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Concert to benefit tortured monks

In 1959, the people of Tibet attempted to establish a nation independent of China. Over the years, as the Chinese military tried to establish control over the small country of six million, many Buddhist monks and nuns were tortured.

Dr. Alicia Gonzalez is planning to lead a team of naturopathic students from Bastyr University to Dharamsala, India to help.

“Our main purpose is to study whether craniosacral (brain and spine) therapy can help those still suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome,” Gonzalez said. “This is a pilot study to determine if we can help. I believe we can, but it takes funding.”

The study itself has received grant money, but there are serious expenses not covered.

To that end, friends and supporters of Gonzalez will hold a concert featuring renowned neo-Celtic guitarist Timothy Hull plus Elijah Moore and his band Lake.

Hull, a Whidbey Islander, has toured nationally over the past eight years bringing his songs, guitar, stories and humor to colleges, clubs, pubs, coffee houses, and conferences. His style fits into formats ranging from rowdy scenes to formal halls. He is appreciated by a wide array of people — from political activists, traditional music fans, quiet folks, lovers of a well-told story, and acoustic guitar enthusiasts.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. at the Moore family compound at 5410 Coles Road in Langley. An $8 donation is suggested. Refreshments, a bonfire with a jam session, drumming and marshmallows follow the performance.

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