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Ukulele Revolution

Ukulele is the instrument of friendship, love & peace

A renewed interest in the ukulele is happening worldwide on all levels not only with professional musicians, but it is also giving people who have never played music before the opportunity to join a local group and learn to strum and sing. Many clubs have started all over the world in the last five or six years, in both metropolitan and regional towns.

The modest ukulele is enjoying a surge in popularity. Once considered a novelty, the four-stringed instrument is ready to be taken seriously.

Ukuleles sell themselves. They are so portable and occupy very little space. It doesn’t have the baggage associated with the guitar, and very unintimidating. It just says “hold me and play me.” The ukulele can carry a range of moods and can be played virtuosically in many styles including jazz, blues, islander, country, rock, pop, folk, punk and classical. It is an extremely versatile instrument, and not just for novelty songs.

     Elvis Presley with ukelele
Elvis UkeMany people have never picked up an instrument before in their lives, but over recent years, there has been a huge surge in interest to play this easy to learn happy instrument. Music stores have been quick to respond to the public’s renewed appetite for the stringed instrument, and sales have soared. Many music stores claim that undoubtedly there has been an astronomic rise in ukulele sales which has been the saviour of their industry. The shortfall in sales of instruments due to the economic downturn has been balanced by a rise in demand for the ukulele.

Rival to recorder?
The magic of the uke is that with its four strings – as opposed to the guitar’s six – it is easy to play. As a delightful consequence, it encourages the formation of ukulele community groups who enjoy singing and playing the ukulele together. It takes very little time to have a few chords down which enables people to play a large amount of music of all genres. There is also a bigger interest in folk instruments and the ukulele is popularly seen as one of them. The ukulele is increasingly seen as a replacement for the old school recorder and widely acknowledged as the first instrument of choice for school children. Professional musicians such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain who, in doing covers of well known songs, have further popularised the ukulele as a ‘serious’ musical instrument, and the community sing-along aspect that accompanies it. The internet has helped fuel the popularity of the ukulele. Fans of the instrument visit ukulele websites in increasing numbers, as many sites offer useful online resources with tabbed song sheets and even free uke tutorials. 

Noble Uke

Ukuleles have gone viral
Uke makers are riding the wave of popularity that began around the time of former Beatle, George Harrison’s death in 2001. Harrison was well-known in uke circles, but it was former band-mate Paul McCartney who reignited the public’s fascination by playing the instrument in the 2002 tribute Concert for George and in other performances.

Though big stars helped spur the instrument’s latest round of popularity, the Internet has been “more important than anything” in the uke’s resurgence, said Jim Beloff, a leading publisher of ukulele songbooks and a major promoter of the sweet-strumming, four-stringed, long-maligned uke. In the last two years, singer-songwriter Julia Nunes has parlayed her YouTube videos, most of her own compositions, into online stardom. 

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, already big in Hawaii, the uke’s homeland, became a nationwide sensation with his wailin’ on Harrison’s “My Guitar Gently Weeps.” It has attracted more than 13.5 million hits on YouTube since 2006 and earned him tours with Jimmy Buffett, a recording session with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and various television appearances.

As with so many groups the Internet has helped to foster, Ukulele Lovers have been searching for like-minded folk among isolated pockets of uke players and creating online communities. Some music websites host directories of ukulele players so they can find one another in their local communities. Good ukes, once hard to find, are popping up on EBay. 

The website Ukulele Underground posts YouTube videos and ukulele reviews and hosts spirited discussions about concerts, techniques, instruments and everything else a ukulele fan would want.

Happy ukeThe novelty aspect still exists, as anyone who listens to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain can attest, with eight men in tuxedos, strumming and picking the tune of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

The ukulele even had a revival in Hawaii, where it had fallen out of favour as a tourist cliche, and also has long been popular in Japan. Hawaii’s oldest factory, Kamaka Hawaii, produces 3,500 to 4,000 instruments a year, a quarter of which are sold in Japan.

The Internet has also helped to spread demand internationally. Looks like the once humble big-hearted Ukulele is definitely here to stay – indefinitely.

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Death: The Great Adventure

Death the Great Adventure banner

Date: Monday 9 November
Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Venue:
The Quaker Centre,
7-8 Moncrieff Street,
Mt Victoria, Wellington

An Introduction to Understanding Death in our evolutionary Soul journey.

Our Ideas about death have been erroneous; we have looked upon it as the great and ultimate terror, whereas in reality it is the great escape, the entrance into a fuller measure of activity, and the release of the life from the crystallized vehicle and inadequate form. Death, if we could realise it, is one of our most practised activities. We have died many times and shall die again and again.

Death is essentially a matter of consciousness. We are conscious one moment on the physical plane, and a moment later we have withdrawn onto another plane and are actively conscious there. Just as soon as we know ourselves to be Souls, and find that we are capable of focussing our consciousness or sense of awareness in any form or on any plane at will….we shall no longer know death.

The Fear Of Death Is Based Upon

* A terror of the final rending processes in the act of death itself.
* Horror of the unknown and the indefinable.
* Doubt as to final immortality.
* Unhappiness at leaving loved ones behind or of being left behind.
* Ancient reactions to past violent deaths, lying deep in the subconsciousness.
* Clinging to form life, because primarily identified with it in consciousness.
* Old erroneous teaching as to Heaven and Hell, both equally unpleasant in prospect to certain types.
(Reference: The Ageless Wisdom)

What Will You Learn?
* The reality of the Soul
* The Process of Death & Dying
* The Universal Laws of Rebirth & Karma
* The Soul Purpose of Life
* Death is not the end

Your presenter Sophia is a life-long student and teacher of The Ageless Wisdom tradition, Esoteric Literature and Soul Psychology. She is also a long time Futurist, Cosmologist, Esotericist, UFOlogist, Planetary Meditator, Soul Educator and public speaker for various causes.

Death Cafes in Wellington: Sophia founded  the 1st Public Death Cafe in the Wellington Region and New Zealand. It brings together communities to exchange conversations about life and death, to ponder, wonder and celebrate the Art of Living and Dying in compassionate community.

Sophia is an advocate for the expression of Soul Creativity, progressive education and healing, she is passionate about Future Schools and Societies, sustainable Eco-Communities, Raw Food and Natural Healing, Soul Psychology, the World Teacher for All Humanity, Transmission Meditation, UFOs & Their Spiritual Mission, Empathy Matters, Emotional Literacy and Intelligence in classrooms and the NZ school curriculum.

She also teaches Ukuleles for Peace and runs a weekly Ukulele Meetup Group in Wellington. Sophia is a NZ trained teacher and studied at Victoria University. She is in the process of writing books for adults and children.

Book & Pay:
Cost: $20 towards venue costs and photocopy handouts.

Please deposit into the following account:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

OR Bring your cash with you

Email: sophiatara8@gmail.com

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Life is a Song. Death is a hymn. Let your voice be heard. ~ Sophia Tara

Compassionate Communication

          ~ What You Say Next Will Change Your World ~

Everything we do in life involves communication. Revolutionary yet simple, NVC is a practical and learnable process for communicating with empathy, honesty, confidence and compassion.

What is NVC?
Are you wondering what Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is all about? It’s a powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action, providing a set of skills to address all of these problems, from the most intimate relationships to global political conflicts. NVC can help prevent conflicts as well as peacefully resolve them.

Join us for a lively, heart-connecting 4 hours of learning the basics of NVC. Designed to be a fun and engaging learning experience, this course will give you some new awareness and tools you can use to begin transforming your world, one conscious dialogue at a time.

What You Will Learn in this 4 hour Workshop:
Overview of the NVC process
The Key Ingredients
Differentiation of NVC awareness/automatic response
Life-serving vs Life-alienating communication
The OFNR 4 step model
Playing in the Field of Feelings & Needs
Translating Faux Feelings
Empathic Listening

NVC supports connection
with oneself and others so everyone’s needs are equally valued. This allows people to create strategies and meaningful solutions that resolve issues and create thriving relationships in all aspects of life. Using NVC tools, participants will learn how to transform everyday blame, shame, and critical expression into interactions that focus on mutual human needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deeper connection and satisfying conflict resolution.

Your facilitator Sophia initiated and founded the NVC grassroots movement in the Wellington Region and organised workshops attended by many in NZ. She trained with the founder of NVC, Dr Marshall Rosenberg and many overseas trainers. She has facilitated a wide range of workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change groups, including the Rudolph Steiner community, Intentional Living, Buddhists, Occupy NZ, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, Peace Movement Aotearoa, alternative Adult Education, teachers, parents and children in school communities and the general public. She resonates deeply with the Spirituality of NVC.

Book & Pay: 
$40 (unwaged)
$50 (waged)
Towards venue costs, refreshments and photocopy handouts.

Please deposit into the following account with ‘NVC’ and your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

Enquiries email: nvc.wellington.nz@gmail.com

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UFOs & Their Spiritual Mission

UFOs & THEIR SPIRITUAL MISSION:
The Gathering of the Forces of Light

DO YOU BELIEVE IN UFOs?
An unprecedented number have been seen in NZ skies over recent years. World-wide UFO sightings and reports abound on the internet, and Astronauts testify to their existence.

ANCIENT UFOs
Since the dawn of humanity’s history, there have been common myths and legends of UFOs, seen as flying carpets in ancient Arabia, with Biblical figures such as the prophet Elijah taken to heaven in a chariot of fire, the Star of Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus guiding The Magi and magical flying machines, called Vimanas, of ancient India and China.

MODERN UFOs
Today, an unprecedented number of UFOs have been sighted 24/7 across the world.  Why are they here? Where do they come from? What is their mission? Do they herald a global spiritual awakening? Are they here to help Planet Earth at this turning point in human history? What is Earth’s future and destiny? Is there hope for us?

ALL WELCOME
KOHA/DONATIONS gratefully accepted

We have spoken publicly about UFOs and Their Spiritual Mission for several years. Come and enjoy an evening of inspiring dialogue and a colourful multi-media presentation about this amazing global phenomena, and its spiritual connection to Planet Earth.

Enquiries email: spirit.matters.nz@gmail.com

Compassionate Nonviolent Communication

 ~ What You Say Next Will Change Your World ~

Everything we do in life involves communication. Revolutionary yet simple, Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a practical and learnable process for communicating with empathy, honesty, confidence and compassion.

What is NVC?
Are you wondering what Compassionate Nonviolent Communication is all about? It’s a powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action, providing a set of skills to address all of these problems, from the most intimate relationships to global political conflicts. NVC can help prevent conflicts as well as peacefully resolve them.

Join us for a lively, heart-connecting 4 hours of learning the basics of NVC. Designed to be a fun and engaging learning experience, this course will give you some new awareness and tools you can use to begin transforming your world, one conscious dialogue at a time.

What You Will Learn in this 4 hour Workshop:
Overview of the NVC process
The Key Ingredients
Differentiation of NVC awareness/automatic response
Life-serving vs Life-alienating communication
The OFNR 4 step model
Playing in the Field of Feelings & Needs
Translating Faux Feelings
Empathic Listening

NVC supports connection
with oneself and others so everyone’s needs are equally valued. This allows people to create strategies and meaningful solutions that resolve issues and create thriving relationships in all aspects of life. Using NVC tools, participants will learn how to transform everyday blame, shame, and critical expression into interactions that focus on mutual human needs. People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deeper connection and satisfying conflict resolution.

Your facilitator Sophia initiated and founded the NVC grassroots movement in the Wellington Region and organised workshops attended by many in NZ. She trained with the founder of NVC, Dr Marshall Rosenberg and many overseas trainers. She has facilitated a wide range of workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change groups, including the Rudolph Steiner community, Intentional Living, Buddhists, Occupy NZ, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, Peace Movement Aotearoa, alternative Adult Education, teachers, parents and children in school communities and the general public. She resonates deeply with the Spirituality of NVC.

Book & Pay: 
$40 (unwaged)
$50 (waged)
Towards venue costs, refreshments and photocopy handouts.

Please deposit into the following account with ‘NVC’ and your name as reference:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

Enquiries email: nvc.wellington.nz@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

UFOs & Their Spiritual Mission

  UFOs & THEIR SPIRITUAL MISSION:
The Gathering of the Forces of Light

DO YOU BELIEVE IN UFOs?
An unprecedented number have been seen in NZ skies over recent years. World-wide UFO sightings and reports abound on the internet, and Astronauts testify to their existence.

ANCIENT UFOs
Since the dawn of humanity’s history, there have been common myths and legends of UFOs, seen as flying carpets in ancient Arabia, with Biblical figures such as the prophet Elijah taken to heaven in a chariot of fire, the Star of Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus guiding The Magi and magical flying machines, called Vimanas, of ancient India and China. 

MODERN UFOs
Today, an unprecedented number of UFOs have been sighted 24/7 across the world.  Why are they here? Where do they come from? What is their mission? Do they herald a global spiritual awakening? Are they here to help Planet Earth at this turning point in human history? What is Earth’s future and destiny? Is there hope for us? 

ALL WELCOME
We have spoken publicly about UFOs and Their Spiritual Mission for several years. Come and enjoy an evening of inspiring dialogue and a colourful multi-media presentation about this amazing global phenomena, and its spiritual connection to Planet Earth.

KOHA/DONATIONS gratefully accepted

Enquiries email: spirit.matters.nz@gmail.com