Foundations In Sound Healing: Level 1
An Introduction To Sound Healing
A Thorough Exploration and Discovery of the Principles and Nature of Sound as a Healing Modality
This is Class 1 of our 4 Class Foundations In Sound Healing
With Zacciah Blackburn and Dorothy Stone
Online ZOOM Seminar
Thursday through Sunday
Sept 14-16, 2023 from 1-4 PM ET daily
Gain An Advanced Foundation In Therapeutic Sound Healing
This is the first in a series of ongoing events. You can sign up for this program independently, but must attend this to attend additional programs in the Foundations Of Sound Healing series.
This is a high quality, in depth program offered for novice and experienced practitioner to gain wisdom, insight, and experience to create or further your practice as a sound healing therapist, whether for personal or professional use, as well as to integrate sound into an existing therapeutic modality.
Zacciah and Dorothy have a combined history of over 70 years in world music, sound healing, and holistic practices. You will receive in depth understanding and experience in the principles and use sound therapies, as well as use of primary sound healing tools such as Pure Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan bowls and bells, chimes and gongs, Native American drums and rattles, tuning forks, and more, as time allows.
Study The Relationship Between Sound, Healing and Consciousness
From this program, you can expect to explore
- Experiential and cognitive advancement of our understanding of fundamental principles and utilization of techniques of sound healing therapies
- Exploration of the nature of Authentic Healing
- Experiential practices and esoteric understanding of the nature of human consciousness
- Utilize sound practices from Vedic/Yogic traditions, Tibetan Buddhism and indigenous cultures
- Experiential practice in sound techniques with applications for personal development and the professional setting
- Scientific research and contemporary sound therapies
- Use of voice, ancient and contemporary instruments including, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls and bells, Native drums, rattles, and tuning forks in wellness and therapeutic practices
- Practice of sound techniques to enhance personal and professional therapies (Psychotherapies, Yoga Instructors, Massage/Body Therapists, and other complementary therapies) Where time allows, we will go into these areas of study, but will have a follow up program focusing more on Creating a Sound Practice
- Balancing and clearing techniques for the neurophysiology, chakras,etheric/subtle energy and endocrine systems
- Using sound and consciousness practices to provide pathways to awakened states of wholeness and well being.
Learn How Instruments Of All Kinds Can Be Use For Therapeutic Sound Healing
This program offers a skilled approach to the nature of sound and healing designed to be of benefit to novice and practitioner. We approach a broad understanding of major sound healing modalities. With this foundation of understanding with the nature of sound, and the use of instruments, we begin to explore ever more deeply the use of voice, also, for personal and professional use, for practice in clearing, aligning, and energizing the human energy field, the nature of and use in invocation of allies and teachers in the subtle worlds of understanding, and much more. How is sound used as healing tool? Why is it so effective? We each have the creative capacity to utilize our voice in healing, every day. By setting proper awareness, and intention, we can, by speaking our truth, voicing our wounds, and touching our Divinity, and alliance with subtle realms of being, spark healing in ourselves and others.
The Center of Light and Sunreed Instruments offers in depth sound healers trainings, and classes which enable any individual to develop their highest potential skills in sound therapy, as a sound healing practitioner, for the use of sound healing in one's personal or private practice, as well as therapeutic clinical applications. Many participants begin here, to build their complete holistic practice from the foundation. We guide you through all steps necessary for a full practice. Many therapists in Psychology, Massage, Reiki, Yoga, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Ayurvedic, Nutritional Therapy, Movement, Breath, and a large variety of other Holistic Therapies, as well as Hospice, Nursing and Medical practitioners, are finding the benefits of Sound Therapies to heighten states of wellness and integration of their services for their clients. We have growing numbers of these professionals studying with us, to complement their current offerings. This full course offers a thorough foundation, and a sound healing certificate of completion.
The science behind the eons old practices of sound healing are rapidly becoming well documented as practical, easy and effective. Sound therapies are known to reduce stress and anxiety, increase homeostasis, create a more balanced immune system, enhance overall sense of well-being, and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of cancer & other disease by medical practitioners, as well as sound therapists. The effect of sound and awareness practices have been utilized by esoteric traditions worldwide to enhance states of well-being and the exploration of the subtle states of consciousness for eons. Science is rapidly confirming the benefit of the combination of intentional sound and guided imagery practices as ultimately beneficial to the process of healing.
The Foundation In Sound Healing course, over each of the 4 Levels, is designed to promote efficacy and understanding as a sound healing professional, with intuitive and cognitive insight, direct experiential practice, and education in the science and mysticism of the nature of sound as used both historically and in contemporary cultures world-wide. The program incorporates modern scientific studies in neuroacoustics, neurophysiology, the use of healing sound instruments, voice, sound technologies, Cymatics, and development of one's own understanding of the innate qualities of self. We are a strong proponent of the view that self-exploration and self-understanding promotes key awareness integral to the development of one's self as a healing practitioner. To understand the healing paradigm, one must explore the nature of consciousness itself, and sound healing modalities do as much as any holistic approach to reach this understanding, as we are vibrational beings. Sound healing as a healing modality, utilized with clear understanding, integrity, and intention, promotes wellness within oneself and others one is working with. The science is becoming inextricably clear on this.
We integrate keen understanding of the nature of consciousness and wellness, with the skilled articulation of cognitive use of sound instruments, to bring about wellness and change in one's whole being. We include training in the utilization of one's voice, Pure Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls and Bells (Bell/Dorje, Tingsha, Shang, Cymbal), Drums, Rattles, Horns and Didgeridoos, Tuning Forks, Peruvian Whistles, and a myriad of other traditional and contemporary instruments used in sound therapies worldwide today. We incorporate an intuitive and shamanic understanding of the nature of consciousness and subtle worlds of consciousness. Our facilitator, with over 37 years of experience in this field, will guide us to explore these principals with sound therapies and awareness exercises, approach a deep understanding of, and balancing techniques for, the primary and subtle components of the human energy system, including the 7 main chakras, the nadis and meridians, the endocrine system, and our neurophysiology.
We explore the modern science validating ancient and modern practices with sound therapies as it relates to wellness and consciousness, including Cymatics & the work of Dr. Hans Jenny, the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, (water crystals and intention), the Heart Math Institute (coherent emotion), Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Tom Kenyon, and other leading pioneers in the fields of human consciousness development, neuroacoustics, and sound medicines, and holistic wellness.
We develop skills and strategies to work in group and individual therapeutic context. In the course of these programs, we build community with a knowing school of practitioners. For some, this is the most important ingredient in the trainings.
We work with principals of ceremonial healing with practices grounded in traditional schools of healing, from Tibetan Buddhism to Hinduism, to Native North, South, and Central American shamanic practices. We create group ceremonies to develop and utilize our skills and heart felt intentions to learn how to bring true healing to the planet and all sentient beings incorporating sound practices. Each year's program develops deeper understanding of these practices, and our advanced level students & graduates continue this work by bringing ceremonial healing programs, not only to individuals, but to communities of the region, and to Sacred Earth Sites, as well as wherever else invited.
The programs empower us to bring our own innate and intuitive wisdom and understanding of the world forward, to stand more fully in our inner knowing, and authority as a human, and spiritual, being. At the same time, we develop the technical skill, based in decades of practice by the facilitator, of knowing the nature and power of sound and intention, and how to utilize it in therapeutic practice with clients, to heighten states of wellness in our own personal life, and in developing clear working models for group work with sound.
Inevitably, our participants feel markedly more whole and complete after each session. Reports from participants are nearly universal, in gaining insight, wisdom, and experience, that is 'life transforming,' and, 'beyond my highest expectations.'
A note from Zacciah on this course:
"I would like to add a little more information regarding this online program.
I hope it is helpful to assist you in gaining clarity about the nature and content of the program, and if it is worth your time and investment to join us. We greatly appreciate your interest, understand the wish for such clarity, and respect the investments such program require on your part.
These upcoming zoom programs will be a transition to on line for sound healing. I have been involved in the field of world music/meditative arts/and/or sound healing since 1974. I have been teaching since 1990. We offer extraordinarily in depth programs on the nature of sound, healing, and consciousness. The understanding of these three principles of life are required if we are wanting to use sound in a healing modality. These online trainings currently listed, will attempt to cover the very in depth programs that we have conducted in person for many years. Most people find our trainings much more in depth, and far more beneficial than most other trainings they have experienced.
If you can imagine, we simply will not be able to cover in 3 hours, or 6 hours, the level of work we might attain to in 6 days in person together. Yet, we will extract the fundamental teachings and usages of sound tools to include our own level of awareness and intention, and how we approach a sound practice, crystal and Tibetan bowls, bells and gongs, tuning forks, drums and rattles, and voice. Because of the shortness of our time together, at least in this first program, I will not take the time to do back and forth 'let's try our crystal bowls or Tibetan bowls together.' I will demonstrate and explain as much as possible, and utilize the instruments, in experiential exercises that you can get as good of a glimpse as possible into the nature of sound healing, and how to use these simple instruments, in a 3-6 hour setting. It may be helpful for you to acquire some instruments before the program, and I will address that more below.
Actually, I think it is a good idea to get instruments to begin your practice. I am not intending it to be a requirement. But it would be beneficial to begin playing with instruments if you have not. It will give you some background and clarity on what I am teaching, as well as provide a strong foundation for questions you may have about the use of them. There will be question and answer time each session. It is a primary aspect of my teaching method.
But, this training is about far more than simple 'how to sing a crystal or Tibetan bowl.' Most people do not realize the depth and power of using these tools in a healing practice can provide, and also do not have the background to assist their clients when they suddenly discover the practices are indeed effective. How do you work with a client who suddenly is overcome with grief she has not resolved, over a loss in her life, when you were just playing a crystal bowl for relaxation. Are you ready to meet that, and escort her through her pain without getting lost in your own?
These programs are for those who truly want to explore the in depth nature of sound as a healing practice, whether for themselves or for others, whether to use privately or professionally, or to integrate into an existing practice. I take my time to outline the principles of sound, the nature of healing, and the necessary component of our own consciousness and level and quality of awareness, and how that effects a practice, as well as the greater reflections of who we are in this universe, and what we may strive to both resolve and become. What is our potential as human and spiritual beings? Are we more than we realize? Most elders of indigenous cultures, and accomplished wisdom teachers world wide find that to be so, and have specific teaching and methodology to assist in that. For, if we are not striving for our own potential, how can we assist others to do the same? Without these principles, the use of instruments becomes somewhat hollow, though simple use of instruments by the novice can be very effective. I will be addressing that as well, understanding many people come to this without an extensive back ground in the healing arts, and need an easy entry level to begin to utilize these tools in their practice. I am highly skilled at providing in depth background while providing effective tools for the novice, as well as broader understanding for those already skilled in the field, wanting to strengthen their practice.
My partner Dorothy Stone has an extensive background in the healing arts as well, with over 30 years in body based therapies, and over 15 years in sound therapy, integrating the two, as well as becoming a chant master, and facilitator of sacred sound ceremonies and healing practices.
By the second program, I may suggest you have your own tools. Certainly if you carry on to the 3rd & 4th ones, I will.
Below is a list I recommend to my students. If you wish to call and consult with us on how to begin a practice, which instruments to use, assuming you are seeking to utilize that information to purchase through Sunreed Instruments, we will gladly take the time to consult and recommend what we feel are excellent starting tools, and and guide you through the process of what might work best for you, based on your own vision and goals.
We also offer 1 on 1 training if you want to work specifically in one area of study, such as how to use Tibetan or Crystal bowls, which are most effective for your desired outcome, etc, or other specific aspects of your interest and skill development needs. This will all be covered to the best of my ability in a 3 hour session. But, in my world view, 3 hours is hardly enough time to get started. There is so much wonder in the field of sound, and, for me, it is extraordinarily beneficial and appropriate to cover the fundamental principles of sound, before we dive in and call ourselves a sound healer.
I do hope this is helpful.
Here is that list of instruments:
Recommended Instruments in approximate order of Priority
(use your own discernment what best serves you, or give us a call to assist and guide you!!):
• 9-12” frosted crystal bowl or 6-8” clear handle bowl
or harmonic set of 2-4 frosted bowls; if you want to go further, an entire chakra set (8 bowl is highly recommended)
• N. Am. Frame Drum (w/ beater) (16-18" is a good size)
• Tibetan Bowl(s), Bell, & vajra: or Tingsha or Shang
o consider 2 or 3 bowls, 2 or 3 harmonious bells
• Tuning forks
Good options are: (Mid-Ohm or Ohm Octave octave set; G/C Body Tuners; Luna Octave , ClearPath; Solar (major scale) or Fibonacci (ancient scale) set; Sunreed Gamma, binaural or harmonic set
o weighted = tissue, 2 – non-weighted = acoustical
You can find more in depth information on the trainings and programs offered here, as well as articles, and online meditative sound practices and interviews here:
Please do let us know how we can assist you.
Ours is a service based organization.
We look forward to sharing with you more.
The Center of Light
owner, Sunreed instruments"
We are an approved educational course by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC).
Apply with VSAC for the Advancement Grant, for full tuition paid for our online courses.
The application is easy, online, and your approval will happen quickly.
You must be a Vermont resident to apply. www.vsac.org