Mountain Rhythms is Born
In 2017, I learned of the work Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the 70s classic rock band The Who were doing to support programs for teens dealing with cancer. These two were the driving force behind the creation of Teen Cancer America. Their mission is to develop teen appropriate areas within hospitals where teens can talk, listen to their music and be able to give and receive much needed support to one another. The feeling of being alone and bored is a common experience for teens in this situation. Thus this idea seems so obvious as a positive approach to healing but is very often not the reality. Pete, Roger, and TCA's work struck a deep chord with me. Being a teenager is hard enough without adding the challenges of dealing with this horrible life threatening disease. I had to find a way to try to help.
Months of searching gave rise to an idea. I decided to share my love of creative movement, dance, yoga drumming and live music with teens. These activities bring such great joy and feeling of well-being to my life. I decided to try to share it. Thus, Mountain Rhythms was born. I currently teach therapeutic yoga, creative movement and drumming to children and adults battling a disease such as cancer. I hope to raise money to further develop these programs and to bring live music to treatment and recovery centers throughout Colorado.
We at Mountain Rhythms are also committed to offering programs, such as drumming and expressive movement, that support teens dealing with mental health issues. Drumming, creative movement and mindfulness are therapeutic in that they provide tools for teens to help calm, accept, and empower themselves. These joyful activities also greatly aid in building community and relationships with one another through healthy and fun shared experiences.
I am so grateful for the friends and family who have stepped forward to help develop and grow these programs.