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Staff Biographies

elise with didge at Katie's ritual May, 2011

Elise Peeples

I began playing the didgeridoo to add it to the instruments used at a healing circle I belong to called Dare (a Shona word meaning "Council). At the monthly Dare gatherings we play music, share dreams, and talk in council to bring our wisdom together to heal each other and our communities and our world. See Bay Area Dare.

I am the author of The Emperor Has a Body: Body-Politics in the Between, a critique of Western philosophy and an introduction of a new model, the Between Model, Strands, a novel about four generations of women in my family (2010) and When Thing Happen to People: the Field Beyond Good and Bad (2011), a memoir about my encounter with breast cancer and mastectomy.

My experience and interests lie in five main areas: psychology, philosophy, diversity/political work, healing and mediation. My training includes a BA in psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; a Paralegal Certificate from the Institute for Paralegal Studies in Philadelphia; and an MA in philosophy with a Certificate for Teaching Critical Thinking from San Francisco State University.

In June of 2010 I graduated from the California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) Sound, Voice, Music Healing certificate program. I am the third of four preacher's kids. In 1988 I married Adam David Miller, a teacher and distinguished author of Ticket to Exile, a memoir ( and 5 books of poetry ( We live in Berkeley, California.

I have been a community mediator for 20 years. I am currently the Executive Director of Art Between Us, Inc., a non-profit corporation focusing on Collaborative Art, a Didgeridoo instructor and a writer.


Peggy Ho, Artistic Director peggy at SP in lotus position

I am a Berkeley artist who has been working in ceramics and watercolor, oil and acrylic paint for more then twenty years. I have a degree in Studio Arts from the University of Hawaii.  The colors of the islands and Georgia O'Keefe have been major influences in my work

Peggy is the artistic director of Sound Rivers and creates most of the artwork for the didgeridoos.







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