On June 2-5, five of America’s foremost experts in the art and science of sound healing will join together to lead a Sound Healing Retreat Intensive. This four-day immersion program is ideal for experienced sound healing professionals, holistic practitioners who wish to introduce sound healing in their practices, and those who seek personal transformation through the miracle of sound.
The internationally renowned faculty includes Dr. John Beaulieu, Dr. Zacciah Blackburn, Peter Blum, Rich Goodhart, and Philippe Garnier. This intensive retreat experience also features special performances by gong master Nigol Koulajian and healer Grandmother Barbara Threecrow. The 2011 Sound Healing Retreat Intensive will be held at Menla House Retreat Center, located in Phonecia, NY, 20 minutes from Woodstock.
A certification of completion, signed by all retreat faculty members, will be awarded to participants who complete this training in sound healing. The course will be of specific interest to naturopathic and osteopathic doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other professionals in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. The program will include instruction on how to structure and conduct a Healing Sound Session with a client, providing insight into how to recalibrate and realign the energy centers of the body through the use of sound.
“Sound Healing improves and transforms a range of physical and emotional states. It is especially effective for those with chronic illness, allergies, and compulsive behavioral patterns, or who are recovering from trauma and grief,” says sound healer, teacher, and retreat organizer Philippe Garnier. Sound healing has been clinically shown to support people suffering from stress related disorders and chronic pain, as well as patients undergoing cancer treatments.
Under the guidance of these remarkable scholars, doctors, healers, and musicians, students will explore the healing potential of tuning forks, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, indigenous horns, voice, drums, and other percussion instruments. Participants will learn the therapeutic application of these tools to create sacred space, shift and expand consciousness, address a range of physical conditions, restore balance, and promote positive change at the cellular level.
“Facilitated by the sacred sound of instruments like crystal singing bowls and tuning forks, we can reach deep into the subconscious and gain access to the universal energy field, finding clarity of mind, as well as physical and emotional healing,” says Garnier.
Some highlights of the retreat include presentations by John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D on the theory, art, and science of sound healing, illuminating the vibrant relationship that exists between modern research, ancient spiritual principles, and energy healing techniques. Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, will talk about sound as a gateway to consciousness and about the specific nature and usage of therapeutic instruments. Peter Blum will concentrate on rhythm meditations as well as the power of the human voice; he will introduce singers and non-singers alike to “Magical Voice” or overtone singing (the production of two or three notes simultaneously). The transformative potential of sound will be the focus of Rich Goodhart’s talk as he shares meditational techniques that can be utilized throughout one’s life and healing practice. Event organizer Philippe Garnier will discuss the role of resonance and cymantics and will reveal the physical and spiritual effects of sound.
“Participants will experience profound personal transformation as a result of being surrounded with these healing frequencies so completely for these four unparalleled days,” says Garnier. “To have the opportunity to study with these teachers in this intensive retreat on the sacred and already energetically charged land of Menla will be unique experience that will stay with them forever. Everyone will leave the retreat with precious and practical skills that they can immediately use both to enhance their own individual growth and benefit their clients.”
The retreat will open at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 2 with a shared meal before the first session begins at 3:00; the weekend concludes at 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 5. During this immersive experience, days will begin with breakfast at 8:00 am and finish with evening performances that close each day at 11:00 pm.
Tuition is $750 if paid in full by April 1; $800 if paid in full by May 1; $850 if student pays upon arrival. Checks can be made payable to Sage Center and mailed to PO Box 63, Glenford New York, 12433. It is also possible to pay by credit card by visiting sagehealingcenter.org/.
Menla House (menlamountain.org) is conveniently located less than 10 miles from Woodstock and is easily accessible to residents of the Hudson Valley and Catksills area. Phoenecia, NY is two hours north of New York City (three hours by the Adirondack Trailways Busline) and three and a half hours from Boston. The retreat center is an hour from both the Albany and Steward (Newburgh, NY) airports. A variety of onsite accommodations are available at an additional cost ranging from camping ($278 per person) to private rooms with private baths ($649 per person). All food is included in the cost of accommodations. Contact Philippe Garnier (sagecenter[.]earthlink.net or 845-679-5650) to discuss your specific dietary needs.