Julia has been playing the harp for about 15 years, having wanted to play it for about 20 years before that! It is a beautiful instrument, which throughout history has been used to bring peace and contentment.
A few years ago Julia studied for a qualification in harp therapy with leading harp therapist pioneer Christina Tourin. Harp therapy is most commonly found in hospitals and hospices in America, but as well as playing in more traditional places, Julia is keen to bring the benefits of therapeutic harp playing to a wider audience of people going along everyday life who need a bit of quiet time, away from the noise and pressure of everyday life. Drift Away sessions are designed to do this. At the first session she ran, someone described it afterwards as ‘a must for all stressed out people’ It was this sort of response which confirmed for Julia the power of the gentle sound of the harp and the potential for it to calm the mind and reduce stress. Following on from this success, Julia has now started working with businesses to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace through harp relaxation either as a regular session or as part of a wellbeing week.
Julia is enjoying working in an area so new, with so much potential, yet with such an ancient background. She also plays the classical harp and loves teaching both adults and children.