MindHarp

"Almost half of young people in Northern Ireland have experienced a mental health problem. Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in Europe."

Lydian MindHarp™ The Sound of a Healing Peace

The MindHarp™ programme is available to people of all abilities and ages. (schools, youth & community groups and private gatherings). MindHarp™ facilitation training and workshop programme information is available on request. info.beyondskin@gmail.com  +44 (0)787 7756987

Developed by Mark Smulian and Stewart Redpath, The MindHarp™ enables anyone to engage actively in music. Proven over years of testing and development, it is a deeply rewarding and enriching activity and is employed regularly in the field of stress and anxiety. The MindHarp requires no musical technique, background or prior skill. It is completely accessible to all. It is played via a simple interface on an Apple iPAD and iPHONE and can be used anywhere. The player simply touches coloured and numbered pads which trigger very carefully designed and harmonised musical sounds. It is impossible to play a ‘wrong note’

The first version of the technology was developed as a creative activity to engage and stimulate people living with dementia. This allows them to engage proactively with musical sound. The Lydian MindHarp™ is part of the Lydianstream system that combines software and focused workshop & training programmes based in the Codes of Behaviour.

Each sound on the Mindharp™ is carefully composed and crafted. Each sound even has a story.  The pitch, tone, vibration & melody represent years of research with Mark’s experience working in areas of Conflict and Post Conflict where stress and trauma consumed people’s lives. The sounds have a sonic dialogue quality stimulating and releasing hormones in the brain (the endochrinal system) and represent the healing & uniting power that sound and music has played in Mark’s story as a Soldier, Peace Activist, Musician, Producer and Sound Therapist.

The MindHarp™ is about togetherness & healing. It is welcoming, inclusive & clever technology that brings people into a safe place in the now where they can freely express themselves and start a shared journey of healing & dialogue through sound. The MindHarp programme meets peoples’ needs in dealing with the past, nurturing a sense of belonging in the present and reducing fears of the future.

Lydianhealth and Lydianstream director Mark Smulian has pioneered peace building projects in the Middle East using music & sound as dialogue in conflict zones and an educational tool to unite divided communities. Mark was also a co-founder of www.heartbeat.fm an organisation uniting youth from Palestine and Israel through music and is a member of the #ArtsDialogue collective.  Mark and his business partner Stewart Redpath invented the MindHarp application. Mark has helped facilitate many projects/events in Northern Ireland as part of the #ArtsDialogue programme with Beyond Skin and partners. This includes activities with Holy Trinity School Cookstown, Mid Ulster Council, Millisle Youth Forum, Include Youth, Ards & North Down Council, Arts Council NI, John Paul Youth Club, National Trust NI, Omagh Academy & St Gerards Special Needs School Belfast.

“Beyond Skin over the past 14 years have been actively working with 1,000's of children and young people locally and abroad and we are very aware of the challenges they face. We recognise the MindHarp technology as a great asset in addressing mental health and development needs of children & young people & adults, therefore we are delighted to partner with Lydianstream to develop & deliver a Northern Ireland programme” – Darren Ferguson (Beyond Skin).

Please contact the Beyond Skin office regarding the MindHarp programme in Northern Ireland. +447877756987 info.beyondskin@gmail.com

The MindHarp™ software, education programme and related published text remains the intellectual property of LydianStream & Beyond Skin

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