Hugs & Praise from Simon's community

Steffen Boelaars

Steffen Boelaars

Photo from 2012

"I first met Simon on Iona in 2007, when I was cocooned in my own sombre world. But we sang and something awoke in me.  

Enough for me to return to Iona the next year. Unexpected to me Simon was still there, and as the large group of people walked onto the island and into the community centre, he called out to me in recognition. "Hey! Didn't you use to wear a lot of black!??"  There was no going back. We sang, gardened, embraced, laughed, talked, ate, cleaned, and sang more. It was magical.  

Because such is Simon.

When I got married on Iona 4 years later Simon was kind enough to bless us with his beautiful music, and this hug was photographed. Looking at it makes me smile in my soul and in my heart. Like his music does. At moments of intense grief and of intense happiness, I know Simon's generosity and sincerity is always there, and all I need to do is play a song. Or sing one."

Steffen Boelaars, New Zealand

Who is Steffen?  www.stanzilieri.com

Tanya Brakeman
(photo taken by James Island)

Tanya Brakeman (photo taken by James Island)

Photo from 2018

"Simon's soulful music and social gifts for supporting and loving people has been a significant contribution toward my own sense of community welcome as I entered into the small town Port Townsend social culture.  

The warmth and full spirited embrace of Simon's artistry in song was an irresistible invitation for me to let go, to allow loving connection and acceptance, and to trust the willing hearts and minds of this group of friends to be my new social family and trusted community.

This community is truly blessed to have Simon in our midst."

 

Tanya Brakeman, 

Port Townsend, WA in the USA

 

Who is Tanya? http://revel-evolution.com/about/

 

 

Do want to be included? There's only 2 rules: You need to genuinely love Simon's music/ministry and you need a good photo of us hugging.