"I arrived at Manaar’s circle, I’d like to say by chance; but then nothing is by chance.
For almost 3 years I’ve been in a lot of emotional pain on multiple levels.
I don't know how I was continuing to function.
Manaar had me focus on my body, my emotions and on my pain.
She asked me to try to vocalize what I was feeling.
I was scared but she gave me permission and the courage to do it.
I used my voice, which has always been timid and shy, to vocalize my pain.
I put my pain into my voice. It started weak, slow, soft and timid.
Then it began to shift and became firmer, bolder, louder and fuller.
I completely let go and surrendered. A raw guttural sound erupted from ever cell
and from the depth of my being.
It was a total and all encompassing pain releasing. My sound went on and on…
long long, long. I didn’t realize I hadn’t taken a breathe for an unbelievable amount of time.
I released! It was beyond any experience I’ve ever had… if that makes sense. I was completely drained but good drained.
I was relaxed, centered and grounded in my body. I’ve been able to continue to carry this feeling with me. The day after, my birthday, I spent alone. I was o.k and I am o.k.
This experience has been transformational …” Donna/ Santa Rosa, CA
I am so grateful to Manaar and the other ecstatic musicians and dancers involved in this project for welcoming me and nourishing me so sweetly. My experiences participating in and helping to develop this offering with Manaar has ignited a deep welling up of joy within me.
Finally a place to sing and dance to my heart’s content. ”
We moved to song and then to drumming art a pace that enabled each of us to explore without concern there was a “right” or “wrong” to what we were doing. By the end of the session we were drumming, dancing and freely expressing ourselves in song.
I appreciate the way Manaar brings her talent as a teacher, a musician and a mentor to the process. She drew upon her multi-cultural background to bring us a sense of the cultures of the Middle East without limiting us to any one tradition. That, in itself, is healing”.