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Life Changes Show, April 29, 2024

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Guests, Educator, Advisor, and Author D. Paul Schafer and Singer/Songwriter Johanna Beekman, Ep 787

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure, with Executive Producer Dorothy

Guests, Educator, Administrator, Advisor, and Author; D. Paul Schafer and Singer/Songwriter; Johanna Beekman

Featuring Performance Guest Singer/Songwriter, Chant/Kirtan Artist, Johanna Beekman; and Interview Guest, Educator, Administrator, Advisor, and Author of, “The Great Cultural Awakening,” D. Paul Schafer, on The LIFE CHANGES Show, Episode 787

Interview Guest: D. PAUL SCHAFER; and Performance Guest: JOHANNA BEEKMAN

Guest, Johanna Beekman

Guest Name
Johanna Beekman
Johanna Beekman
Guest Occupation
Singer, Songwriter, Vocalist
Guest Biography

Johanna Beekman is one of a kind. Whether she’s leading a kirtan, performing original music at a concert or festival, or guiding students through a Lullaby Yoga session, she warms hearts with her soulful music and her soaring spirit. Her velvety voice, her creative interpretations of music from various world traditions, her gorgeous original songs, and her open-hearted presence come together to create unforgettable musical experiences.

Johanna wrote her first song when she was 9 and did her first solo performance at 10—a benefit for a children’s charity in which she performed John Lennon’s Imagine. By the time she was 20 she had performed in clubs, coffee houses, colleges, benefit concerts, rallies, festivals, musical theatre, rock and world-beat bands, gospel and women’s community choirs, improvisational acting and singing troupes, and films.

Johanna’s songwriting knows no stylistic boundaries. Her catalog includes heart-opening folk-pop songs, gospel hymns, a cappella anthems, classic soul songs, and jazz-infused love ballads. And these songs haven’t gone unnoticed. One of them, Free to Decide (Breathe), has been performed by several choirs and a cappella groups across the United States and Canada.

But for the last few years she’s been focused mostly on creating original kirtan—sacred music from the traditions of yoga. Many of her kirtan compositions interweave mantras and chants from other cultures with their English translations. Some are unison meditations, some are ecstatic call-and-response jams, and all are paths to a deeper awareness of Source.

In recent years Johanna has been a featured artist and/or singing yoga instructor at major yoga and music festivals across North America. She has collaborated with world-renown musicians and yoga teachers. When she’s not touring she spends time in Oregon doing yoga, singing, and giving back to her community.

Johanna loves singing for yoga classes, including Lullaby Yoga—her one-of-a-kind blend of music and restorative/yin yoga. In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of relaxing poses while singing and playing soothing songs and chants to them. The music facilitates the process of letting go by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself.

Johanna also provides music for RhythmAsana, a unique, joyous blend of yoga, movement meditation, dance, and global rhythms. For RhythmAsana events, the band’s engaging blend of Johanna originals and traditional music from around the world inspires inner and outer movement.

In 2016 Johanna released Heart Beats One, her fourth CD and her first-ever album of original kirtan music. The album, two years in the making, is a critically-acclaimed collection of Johanna’s soulful and strikingly original interpretations of sacred chants. It features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Hans Christian, Benjy Wertheimer, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community.

While she was completing her year-long Heart Beats One tour Johanna embarked on a new recording project: a collection of soothing songs for the soul in the spirit of Lullaby Yoga. Working with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach and a handful of gifted sacred music players, she created Beyond Love, an intimate and serene musical experience.

Johanna’s singing has always had a soulful, gospel-like quality. During her teenage years she sang in a gospel choir let by Reverend Isaiah Jones (who toured with the Fifth Dimension before becoming a minister). Mantra Soul, her followup to Beyond Love, bridges the worlds of Eastern kirtan and Western gospel with an irresistible collection of upbeat songs and chants.

During the pandemic Johanna explored a variety of ways to share her practice with others via the Internet. She developed and offered a series of Lullaby Yoga videos and a one-on-one online version of her Free Your Soul’s Voice playshop. She created and hosted One Heart TV, a series of insightful and inspiring interviews with many well-respected members of the yoga and kirtan communities. She made guest Zoom appearances on online programs and virtual church services. And she taught a variety of internet-only classes.

Early in the pandemic she discovered a mantra for healing by a beloved Indian teacher. With his blessings, she transformed that mantra into a beautiful, powerful chant: Mantra Shagha: Health and Healing. She recruited many of the best known and loved kirtan artists in the West to record the chant and make a remarkable music video. Everyone donated their time so that all of the proceeds from sale of the recording could go to support children in Nepal.

Johanna continues to explore new musical avenues in the studio and on the road. Her more recent work includes Heart Beats One: Feel the Heartbeat, an all-English version of her popular song; an electronic remix by Equanimous of her transcendental Om Shanti chant; collaborative singles with Joss Jaffe and with Mikey Palker; and Yoga Soundtrack, Volume 2, a meditative collaboration with long-time producer Ben Leinbach.

Johanna continues to perform and teach at festivals, studios, churches, and other venues across the country. But she’s also become more involved in making those events happen, co-producing Bhakti Love and helping coordinate other festivals. She and Sherrie Howard recently launched their first-ever week-long Sacred Chant and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. And Johanna recently became a voting member of the Recording Academy, producers of the Grammy Awards.

As Johanna’s journey continues, her music and her spirit reach more people around the planet. We’re all on this journey together, and our hearts beat as one.

Guest, D. Paul Schafer

Guest Name
D. Paul Schafer
D. Paul Schafer
Guest Occupation
Author, Educator, Administrator, Advisor
Guest Biography

David Paul Schafer has worked in the cultural field for more than fifty years as an author, educator, administrator, and advisor.  He was originally trained as an economist and taught the principles of economics, international development, and the history of economic thought at Dalhousie University and Acadia University before entering the cultural field.

Paul was Assistant Director of the Ontario Arts Council from 1967 to 1970, a founder and director of the Graduate Program in Arts Administration at York University from 1970 to 1974, and Coordinator of the Cooperative Programme in Arts Administration and the Cooperative Programme in International Development at the University of Toronto from 1984 to 1990.  He has taught arts administration and cultural policy at several universities in North America, written many articles and books, and undertaken several missions for UNESCO throughout the world, conducted major projects and assignments for Canada’s Department of External Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada), and assisted many other organizations in Canada and other parts of the world.

In 1989, Paul created the World Culture Project which he directs today.  Believing that humanity has only scratched the surface of the rich potential that culture and cultures possess to play a crucial role in the world of the present and the future, development of this project has led to numerous publications on this matter.  Included here are such books as: Culture – Beacon of the Future; Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age; The Age of Culture; The Secrets of Culture; The Cultural Personality; Will This Be Canada’s Century?; The True North: How Canadian Creativity Changed the World; Culture and Politics in Canada: Towards a Culture for All Canadians; The Arts: Gateway to a Fulfilling Life and Cultural Age, and The World as Culture: Cultivation of the Soul to the Cosmic Whole published in 2022.

His latest book is The Great Cultural Awakening: Key to an Equitable, Sustainable, and Harmonious Age which was published in January, 2024.  In it, Paul makes the case that humanity should enter a cultural age in the future in order to  come to grips with the life-threatening and dangerous problems that exist in the world today as well as create much more happiness, equality, peace, order, sustainability, and stability in the future.

Paul is deeply committed to the centrality of culture, cultures, the arts, humanities, and creativity in global development and human affairs.


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