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Weekly Wrap Up

We'd love to share with you our creative week of movement, music, gardens, virtual tours around the world, photos, and lots of meaningful moments of connection. Read below to find out how we creatively spent time together last week!

In Simon's Music is Life class we took a virtual tour of Simon’s and Kathleen’s sprouting gardens. The Artists took their cameras up close to see the abundance of life coming to bloom while listening to the soothing music of Erik Satie piano music.

We thought about all the ways that music can be found in nature:

  • The birds, they sit perched on top of the fence and they sing to one another

  • Water trickling, like a babbling stream

  • The lake, lapping on the shores. The waves make a beautiful noise!

We all marvelled at how this change in weather has an impact on us.

“It’s a hopeful time of year”

“People are smiling a whole lot more with the sunlight”


In Jenn’s Nia Movement & Music class we talked about nature and took a virtual tour around the world, exploring 20 of the most beautiful places to travel to.

One of the places we all agreed is beautiful is the Amalfi coast in Italy.

We decided that traveling by helicopter would be the most exciting way to experience the wonders of the world including flying over and into an active volcano. One of of our members has done this in Hawaii and highly recommends it!

Lake Joseph is a special place for one our members who remembers sharing her natural gift of swimming with her kids and then her grandkids.

We looked at how the English language is highly influenced by nature with its use in idioms. Here are few that we shared:

  • “I’m shaking like a leaf” - to tremble

  • “To turn over a new leaf” - we thought that only happens in a perfect world, most people are not able to do that!

  • “A thorn in my side” - someone who is a nuisance!

  • “Tip of the iceberg” - it’s the unknown

  • “Barking up the wrong tree” - It’s when you don’t know what you are talking about.


In Steve's Piano Concert and Music History class we discussed pictures and stories. Pictures tell such a rich story, especially those taken by your own camera! Steve and Simon shared their amazing shots of moments in their lives and told the stories behind their images. Here are a couple of images that they shared that open up meaningful conversations.

The picture below was taken when Steve placed his telescope in front of his camera and captured this beautiful image of the moon. One participant said “You are very observant, how much we miss if we forget to take in the moment!”

Simon shared a beautiful photograph of the magic of water lilies weightlessly sitting atop of a still lake. Someone jokingly said “Didn’t Monet hire someone to dust his water lilies, because they always looked so perfect!”

Steve shared a very evocative image of a spotlit stage of the Montreal Jazz Festival right before his trio came out to play.