Who are the Directors?

Who are we and why did we start this organization?

We have been following the bread crumb trail through the forest since 2002.  For some reason, even though we’ve gotten lost many times, we’ve never regretted any of our decisions. We wanted to untangle our lives and live like Frances Mayes in her book Under the Tuscan Sun or like Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love or like my personal favorite Rita Golden Gelman in Tales of a Female Nomad. These three women wrote of travel adventures and giving up what was expected of them. In the end they became women who discovered the magic of a life of their choosing.

For the last thirteen years we have lived as nomads in the YWCA in Brooklyn, in a 200 sq ft studio in San Francisco’s bohemian Haight Ashbury district, in a very large RV in Florida, in a tiny, blue room above a house in Mexico, in friends homes while pet sitting and in big homes in fancy neighborhoods. We even bought a vintage Field and Stream camper trailer to travel across the U.S. (we got as far as Arizona).  We gave “it” all up to live according to our dreams.  We are dreamers and here we are dreaming again but this time our focus is to help you dream too.

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Mexican gladiolas

Shannon Day executive director

Shannon has Bachelor’s degrees in both Music and Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida . She also holds a certificate in sound and music healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a youth educator, she was founding music director for San Fancisco ArtsEd Players, co-founder of the Dare to Perform creative arts program at Rooftop K-8 School in San Francisco, music director and teacher trainer and mentor for the Marsh Youth Theater and musical theater instructor at the A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. She has maintained a busy private studio since 2001 and is currently Music Director and arranger for Mrs. Bing Crosby.

As a performer Shannon was a San Francisco Symphony AGMA Chorus member for six seasons winning a Grammy Award during that time and was also Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra chorister. A freelance singer in the SF Bay Area since 1997, Shannon has sung for such clients as Temple Emanuel, St. Ignatius, St. Mary’s, St. Dominic’s cathedrals, Kunstoff Ballet, Gordon Getty, Mayor Gavin Newsom and George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound. A member of Actors Equity Association, Shannon played the title role in Evita at both the Woodminster Amphitheater and Coastal Repertory Theater and has performed one-woman shows in New York, San Francisco and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Shannon is also a composer, arranger and producer.

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Elizabeth Rosas artistic director

yellow dress and ficus tree

yellow dress and ficus tree

I took a creative writing class at San Francisco State University and learned more about myself in one semester than in my entire life. I am currently working on a book of poems about growing up in California’s Central Valley. I am a paper collage artist, digital photographer, jewelry designer and major tree hugger; all things I do because I can’t stop myself.

On my first solo trip to Mexico I volunteered to help children learn English, because of  that experience I knew that I wanted to find ways to share my knowledge and to connect with people. A few years later I worked to bring photography to kids in Mexico in the cross cultural exchange program “The Language of Photography”  and later co-founded “Dare to Perform” a creative arts program at Rooftop School in San Francisco. I was a teaching artist-in-residence in San Francisco and have instructed classes in Collage, Paper Mache, Puppet Making, Found Object Jewelry, Theatre Arts and Photography. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English and and am currently an MFA candidate in poetry at San Francisco State University.