Posted on August 29, 2019

Earthtones group

For more than 20 years, Earthtones Northwest has harnessed the power of music and nature to foster health and development among residents of Oregon and southwest Washington. As health professionals, their licensed, board-certified music therapists and registered horticultural therapists create programs and treatment plans with clients to address the needs of individuals and communities. Each of Earthtones Northwest’s therapists is an expert in crafting musical and/or nature experiences for human health and development.

Earthtones Northwest’s services range from individual and group music therapy, horticultural therapy, and art therapy sessions to practitioner consulting, training, and wellness retreats. Recognizing the unique musical power and wonder for nature in every person, Earthtones Northwest proudly serves all ages and abilities. Earthtones Northwest enjoys partnering with other organizations in the community to create innovative programs that address specific needs.

One such collaboration is musicNOW — a partnership between Earthtones Northwest and the Oregon Symphony. musicNOW pairs board-certified music therapists with professional musicians from the Oregon Symphony to provide dynamic and engaging musical experiences to groups in various Memory Care and Adult Day Programs serving individuals with memory loss. These high-quality musical experiences create opportunities for participants to actively play, create, sing, dance and improvise together with amazing musicians.

Another Earthtones Northwest partnership is with Volunteers of America’s Sundance Program, a program at Lambert House Adult Day Center that serves individuals who live with dementia and experience sundowning during the transition from day to night – the most challenging hours of their day. At weekly program sessions, interactive live music therapy is paired with controlled, comforting multi-sensory environments, both of which have been shown to decrease agitated behaviors.

Earthtones Northwest values the opportunity to educate the community about music therapy, horticultural therapy, and art therapy and often presents at local, regional, national, and international conferences, as well as to small groups in the community. We are also pleased to offer demonstration sessions to interested parties who think they may benefit from any of our therapies.

To learn more about Earthtones Northwest or to request a consultation, visit https://www.earthtonesnw.com/ or call 503-284-6794.

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Earthtones Northwest’s Music Therapy Director Maggie Johnson plays guitar with a music therapy participant. (Photo credit: Heidi Hoffman)

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Earthtones Northwest’s CEO and owner Jodi Winnwalker leads a drum circle during a music therapy group (Photo credit: Heidi Hoffman)

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