Cathy AJ Hardy
Singer-Songwriter, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator & Teacher
Passionate about creating care for the soul through songs, stories & spaces.
Profoundly connected to the land where she lives and rooted in a deep spirituality, Cathy writes and sings from soul depths. Her lyrics and melodies flow out of the stories of her life. Her many compositions have been described as ‘healing, inspiring, hope-filled, honest and courageous’. Remain in Love is her newest musical release (March 2018) and was nominated for Inspirational Album of the Year & Folk Album of the Year with the Gospel Music Awards of Canada. Listen here. Cathy has been sharing the music of heart for over a decade and has been nominated 4 other times for Gospel Music Awards of Canada. Check out more about her recordings here.
Cathy’s passion is to create spaces of soul care for large groups or individuals through music events, conferences, teaching opportunities, retreats, spiritual direction and more. Whether for one or for many, these ‘spaces’ are designed for the soul to rest, receive and be restored. The song ‘Come to the Table’ holds the essence of these spaces.
One monthly space that is created in the Greater Fraser Valley of BC, Canada, is through Evenings of Sung Prayer (inspired by the profound impact of the music of Taizé in her life). In these evenings the ‘collective voice’ of song has the opportunity to emerge in prayer. These gatherings have taken place all over the Fraser Valley and Vancouver, including Catholic, Lutheran, United Church, Mennonite Brethren and Anglican denominations. They are currently being held in partnership with St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Aldergrove. Learn more here.
Cathy has been involved in leading contemplative soulful retreats since 2003. Through stillness, song, meditation and the great outdoors, Cathy creates spaces of healing and restoration for the soul. Soul Care retreats are experienced in many venues including the Westminster Abbey in Mission, Mark Centre in Abbotsford, Linwood House on the Sunshine Coast and Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Learn more about Soul Care Retreats here. Cathy also provides soul care through three 12 month programs called Anam Cara, Cloister and the Red Cedar. On-Line Soul Care Journaling Course NOW AVAILABLE HERE. Cathy is a trained Spiritual Director, a Mentor at the Haden Institute (Niagara Falls, Canada) and a teacher with the MCC End Abuse program in Abbotsford BC.
Also a painter and published poet, Cathy is the proud mother of grown daughters and she currently lives in Mission, B.C.
August 2018 – Cathy has been nominated for the COTA (Celebration of the Arts) award by the Mission Arts Council.
from the new release, REMAIN IN LOVE. FULL ALBUM Listen here.