Guest Speakers - Francis Icasiano & Jacinta Percy
Life Story Facilitator, Movement Meditator and Founder of Beyond Words
Francis is the Founder of Beyond Words, volunteer biographers for aged care. Twice a Fellow for the School for Social Entrepreneurs and psychology trained, he was forever transformed through his work with the dying. Hear his own story of finding perspective in working with those facing death, and his journey through personal breakdown as a spiritual awakening and a 'coming to the senses'. He now embarks on integrating the wisdom in his two worlds - the narrative, and the unspoken movement of the body, in dance meditation. In story and in dance, it is deep listening and empathy where we are able to meet. Francis finds joy in empowering people to discover gifts in their own story and sharing these precious jewels with others. His newest social venture is Matter of Life.
The Sound Weaver – Musician
Jacinta Percy aka The Sound Weaver, is a woman who is devoted to exploring the mystery of sound, resonance, breath, stillness and song. Her love affair with the voice, sound and music began as a wee babe, with Richard Clayderman being the only medicine that would lull her to sleep. It was an inevitable journey with a piano playing songstress for a grandmother and a great- great aunt, dubbed “Queen of the Irish Song”, in her family lineage. This calling and deep love and passion for voice, sound and music has led her over the past 18 years to work with profound teachers in Australia, UK and India, criss-crossing genres from Classical to Jazz, Folk to Improvisation, Dhrupad to Carnatic. At the young age of 24 she was invited to teach and guide others, she continues to follow this path 12 years on, working privately at her home studio in Northcote and facilitating workshops and sessions for all wanting to remember their true voice and nature. Her belief that we all need to sing, sing with courage, sing with joy, sing to mama earth, uncover our greatness and shine forth our potential into the world is what inspires her to share her love and passion with all.