Maneeka plays on our Coast’s natural stage
WOOLGOOLGA'S natural surrounds provide the perfect stage for local harpist Maneeka Le Palstrier to immerse herself in playing soothing compositions.
From Woolgoolga Lake to the headland, Ms Le Palstrier is inspired and driven to play by her love of the outdoors.
"It's wherever the inspiration takes me, I love to play in nature," she said.
"I play for nature, nature is my audience."
Ms Le Palstrier said she had experienced magical moments playing the harp, citing one instance where the birds stopped singing and everything became still as she played.
She named her harp the Heart Whisperer after finding her music plucked the heart strings of passers-by and created an enjoyable addition to their walk through nature.
"It seems to just whisper to people's hearts. I've had some amazing connections with people (when playing my harp)," Ms Le Palstrier said.
A Woopi local of 30 years, Ms Le Palstrier fell in love with the instrument nearly two decades ago.
"I've been playing for 20 years now and it was just one of those instant connections," she said.