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Past events 2022

  • Monday Sound Journey Meditation Series - last Mondays at Meadows
    Sep 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT
    Boulder, 4800 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80305, USA (behind Safeway)
    date: Merlyn Holmes & tbd - Lie back and listen, relax, unwind and release into your dreams as we take you on a healing sound journey -- part of a series by Creativity Alive founder Merlyn Holmes with rotating guest artists. Free! Thanks to Community Foundation and BPL.
  • Tuesday Sound Journey Meditation Series -  3rd Tuesdays at George Reynolds
    Sep 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT
    Boulder, 3595 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
    Sept 20: with Merlyn Holmes & TBD - Lie back and listen, relax, unwind and release into your dreams as we takee you on a healing sound journey -- part of a series by Creativity Alive founder Merlyn Holmes with rotating guest artists. Free! Thanks to Community Foundation and BPL.
  • North Boulder Circle Singing
    Wed, Aug 24
    Location is TBD
    Aug 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT
    Location is TBD
    Join us in a Bobby McFerrin-style improvisational singing and sounding practice. Circle Singing is spontaneous and evolving — like a drum circle for voices. $15 up to 72 hours / $20 if later. RSVP voicecirclecolorado.com/boulder-registration . Private address emailed to reg participants
  • Authentic Movement
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Aug 15
    Boulder Circus Center - upstairs Trixie
    Aug 15, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM MDT
    Boulder Circus Center - upstairs Trixie , 4747 26th St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    A simple yet profound practice of moving from our inner core and witnessing with love and attention to how another's movement affects ourselves. It can be transformative. We will begin and end with open dance. Open on donation basis for now, but will likely form a closed practice group.
  • North Boulder Circle Singing
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jul 20
    Location is TBD
    Jul 20, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT
    Location is TBD
    Join us in this Bobby McFerrin-style improvisational singing and sounding practice. Circle Singing is spontaneous and evolving — like a drum circle for voices. $15 Pre-registration required at https://voicecirclecolorado.com/boulder-registration . Private address to be emailed to reg participants
  • Authentic Movement
    Mon, Jul 18
    Boulder Circus Center - upstairs Trixie
    Jul 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM MDT
    Boulder Circus Center - upstairs Trixie , 4747 26th St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    A simple yet profound practice of moving from our inner core and witnessing with love and attention to how another's movement affects ourselves. It can be transformative. We will begin and end with open dance. Open on donation basis for now, but will likely form a closed practice group.
  • Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff - Summer Solstice
    Mon, Jun 20
    Sunrise Amphitheater, Flagstaff Mountain
    Jun 20, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Sunrise Amphitheater, Flagstaff Mountain, 1198 Flagstaff Dr, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
    Join us for a Mmmwhahsome solstice! Enjoy live music and dance performance, then join in, as you feel inspired, in a participatory, creative expression of gratitude to this area of tremendous beauty. Let creativity to flow through you. Free. RSVP here and bouldercolorado.gov/services//osmp-and-arts
  • Solstice Sound Journey with Horses
    Jun 19, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Lyons, Lyons, CO, USA
    Make this transition of the season in a space where natural and human spirits meet, where music opens up portals to other realms and supports you in making the transitions you need. Join us where Creativity Alive Meets Dancing Spirit. $50 Space is limited for this special occasion. Register now.
  • Mountain House Concert & Jam with Potluck
    Thu, Jun 09
    Private home - address to be emailed
    Jun 09, 4:00 PM MDT
    Private home - address to be emailed , Sugarloaf Mountain, Colorado 80302, USA
    Treat yourself to a delightful time on Sugarloaf Mountain, 20 min from Boulder, with music, food, and kindred spirits. Come early to enjoy a hike or swim in a private lake, enjoy a concert with Richard Turco and Merlyn Holmes, then veggie lasagna, and music jam for dessert! $25, 20 people max.
  • North Boulder Circle Singing
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, May 23
    Location is TBD
    May 23, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM MDT
    Location is TBD
    Join us in this Bobby McFerrin-style improvisational singing and sounding practice. Circle Singing is spontaneous and evolving — like a drum circle for voices. $15 Pre-registration required at https://voicecirclecolorado.com/boulder-registration . Private address to be emailed to reg participants
  • Creativity Coming Alive!  music, movement, and art-making in the moment
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, May 19
    Meadows Branch Library, meeting room
    May 19, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MDT
    Meadows Branch Library, meeting room, 4800 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303 (behind Safeway, to the east of Kaiser)
    Musicians, dancers, artists and the artists-in-all-of-us! Feed your creative spirit amidst kindred spirits in this realm of play and deep listening with Creativity Alive. Take a peek! youtu.be/fNeT_KQ9nlA  Free thanks to Community Foundation. $25 value
  • Sound Journey with Creativity Alive
    Wed, May 11
    Community United Church of Christ (CUCC)
    May 11, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM MDT
    Community United Church of Christ (CUCC), 2650 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
    Lie back and listen, relax, unwind, and release into your dreams as we take you on a healing sound journey with Creativity Alive. Free thanks to Community Foundation $25 value Glimpse a past sound journey: youtu.be/oGdaC84rD5s    
  • Private House Concert / Sound Journey with James Marienthal and Merlyn Holmes
    Apr 16, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM MDT
    Location is TBD
    Lie back and listen, relax, unwind, and release into your dreams as founder of Creativity Alive Merlyn Holmes and longtime collaborator James Marienthal guide you through an exquisite sound journey with Chinese Wind Gongs, Native American flutes, and more. $20 Register now.
  • Ngoni 'n Gong Bath with Merlyn
    Mon, Apr 04
    Yoga Loft Boulder
    Apr 04, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM MDT
    Yoga Loft Boulder, 633 S Broadway Unit N, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
    Lie back and listen, relax, unwind, and release into your day as Founder of Creativity Alive Merlyn Holmes takes you on a healing sound journey with her Chinese Wind Gongs and Ngoni, a West African harp-like instrument.
  • "Uplift" film shoot, performance, and participatory flight
    Mar 31, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Boulder, Chautauqua Trail, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
    Ready for an uplift? Come watch art unfold in myriad forms - the making of a film, a music & dance performance -- and then don a pair of wings to feel the uplift! Creativity Alive: Inspiring Creativity & Building Community with you. RSVP for updates and rain dates. times, locations may change.
  • Healing Sound Journey
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Mar 15
    Yoga Loft Boulder
    Mar 15, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM MDT
    Yoga Loft Boulder, 633 S Broadway Unit N, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
    Lie back and listen, relax, unwind, and release into your dream space as we take you on a healing sound journey with Creativity Alive. Take a peek! youtu.be/oGdaC84rD5s    
  • Carnaval Dance with Creativity Alive and live Brazilian music!
    Feb 25, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM MST
    Boulder Mennonite Church, 3910 Table Mesa Dr, Boulder, CO 80305
    Come dance your heart out + Connect with friends. Please join us for this free! Creativity Alive dance with Gui Kroneberger (voice), Bill Kopper (guitar), and Raoul Rossiter (drums) for Brazil's Carnaval.
  • Creativity Coming Alive!  music, movement, and art-making in the moment
    Feb 24, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST
    Yoga Loft Boulder, 633 S Broadway Unit N, Boulder, CO 80305, USA
    Musicians, dancers, artists and the artists-in-all-of-us! Feed your creative spirit amidst kindred spirits in this realm of play and deep listening with Creativity Alive. Take a peek! youtu.be/fNeT_KQ9nlA 

Bittersweet Cancellations in 2022: 
Boone, Colorado
Sound Temple at ARISE FESTIVAL, May 27-29, Merlyn Holmes and guest artists, including James Marienthal and Richard Turco
- Gong Baths / Sound Journeys, every day, 1-2:30 pm

 
Pueblo, Colorado: "Remembrance Concert" May 31 - possibly to be rescheduled for Fall 2022

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Past events 2020 -2021
See www.mmmwhah.com for prior events

2021 Summer Season:

"Re-Weaving Our Social Fabric with Creativity Alive"

Details updated weekly. 

(And a new website will be coming soon.  See below and www.mmmwhah.com for past event info)

Mon. Aug 2 & Aug 30, 7-8:30 pm  "Singing Sound Journey Meditation"

Roy Willey has brought his popular online offering brilliantly to life, live-looping voice and instruments to create a moving soundscape that transforms from start to finish.

    Follow the journey with your voice and body. Sing, hum, chant, move, dance, or simply relax, breathe, and listen.  Everything is improvised, so every journey is different.

   Bring yoga mats, blankets, or chairs

Where:  Boulder Public Library "Creekside Plaza" outdoors, under the library, on the south side of the creek, where we have great acoustics and protection from the weather.  1001 Arapahoe Blvd, Boulder

Registration: Please register in advance. Vaccinations strongly encouraged. Please sign waiver >>

$20 on the day. | $15 in advance up to midnight the day prior

Paypal >> | Venmo >>

Mon. Aug 9, 7-8:30 pm  "Gong Bath by the Creek"

Founder of Creativity Alive, Merlyn Holmes has been yearning to bring her "sound beings" (three large Chinese Wind Gongs and a miscellany of other wood and metal instruments) to the creek's edge to join in play with the sounds of the water.

     Allow the overtones and vibrations to move through your body, mind, and spirit.  Feel free to sing, hum, chant, move, dance, nap, and dream -- importantly, allow yourself to dream.  Or simply relax, breathe, and listen. 

    Receive a sound bath and then await what special guests may bring in collaboration, whether from nature or in human form.

   Bring yoga mats, blankets, or chairs, enough padding to be comfortable on the cool, concrete floor.

Where:  Boulder Public Library "Creekside Plaza" outdoors, under the library, on the south side of the creek, where we have great acoustics and protection from the weather.  1001 Arapahoe Blvd, Boulder

Registration: Please register in advance.

$20 on the day. | $15 in advance up to midnight the day prior

Paypal >> | Venmo >>

NOTE: This one is a fundraiser for Vegetable Delivery for Joy

Merlyn's Gong Bath will serve as a fundraiser for Vietnam's current COVID crisis where many people are now going hungry and simply can not get enough food for themselves or their families, adding yet another dimension to the pandemic.  70% of the profits will help supply food for daily workers in the most heavily hit areas.

     Vegetable Delivery for Joy has already distributed 185 tons of vegetables and is now aiming to give 10 - 20 tons of vegetables every day to daily wagers in Sai Gon until they get through this crisis.

      Merlyn's new housemate Thi Hoang is from Vietnam. She is getting direct information from her family on the ground there as COVID has recently roared to its highest levels since the pandemic began. Let's do our bit.

'Wanna be part of a Flash Mob?! "Falling Up"

Sat. Aug 14, afternoon time TBD 

part of Lafayette's Old Town Stroll

  • What are all the ways we can fall?

  • What is our relationship with the ground or mother earth?

  • How all can we help each other up?

Dancers / Participants welcome!  Contact Merlyn >>

Let's Sing Together Again!

Next dates: Aug 12, 16, 30 

in-person, outdoors with Creativity Alive. EnChantMent, Circle Singing, and more. See details >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Solstice: Sat. June 19, 7-8:30 pm  "Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff" music, movement, and art-making with Creativity Alive at Flagstaff Mountain's Sunrise Amphitheater. Free tickets are now available >>  Free but tickets required. We will limit attendees to 1/3 capacity.  Donations appreciated. (See links below.)

 

Wed June 9 "Winged Creek Dance" to arise out of the first restored Mid-day Music Meditation (yeah!) outside the Boulder Public Library Peace Garden, near north entrance, (noon - 1 pm). Then we'll travel along the Creek with site-specific performances and live music 1:15 - 2:30.  Free. Donations always appreciated (See links below.)

    Stay tuned for additional dates and performances, including:

Boulder Covid Memorial Site Performances & Community Events in the works...

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One-on-Ones:

Cultivating your creativity

Founder of Creativity Alive, Merlyn Holmes is available for one-on-one or very small group Creative Living Embodied Arts Training (CLEAT)  sessions with individuals who wish to find their way back into, or more deeply into, their creative flow as a way of navigating these times we are in.

Please contact Merlyn to discuss >>

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Photos of Merlyn Holmes by David Silver at Contemplative Movement practice and our 2019 Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff event.

Music, Dance & Art in the Park

with Creativity Alive 

Listen, dance, relax, watch the clouds, see friends (?!?), make art, photography/video always welcome, breathe into generous, safe, physical distances to keep each other and our beloved community exquisitely safe.   Let's nourish ourselves deeply while the weather is good. 

September 2020

  • Sept. 19 (rain date Sept 20) | Come dance to Brazilian Vibrations with Francisco Marques on guitar and vocals and  Raoul Rossiter on percussion, both from Ginga, | 4:30-6 pm

  • Sept. 26 (rain date Sept 27) | Global Flutes, Lutes & MotionDavid Kansuke Wheeler (shakuhachi), Michael DeLalla (guitars, voice), and Merlyn Holmes (dance, ngoni) will perform pieces from Africa, Asia, Europe, the US and more. |  5-6:30 pm | There will be optional participatory elements. If you like, listen to one of our favs Kothbiro, and prepare to sing along (bring masks).  Also bring drums/percussion to use with another piece if you like, in addition to everything below.

         Livestream on YouTube Creativity Alive Boulder >>  Pls subscribe. 

  • Tuesday, Sept 29 (rain date Oct 1) - James Marienthal CD-release concert for "Speak to the Sky." James Marienthal on Native American flutes. Tom Wasinger on guitars and percussion, Arwen Ek on vocals, and a special dance performance by Merlyn Holmes.  Donations of $15 or more includes a CD. | 5:30-6:30 pm

          Livestream on YouTube Creativity Alive Boulder >>  Pls subscribe. 

October 2020 (more to come, and we'll confirm afternoon times once we can see the weather forecast)​​​

  • Oct. 3 (rain date Oct 4) | Jesse Manno, multi-instrumentalist and dance accompanist extraordinaire, is Music Director of the University of Colorado, Boulder Dance Program and co-founder/director of the Rocky Mountain region's busiest Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble Sherefe. He has been improvising, composing and performing music professionally since 1982 and has fulfilled over 200 commissions for original scores.  Come and out and dance!   We'll have various tools and techniques to help with keeping the necessary >6-feet physical distances during this pandemic. Bring your masks as well though. | 4-5:30 pm

  • New! Thursday, Oct 8 (rain date Oct 9) Ken Bernstein CD-release concert for "Passage," Ken's first kirtan album.  Ken's original concert, slated for March 13, was one of the first COVID-19 cancellations.  We can't let him go into the winter without honoring him and celebrating this accomplishment. Ken will play songs from his new CD and other new material he has written both in English and Sanskrit that reflect his journey through some challenging times. Special dance performance by Merlyn Holmes and Hyla Viorst.   Donations of $15 or more will get a CD. | 5:30-6:30 pm

  • Oct. 10 (rain date Oct 11) | Music & Movement Meditation - Noah Rouse Wilson IV and Scott Bears on delruba, ngoni, guitar, oud, and vocals and Merlyn in the dance, 4-5:30 pm 

  • Oct. 17 | Season Finale!  "Bows, Strings, Picks & Hits" with Brian Mullins & James Hoskins on erhu, cello, cajon, gadulka, drums, bird calls, and a fine miscellany of other, wondrous instruments, Merlyn in the dance & maybe ngoni, and Lisa Michot on paint brush | 4-5:30 pm 

  • Halloween?  Oct 31 What do you think?  Shall we have a masked ball? A music and dance parade?  Weather watch is on...  Ideas & volunteers welcome.  Contact Merlyn >>

Info for all events:

Location

Holiday Park: 14th St. x Yaupon Ave. in Boulder, CO 

Suggested donations: $15-$30 

Your generosity is soo appreciated.  As you can well imagine, we've taken quite a hit this year and had to cancel all our classes, workshops, performances, events and festivals through the end of the year.  While these few gatherings in the parks while the weather is good are designed to provide nourishment to all of us to help us sustain through the "pandemic winter," they also need to provide some kind of living for us / help put food on the table.  To keep Creativity Alive afloat and able to continue offering things like these, we have our Mmmwhahsome musicians to pay, and the founder, dancer and creative spirit behind all these offerings, Merlyn Holmes to support.  Consider what value these are to you during these times, what a treat they are, and please give accordingly - at each event OR at any time:

But don't let money stop you! Join us and donate what you can.

 

Volunteer! Creativity Alive thrives on the strengths of its community. Please volunteer and join us to keep creativity alive. Contact Merlyn >>

Please pee prior:  No bathrooms available

Bring: Picnic blankets/chairs/yoga mats, water, umbrellas, long scarves, art supplies - and your creative self! Feel free to bring a picnic or pick up food from Proto's Pizza or Bacco Trattoria, local favs just down the street.

Safety: 

To keep every member of our beloved community safe

  • Prior to each event, please do a full wellness check and confirm you can adhere to our Safety Agreement.

  • We'll provide a thermometer and hand sanitizer on site for your use.

  • Masks required for any distances under 6 feet with those outside your intimate circle.  Luxuriate in spaciousness.

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Dance to Brazilian Vibrations - Sept. 19

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Global Flutes, Lutes & Motion

David Kansuke Wheeler, Merlyn Holmes, Michael DeLalla - Sept 26

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James Marienthal CD Release - Sept 29

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Jesse Manno - Dance accompaniest - Oct 3

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Ken Bernstein CD Release - Oct 8

Noah Rouse Wilson IV & Scott Bears

- Music & Movement Meditation - Oct 10

Brian Mullins & James Hoskins - Oct 17

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This series concluded Oct 17, 2020 but oh what medicine it was.  Stay tuned for what's next.  We'll find the ways to continue connecting and sharing the things we love, in ways that are safe for our beloved community.

 

Hey, friends and kindred spirits!   We are getting together to do the things we love to do: making music and movement and art outdoors, safely, on beautiful summer evenings and fall afternoons in Boulder.  Would you like to join us and feed your soul?!?  Let's co-create the ways we can gather safely and beautifully through this pandemic. See the following new offerings...

   -- Merlyn Holmes, James Hoskins, Noah Rouse Wilson IV, Brian Mullins, Mark Miller, David Kansuke Wheeler, Bill McCrossen, Scott Bears, Michael DeLalla, Franciso Marques, Raoul Rossiter and other members and friends of Creativity Alive's "Mmmwhah! Ensemble"

Music, Dance, Art in the Park 

with Creativity Alive 2020

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