In 2017 Jean and Robin connected to create and sing songs of the heart through their music duo Notan
ean Farmer has honored her joy of singing from her earliest days: singing with her sisters in the common task of washing dishes, composing original music, and leading songs around the campfire. In the late 1990s she co-founded the folk trio Amaryllis, which performed in the West County for 8 years. She is also a six-year member of the Joyful Noise Gospel Singers. A registered nurse for 35 years, Jean spent her working career in a variety of settings, ultimately managing the plant medicine pharmacy, working with Integrative Health providers and providing health education at the Indian Health Clinic in Santa Rosa. Since retiring from Nursing, singing and songwriting has become a major focus in her life. It is, for her, a spiritual practice: a path to centering, a form of self-expression, and a way to create and build community.
obin O’Brien, singer, composer and sound healer, is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. A massage practitioner for over 20 years, Robin is a Registered Nurse with certification in psychosomatic bodywork. Robin has recorded several albums of original music, and leads sacred song circles in the North Bay. She has performed for Veriditas at Chartres Cathedral in France, and sings regularly for Yoga on the Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral. She is core staff at the annual Advent retreat at Bishop’s Ranch, where she leads a call and response meditation employing the music of Hildegard of Bingen. At her home church; Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, she directs the monthly gathering of Sung Prayer.