Earthtones cares deeply about our clients and we are here to support you during this time of social distancing. We are excited to announce we now offer music therapy services through a virtual platform. Our professional therapists are trained to design specialized programs for individuals and groups to meet needs for connection, creativity, and emotional processing. Our virtual sessions offer a wide range of engagement opportunities, including making music with homemade instruments, movement, writing a song to send to a loved one, sensory engagement, and more!
As we adapt to these uncertain times, we believe we can still come together as a community for support, nurturance, and care. Our therapists and administrative team will work with you to help you get set up using our simple, reliable virtual platform.
Call us to schedule your first session
We would be honored to continue to serve you, or provide new opportunities for virtual music therapy in your community. Call us at (503)-284-6794 Ext. 1 to schedule your first virtual session!
Strength and fortitude, Jodi Winnwalker, Earthtones Owner and CEO
As we begin a new decade we here at Earthtones NW are feeling grateful for you, our community. We feel honored to provide music therapy, horticultural therapy and art therapy to the Willamette Valley and beyond. Our practice is centered around building therapeutic relationships and supporting our clients. We feel such gratitude for these important relationships and want to say thank you for the opportunity to know you, and provide you with these services. If you are a case manager- we value you and are thankful for all you do. If you are someone who has chosen to receive our services we are inspired by you and overwhelmed with gratitude. If you are a family member of a client- we so appreciate getting to know you and hearing your story. If you are a facility staff member- we acknowledge your hard work and want to say thank you for supporting us and the people in your community. As we reflect on 2019 the feelings of warmth and gratitude prevail.
May your 2020 be filled with love and light!
Earthtones NW had the honor of hosting 5 music therapy interns in 2019. Adam and Matthew graduated from our internship program in August 2019. Stephanie, Kat and Darcey are in their final month of internship and are set to graduate come end of January 2020. Chloe and Katie began their music therapy internship journey just last week. We are excited to have them as part of our team. We are grateful to work with these talented individuals and are proud of their growth and accomplishments.
We look forward to continuing to serve our community in 2020 and wish you all a year of health and wellness. For more information on Earthtones Northwest and our services explore our website at or give us a call at (503) 284-6794, we would love to hear from you.
All Classical Portland recently embarked on a month long campaign focused on music and health. As part of their efforts to highlight the incredible ways in which music heals, they invited Jodi Winnwalker, Earthtones owner and CEO, to join a panel of professionals with a live audience at the radio station.
How music heals
On Oct 17th Jodi and Dr. Larry Sherman, Kristrun Grondal, and Nancy Ive sat down with moderator Suzanne Nance, President and CEO of All Classical, to discuss how music is utilized in therapy and medicine.
“It was a privilege and delight to join a panel of well informed and dynamically engaged professionals, all committed to the use of music for health and social justice in our community.”
During the month long “Music Heals” campaign All Classical featured several local organizations whose mission supports music and health. One such feature highlighted MusicNow, a collaborative program of Earthtones Northwest and the Oregon Symphony. Maggie Johnson, Earthtones Music Therapy Program Director, was invited into the studio alongside Alicia DiDonato Paulsen, the Assistant Principal Flute for the Oregon Symphony, to talk about the unique program.
MusicNow is a one of a kind program that pairs an Oregon Symphony professional musician and a board-certified music therapist to collaborate in providing high quality music and musical experiences to groups of adults living with dementia. The result of such collaboration benefits the participants as part of a wider musical community and allows the musicians to share and witness the strength of these communities and the power of music as a way to form immediate bonds with others.
The 15th annual Senior Gardening Days was held at Portland Nursery on September 18th and October 16th 2019. Earthtones Northwest, the Portland Memory Garden, and Home Instead sponsored the lively event which provided free nature-based activities, demonstrations, and live music for older adults across the community. Despite the cooler temperatures and rain over 170 people came to immerse in the activities, shop for plants and to enjoy the lush autumn season.
Nature-based activities, music and community
Box of Chocolates, led by Reggie Houston, charmed the crowd with the sounds of jazz, blues, and old classic tunes. Community members made their way through the nursery, stopping at tables offering activities such as crocus planting, seasonal potpourii sachets, pressed leaf and flower embossing and more during the 2 hour nursery event.
Connecting with the season, self and others
Senior Gardening Days aims to provide older adults, especially those living in care facilities, a chance to get out into their community and connect with peers, plants, music, horticultural therapists and horticultural therapy students.
“this is just so wonderful, look at how beautiful it is!”
One participant said “this is just so wonderful, look at how beautiful it is!” after completing a pressed leaf arrangement. This annual event takes place every September and October. For more information on next years event, and how to RSVP please visit Portland Nurseries website.
Earthtones NW has the honor of serving clients in the greater Portland area, Wilsonville, Salem and Eugene. And now, we are reaching out to serve Central Oregon. On July 17th 200 community members of Sisters Oregon came together to drum, sing, eat and play! Earthtones NW’s CEO and owner, Jodi Winnwalker, coordinated the second annual Sisters Rhythm & Song in the Park event, bringing together local musicians and community members to celebrate the summer season and to connect through shared musical experiences. The event was free to the community and included a dinner of hot dogs, potato salad, chips and cookies.
Blurring the lines between performer and audience
One unique element of the evening was the approach to blurring the lines between “performer” and “audience”. This event was designed to engage the “musician” in everyone. Local musicians were invited to share music of various styles in the center of the circle. The community gathered around the featured musicians and were invited to sing, dance and play along. Earthtones interns brought an impressive collection of musical instruments that were made available and placed throughout the a circle for all to play. The instruments included drums, shakers and other small instruments, tone chimes and a gong. The interns also wrote and led a chant about peace and unity. Even the surrounding Ponderosa Pines and other park trees seemed to sway to the music. Earthtones intern Darcy Wallace
“I loved seeing multiple generations gathering in one place, both musicians and those new to music. It felt like people had freedom to express themselves and listen and engage with others” – Earthtones intern Darcy Wallace
Joy and connection
Many of the folks that attended the event remembered the joy and connection they experienced last year and wanted to participate again. “I think it’s great for the community to get together and celebrate”, Dottie Kemble said, who came with her two granddaughters.
Rhythm & Song was made possible by Citizens 4 Community, and the many sponsors of the event including Earthtones NW, the Ford Family Foundation, St. Charles Health System, Coldwell Banker Reed Bros. Realty, and the Lodge in Sisters. Paulina Springs Books donated the chairs and the PA system was managed by Rich Hummel. Rhythm and Song is an event for the community and by the community, and what a wonderful event it is!