I first met Gentle Thunder in 1999 when I visited the Ehama Retreat Centre at WindTree in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California. At that time, we were both contemplating joining a two year training program with the Earth Wisdom Origin Teachings of the Delicate Lodge. As a gift to the group Gentle Thunder offered to play her Hammer Dulcimer to take us to our night dreams, it was a most magical experience and I remember describing it to her the next morning as having 'sparklers in my consciousness', I was taken to the stars and back that night. Mmmmm
We have stayed in touch over the years and are such dear friends now. Her journey began as a rock-n-roll drummer and her musical expression now encompasses hammer dulcimer, piano, Native American flute, Taiko and ceremonial drumming. She has a wonderful ability to let Divine inspiration flow through her playing and to touch the hearts of the people listening to her play.
She is a troubadour sharing her music as she travels. On her most recent road trip, she sent me this recording of her flute playing at the edge of Bryce Canyon with the photograph.
I feel do blessed to have her in my life and to bear witness to her beauty, compassion and dedication.