Over the last few years, local businessperson Kim Hutt has been on a journey that has led her to turn a longtime hobby and a passion for knowledge into a home based business.
Her aim is for every person who comes through the door of her home to feel better when they leave.
Relocated just north of Iroquois, along County Road 40 (Stampville Road), through Souly Reconnected, Hutt offers a wide variety of self care and energy awareness techniques that she now shares with over 100 clients.
Kim is a certified relaxation therapist, natural health care consultant and self created health facilitator. The main floor of her farmhouse has been transformed into a holistic health therapy room, complete with an associated lending library and a fitness studio.
One of the latest programs being offered by Hutt is BellyFit , an ‘aerobics’ class which incorporates a holistic approach that calms the mind, inspires the spirit and gives participants a phenomenal full body workout.
“The saying no pain, no gain, doesn’t apply here,” said Hutt. “What you get here is a really good workout in a safe environment, and we have so much fun.”
Hutt is proud to be the only place offering these BellyFit classes around the whole region. This workout offers a creative combination of cardio inspired by belly dance, Bollywood and African dance infused with aspects of yoga and pilates conditioning all major muscle groups.
She is offering special rates to anyone who wants to try one of these classes if they mention this article.
BellyFit is only one of many therapies offered by Hutt.
Although she offers many therapies, the focus of all of them is to help people find balance in between their mental, physical and spiritual elements.
For Hutt, these therapies have helped her decrease her stress levels, reduce the need for some medications and feel more positive about life, even through some very stressful times.
She recommends that anyone interested in any of the therapies she offers sit down with her for a one-on-one assessment so she can recommend what best suits the client’s needs.
“I am not a healer, I help guide people through self-healing,” she says.
Through energy therapy including Reiki, where she is a Master in Usui Reiki and Quantum Touch Therapy, she is able to share hands on healing and comfort techniques with clients and people wanting to connect to their own healing abilities through love.
Hutt offers movement and sound therapy through classes such as Qi Gong and Bellyfit and use of tuning forks – chanting and toning. She also offers transformation meditation and breathwork classes through the WDMH oncology department to patients.
Hutt offers art therapy through spirit painting which she shares with students and faculty of Carleton University each semester in workshops.
She will be offering some of these spirit painting workshops at her home location in the near future, and encourages anyone interested to contact her directly (email@example.com), as space is limited. She is offering special rates with mention of this article.
Spirit painting involves calling on spiritual energy to guide a client through a creative process and then working with Hutt to analyze the resulting painting.
Hutt has been practicing many of these offerings personally for about 15 years, and loves that she is now able to share them with so many people through her business. “I get to see miracles everyday,” she says.
The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, at its annual inaugural meeting held in Kingston last week, elected Warden Eric Duncan of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry as its chair for 2015.
Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones was elected as the vice-chair.
“I am honoured to chair the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and to have the opportunity to work very hard to support all property taxpayers in the 103 member municipalities across the EOWC region,” said Eric Duncan. “The EOWC takes pride in doing its homework and coming up with new ideas that contribute to positive change in our municipalities.”
“One of our major concerns is the ever escalating cost of policing, whether OPP or municipal,” Duncan continued. “We will work with groups such as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario looking at all options to reduce the burden to local taxpayers of providing emergency services.”
Both Duncan and Jones were elected to their new positions by acclamation. Chair Duncan is also mayor of the Township of North Dundas, while vice-chair Jones is mayor of the Township of Douro-Dummer.
The EOWC has established three key priorities for the coming year.
1. Beginning the implementation of the key actions proposed in the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy.
2. Working in tandem with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network to prepare and submit an Eastern Ontario cellular infrastructure network improvement project.
3. Continuing its research and advocacy efforts on matters related to the financial sustainability of municipal government in Eastern Ontario.
They come from a variety of backgrounds; some are just starting out, others have more professional experience. Some are primarily singers, others primarily mu-sicians. They are composers and song writers in a number of genres ranging from folk, rock and bluegrass to Celtic.
They all have one thing in common, however.
These artists, who will be performing at the Morrisburg Meeting Centre as part of the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage concert series, each possess exceptional and striking talent.
On Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m., the St. Lawrence Stage is presenting a showcase concert.
Among the artists will be Sandra Whitworth an accomplished and gifted musician. She will be backed up by Marc Muir and Noureddine Ismag. Whitworth has helped bring some great talent to the Meeting Centre. Now, performing songs from her new CD, Water on the Moon, she will step into the spotlight.
Joining her in the line up will be Brockville based artist Brandon Roderick. His group, Simply Skyline, has been building a reputation for stunning vocals and striking lyrics.
Japhy Sullivan is only 15 years old, but he is already generating a lot of attention. Awarded one of the coveted youth mentor showcase spots at the 2011 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Sullivan brings his incredible talent on the fiddle to the St. Lawrence concert.
“Everything about fiddle music appeals to me,” Sullivan, who comes from a very musical family, said. “My tastes are definitely eclectic. I love traditional, bluegrass, classical, Irish. I compose, and I am also a singer.”
He performs on a French fiddle dating to the 1750s, currently on loan from the Shubert family. “It has a beautiful, rich sound,” the artist said. “ With it I find musical inspiration in many, many things. Music is my future.”
Andrew Aguiar, an Ottawa based musician who has just released a new EP, Ghosts, is a powerful vocalist and performer.
“I chose music for my life,” Aguiar explained. “Creativity, inspiration, has always come to me in flashes. Much of my music is relationship based, reflecting perhaps a little more on the darker side. I try to make my song-writing simple, built around a central idea that I develop through the song.”
Although he withdrew for a short time from performance, Aguiar said “I now feel fully reconnected with the joy, the sheer fun of performing. I would say that my voice is sort of multi-dimensional, soft and deep at times, sometimes more aggressive and raspy. Something inside tells me how my voice should approach the music. I’ve learned to go with that inner voice.”
Andrea Simms-Karp is a veteran performer, winner of the Beth Ferguson Songwriting award at the 2004 Ottawa Folk Festival, and featured on Vinyl Cafe in 2009.
“I think I would describe my music as a mixture of folk and pop,” she laughed. “But since I play the banjo, some non-traditional bluegrass comes in too. I like to combine my musical interests to create something new when I write and perform.”
She enjoys the opportunity to connect with people in her performances. “I want to offer an audience something new each time they hear me. Life events, travel, people, they are all sources of music to me. Inspiration is an always changing thing, but music is the one constant in my life. There is nothing better in life than to perform, to do what I love.”
Bruce (Liam) Ciccarelli, a Cornwall based artist, is returning to the St. Lawrence Stage. A regular and popular performer in the region, Ciccarelli will be bringing songs from his new CD, Beyond the Illusion, to the concert.
“Music chose me,” he laughed. “Once I had the musical bug, I knew I wasn’t going to walk away.”
A performer for two decades now, Ciccarelli released four earlier CDs with the band Rapunzel’s Power, but now performs solo. He has his own home studio.
“The acoustic guitar is the predominant instrument to me, just the purity of your voice and the guitar on the stage,” he explained. “Everything else you do around a piece is spice, flavouring to the song. Song writing really is an elusive art. I write about the human condition, spiritually connecting or discovering yourself. My songs aren’t preachy, but I think we each are the creators of our lives, not the victims. I love the energy you get from an audience, the joy of feed back when you perform. I look forward to the Stage.”
To add to the audience’s pleasure, a number of area visual artists including Mi-Sun Hunter, Bradley Pennell and Marc Carriere will be staging exhibits outside the concert hall.
Tickets for the Intimate Acoustics Concert March 24 are $10. They can be purchased at the Basket Case, Strung Out Guitars or by contacting www.st-lawrencestage.com.