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Dance for Life 2

Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) & Heritage Association of Antigonish (HAA) Present

The second annual multicultural Dance for Life! event will be held Saturday, November 25, at 7pm in Immaculata Auditorium on the StFX University campus.  The evening will begin with a healing ceremony in which we will renew our commitment to Peace and Friendship between the M’ikmaq and our ever-expanding multicultural community. This will be followed by an evening of traditional and modern dance performances featuring our many cultures, closing with a One World Dance led by our Coady participants 

As a very special follow-up, dancer and choreographer Liliona Quarmyne will holding an Art & Activism workshop on Sunday, November 26 at 2pm, also in Immaculata Auditorium, featuring her vital work in Ghana

Dance for Life Poster

Video clips from Dance for Life, 2016

The Saturday evening program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a healing ceremony of  Re-Commitment to Peace and Friendship.

Renewal Commitment to Peace and Friendship

Commitment to Peace and FriendshipI/we commit to creating a new understanding and awareness between and amongst First Nations and non-Indigenous people of all cultures. Many generations before us have passed on without reconciling the past. Now, we as the children of those ancestors who signed the Peace and Friendship Treaties (Mi’kmaq, Malisset, Passamaquoddy and non-Indigenous) accept the unique role, responsibility and opportunity to re-establish peaceful relationships with one another so that the atrocities of the past will not be repeated, overtly or covertly.

I/We commit to healing the wounds of our shared history by entering into Nation-to-Nation dialogue. We will hold to the highest standard those who currently and/or one day will create policy — social, political, educational, judicial, environmental, and economic, encompassing all aspects of healthcare, arts, culture and heritage — to ensure that no cultural group will be left out of policy development and discussions at any level.

We invite you to sign the Commitment to Peace and Friendship by adding your name and any comment in the comment box below.






Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Training

The Mental Health First Aid for Seniors


Date:  Wednesday & Thursday, September 13 & 14, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
Location:  Future Inn – Maple Room, 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, NS
Course fee: $200.00 per person + 15% HST = $230.00 TOTAL

Registration is now open at and will remain open until one week before the session.

Information Package  (click to download PDF)

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Creative Aging

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging – Creative Aging

25th Anniversary
Our Future is Aging: Community Outreach Series

Creative Aging

Speakers: AHA! Artists

Discussion about the various ways the arts can support positive aging

Thursday, May 25.  7 – 8:30PM
Antigonish Town and County Library, The People’s Place

All welcome. Free. Light refreshments provided.

NS Centre on Aging

Therapeutic Touch Workshop

            Therapeutic Touch Workshop  Level One

Krieger Kunz Method

Pre-requisite:  None

Contents of Workshop:

Level 1 teaches how to do a Therapeutic Touch Treatment using the following steps:  centering, assessment, clearing the human energy field, grounding and ending treatments.  The emphasis will be on learning the basic treatment process and practicing.  The goal is to be able to do a competent basic treatment before leaving the class.  Background information about Therapeutic Touch, eg. History and the science behind will be interspersed during the day.  Therapeutic Touch can be used for healing oneself as well as others.

Download Poster PDF Healing Arts 2017 level 1 poster

Workshop Leader: Cherry Whitaker is recognized by the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network as both a practitioner and teacher.

Location: Antigonish, RK MacDonald Nursing Home

Date:  February 24th,25th 2017  

Time: Friday evening  6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  and Saturday 9 to 4:30 pm

  • please wear comfortable clothing!!!  Beverages and snacks available in the venue

Fee:  $90.00  PRE REGISTERED      ($105.00 onsite registration)

For further information call :  Cherry Whitaker, (902) 925-2042

To register forward cheque made out to Cherry Whitaker,  1049 Lime Rock Rd., Salt Springs N.S. BOK 1P0

Please include the following information along with your cheque:



Therapeutic Touch – Level 1

February 24, 25 2017

RK MacDonald Nursing Home, Antigonish

Name:______________________________               Telephone: __________________

(as you want it to appear on your certificate)

Address: ___________________________         Postal Code:__________________

E-Mail address __________________________________________________________


Jill Sonke Arts and Health and Dance for Life

St. Francis Xavier University and Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) are pleased to host guest lecturer Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, on November 17 and 18, for a series of presentations and dialogue on campus and in the community.  Jill is an internationally recognized scholar and dynamic presenter, as well as a professional dancer. We would like to welcome the Antigonish community to two art-filled events.

Jill Sonke

Jill Sonke

The Arts and Health

Jill Sonke, Public  lecture

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Schwartz Auditorium, StFX.

Jill Sonke’s talk will recount stories of the pioneering program at University of Florida. Now 20 years old, the Center for Arts in Medicine boasts a staff of 19 professional Artists-in-Residence, 3 arts therapists, along with 120 volunteer artists, who respond to clinical referrals and run daily programs in the visual, literary, and performance arts for patients, visitors, and caregivers at two hospitals, numerous clinics, and in community settings.

Dance for Life

Dance for Life

 Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

 Immaculata Auditorium, StFX

Dance for Life will showcase the multi-cultural Antigonish Dance Community and will unfold as a dialogue on the healing power of dance. Performers will include First Nations, Antigonish Creative Dance Association, Maureen Fraser Dance Studio, L’Arche, Ecstatic Dance Community, Scotia Highland Dancers, and  StFX/Coady students and community participants representing  Ukraine, India, Pakistan, and Egypt as well as Celtic, American and Acadian cultures. After each brief dance number, the performers will speak to how dance contributes to health and well-being. Jill herself will demonstrate a dance class for people living with Parkinson’s. The evening will culminate with a One World Dance, led by Sally Clark when we will invite the audience to partner with our featured dancers.

Arts Canopy Project

Living with dementia? You’re invited to join us in Arts Canopy!

Arts Canopy will offer creative spaces to enjoy the moment and socialize with others. No arts, music or writing experience necessary! Small groups will gather with trained arts facilitators to explore music, poetry or visual arts. Caregivers are welcome to join in the fun!

Programs are beginning the week of
October 3, 2016
Registration is ongoing.
For more information on Arts Canopy and to register,

Mary Partridge, Arts Canopy
(902) 863-2578 (ext 266)

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project

Arts Canopy Project - Brochure inside

Arts Canopy Project – Brochure inside

Public Lecture for Humanities and Health Studies Colloquia

 “Surgeons and the Surgical Humanities”

 A Lecture by Dr. Francis Christian, University of Saskatchewan,
Surgical Humanities Program

Thursday, 13 October, 7:30 p.m., Schwartz 156, StFX

In the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Dr. Francis Christian is a busy surgeon and, at the same time, directs the Surgical Humanities Program.  This Surgical Humanities Program seeks to bring the arts and sciences together and achieves this by engaging surgeons, residents, and medical students in art, music, poetry, literature, philosophy, and drama.

In this lecture, to the joint Humanities and Health Studies Colloquia of St. Francis Xavier University, Dr. Christian will speak of the urgent need for a collaboration and coming together of the arts and the sciences; of his experiences attempting to make this happen in Saskatoon; and of his underlying beliefs of why such an engagement is essential for the complete education of the physician and the scientist.

Dr. Francis Christian is a practicing surgeon and a published poet and novelist.

All are welcome.


Anne Camozzi Book Launch


Please join local artist & author

Anne Camozzi

Friday, September 30, 2016
for the launch of her book
Galaxies: Serenity Within

People’s Place Library
Main Street, Antigonish

Special thanks to event supporters:
Antigonish Culture Alive
People’s Place Library

For more information:

At this time two copies of Galaxies will be donated to the Pictou-Antigonish Libraries, books will be available for sale and Anne will be signing books. All are welcome!

Music Care Certificate Program

The Music Care Certificate Program is a three level training program that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding. The program is suitable for allied health care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers and any other community stakeholders who would like to increase their knowledge and practical applications of music in care.


Please download the brochure for details.  music-care-certificate-program-description

There are still a few spots available in Antigonish for the full day sessions on Friday and Saturday September 16-17, 2016.

For information or to book an exclusive training for your staff, contact Deb at or call 905-852-2499.



Mon. April 18th – 6-8 pm

St. Andrew Junior School Library, Antigonish


Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!)

invites everyone

to explore how the arts contribute to youth wellbeing

with Ryan Veltmeyer

 Youth Art Connection, Halifax