Morag Northey is a cellist, singer, songwriter, composer, teacher, pianist and poet, based in Calgary, Alberta
“From River Jordan to the Prairies – thank you for the journey, Morag.”
“Morag’s quintessential talents and graceful presence are tonic for the soul. Her angelic sound enriches one’s spirit, filling it with tranquility, gratitude and a sense of surrender.” – Tracey
“It has been a while since I was so completely lost in sound, Watching and listening to the complementarity of Morag’s voice and strings, there was nothing else but just pure beautiful sound. For an hour everything else simply just left. There was only wondrous sound.” – Erik Howell
Over the past three years, Morag Northey has shared her voice and cello with thousands of people from Calgary to Vancouver and the heart of the Cariboo. What began as a personal calling, has propelled Morag, with cello on her back, to walk the Camino de Santiago trail ~ a historically symbolic spiritual pilgrimage, where she will spread her encouraging, loving message: “Walk On!” one step and then the next, when faced with life’s inevitable difficulties. She encourages us to reach out, come together, and move forwards right beyond what yesterday seemed impossible ~ through our living example, we inspire others to do the same! Check out her blog posts as she walks the trail!
Throughout this past year Morag, and The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, has hosted a series of Full-Moon walks in Calgary’s Fish Creek Park. Come rain, shine, or most recently a Summer snow storm, she has lead groups of brave followers on Walks, all the while sharing each month’s Full Moon themes, positively motivating ideas, her Cello, Voice and Song.
December 6 @ 10:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Recent Blog Posts
Day 1: St. Jean Pied De Port – Roncesvalles, Day 2: Zubiri. Day 3: to Pamplona
Day 4: to Puenta La Reina, Day 5: to Estella, Day 6: Los Arcos, Day 7: Logroño
Day 3-7: Hola!
Day 8 Logroño, Spain (day of rest and laundry)
AND tomorrow (fear-faced icon), Day 9: to Najera 30.1 klm…
Dear friends: Where to begin… opportunity for wifi or computers with signals strong enough to write has been a challenge. Jeff and I are staying at Refugios, Algergues, though today upscaled it to a Hostel. We are trying to stay the course: simple living, shared accommodation, evenings of showers, foot care, pilgrims meals, Mass, cerveza/vino tinto, cello, song… painful sleeping-bag sleep (feet, knees, hips, back) packing in the whisper of early morning dark, cafe con leche, 25 km per day, hunks of cheese, sausage, baguette, oranges, apples, water, wine, at watering holes, under the shade of ancient trees…
Day Four, Walking from Pamplona to Puenta la Reina my back was in spasms, knees beginning to complain… as I walked, the opening scene of Barbara Kingsolver´s Poisonwood Bible, sisters walking, flowing through a field in the Congo, came to me… this memory led me to Egyptian, African, Basket carriers… walking with water, firewood… burdens… Tall, aligned, centred… they make it look easy. Day Four I ¨walked with Queens¨ in my imagination, one on either side of me… My posture realigned, the burden became less and my back began to heal.
I have felt gratitude for those ghosts continuing along the path.
In Burgette, enroute to Zubri, thrilled to walk the same streets in the shadows of one of Jeff´s kindred spirits – Ernest Hemingway… Pamplona our imaginations easily contemplated a history of the running of the bulls. On our walk Day 4 – highest point, Alto del Perdon… mountain ridges laced with windmills… stories of Don Quixote, I played my cello! The panorama was magnificent… pilgrims joined me, sandwiches, water, a very hot day, a rest before a painful and long descent. reaching the end of the day was the most pain yet… after a circuitous route around the city in the evening, ended up having dinner across from the Albergue! Owe. Day 5 leaving the city of Estrella, a 12th century bridge, the city sillhouette… can´t wait to share the pictures… Cirauqui – a colourful sun-drenched city, perched high on a mountain – stunning. Must go now… dinner! Will catch up with more later.
Love, to you all! XOXXOX Morag and Jeff
End of Day 1 was one of those moments that will remain part of our lives forever: I played for the Mass in the St. Mary Cathedral (built in the 1300s and designed after Notre Dame). ´Mercedes´ (a woman who read in the service… Jeff read strongly in English!) was generous and gifted us a tour of the Priest´s home, the hidden places of the Cathedral, and allowed us to visit the Sacred space – the Crypt. I was invited to play and sing… a life-changing event.
End of Day 2 in Zubri, Spain… owe! The spritual path is well paved with with beauty & suffering. Our walk from Roncesvalles began in the dark, winding through farmland, moving from cold & lush to dry pines & warm sun. Much steep downhill – tricky and long which ended at the Rio Erro´s edge – Zubri. A blessed shower set-up an evening of delicious cold beer, playing by the river for Camino and townsfolk, Jeff´s resting very tired shoulders (bless that guy – he´s packing 15 Kilos …too much!) to help me on this journey.
We end tomorrow in Pamplona.
Thank you all for your beautiful comments – We´ve read every one and cherish your support!
Walk the vibrant journey of Life with a little Cello and Voice to spur you on!
Walk On ~ Move On
~ Breathe ~
~ Simple ~
Be accompanied by Morag Northey’s Cello & Voice
~ By Donation ~
All donations will help me purchase a Lewis and Clark Graphite Cello, a Coda Graphite Bow, and a lightweight cello case, capable of withstanding varied weather conditions of on foot daily travel. This instrument will enable me to walk the El Norte, Camino de Santiago Trail in Spain, scheduled for October 2014!
Thank you very much for your donations, every penny makes a difference.
I wish all Walk On Concerts/Events to be by donation only as they are for Everyone, Anywhere, Anytime!
Hope ~ Just taking one foot, and then the next!
Full Moon Walks take place at Calgary’s Fish Creek Park 10:00 p.m.
Park at the Ranch Restaurant Parking area, Fish Creek Park, Bow Bottom Trail SE, Calgary. Please see map: http://goo.gl/maps/nLPji
February 14 – Snow Moon
March 16 – Worm Moon
April 15 – Pink Moon (Eclipse)
May 14 – Flower Moon
June 12 – Strawberry Moon
July 12 Buck Moon
August 10 – Sturgeon Moon, Super Full Moon!
September 8 – Harvest Moon
October 8 – Hunter’s Moon
November 6 – Beaver Moon
December 6 – Cold Moon
Please pre-register through Eventbrite &/or email@example.com.
Things to Consider:
- Dress according to the weather and for your comfort.
- The trails can be slippery in the cold so I recommend shoe grips which help minimize slippery conditions. You can find these at MEC and Canadian Tire.
- Water bottle
- Small foldable chair in case you choose to rest.
- Hiking Poles.
- All walks are manageable, and all levels are welcome. In case of very cold weather we can still walk a brisk, picturesque 10 minutes out, have a quick play, howl, and back to share a warm drink together and say, We did it!
Evenings close at 11:30 pm. as we must be out of the park before midnight.
Bouquets of thanks to: The Ranche at Fish Creek Restoration Society, for participating and sharing in these evenings. Thanks also to The Ranche Restaurant, for graciously providing hot chocolate or apple cider following each Full Moon excursion. Let us plan for you!
There’s a Place
“There are places of non-division
where Peace floats on wind and song,
There are places where there is only Love
No battles, divorce, no angry voices,
Where there is Prayer and there is Silence ~
Where Long Slow Moments rest in stillness ~
Let’s spread our wings and we fly!
We’re Movin There!”
New New Day Day!
Oh it’s a New Day
and I’m seeing the world, on the backside of a Fog
Sun is shining, and it’s clearing away
the heavy ol’ clouds of yesterday
Come on and dance now, let’s shimmer and shake
big smiles across our face
come on and dance now ~ Let’s laugh and play
Celebrate the gift of this New New Day!
Oh it’s a New New Day Day,
New New Day Day,
New New Day Day, New!
When life gets you down
when you feel you can’t go on
be gentle ~
right foot then left
right after left
Mother Earth will engage you
the wind breathes with your breath
the river reminds you
these times too shall pass
Sky sings of vastness and mouse sings of small
mountains ground you as trees protect all
stars shine their brilliance ~ your spirit resurrects
one step after step after step after step
miraculous nature egoless and pure
be simple, exist ~ you can endure
walk on, breathe, move on
right foot then left
right and then left
walk to return back home to yourself
For strength, love, hope, and fresh will
come together, in unison ~ in natural communion
walk on, walk on