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kendra carpenter; chapter two

February 16, 2017

lovely isn't it? in Portland it rains, but she's still excited, happy, and a bursting bubble of sunshine. Though music is her obsession; happiness is her calling, while several feel inspired whether they're a they, she, he or unknown to anyone, they're inspired. trust me. thought she is inspired most of the time, her being inspired, inspires you itself, confusing? no, because for one hour every other week, i get to talk about everything perfect in life, everything i love, and the moments that make me wanna scream; because not only is she living breathing music but she's listening, all the time, her thought whether not though out or thought out, are the perfect answer, never has she never listened, and created the perfect answer. Because that's what she does, she creates, she loses herself in music, but remains the brightest being in the room at all times. She's like the most educated music teacher ever while being the personification of the sweetest candy ever.

kendra Carpenter; chapter one

February 16, 2017

Did you ever watch that one disney movie, where the emotions come to life? Kendra Carpenter stands with a gleaming smile just like joy. Yoga pants, flowy shirts, and some sort of exotic tea in her hand she’s expressive more than ever, she can talk about inspiration for hours. She has no idea what ‘us kids are into these days’ but somehow she knows exactly what you’re feeling. She knows how to brighten up your day by pointing out the littlest different detail. Everytime she gets excited she has the tiniest little voice crack, like a mini squeal, but you don’t laugh it makes you smile even harder. She inspires everyone including little girls, she makes you feel like one little cool thing you do defines your entire personality,with a habit of singing her words she stands proud of her travels, proud to live in Portland, proud to be a singer, dancer,violinist,guitarist, cello player, and all around musical genius.

What does "Swaha!" REALLY mean?

August 15, 2016

Most translations of "Swaha" indicate it means "So Be It." And, at its simplest, that will suffice. But there are about as many different translations of every word out there as there are people, so I have learned that I must develop my own, personal relationship to words...especially the ones that I hold closest to my heart. And the word "Swaha!" lives just as close to my heart as Love, Gratitude, and Acceptance. And yes, it resides there permanently with its very own exclamation point. :)So to me, "Swaha!" stands for a vibration, a way of being, a FEELING. No, not a feeling, THE feeling we get when we have truly given our all to something, our love, our mind, our sweat, our tears, our sleepless nights and our deepest longing, and are ready to let it go so that it may become what it is to become with the help of something greater than us alone. It is a simultaneous release, surrender, and acknowledgement that there is more than meets the eye and that the very Creative...

Swaha! Summer 2016 Offerings.

June 11, 2016

HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU ALL!!!I love love LOVE this warm, bright, beautiful, flip-flop-filled time of the year. I love hearing about all your upcoming vacations and planning my own. And before summer gets in full swing, I want to make sure you get some fun Musical offerings so you can keep Music alive all summer long.  My main goal in these summer sessions is that they are as convenient and fun as going to the pool, and that you leave wondering how you could ever live without Music in your daily life. :)So here you are...pick and choose the offerings that light you up, get you curious, and maybe even stretch you a bit...and email me your choices, and best days and times so we can get you on the calendar. I will be in Alaska July 18-31st, so other than that, I'm here and ready to play play play!Private Sessions (weekly)Choose 30, 45, 60, or 90 minutes for your usual, personal, one-on-one music instruction, including technique, theory, improvisation, and songwriting on cello, piano,...

Swaha! Mission, Vision, Values and Culture

December 7, 2015

The mission of Swaha! is to offer individuals, families, teams, corporations, groups, and the world the possibility of experiencing and cultivating peace of mind, body and soul through music. The vision of Swaha! is that humans experience the power of their true own nature, the vastness of their infinite connection to others and their complete relationship to the entire cosmos. The guiding values of Swaha! are: - Oneness, wholeness - Love - Possibility - Clarity - Acceptance - Gratitude        - Peace The culture of Swaha! has these attributes: - Heart guided - Empowered        - Relaxed - Playful - Creative - Free Within Frameworks - Students of Music and Life - Everything is "figureoutable"        - Respectful        - Curious        - Safe        - Expansive