We are three friends spread out across the world who wanted to come together and make something we all needed ourselves. We come from different backgrounds, countries and disciplines but we are pulled together by a shared passion for creativity, community and change.
I am passionate about the intersection of Leadership and Peacebuilding. The intersection of the Personal and the Political. I am a process facilitator and educator at heart. For the past 15 years I have been working globally in this capacity to support the practice of conflict transformation.
I was born and raised in the United States. In 2007 I found my way to Northern Ireland, and for the following five years called Belfast my home. During this time I worked in the community sector, and learned from the rich legacy of local approaches to community peacebuilding and reconciliation. Inspired to more specifically work with the gender dimension of peacebuilding, I earned a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development at the London School of Economics, where my research focused on applying a systemic conflict transformation approach to the implementation of gender, peace and security policies.
I have spent the past four years working in Southeast Asia, with the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies. There I lead the design and facilitation of the organisation’s Transformative Peace Leadership Programme, which focused on senior level leaders of key actors in the region’s peace processes.
I am a trained mediator, leadership coach and yoga teacher. I am wholeheartedly interested in trauma informed approaches and hosting processes for people to return to themselves and unleash their creativity.
Owner of Shade music.
I am a musician, producer and facilitator and I am passionate about building confidence and creating change through the arts.
I make my own music under the name 'Hex Hue', and have also worked with many other bands and musical projects over the years. I have supported artists such as BellX1, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Van Morrison, All Saints, Jesca Hoop, Foy Vance, Duke Special and many more.
In 2019 I set up my own company to house all my creative projects, including my work with choirs. I currently direct five choirs in various parts of Northern Ireland. Some are community based, and some are based in workplaces. Music, and singing, has transformative powers. It brings people together, creates new, more connected communities and helps people to empower themselves and build their confidence by raising their voices and stepping out of their comfort zones.
As a composer, musical director and events producer, I have worked with many theatres, film companies and projects with arts community organisations throughout Ireland and beyond.
ELIZABETH WELTY, PHD
Founder & Co-Owner of Flow Yoga Belfast.
I have been passionate about yoga, dance and the arts my whole life. I believe in the transformative potential of these mediums for personal and social change. Growing up, I was a member of a pre-professional ballet company, and loved time in the studio for the cultivation of presence & movement. In 2008 I received my ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ (RYT 200 – Yoga Alliance) from an Ashram in Boulder Colorado. My passion for movement, breath and music led me to Vinyasa Flow Yoga. With my business partner Eleanor Steane, I opened three Vinyasa Yoga studios – in Belfast’s Queen’s Quarter and the Cathedral Quarter and in Holywood – founded on an ethos of welcome, inclusivity and transformation.
As a yoga teacher, I seek to empower students to be strong, flexible and easy in their bodies, peaceful and clear in their minds, and playful in spirit.
I have also been working in peace and conflict studies, capacity-building and education for the past 20 years throughout Ireland, Europe and the United States. I hold a Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from Queen’s University Belfast, and I always strive to bring the best of my education, skills and passion forward each time I step on the mat.