Free your spirit for a good cause
A trio of artists are calling for members of the public to join them for a special weekend on the Spirit of Bermuda.
Musicians Heather Nova and Christina Frith and painter Jaqueline Alma will be taking part in ‘Free Your Creative Spirit' next month, leading workshops in singing, creative writing drawing and drumming, with all of the funds raised going toward the Bermuda Sloop Foundation
Mrs Nova said: “I wanted to do something to raise funds for the Sloop Foundation, because I really think it's one of the most important programmes for our youth in Bermuda. I know they make a huge difference in the lives of so many kids.
“I had this idea of offering a creative workshop on-board — what could be nicer than spending a weekend on the Sloop, which in itself is an amazing experience, and at the same time having the chance to explore your creativity.
“I didn't want to do it on my own, so I asked Jackie and Christina to join me. They are both wonderful and diverse artists, and I knew this idea would resonate with them.”
Mrs Nova said she believes wholeheartedly that everyone is creative, but sometimes people need an opportunity to discover that.
“My hope is that people will come on board, enjoy a relaxing weekend sailing on the sloop while discovering their creativity and having fun,” she said.
Ms Frith echoed Mrs Nova's comments, saying: “Everyone has a creative spirit, and it's really the creative thread that connects us all. [This is] a wonderful, easy-going opportunity to explore that in a beautiful setting.
“It's a really unique opportunity for members of the Bermudian community to be aboard a beautiful sloop and enjoy the most beautiful aspects of Bermuda while participating in something that is restoring and nourishing the Bermudian community.”
Ms Alma said that the sailing trip provides a unique opportunity for participants to explore their creative side by taking a step away from the burdens of the daily grind.
“I think that when we're at home, we sometimes restrict ourselves mentally and emotionally and creatively,” she said. “I think that mentally, people think they're not creative, but if we can write, we can draw.
“I think there are so many tools that we have and we can give from singing to writing and drawing. It's not something threatening. It's something where we can give people tools as to how they can unlock those blocks that they think that they have.
“I'm very excited about going on it, and I think that going out with a number of people who want to be creative, we will all feed off one another. I think it's going to be very powerful.”
Bermuda Sloop Foundation chairman Alan Burland thanked all three women for donating their time for the fundraiser, describing the event as a wonderful opportunity for people to explore their creative side.
“Being out on Spirit, you're away from your cell phone and away from the rigours and the distractions of life,” he said. “So many of us, myself included, suppress their creative spirit and have been too stuck on the rails of life.
“To be able to just let that go for a day and a half I think will help recharge batteries.”
The trip will depart Hamilton at 9.30am on October 12 and conclude at 5pm on October 13. Tickets cost $895 per person with drink, food and snacks included.
Useful websites: www.bermudasloop.org, www.tfaforms.com/195533.