"Betwixt and between the Ninth Wave Roars

Bringing voices from the past and whispers from the future

Cresting

Inviting us to stand present and meet ourselves again."

DaruWeyd

The Ninth Wave is upon us.

It's time to remember and awaken collective responsibility for our ongoing story.

Bare feet at shore, Ninth Wave Arts

Why 'Ninth Wave'?

In wisdom traditions, the Ninth Wave is often referred to as that liminal space that separates the ordinary from the non-ordinary worlds; that powerful place of the in-between where all potential exists.

We like to think of it as the place that allows us to experience extraordinary possibilities within ordinary moments.

The place where folk wisdom resides and folk art thrives, the place we can meet ourselves again and remember.

Our Calling

We believe in community and the strength of diversity.

We trust spirit, the inherent wisdom of nature and the cycles of the seasons.

We celebrate the cycles of birthing, living and dying.

We honour the joy of creativity and self-expression.

Ninth Wave Arts Board Members

Kristine Karpinski (Kris) Executive Director Ninth Wave Arts

Kristine Karpinski (Kris) - Executive Director

I find myself looking down at my hands as I bake or craft or stir and notice the hands of my mother and grandmother reflecting back. My grey hair reminds me that time is passing and with it the luxury of waiting. When I say the words folk arts and folk wisdom, the part of my soul that yearns takes a big breath and sighs in satisfaction. I’ve got things to do and trees to talk too. My days consist of working as a healing practitioner, teacher, mentor, creative, and my nights consist of dancing with the moon and singing with the stars. Star Trek offers my prime directive, and cats are my kin. My loud laugh gets me moved in restaurants, and my heart longs for the green mountains. My calling is in service to others and the greater story.

Angela Lessard Chair Ninth Wave Arts

Angela Lessard - Chair

I don’t grow veggies because my garden is for the bees. Elderberry, yew, rose, holly, lungwort, yarrow and lilac chatter amongst themselves while I keep my old farmer ancestors happy playing in the dirt and weeding. I’m inspired by good people, good company and great conversations. It’s probably why I’ve ended up working for Canada Post for 25 years, aligning to the tradition of passing messages forward through the generations, carving a path of memories and love. As I head closer to retirement, I realize I may have more time to read voraciously, watch dystopian TV, love my boys, care for my Dad, and perfect my skincare routine. Family and story are what inspires me to pass the love and wisdom along.

Evelina Proeva Vice Chair Ninth Wave Arts

Evelina Proeva - Vice Chair

Bulgaria is my birthplace and where my heart lives in blood, breath and bone; the place of good cheese, yogurt, wine and roses. Mountains are my source of solace and old languages my inspiration. My studies of herbs, stones, oils and mysteries keep me in conversation with nature. My memories of wildcrafting, hiking and making preserves at the side of my maternal Grandmother Sofia keep me true to the old traditions. Cuddling with kitties and tending to my flowers fill my days. Whispers of my work in Nutrition, Comparative Linguistics and Clinical Herbals inform my love of folk remedies and folk stories.

Chandan Singh-Beaty Treasurer Ninth Wave Arts

Chandan Singh-Beatty - Treasurer

I love to read, write, cook, travel, be out in nature, gaze up at the stars in the night sky, and spend time with my family and friends. I have fond memories of making samosas and pakoras with my mother and sister during the holidays and for special events. I continue this tradition with my daughter to remind and connect us with my mother and her teachings. What inspires me about NWA is its mission to encourage creativity, wellness, and connection to all that is around us and within us. I appreciate the educational teachings, such as the workshops and the yearly programs that are offered to help enrich and enliven our way of being. I’m presently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and in my own business Beyond Grief Coaching, I find the wild and crazy terrain of life transitions help us come out stronger and thriving. Anything that helps us feel the seed of potential through the interconnectedness of all is truly humbling and magical.

Kim Speiser Secretary Ninth Wave Arts

Kim Speiser - Secretary

I’m a seeker inspired by everything mystical and magical; the moon connects directly to my soul. I get lost in the beauty of cloud formations and awed by the expanse of star filled night skies. I’ve been on a search for wisdom traditions that fill in the gaps of things I wonder about, always aiming to spot those experiences that invite reconnection to authenticity. Kindness is my motto and supportive community my folk. As a Stellium Virgo I’m here to be of service in an orderly fashion to both the ordinary and non-ordinary, thus the draw to Ninth Wave Arts. Tending to gardens, walking in nature and reading all fill my well and give me purpose and peace.

Stephanie MacGregor (Steph) Member at Large Ninth Wave Arts

Stephanie MacGregor (Steph) - Member at Large

I grew up in the country and feel that I was connected more closely to the earth there. Being surrounded by green and living on a farm, climbing trees and running through the forest is a feeling that I haven't gained anywhere else in all my travels. I’ve been called to wander the world and steep in experiences of diverse culture, food and landscape. Give me a warm ocean and a blue sky and my soul soars. A serious calling to help people has inspired my working life, and I’ve gathered extensive communications experience with senior roles in both the private and non-profit sectors, helping organizations articulate their vision and connect with their audiences. I dream of living in the country again with good community and earnest folk, and something about the simplicity of that keeps me curious about folk arts and folk wisdom

Breanna Martel (Bre) - Member at Large

Breanna Martel (Bre) - Member at Large

I love the smell of Bergamot, though I don’t really know where it stems from or what it looks like in nature. Knowing I can't tell Yew from Juniper makes me giggle each time I see them in the forests. I am a part time entrepreneur, part time world nomad and full time confused alien trying to exist as a human. I prefer dogs over cats and am unable to sleep in polyester sheets without having nightmares. Folk arts are the way of the future, and bringing this magic to the world not only connects me to really cool humans doing really cool things, but it also helps me remember the way of the future and how to live in that truth.

Jessica Hibberd Member at Large Ninth Wave Arts

Jessica Hibberd (Jess) - Member at Large

I’m an artist in my heart and have been creating art ever since I can remember. Although my practical job at present is with the Government of Canada, creativity is what calls to me, whether pottery, music, cooking or paddling down the Mississippi River in Almonte. The oceans, lakes and rivers speak to my soul, and the stars sing in the tone of the day for me. My latest pottery projects have be inspired by the whales and peacefulness of the sea. I’ve felt the pull to visit ancient sites and lands around the world and hope to travel to many more. I grew up with the music of my family having jam sessions in the living room, which encouraged my interest in multiple musical instruments. I feel a longing to bring back the old way of living, being, and creating together in community.

Cheryl Mulvihill Member at Large Ninth Wave Arts

Cheryl Mulvihill - Member at Large

Growing up, I have fond memories of my grandmother (Granny) making pies from scratch. I remember my dad spending all of his time on our land planting and pruning and building and care taking, and he always walked the land, the land that had been his family's farm when he was growing up. I remember singing songs and telling stories with my mother’s family, who were very connected to their Irish roots. I am inspired by the effort of Ninth Wave Arts to bring forward and reclaim arts and ways from a time when family and community and living in synchronicity with the land was necessary and highly valued. I’m now creating memories with my own family, hoping to pass along some remembrance of the value of gathering together. I find myself walking in the woods, reading and learning and studying wisdom to continue the ongoing journey of remembering.

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