2017 Provincetown Inspiration Team
The musical and spoken word Inspiration Team was chosen for their excellence, presence, and lyrical abilities that provide wisdom for our daily lives. Their talents range from soul, pop, instrumentals, ballads, World music, and indie rock. More exciting additions to come
Christie Hardwick – Founder/Producer
A recent washashore from California, Christie lives on the lower Cape with her wife Jane Harper. They have been active in Provincetown together for the past decade. Christie is an executive coach, leadership development expert and new thought minister, speaker and performer. Christie has performed in Provincetown at various venues and is a member of Zoe Lewis’ “Bootleggers.” Christie is the author of The ABC’s of an Extraordinary Life and a Co-author with Jeannette De Beauvior of The Progressive Wedding Book, now available on Kindle! She is a sought after speaker and facilitator for events nationwide.
Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians
Erika Luckett creates a powerful expression of world-inspired music. Poetic and rich, her voice conveys lyrical depth, and her fiery, innovative guitar playing creates an orchestra of sound with only six strings. Growing up in a fluid current of culture, savoring the richness of the Amazon, the urban rhythms of Sao Paulo and the percolating warmth of the Caribbean gave Erika an early appreciation for the interconnectedness of people and cultures. Her music (sung in five different languages) ushers the world into the heart of her listeners.
Lisa Ferraro (Inspiration Weekend Musical Director)
Extraordinary jazz vocalist Lisa Yvonne Ferraro is a soulful original and has one of the most distinctive voices heard today,” said jazz radio personality and founder and president of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, Tony Mowod.
Lisa became a professional at the age of eight, singing with Italian dancing groups. As she grew up, she sang for private parties and in dance bands. At the age of 17, she began performing in clubs. Since then, she has recorded and performed nationally and internationally with big band jazz ensembles, rock and soul bands, and in a duo with vocalist and guitarist Erika Luckett. She has released 10 albums, beginning with Balance in 1998, an uplifting mix of modern rock and ballads.
Amy Bishop is a singer/songwriter, on the scene for a number of years. What number you ask? Enough years to be impressive, not so many that you think she is old. Here is her very interesting and captivating tale…
ZOË LEWIS is a band in a body! She plays jazz, jump jive, latin grooves, swing, international folk, funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! Troubadour/ vaudevillian/ storyteller/ singer-songwriter/ piece of work!
Roxanne graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in Recorder Performance and has shared her gifts extensively. She has played with the Boston Pops, Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Handel and Haydn, Emmanuel Music, Utah Opera Company, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Spectrum Singers, New World Symphony, New Orleans Philharmonic, Second Wind, Deborah Henson-Conant, Zoe Lewis, and has been a member of Mannheim Steamroller for a long time.
Andy Anderson has been described as a “singer, songwriter and poet who always comes from the heart.” He composes and performs visionary, spiritual music that inspires and uplifts. He and his wife Bonnie are now traveling and sharing their music and workshops across the country.
Jack fowler’s passion and talent for music were evident even at the early age of three, when he had his first experiences playing piano. Being the son of two ministers, he honed his craft playing in church, as well as being classically trained. Jack began writing songs as a teenager and was signed to a major songwriting contract at the age of 19. During this time, he began writing and performing with well-known contemporary Christian artists, including Kathy Troccoli, and had numerous songs on the Christian music charts.
John Thomas is a composer, pianist, music director, actor, photographer, writer, and event producer. He composed Pure PolyESTHER: a biblical burlesque (with Abe Rybeck) and music for the theater productions of Camille, The Ash Girl and A Perfect Ganesh. He wrote and performed the solo show Spontaneous Me: A Night with Walt Whitman, for which he also composed an original music score. He was music director for Hair, Cabaret, The Wild Party, Working, Candide, and other shows. He portrayed Manny the pianist in the Maria Callas story Master Class; Cosme McMoon, Florence Foster Jenkin’s flamboyant pianist, in Souvenir; Mashkan, the Viennese vocal coach, in Old Wicked Songs; and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.
Peter Donnelly is a singer songwriter and recording artist. His music ranges from political to inspirational with lots of love and fun in the mix. He is also a producer of different musical events in Provincetown on Cape Cod. He is co-founder and producer of Coffeehouse at the Mews which just finished its 26th season and the sunset Music Series held at Herring Cove Beach. His latest musical endeavor is as a member of The New Beach Band which performs throughout the year on the outer cape.
Poets and Spoken Word
Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries including Havana Cuba. Regie and his work appear in the New Line Cinema film love jones, based largely on events in his life. The poem entitled “Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina)” appears on the movie soundtrack and is performed by the film’s star, Larenz Tate. Regie performed “Hey Nappyhead” in the film with world-renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar, composer of the score for The Lion King musical.
Bonnie Anderson is a clear speaker who is known to wake her audience up to their greatness. She is a teacher, coach and inspirational speaker. Bonnie has a background in teaching and spent many years working in corporate America. Using personal stories and examples, she “drops in ideas that go right to the heart”. Bonnie presents workshops for women as well as workshops with her musician husband, Andy Anderson, at churches, retreats and conferences across the country. Bonnie is a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator and has facilitated workshops for all types of groups.
Betsy Johnson is a poet and writer of stories focused on finding the sacred in the ordinary and metaphor in the details. Betsy’s poems and stories have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies including Mamalode, and the books Flat Earth Diary and Out on a Limb.
New This Year!
Linnet is a Spiritual Intuitive, Healing Touch Practitioner, and founder of Old School Bruja. She provides healing touch, fitness classes, meditation, and healing circles in an effort to promote healing in the community. Her practice is infused with healing practices passed down through generations along with new age healing techniques. Linnet is a survivor of trauma and illness, she uses her experiences to help others heal and overcome trauma in hopes that they can manifest their dreams and live free.
Meet Achille Ricca a powerful, articulate transgender youth with a story to fill our hearts with possibility.
Hello! My name is Achille Ricca and I’m a rising high school junior. I enjoy reading, acting, writing poetry, and being a mediocre guitar player. I started publicly coming out at the same I started what’s known (in the Baptist Christian tradition) as faith walk. For me, spirituality and religion is inseparable from my identity. I’m very excited to be partaking in this event and to be able to tell my story, thank you for having me!
Community Mandala Art Project
A Note From the Author/Facilitator
Do you know how FREAKING AMAZING you are?
Everyday you wake up and begin the creative process of being alive. There is not one person on this earth who isn’t creative.
There is a divine spark of creativity that is the life force within. It’s breaths your breath and pumps your blood. It creates the flow of life that moves your fingers and wiggles your toes. It’s basically “got your back.”
How you USE your divine creativity is up to you.
Every moment of every day you are given the amazing opportunity to direct this creative force as you grab onto new ideas, new directions, new relationships, new projects and lean into the life you lead. Divine energy is alive in and through you, generating and expanding and presenting you with your options.
YOU alone have the power to direct YOUR divine creative energy!
How will you use yours, right now? Try a quick little smile for no reason.
About the Author
Kathy wrote “Activate Divine Creativity: The Life-Changing Magic of the Mandala” to help women and men become mindful and find joy in their everyday lives. She attributes the creative process of the mandala to saving her life as she was burning out from too much left brain work and exhaustion.
Teaching others to doodle mandalas brings Kathy great joy and helps balance her life, she hopes others will get a sense of balance and joy from the process as well.
Kathy has been painting, drawing, doodling, and creating mandalas of all kinds since 2000.
Kathy Rausch is an avid entrepreneur and educational speaker, with over 25 years experience in digital media. You can see more about and her book at her website: Activate Divine Creativity.
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
Join us to whatever level you desire! Three of the dance facilitators pictured here: Kat Suwaski, Maggie Sky and Carolyn Walters!
Actor, musician, and songwriter, San Francisco native Aaron Anderson has been performing on stage since age 12. Aaron has worked with theatre companies including MyArt, ETC, and Irvington Conservatory Theatre. Aaron hails from a musically talented family. Along with his father and musician, Andy Anderson and his brother Ben, Aaron has had a passion for writing and making music since high school.
UUMH Musical Director – Mary Abt and the UUMH Choir
Mary has been singing as a soloist and member of the Meetinghouse choir in Provincetown for as long as she can remember. This year she was delighted to join the Meetinghouse as the Director of music after Jon Arterton retired. Mary holds a Masters Degree in Music Education with a concentration in vocal studies. You can find her, along with Brenda Silva, making sweet music ring throughout the building each and every Sunday of the year.
Lucy J. Madison
Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, poet, and screenwriter from Connecticut. Sapphire Books released her debut novel Personal Foul and a collection of poetry entitled I.V. in 2016. Her short stories and articles have appeared in The One: Stories of Falling in Love Forever, Tales of Travelrotica for Lesbians, Got Game Magazine, Thysia Literary Magazine, Confluence, The Tipton Poetry Journal, Beginnings Literary Magazine, and The Survivor’s Review.
OCCA was founded by Shoba Satya, Lic. Ac., who now practices in Washington state at Nurturing Health Acupuncture. Before she left, Shoba carefully placed OCCA into the hands of Jennifer M. DiMeo, D.C., Lic. Ac., who has a master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York and National Certification in Acupuncture (NCCAOM). While in school, Jennifer completed her externship at Saint Vincent’s Hospital Outpatient HIV center. In 2002, Jennifer received her doctorate of chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College, and had a private practice in New York City for seven years. Jennifer is also a trained CranioSacral therapist. In 2009, Jennifer moved to Provincetown with her partner and is honored that Shoba selected her to continue bringing quality, affordable acupuncture to the Outer Cape.
Meredith has been involved in the healing arts since she attended Massage School at 19 years old. Her specialties include Massage Therapy, AromaTherapy, Reiki energy Medicine, and Craniosacral Therapy. “My greatest purpose in life is to educate, inspire and lead others to reach their fullest potential.
Kate Wallace Rogers
I have been practicing yoga for forty years. While I have studied various forms, my primary practice is rooted in Iyengar, with emphasis on pranayama and building strength, flexibility and balance through holding poses in precise alignment. I am certified in Power Yoga, which focuses on synergy of body, mind and soul, creating awareness and fitness through vinyasa flow. Blending my yoga experience with my career as a teacher/coach and a lifetime as a poet, I call my practice Poetry in Motion.