2nd Annual FIRE OF HOPE Gathering for Peace
December 31 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
You’re invited to our special “Fire of Hope” at Harbor Park, where encouraging words, music and peaceful sing-alongs bring us together in releasing the old and affirming all that is beautiful in the New Year.
Now, more than ever, gathering for Peace is crucial. Our collective thoughts are powerful and we must focus on peace and love to create that in our world. Join us as we head to the CT River for a program for peace and spiritual renewal. The event begins and ends with sound healings and includes various speakers, music, dance and the Fire of Hope, concluding at sunset.
Andrew Prue, who created Shaking the Tree Gong and Sound Meditation at TBT, sets the tone for this unifying event. Annaita Gandhy, inspired teacher of the weekly Aligned With Source Interactive Workshop and Meditation at TBT, will talk about the importance of letting go of the past, releasing the negative energies of 2017, and looking forward with hope to a more loving, peaceful, bright 2018, as well as offer a brief guided meditation and blessing. Guests will be invited to write down their burdens of fear, resentment, anger, worry, feelings of unworthiness … to be transmuted into positive energy in the Fire of Hope. We’ll “burn our burdens” in the Fire of Hope together!
Another Buttonwood Tree program, Moments of Gratitude will be led by Anne-Marie McEwen; a community sing-a-long with HannaH’s Field and others, will lead to sunset. Hot apple cider will be provided, and restrooms will be available, courtesy of our good friends at the Mattabesett Canoe Club.
HannaH*s Field brings love, spirit & organic fresh flavor to the people with their gypsy reggae music. Their uplifting acoustic roots and African Earth beats blend together, growing a magical experience for all. Nominated best female vocalist in the Hartford Advocate for many years, this powerful songstress has shared the stage with such great acts as the Average White Band, the Brothers Johnson, Gov’t Mule (members of the Allman Brothers Band), Derek Trucks, Donna Jean (from the Grateful Dead), the Samples, Percy Hill, and Sound Tribe Sector Nine. They have performed at such venues as the Toads Place, Woodstock Reunion, The North West Organic Brewers Festival, Pearl Street Nightclub, Ziontific Music Festival and the Bite of Oregon. HannaH’s Field tours from New England to California. Their latest musical release is called Revolutionary Soldiers.
“There is magic here. There is life here. There is love here. And everything that pulls a human spirit out of the body and shakes it free to dance.” –SoulCat
HannaH: Vocals, acoustic guitar, djembe Bongo Bliss: Djembe, percussive vibrations, acoustic bass
“The little girl that sings big. With a blues man’s warmth, a bad girl’s passion, and a Buddha’s enlightenment.” John Bolduc Music producer
Annaita Gandhy, a spiritual and holistic counselor/ healer from India, received her Spiritual and Energy training with mediums Ellaeenah, Sohrab Ardeshir and Khursheed Jeejeebhoy in Bombay and Pune, through whom she received divine guidance and training from various ascended Master energies. She is also trained & experienced in varied healing modalities including, Meditation with Kamala Tina in Bombay, and Diana Cooper in Pune, Reiki with Sheela Mehta, Nikhil, Patel, & Elba Perez, Foot Reflexology at the Medical Mission in Pune and Numerology with Poonam Ahuja in Bombay. In addition, Annaita has completed courses in Holistic Healing, & Basic Acu Pressure at the Medical Mission in Pune, India, Herbal Healing at CHAI in Hyderabad, and Quantum Healing with Barry Elwyn-Jones in Pune.
For several years Annaita offered her services to the very poor in slums and at Sassoon Hospital in Pune, India, which taught her the importance of empowering others. She moved to Middletown CT in 2009 to be close to family and in 2011 began leading weekly empowerment workshops at The Buttonwood Tree where she shares her wisdom and experience.