.
You are not limited to playing minors & majors together. Both the Terra (C Major) & Ignis (G Major) sound well together- so light & happy.
The instruments are well made & sound amazing.
This is a great company to do business with. Emails are promptly responded to. Orders are mailed via UPS within days. The instruments are exceptionally well packaged & arrive in perfect condition.
I look forward to adding the chimes to my collection in the future- Terra & the Ignis in a few months.
Thanks to the hard working team at WPWT.

Amazing tool for music therapy and sound healing

LOVE this instrument. A calming, soothing sound, played like the wind in a random way, allowing time for pause. This helps clients and participants in a sound bath feel the magic energy of sound.

Great music therapy and sound healing tool

As a music therapist, and doing sound healing work, I am loving this instrument. It sounds great alone as a way to begin and end a session as it allows people to really drop in. I use it with my Native American flutes as well. Affordable, durable, easy to play, great sounding, relaxing, helps you breathe more deeply.

Zenko Element (432hz) Elemental Waterscapes Collection *D Minor)

I first learned of this instrument through Kalani Das of World Drum Club during his Tuesday night video on Youtube & his special guest, Joule L'Adara of We Play Well Together as they were demonstrating the Water Elemental instruments in D Minor & making all of the instruments sound so beautiful. I have purchased a Diatonic C Major tongue drum that Mr. Das recommended in the past that I have been well pleased with so I was confident in the workmanship. I purchased both the Tinka Tong, my preferred instrument, & the Baby Turtle at the same time. The little Zenko tongue drum sounds exactly as it does in the videos on Youtube. The notes are crystal clear & bell like without the annoying reverb. I much prefer the sound of 432 hz as the sound is pleasing filling me with intense pleasure. The carrying case is well made. I really like this instrument paired with the Tinka Tong as it is like PB&J. My Mother ,who is a stroke victim, was able to place the Baby Turtle in her lap while reclining & play beautifully with me for nearly an hour the 1st time that we played together. Now I must give a shout out to Gabriele who promptly responded to my emails, texts, & phone call. Gabriele was courteous & extremely helpful. My shipment went out quickly & arrived via UPS earlier than expected in a well packaged box. I look forward to a long relationship with this company. The employees really worked hard to meet my needs & I am thankful.

Tinka Tong (Aqua) 432Hz - Elemental Soundscapes Water Collection D Minor

I first learned about this instrument through Kali Das of World Drum Club on his Tuesday night video on Youtube and his special guest, Joule L'Adara, of We Play Well Together as they were demonstrating the instruments of the Soundscapes Water Collection in D Minor. I have previously purchased a Diatonic C Major tongue drum that Mr. Das recommended. This drum was very much enjoyed so I was confident that this Tinka Tong was of excellent workmanship & it is. The videos on Youtube of Feeltone & We Play Together demonstrating these instruments are well worth watching as well as the instruments sound exactly as they do at my home. I purchased both, the Zenko Elemental Aqua (Baby Turtle) & The Tinka Tong in D Minor. Both sound great together; however, I prefer the Tinka Tong as it was love at first sight. The Tinka Tong is visually appealing & unique in sound. I like the new design & size of the instrument. While I have no formal music training, I was able to play well immediately. While there are only 6 tongues, there are a never ending amount of melodies & rhythms to be played. Best of all, there are no wrong notes. Warning: the use of this drum is highly addictive as a feeling of pleasure & calm will wash over you. I played with my Mother who is a stroke victim with Aphasia; however, she was able to follow my rhythm at times as she played the Zenko Element. Her musical ability was excellent as she plays the piano. We enjoyed playing for nearly an hour. Music is so beneficial as it yields a total brain workout. I also have to give a shout out to Gabriele (whom I have contacted via email, text, & phone) for her prompt response to my inquiries & for all of the assistance provided. I ordered my items after business hours on a Friday night. Instruments were mailed out the following Monday & arrived earlier than expected via UPS.

lovely

This chime (Ignis/red/g-major) makes absolutely captivating sounds, I really love it. I initially made the investment for a meditation workshop I was leading with college students— many of them said that the 7 or so minutes I spent moving around the room with the chime was the very best ("most magical") part of a very enjoyable weekend. I am excited to fine more ways to share it with others! My cats like it too :)
I love the We Play Well Together business model and ethos, and look forward to bringing them more business.

The lushness of sound

I am a musician. When I was 14 years old I started playing classical guitar. I’m 66 now. I have had a lifelong love of stringed instruments.
About three months ago my wife and I attended a sound bath. As we lay there meditating all the sounds of the evening washed over us and everything was peaceful and then I heard this richness of sound that sounded like a thousand strings moving and pulsing and I sat straight up and looked for the source. The woman who was holding the sound bath was playing a Monolina. I was enthralled by the sound. After the sound bath I went up and I snuck a look at the name and I saw that it said Feeltone
And now its now.
Although the Monolina is be good for sound healing and meditation it is also an instrument with 34 strings! With the use of bridges and alternate tunings I am able to group the strings in note ranges to further utilize its richness of sound. With 34 strings and 10 bridges the possibilities are endless.
As a musician i have seen many hand made instruments. I am very impressed by the ‘luthier’ skills of the people at Feeltone. The instrument is tight. No buzzes. And it looks beautiful. I am looking forward to many years of sound experimentation!
I would also like to the Gabrielle of WePlayWellTogether. She was very helpful. She answered all my many questions promptly and with a positive spirit.
Cool instrument. Nice lady!
David

A GREAT INSTRUMENT

I love my sansulas very much. This instrument has allowed me to explore music. The Deluxe has such great sound! This is a great company to work with!

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Mallets for Monochords
Kathalin Walker
Great mallets

The felt mallets are wonderful for playing the Monolina. They are easy to hold and create a nice droning sound.

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Sansula Repair program
michael jacobs
Great!

Very satisfied. The Sansula is as new (is it new?) in the box with paperwork and all. Sounds great!

I just love the tones from this li’l instrument…

…i had enjoyed the Sansula app on iPad for several years and finally got around to buying one. What took me so long!?!!? DOH!!
WPWT took excellent care of this customer, quickly fixing a holdiay rush shipping boo-boo.
I love the instrument as well as the vendor.
THANKS!

Tiny kalimba

I absolutely live my magical little instrument. It travels with me for elemental magic on demand

My favourite instrument in a sound bath

I am in love with my Monalina. I use it regularly and sing with it in sound baths. It is balm for the soul.

Love my sansula!

This is my second one. The first one gets so much use from my associate sound practitioners I had to get a second one. It’s a favorite of our clients and group meditation attendees!

Beautiful instrument

I have been using the Monolina in sound baths since December and have received so many compliments on it. People love the sound it produces!

Tinga Tonk water element

I am so grateful that I found this company. The customer service is superb. Every question is addressed and as a customer I have been completely supported and taken care of. This is the only place I will get my instruments from. They are all of the highest quality.
The Tinga Tonk is beautifully crafted and adds a lovely dimension to my sound healing sessions. My clients love it. I love it!

I like how you now sell the Zaphir Chimes in the colors that match the Koshis! I didn't know before now that the Koshi and Zaphir Chimes had similar matching pairs. It's fun to layer them together with the twinkly sounds.

The new Sansula Tunings are lovely

Love the new "Earth Tuning" C-Major Sansula Tuning! I didn't know they came in different tunings that match the monochords and other instruments you sell... or that I could create my own custom tuning!