A Song for Wayne
Dedicated to Wayne Isaacs

breaking news!

You won’t want to miss this extraordinary healing sound event—the 2014 International Sound Therapy Conference, “In the Service of Sound,” in North Andover, MA, June 20-26 features 14 presenters, 20 workshops, live performances.  Follow this link for details: International Sound Therapy Conference


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On Monday April 14th, Edie was interviewed live on “The Cathy Roberts Show,” on Voice America.  Tune in and learn about who we are and the work we do. Edie Elkan on Harp Therapy


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Although harp therapy is NOT music therapy, this wonderful article by Michael Sewall is beautifully wrought and worth reading.Click here to read it!


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welcome!

Since 2002 Bedside Harp®, the first ever exclusively hospital-hosted, mindfulness-based harp therapy training and certification program, has been dedicated to promoting our field by providing service and training programs of excellence, ever raising the bar, setting the highest standards for ourselves, our students and our graduates. Read what our host hospitals say about the difference we make in their facilities and read, too, what the patients say, what visitors say, what staff says, what our students say and what our graduates say about our work, our programs, and their journeys with us.

Our mission is to promote the therapeutic use of the harp in healthcare and wellness. Committed to making a difference in those settings, we are proud that, between February 2002 and December 2013, we have:

  • Delivered a five-minute or longer harp therapy session to 73,128 patients at the six hospitals that have hosted our programs!
  • Played 18,402 1/2 documented hours of therapeutic harp in those hospitals!
  • Taught 692 people, aged 8 to 80+, who never before played the harp, to play for their own healing and enjoyment!
  • Graduated 86 Certified Harp Therapists hailing from all over the United States.  Forty-seven, or 55% of them went on to achieve their Mastery levels of certification with us!
  • Graduated 6 Certified Instructional Mentors from our newest teacher’s certification program!
  • Awarded $11,413.12 in instructional and certification scholarships!
  • Completed four formal research projects — one of which earned us international acclaim!
  • Been recognized and honored by all six of our host hospitals, Bucks County Community College, the Society of the Arts in Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson and healthcare professionals throughout our nation for our comprehensive training, high standards,  groundbreaking research, integrity, collaborative spirit and good work!

 

latest numbers

-- 2014 -- Apr YTD
Number of patients in our host hospitals who received live harp therapy sessions lasting 5 or more minutes 383 1764
Number of hours of live harp therapy delivered to patients, their loved ones, staff and doctors at our host hospitals 100.75 465.25


special moment
of the week

A Sing-Along in the Cardiac Unit

As I walked into the Cardiac Unit, I saw several visitors sitting in the waiting area.  Two of the women looked up at me with wide eyes and big smiles.  They said, “Oh, please come in!  Oh, wow, a harp in the hospital.  How wonderful!!”


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announcements

Lovingkindness Workshop: A Great Way to Start the New Year!

Awakening the Heart; Cultivating Compassion and Lovingkindness for Self and All Others:  Sunday January 26, 2014, in Bensalem, PA.  This daylong retreat focuses on the good already within us—opening the heart to feel more compassion, friendship, forgiveness and lovingkindness toward ourselves and all whom we encounter.  Edie Elkan, MA and Joseph Wieliczko, Psy.D., instructors.


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Christmastime in Bucks County

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve put the finishing touches on our sparkling Healing Harp holiday tree at Bucks County Visitor’s Center, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA.  Please stop by to see our masterpiece and cast your vote in our direction!  (Psst…You can take a peek at our tree on our FaceBook page.)


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Teacher Training Certification: Unit 3

Four awesome mentors-in-training begin Unit 3 of our Teacher Training Certification on October 23, 2013.


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Stash and Shay Skate to “A Song for Wayne”

See Stash, blind since birth, and Shay skate to Edie’s, “A Song for Wayne” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMo4TsALVHQ 


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Spring 2014 Certification Program Class Dates Set

Our Spring ‘14 Harp Therapy Certification program weekend dates have been set:


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Spring 2014 Certification Program

It’s official—our Spring 2014 Harp Therapy certification modules will be presented over consecutive weekends,rather than mid-week.


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Hi Ho, To Somerset We Go!

One week more to pack up our things, load up our van and head to the great Somerset Folk Harp Festival.  Hope to see you there!


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Sound Therapy Course at Bucks County Community College

Learn and explore more about how sounds and vibrations affect us with Edie Elkan at Bucks County Community College, from 9AM to Noon on Saturday April 20, 2013.


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Seven Hospitals Now!

We are thrilled to be hosted by our 7th hospital—Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ! 


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A Song for Wayne

Hot off the presses—“A Song for Wayne,” Edie’s musical tribute to her dear friend-student, Wayne Isaacs. 


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The Big One

Congratulations and all best wishes to our nine harp therapists who will be officially conferred on Sunday August 12th.  You shall truly be a blessing!


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Two E-books Now Available

Edie Elkan’s (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About is now available as an e-book on this website!  Just click on “Store” and follow the prompts.


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A Very Merry Day Indeed!

Harpists and harp therapists are invited to Bedside Harp on Saturday, April 14th for a full day of healing, relaxation, delicious food, learning and fun.


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Happy Birthday

Ten years of love.  Happy birthday, Bedside Harp!


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