Blog Shakuhachi COMMUNITY (English & Français)

Online Komuso

You might have noticed that, since the third anniversary of my blog, I added a “support” button on my home page and at the end of each post. A few people have started to donate and I am very grateful to them.
The decision of adding a “Support” or “Donation” button was not an easy one . When I started this blog, I had no idea whether I would stop after 3 posts nor how it would be received. And here we are, more than 3 years later, and I am very proud to say that my blog is being read every single day somewhere in the world (in more than 100 different countries) almost since the beginning!! This is the greatest support I could ever have dreamed of and this is way beyond my expectations.
However, to reach this state and to be able to continue to develop the blog, I upgraded the free version to a paid one, as well as for my Soundcloud account, on which I uploaded dozens of recordings in order to help my students to study the repertoire and also to share our Hijiri-Kai music on this website. Upgrades cost money, and the writing of the posts plus the recording and editing of the music, cost time and energy. Time and energy that I am more than happy to spend! But as a professional full-time freelance musician, I also need to earn my living.

The alternative to offering the possibility a voluntary donation would be adding ads. It is not what I want for this blog and I will keep it “ads free” as long as possible. The donation fits better to my shakuhachi philosophy: I feel connected to the Komuso (begging monks) tradition through this online version!

When you subscribe to my blog, it is actually called a Membership. As I like this idea a lot, I have been thinking about it for a while – especially since the global lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In these particular and difficult times of social distancing, I feel even more how we all are connected, and how important it is to keep blowing together and stay in touch.
So I have come up with a few ideas to make possible that a donation through my blog becomes a real Membership. After the amazing experience of the Robuki wave across the planet, I would like to use this opportunity to set up an English and a French community group!!

As it is difficult to make long term plans at the moment, I’d like to start with a trial period of 2 months (May-June 2020) and see how it goes.

STARTING on Wednesday, MAY 6!

Membership (Français, voir paragraphe suivant)

  • When you subscribe (on the amount of your choice, starting from 5€/year), you become a member of my Blog community.
  • It gives you access to the link and password for Zoom meetings:
    1. A Weekly 25 min Robuki and Chakra Meditation every Wednesday at 8 PM, CEST (Central European Summer Time= UTC+2).
      We will focus on the body-mind connection through the breath.
    2. A Monthly Q&A Coaching (40 min), on the last Monday of the month 7:45-8:25 PM, CEST
      If you struggle with technical points, you’re probably not the only one. Send me your questions and I’ll be happy to give answers to the community.
  • Beginners welcome! Don’t be afraid to join and blow with more advanced players. We are here to support and inspire each other.
  • No need to sign in for each session. After you get the code and the planning of the sessions, just come online for the meetings whenever you are available.

“Breathing is the bridge between the body and the mind.”
Giovanni Dienstmann

For questions, suggestions, more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.

STARTING ON the 6th of MAY 2020 ! SEE YOU SOON!!


Si vous décidez de faire une donation à travers mon blog, il s’agit en fait d’une cotisation annuelle, comme pour une association par exemple (que vous pouvez annuler quand vous voulez). Pour en faire plus qu’une simple donation, je voudrais utiliser cette possibilité pour créer une véritable communauté en ligne. Car cela fait longtemps que je me creuse la tête pour proposer quelque chose à mes lecteurs francophones ! Je serais donc très heureuse de pouvoir constituer un groupe en français !

Voici mes propositions :

  • L’adhésion à mon blog (montant au choix, à partir de 5€ par an), est plus qu’une simple donation, elle vous permet de devenir membre de ma communauté.
  • Cela vous donnera accès aux lien et mot de passe pour des moments de rencontre et partage en ligne sur Zoom:
    1. Une méditation hebdomadaire (Robuki + Chakra), de 25 minutes, le mercredi soir à 20h35 (heure normale d’Europe centrale (HNEC), UTC+2)
      Nous nous concentrerons sur la connection entre le corps et l’esprit à travers le souffle.
    2. Un coaching mensuel de 40 min, sous forme de Questions-Réponses, le dernier lundi du mois à 20h35 (heure normale d’Europe centrale (HNEC), UTC+2)
      Si vous vous heurtez à certaines difficultés techniques, vous n’êtes probablement pas le/la seul(e) ! Envoyez-moi vos questions et je serai ravie d’y apporter une réponse et de la partager avec le groupe.
  • Débutants bienvenus ! N’hésitez pas à souffler avec des joueurs plus expérimentés et à poser des questions ! Le but de ce groupe est de s’entraider et s’inspirer mutuellement.
  • Pas besoin de vous inscrire pour chaque session. Connectez-vous avec le mot de passe les jours proposant des sessions, à votre convenance.
  • Et si l’anglais n’est pas un problème, vous êtes les bienvenus aux sessions en anglais, qui auront lieu juste avant (voir horaires dans le paragraphe précédent).

“Le souffle est le pont qui relie le corps et l’esprit.”
Giovanni Dienstmann

N’hésitez pas à me contacter et me faire part de vos idées.


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