Maryland Artist in Residence Nights
& Community Supported Wellness
@ The Free School
Humanities and personal expression through art is indispensable on the path of self-development. Our Maryland artists have unique journeys and powerhouse portfolios to share! Meet and enjoy an evening with one, or all, through our Community Supported Wellness program and The Free School.
Brooks Long brings the old school to today’s music lovers in a style all his own. Brooks and his band have shared the stage with such varied acts as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Lucero, Ben Lee, Low Cut Connie, Caleb Stine, Cris Jacobs, and LaFayette Gilchrist.
In 2011, Brooks released the largely acoustic collection The Songster. He released the EP Let’s Make Out To Otis Redding the following year. Two more single releases, “Spring” and “Ain’t Never Had A Good Time,” began receiving local airplay on WTMD Towson University Radio in 2013. In 2014, his band was named “Best Real R&B” in Baltimore City Paper and Brooks began a year-long Maryland Traditions apprenticeship through the Maryland State Arts Council, with Wendell Holmes of the blues/roots band, The Holmes Brothers. Following Wendell’s passing, Brooks began playing guitar and singing with Sherman Holmes, Wendell’s dear brother and bandmate. Brooks lives in Baltimore, and plays all over with his band The Mad Dog No Good.
Christine Plat Patrick, a lover of fiction and fantasy, enjoys writing stories interwoven with the African Diaspora experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and Master of Arts in African Studies from The Ohio State University. She also received her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law and enjoyed working as a Policy Advisor in the energy sector before returning to her love for storytelling. Christine’s debut novel, The Truth About About Awiti, was published through her indie press, Field Order Press, in March 2015. She recently acquired representation by Emily Sylvan Kim of Prospect Agency. She lives in Washington, DC with her amazingly supportive husband and adorable daughter, also known as Brown Bunny.
Erika Robuck is the bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl, Call Me Zelda, Fallen Beauty, The House of Hawthorne, and Receive Me Falling. She is also a contributor to the anthology Grand Central: Postwar Stories of Love and Reunion, and to the Writer Unboxed Blog. She has her own blog, Muse, and is a member of the Hawthorne, Historical Novel, Hemingway, and Millay Societies. In 2014, Robuck was named Annapolis’ Author of the Year, and she resides there with her husband and three sons.
Wellness Weekend 2017 with Beth Williams
Beth Williams is the director of Svadharma Yoga School and owner of Harmony Yoga in Newport, Oregon. Beth has been practicing yoga since the age of 7, when her mother taught her how to meditate and practice asanas. As a teenager she battled depression and frequent panic attacks. Instead of taking antidepressants and anti anxiety medication, she began practicing yoga and meditation again.
Beth practiced yoga regularly to help her connect to Spirit and to reduce chronic pain. It became clear to her that teaching others the benefit of this time honored practice was the next step in her journey. In 2002, Beth received her first 200 hour Teacher Training Certificate through the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, California. Beth then fell in love with Anusara Yoga, and after 3 years of study, received her second 200 Teacher Training Certificate in the Anusara practice.
She has studied with many skilled teachers, such as Alison Alstrom, Darcy Lyon, Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Maze, Darren Rhodes, and Sianna Sherman. Beth’s love and passion for life is evident in her teaching. She combines her knowledge of Yoga philosophy, alignment principles and multiple styles of yoga to create a beautiful and enlivening yoga experience. Beth has also broadened her scope of practice with these credentials and studies: Reiki Master, Certified Personal Trainer, Chiropractic Assistant, Functional Movement Screening Level 2, Active Isolated Stretch and Strength Advanced Level, and Level 1 TRX. Beth is currently working towards her 500 hour certification in Alignment Yoga with Scott Anderson.