Tap Into Transformation, June


This month’s theme:


June 3, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

Come step into your boldness as we tap dance to one of the iconic songs of our times! You will smile, laugh and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of dancing to great music while creating rhythms with your feet.

We will teach you tap steps…

Come join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

DS, JGA tap image

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To Reserve Tickets: 1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$20 General Admission
$15.00 Students


Viriditas Newsletter, May

Dear Viriditas Community,

Have there been moments in your life when you received some news that just plain made you shout with JOY? This week I received an email that started with the following words, “Congrats! Makorokoto! You have been accepted to perform on the afternoon stage at Zimfest 2016.”


I was sitting in my car waiting for my son, Josh, to join me so I could drive him to school as I read the email and as soon as I read the first sentence, I immediately shouted, “YES!” at the top of my lungs with explosive joy. Right at that moment, my son was getting into the car and asked what I was so happy about. Josh is a composer and saxophone player and we have always connected around our music. He gave me one of his heart-melting smiles and a high five and said, “Great, mom.” It is always a special treat for me when I impress my fourteen-year-old son!

As we were driving to school, I flashed back to the moment 8 years ago when the music of the marimba came into my life… One Saturday summer morning in 2008, I was at the Farmer’s Market in Boulder. I felt like a Mack truck had hit me. The grief my body was holding was so heavy I could barely breathe. And then I heard it: “da-da dink-dink dink-dink dink-dink da-dink-dink.” Music notes like little drops of joy were floating through the rays of Colorado sunshine, gently entering me, and I could feel myself begin to breathe more comfortably.

Boulder's Farmers Market

The sadness I had felt for years was lifting. Like a child following the Pied Piper of Hamlin, I followed the music until I found the marimba band Kutandara. I wanted to stay there forever just soaking in the Joy of the “inanimate objects that sing” (=marimba!).

And now, Titandare, one of the marimba bands I play with will be performing at the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival on August 14th in Monmouth Oregon! Our performance is part of a four-day annual festival which celebrates the music and culture of Zimbabwe. A fun-filled four-day weekend of concerts, workshops, community conversations, a marketplace and more, Zimfest is the largest annual gathering in North America of students, teachers, performers, and fans of Zimbabwean music. Zimfest 2016 will celebrate the theme “Sing-Dance-Play! Tambai Tambai! Dlala-Dlala!” In Zimbabwe you only need one word to say “Play (music)” or “Dance” or “Play (have fun)”: Tambai if you speak chiShona, or Dlala in isiNdebele. To find out even more about the Zimfest, check out the Zimfest website. (Click here to visit the Zimfest website.)

Here is one of the songs we sent in with our application. It is called Kuri Kwedu.  The song tells us that “in the village even the old ladies ululate”. For those of you who do not know, to ululate is to “to make a long high sound with your voice as a way of expressing extreme happiness or extreme sadness.” One of the many gifts of my connection with African music is that it has given me the ability to express more powerfully my deepest of feelings. Here is Kuri Kwedu. Enjoy! (Click here to listen to Kuri Kwedu.)

ShineIf you would like to experience the joy of marimba music first hand, please come to the Shine Restaurant on Sunday, June 5th. Both Titandare and my other group Kutandara Repertoire will be performing as part of the Kutandara Annual Student Festival. The Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place is located at 2027 13th Street in Boulder. Each year Kutandara showcases their students, young and old alike, in an open house format in the community room at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place. Each group performs the material on which they have been working over the course of the school year in 25-minute mini-concerts on the 1/2 hour. Come see me play! (Titandare plays at 1:30 and the Kutandara Repertoire plays at 2:30). Tickets are just $5 individual/$10 family and are available at the door.

TherJohn Travoltae were also lots of shouts of joy at our monthly Tap Into Transformation. How I love starting out each month with this event. This month we danced to the fabulous and famous song called “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees. This is one of the songs that was used in the movie “Saturday Night Fever”. Yes, you guessed it, by the end of the evening we were all strutting around like John Travolta.

We had a heart-warming conversation after dinner about what makes each of us come alive. For some it is playing the marimba, for others it is tap-dancing, for some it is playing the ukulele or going to Colorado Rockies games (especially when they win!) For yours truly it is all of the above and more!!!

baseball field

In closing, I would like to share some of my favorite words of St. Hildegard of Bingen. You know that energy of joy…that energy that makes us feel so alive…for me that energy is one of the qualities of God…here is one of the ways that St. Hildegard describes God:

I, the fiery life of divine wisdom,
I ignite the beauty of the plains,
I sparkle the waters,
I burn in the sun,
     and the moon,
     and the stars.
With wisdom I order ALL rightly.
Above ALL I determine truth.

How do you experience the fiery life of divine wisdom…aka JOY? I would love to know.

In Viriditas,



Dreams: Dreams Induced By Illness, Part 4 of 6

(Excerpt from Hildegard of Bingen’s Medicine by Dr. Wighard Strehlow & Gottfried Hertzka, M.D.)


Wood Betony or Stachys officinalis

It frequently happens that a person sleeping on a side or some other part of the body becomes uncomfortable or irritated, or suffers some bodily discomfort. Because the individual is sensitive, his or her soul sees and feels these annoyances and senses that the body coupled with it could be injured. It gathers its strength, draws in the wind it sends forth from the marrow, and in this way awakens the individual from its sleep. (CC 85,7)

Older people with cardiac disorders may often wake up hyperventilating with a fluttering heart after a nightmare. Nightmares and sleeplessness seem to be the fate of modern humanity. Modern treatment for such cases includes sleeping pills, tranquilizers, or psychotherapy, all more-or-less useless. But an excellent remedy is wood betony leaves, to be used in a little herb pillow placed next to the skin during the night.

Wood betony leaves (stachys officinalis) should only be used for herb pillows, never drunk as tea. Health stores have dried wood betony leaves, which are best sewn into a pillow. A pound of leaves is stuffed into an old stocking and knotted at both ends. Over that one can pull a pillow case made out of sheer gauze cloth. Through the scent, and perhaps through the fine dust which settles on the skin of the dreamer, unpleasant dreams stop immediately.

Whoever is plagued by wrong dreams should have betony leaves close by when going to sleep, and this person will see and feel fewer bad dreams. (PL 1182B-1183A)

Do you suffer with nightmares? Try a betony leaves herb pillow!

In Viriditas,




Tap Into Transformation, May





Stayin’ Alive



May 6, 2016

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Viriditas Studio

4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65

Boulder, CO 80304

Vibrant, boyant; Full of pizzazz
Like dancing with the wings of heaven on your shoes.

Come to the Viriditas Studio and feel what it is like to dance with the wings of heaven on your shoes. What would it feel like to dance knowing you could never lose. Join us and learn that the way you move is God’s gift to you and the world. Authentic movement is not only what we teach but what the world needs. Come and tap into the authenticity that keeps us all STAYIN’ ALIVE!  DS

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, rhymes, celebration and joy with our feet, voices and bodies. And we will deepen insights into our personal journeys through reflection, contemplation and conversation.

tap shoeCome join us… husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp. We are performers and teachers who support creative souls in the journey of life. Join us in a transformational evening of tap dancing, song, poetry and more in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more. Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Let us pave the way for you to do this through the power of creativity in action.

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$20.00 admission     $15.00 students