MEET OUR TEAM
Cathy Brooksie Edwards
Clinical Director – heart2heartnc
Brooksie is a professional licensed counselor with over 20 years of experience. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1996 with a Masters in Community Counseling and undergraduate in Music Performance. Afterwards, she moved to North Carolina to study massage and bodywork therapy and earned a certification from The Body Therapy Institute. She then founded her own private practice that allowed her to deepen her work with individuals, families and the community during the diagnosis of illnesses and beyond. After becoming a Hospice Volunteer, Brooksie completed her Death Doula Certification from Doorway Into Light in the spring of 2018.
Through her work with heart2heartnc, Brooksie is honored to offer a variety of modalities, such as hands-on healing, energy work, body talk practices, gentle guidance and music, for healing. These modalities can help with muscle and joint pain, as well as reduce anxiety and depression, in support of individuals through times of loss, grief, transition and fear. One of Brooksie's great passions is working with musicians to create a soundscape for healing.
Brooksie follows the orientation that deep stillness, unconditional love, non-judgement and kindness holds a holy space for healing.
Sacred Musician – heart2heartnc
Amy considers it a pleasure and honor to offer her music and chanting practice as a part of the heart2heart experience. During the past several years, she's been blessed with opportunities to sing at Shakori Hills Sunday morning service and various community events as a part of the musical group, Trio Luna. She has also contributed her music and support to spiritual rituals, workshops and numerous healing sessions.
As a seeker on the path of awakening, Amy pursues and experiences the power of drumming and sacred music to enter deeper states of consciousness for her own and others' emotional and spiritual healing. Like so many others, she has found that music and mantras have the ability to strengthen and enhance connection to Spirit and can beautifully and gently put people in touch with their emotions for deep inner work. Paired with the powerfully positive effects of hands-on healing, Amy and Brooksie create a safe space to be held in love and compassion; facilitating connection with individual Divine wisdom and guides that may lead participants to a deep healing space.
Amy begins her practice with a period of shamanic style drumming to weave people together and open a spiritual portal. From there, she is intuitively guided by songs, chants and mantras from many spiritual traditions. Some mantras she choses to sing for specific purposes such as protection or calling in the healing divine presence of the Great Mother. Amy plays a harmonium-like instrument called a shruti box. The shruti produces a beautiful meditative sound that invokes a wide variety of feelings and sensations. She also uses a frame drum, Koshi chimes, rattles and singing bowls. During sessions, she encourages individuals to chant, tone or make any sounds that want to come forth....or just listen and receive and be carried by the flow of energy, music and touch.
Amy knows that this part of her practice connects her firmly to something greater, and it is an honor to share.
Sacred Musician and Educator – heart2heartnc
Sheila Fleming has created music for ceremonies and circles, coffee houses and concert halls, conferences and classrooms throughout the Midwest and the Southeast. Presently living in rural Chatham County, North Carolina, she creates, receives and shares songs of deep purpose and meaning in a variety of settings. Sheila is that rare combination of talents – a dynamic teacher, a superlative singer, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinary songwriter. As a sacred music performer, Sheila shares her devotion to singing as a spiritual offering to others at retreats, workshops, festivals and ceremonies. Accompanying herself and others on a variety of instruments (guitar, piano, frame drum, hand pan, native American flute, lyre, glockenspiel!), Sheila has been involved with numerous musicians and organizations, performing in concerts, interfaith and multicultural events with local community song leader Kathleen Hannan, with Amy Durso and Brooksie Edwards and friends as Trio Luna, and with musicians Amy and Scott Durso and poet Sharon Blessum in Soul Speak, a community sharing of song, spoken word and spiritual wisdom. She currently teaches elementary music in Chapel Hill and presents workshops and clinics on Music and Mindfulness to educators, musicians, students and their families.
Sheila has known the power of music all of her life, and it is with great honor and humility that she calls herself a practitioner of sacred music. She prays that the same peace, joy and healing that music has brought to her is deeply experienced by those who receive her offerings.
Musician – heart2heartnc
Lolly has been a nurse for 18 years working primarily in emergency rooms and with acute trauma. She grew up on a horse ranch, around lots of animals and playing her guitar to any of them who would listen. She is currently studying new ways of healing and growth through blending her medical and musical aspects.