Performer Highlights 1 – Tee Hee Hee Laughter Group, Naby Camera, Coach Ugochi, Yin Fusion Yoga Experience

The Arts in Nature Festival is proud to highlight the following performers:

Tee Hee Hee Laughter Group
   This interactive Laughter group is led by our Laughter Leaders Tita Begashaw and Kevin Wilhelmsen, two staff from Harborview Medical Center who have been leading Laughter sessions for over 15 years. It is based on the Therapeutic Laughter model – and is fun for all ages! Check them out by the Bar on Saturday and Sunday 1:15pm – 2:00pm, 4:15pm – 5:00pm!
Naby Camera
Naby comes from a lineage of persons known in West Africa as griots (pronounced gree’-oh.) Besides being superlative musicians, griots are verbal artisans, oral historians, and the guardians of centuries-old traditions. Naby is a griot, as are his brothers, their father before them, his father before him, and so on. Thus, in addition to being trained as a master musician, Naby also knows the stories and histories of his people. He is a treasure of talent, but of knowledge as well. Naby Camara, master balafola (balafon player) from Guinea, West Africa, is a two-time recipient (1995 and 2004) of the Juno Award for best Global Album. Check him out at Nancy Stage on Saturday 2:40pm – 3:20pm!
Coach Ugochi
 Coach Ugochi is an emerging movement artist and community energizer, serving self-lovingkindness, and body appreciation. Her interactive performances attract people from all walks of life. It is through these classes (movement-focused), that she draws from her dance roots. Though her roots were planted in Nigeria, her love for people grows universal branches. She inspires you to remember your magic. And her simple, digestible tips will guide you; as you endeavor to move your body with full expression: unapologetically uninhibited and unafraid. Check her out at Nancy Stage on Saturday, 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm!
Yin Fusion Yoga Experience
   Imagine a yoga class where each long, melting pose comes with live bass music.

Where deep, looping harmonies send vibrations through your body as you sink into bliss.

Yin Fusion Yoga Experience, with teacher Shawnda O’Briant-Noone and musician Rosemary Ponnekanti, is yoga that will take you on a journey of peace, beauty and deep stillness.

Yin Fusion Experience is perfect for an outdoor setting, connecting yogis to the sounds and spaces of nature around them. Depending on the time of day and participants, the Experience can be a slow yin class that holds simple poses for long periods to allow the body to unravel, or a more flowing energy that warms and nurtures.

As Shawnda guides the class through the poses, Rosemary plays sweeping, improvised melodies over deep harmonies via a looping pedal and double bass (like a cello, only deeper). The final Savasana (resting pose) is a meditation in music, allowing the mind to soar free and the body to surrender to the low vibrations.

Yin Experience can last from 60-90 minutes. Requirements are a smooth clean ground space and power outlet. We can supply a few mats, or participants can bring their own. Clothing should be layered and comfortable.

Check them out on Sunday, 11:15am – 12:00pm at The Lodge, and 2:40pm – 3:20pm at Nancy Stage!