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Press Release – Music of the Spirit Weekend at Happehatchee

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For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Julie Gerhard
Happehatchee Center
8791 Corkscrew Road
Estero, Florida 33928
(239) 992-5455

Happehatchee Center presents a weekend with Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke

Music of the Spirit – Friday Dec 2, 2016 through Sunday Dec 4, 2016


World renowned musicians Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke will be leading a world music weekend workshop at the Happehatchee Center in the historic Village of Estero.  This is Happehatchee Center’s annual fundraiser.

Friday, December 2, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: The “Music of the Spirit Weekend” begins with live music, dancing, wine, cheese and a birthday cake for founder Ellen Peterson. There will also be an introduction of the musical instruments participants will learn about over the course of the weekend.

Saturday December 3, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Kat and Nathan will offer a musical teaching experience with playing techniques, breathing, healing with music and finding one’s musical voice. Participants are invited to bring their own instruments for practice and group participation.  Lunch included.

Sunday December 4, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Concert with Kat and Nathan at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers. Workshop participants come free of charge and some will be participating in the performance. The general public is invited.

Event RegistrationFull Weekend Workshop: $150 per person
Friday Night Only: $55
Saturday Only 10 – 5 pm: $95
Sunday Only 1 pm: $15 – $25 

Sunday Concert only: $25 per person or $15 for students and Happehatchee Members. Please present Student ID or Membership Card at door.  Proceeds will go to fund the free Happe Eco-Summer Camp. $15 for Maya and Mixteco language speakers.

Tickets available for purchase online at: http://happehatchee.org/our-events/music-of-the-spirit-workshop/

About Kat Epple

Kat Epple is a Peabody, Edward R Murrow, and Emmy Award-winning composer and flautist who has released 33 music albums, composed film scores for National Geographic, Nova, Valentino Fashions, and has performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United Nations, and Guggenheim Museums around the world.  She also lectures about the power of music, and indigenous flutes which she has collected in her travels throughout the world. Her website is http://www.katepple.com/

About Nathan Dyke

Nathan’s musical inspiration flows from a connection to traditional aboriginal music from across the globe.  He has been studying and teaching African, Latin, and Middle Eastern percussion for years, along with playing several native flutes, and the Australian Didgeridoo. Nathan has a passion for the energy of music and sound and its effects on the human and planetary vibrational field. Over the years Nathan has performed and recorded with several artists, always learning about new and ancient music.

About the Happehatchee Center

The Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing.  A Park in the Heart of the Village of Estero, its mission is to preserve and honor the vibrant Land, as a way to make sacred connections with one’s self, each other, and Nature.  The Eco-Spiritual Center provides environmental and healing arts education and sustains facilities for celebrations and ceremonies.

The Happehatchee Center is located at 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero, Florida, 33928. Please call (239) 992-5455, or write: Happehatchee@gmail.com  Website: www.happehatchee.org



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Upcoming Events at Happehatchee!

Save the Dates

Save the Date – Come celebrate and enjoy with us!

Happehatchee Programs Estero FLWe are very excited about our upcoming fall and winter programming! Here is a peek of what we are planning. Some of our Happehatchee Advisors have come together to offer four special Labyrinth Walks a year on the equinoxes and solstices in coordination with the World Labyrinth Society. They are also offering a series of Art and Soul Classes.

We have great and exciting events planned for the next year and beyond so please mark your calendars and save the Happe dates below! Please scroll down for event details and descriptions.

Art and Soul Dates:

  • Sunday, September 25th 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, October 30th, 1-4 pm
  • Sunday, November 20th, 1-4 pm

Labyrinth Ceremonies

  • Thursday, September 22th, 6 pm
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 6 pm
  • Saturday, March 19th, 6 pm
  • Wednesday, June 21st, 6 pm
  • Saturday, May 6th, 1 pm *World Labyrinth Day*

Open House

  • Saturday, October 15th 2016 9-4 pm
  • Saturday February 11th 2017 9-4 pm

Members Day in the Park:

  • November 6th, 2016

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations

  • January 12, 19, 26, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 – Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Open House 2016

Open House
Saturday, October 15 9 am-4 pm

A couple of times a year we open up the Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center to the public with an Open House to introduce new people to all the exciting, fun and wonderful things we offer. Don’t miss our next upcoming Open House Day on Saturday, October 15 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Our yoga teachers, healers, naturalists, drummers, environmental educators,  gardeners and Advisory Committee members will all be offering a taste of what we offer at Happehatchee.  It will be a fun filled day with awesome people, food and music.

Click here to read more about Open House Days.

We are a community! This is a fabulous and Free event open to the public – come join us!

Members Day in the Park 2016

Members’ Day in the Park
Sunday, November 6, 2016

We love and appreciate our Happe member that we created a special day just for them! Our next Members’ Day in the Park is November 6, 2016.

Happehatchee will be open to members and people who wish to join us that day. There will be many fun activities, food and music will be offered. Both sides of the park will be open and folks will be able to cross the bridge, walk both labyrinths and relax in the Bamboo studio.

Click here to read more about Members Day. Your memberships help sustain Happehatchee Center.

Labyrinth Walk 2016

Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, September 22, 6 pm

Come Walk with Us! Celebrate the Autumn Equinox on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Happehatchee Center with a beautiful Labyrinth Walk.

Welcome Fall and Harvest Energies and bring the season into being while enjoying the slowing of the Earth and the cycle of enjoying the fruits of our labor both materially and spiritually. The Evening will close with conversation, herbal tea and refreshments.

Click here to read more about our Labyrinth Walk Days at Happehatchee.

Music of the Spirit Weekend
Music of the Spirit
Friday – Sunday, December 2nd thru 4th

This year in December, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the founding of Happehatchee Center and our founder, Ellen Peterson’s Birthday. This will be a fundraiser and consciousness raising event with our dear friends Kat Epple and Nathan Dyke. They will be holding a world music workshop, The “Music of the Spirit Weekend”, on December 2 and 3 and will then perform a concert with participants for the weekend on December 4.  Kat and Nathan played music at Ellen’s last birthday parties when she was alive, as well at our birthday celebrations the last few years since Ellen died.  This is already a tradition!  Click here to read more about that event and sign up now.

 Art and Soul at Happehatchee

Art and Soul
Sunday, September 25, 1-4 pm

Happehatchee is inspiring you to develop and enjoy your creative side with our fabulous new Art and Soul Days. Explore different mediums for use in the Art Journaling Phenomenon. An Art Journal can use papers, paint, clippings etc. Samples provided. An Art Journal can allow as much writing or drawing as its creator desires.

Light refreshments will be served, and a centering meditation before we begin.

Click here to read more about Art and Soul Days at Happehatchee!

Power Animal Meditations

Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations
January 12, 19, 26. February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2017. Thursdays: 7 pm – 9 pm

Come join shamanic healer, Denise Exler as she shares Journey to Empower Your Life with Power Animal Meditations starting in January, every Thursday Night at 7:00 pm. At each circle, a different power animal will come forward with sacred life teachings. Power animals are spirit guides that appear in animal form and assist us in life in many ways.

The suggested $15 donation will be donated to the Happehatchee Center.  Denise can be reached at sacredhealingdrum@gmail.com.

This photo of Kat and Nathan was taken on Ellen’s last birthday party December 2010

This photo of Kat and Nathan was taken on Ellen’s last birthday party December 2010



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Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center in Estero

About Happehatchee Eco Spiritual Center

Happehatchee Center is a sanctuary for peace and healing. A Park in the Heart of Estero Village. Our mission is to sustain the Happehatchee Eco-spiritual Center as it provides environmental and healing arts education. We preserve and honor Happehatchee’s vibrant land as a way to make sacred connections with our selves, each other, and Nature. The Happehatchee Center is a Founding Member of the Estero Historic Preservation Citizens Committee. Happehatchee Center would greatly appreciate your support in order to continue to provide and offer everything we do as we continue to grow and offer our community even more!

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