Sound Healing events 2019

Berkeley, CA: Sweet Surrender with Sound Healing

Friday December 13 at 8 – 9 pm, at at Purusha Yoga, 3048 Claremont Avenue

Kick off the stress of the week and start the weekend by surrendering into deep relaxation and bliss. We start with specific movement and breathing exercises designed to release tension in the body and the mind. This enhances our ability to simply “be” – nothing to do, nowhere to go. The 45- minute subtle sound immersion will take you into a journey of stillness and harmony. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives.

Bring water bottle, pillow and eye cover or anything that makes your comfortable.

No previous experience required. Use your Purusha membership, class pass or get your ticket here. Drop-in price is $22 / class.

Photo credit to Aaron Burden.


Note: no refunds for events listed here unless otherwise specified.


Past Sound Healing Events

Oakland, CA: How to use singing bowls in your practice

Sundays December 1 and October 20 at 1 – 3 pm and Saturday June 8th at 2:30 – 4:30 pm and April 13 at 1 – 3 pm, 865 52nd street

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Singing bowls are becoming mainstream instruments to use in healing sessions and events. What is the criteria I should use when selecting a right bowl(s) for me? How do I use them intentionally?

This workshop is for anyone interested in or already using singing bowls in their own private practice or in events. Singing bowls are highly resonant instruments and fairly easy to work with when you know what you are doing. In sound healing, we are working with the sympathetic resonance, entraining the body to vibrate in harmony with the intentional sound offering. In my view embodied listening is one of the key factors when working with the bowls. By this I mean the ability to hear the subtle shifts in sound as working with people or yourself. The second step is to understand the basic principals of how the energy moves and being able to use those principals as you work with the bowls. This will keep you fully present, curious and confident of your work. There is a major difference which way you for example rim the bowl – and your clients/participants will notice this! In this workshop you will learn about

  • different types of singing bowls and their use
  • the criteria how to select a bowl(s) for yourself
  • how to apply embodied listening
  • basic energetic principals to use when working with singing bowls
  • coherent ways to use the singing bowls for yourself and for others

This workshop is very practical. You will both receive and offer sessions and leave confident on integrating singing bowls into your practice immediately. Bring your own singing bowl(s)!

Sliding Scale $40 – 60 Limited to 10 participants. Reserve your spot by sending your non-refundable payment through PayPal. Remember to add to the description field your email and which workshop you are registering for.

Albuquerque, NM: Yoga and Sound Healing – freedom within form with Anne Woods

Sunday November 24 at 4 – 6 pm, at Healing Gate, 3212 Monte Vista Blvd

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In this workshop we explore how you can achieve freedom within the boundaries and structures life offers to you. Structure can be as simple as our physical body and breath or financial security or relationships. Through awareness and acceptance freedom can blossom within offering confidence and comfort.

Take time to nourish yourself and explore your boundaries with mindful movement supported by the sounds of singing bowls, tuning forks, elemental chimes, and other instruments. We will also use our own voice through simple exercises to tune our own vibration. Somatic meditation will take you to deep state of relaxation and creates spaciousness in the mind.

Sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our body. Experience how the combination of movement and sound can shift patterns held in our tissues, leaving us feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated.

Open to all levels. Class size is limited, register here.

Fee: $45

Private Sound healing sessions with Minna in Albuquerque available Friday 22nd Monday 25th and Tuesday 26 at 10 am – 6 pm. Reserve directly with Minna at minna@harmoniaalto.com.

Anne Woods is a certified yoga therapist and occupational therapist with specialized training in CranioSacral therapy. She can help you get out of pain and back into life. Anne offers treatment that is personal, gentle, not rushed, and individually designed in language that is easy to understand. http://arisetherapeutics.com/

Sausalito CA: Elemental Sound Healing and Ear Acupuncture with Sarah Hart

Sundays November 17, October 20, September 15, July 21, June 23, May 19  at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street

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The fall season is the time of the lung and the element of metal. The active yang energy of summer is transforming into the restful yin energy of winter. In fall we will celebrate the harvest of our summer growth and, just like the trees loosing their leaves, we will let go of what no longer serves us. During this time we may find ourselves stuck in sadness and grief.

We will combine sound healing with auriculartherapy (ear acupuncture) to balance our metal element for a profound sense of inspired calm as we allow for transformation and letting go this fall.

Sound healing together with acupuncture reinforces our mind/body/soul connection, enhances wellbeing and at the same time builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives. In each class we will explore the ways to balance the metal element in slightly different angle and exercises. 

Sarah will offer the acupuncture in the beginning of the evening, if you so desire. We will use breathing and vocal practices to support the experience. You will then lay down and enter into soothing sound immersion journey allowing spaciousness and deep relaxation. We close with a chant to bring us safely back into the reality.

Sound healing reinforces our mind/body/soul connection, enhances wellbeing and at the same time builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives. Chanting and simple vocal exercises will balance emotions and improve concentration.

No previous experience is required. Please wear something warm and comfortable. Bring a pillow, eye cover and anything that will help you relax as you lay down on the ground. Arrive few minutes early to allow yourself to settle down.

Fee $40 with acupuncture, $30 without acupuncture. Pre-registration is highly recommended.

Sarah Hart, L.Ac. of Hart Medicine uses acupuncture and herbal medicine to reconnect patients to their sense of well-being and empower them on their healing journey. She uses deep listening and the healing traditions of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Balance Method, 5 Element, and Esoteric Acupuncture to balance the body and treat the root cause of disease. She earned her MSOM from AIMC-Berkeley and completed clinical internships at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and in China.

Santa Rosa, CA: Elemental Sound Healing

Saturday November 16 at 1 – 2:15 pm, at Soulstice Mind Body Spa, 2462 West 3rd Street

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When we allow our mind and body to relax, we create space to our inner wisdom. We start noticing the signals our body is constantly offering to us. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives and enhances the trust to our inner wisdom.

Join us on this intimate, safe space to improve and rediscover your body/mind/spirit connection. We will allow the elements – Earth (November), Fire (January), Water (February), Air (March) and Either (April) – to support our inner journey.

Balancing the:

  • Earth element will support our connection with others, lifts us up from laziness and brings us to our center.

  • Fire element will awaken our joy, creativity and vitality.

  • Water element will bring ease and flow into our lives and helps us to understand who we truly are.

  • Air element helps us to move on, transform and feel fresh

  • Either element helps us to understand that life is full of ultimate possibilities

The evening will include any combination of breathing and vocal exercises, movement, shamanic journeying, chanting, deep listening, somatic meditation, guided meditation, and a variety of simple self care practices to empower our connection within. We always finish up with a 40 minute gentle sound bath. Come for the experience and/or to learn practices that are simple to do at home.

Bring water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to keep you comfortable.

Each workshop can be taken separately. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early for timely start.

Fee: $30. Pre-registration here highly recommended

Berkeley, CA: Sweet Surrender with Sound Healing

Fridays October 18 and November 15  at 8 – 9 pm, at at Purusha Yoga, 3048 Claremont Avenue

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Kick off the stress of the week and start the weekend by surrendering into deep relaxation and bliss. We start with specific movement and breathing exercises designed to release tension in the body and the mind. This enhances our ability to simply “be” – nothing to do, nowhere to go. The 45- minute subtle sound immersion will take you into a journey of stillness and harmony. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives.

Bring water bottle, pillow and eye cover or anything that makes your comfortable.

No previous experience required. Use your Purusha membership, class pass or get your ticket here. Drop-in price is $22 / class.

Photo credit to Aaron Burden.

Oakland, CA: Inner freedom with Sound Healing

Tuesdays December 3rd, November 12, October 15 and 29 at 7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street

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In this series we explore how you can achieve freedom within the boundaries and structures life offers to us. This varies widely between different individuals and also different times in our lives. Structure could be as simple as breath – the act of breathing gives us life and with it the freedom to be who we are. Or if we look at financial security – some of us need a steady income in order to feel safe and free to things we enjoy and some trust that “the universe” will provide what I need.

Freedom is always there, yet sometimes it is very hard to see and embody it. It is good to understand what are the structures you need to have in place in order to feel free. In each class, we will explore this topic on a different perspective using shamanic journeying, guided meditation, visualization and journaling including a 40-minute subtle sound bath immersion.

Pre-registration is required. Fee is $20 per event. Early Bird tickets are available (-20% discount!) until the previous Sunday prior the event – use code “EARLY” when purchasing your ticket.

Bring water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to keep you comfortable. Bolsters and pillows are provided.

Each class can be taken separately. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early for timely start.

San Francisco, CA: Yoga and Sound Immersion, Practices to promote a Calm Wakefulness with Claudia Bartsch

Sundays November 3, September 8, May 5 and February 3 at 4:30 – 7 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street

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As our external world becomes increasingly more challenging, many of us are left behind feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious. Slowing down and supporting ourselves is now  more important than ever. Only with a calm and strong sense of Self will be be able to remain wakefull towards the external world.

This workshop offers you a safe place to relax deeply and to reconnect to yourself. You will learn concrete tools with which you can encounter the stress of daily living with more equanimity.  Breathwork will enable you to actively influence your nervous system. Chanting and simple vocal exercises will balance emotions and improve concentration. Restorative yoga postures, healing touch and sound vibration of multiple instruments will support your body to release deeply held tension and increase your body’s innate capacity to reorganize and heal itself.

This practice will gradually build your ability to acknowledge life as is, both on a personal and universal level.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time to settle in.

Fee: $40 early bird, $45 at the door

Pre-registration highly recommended.

Claudia Bartsch is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and has been teaching for 12 years in various locations. After finding great healing and transformation through the practice of Yoga in her own life, she is now passionate about sharing this healing power with others. Her teaching style is inward and compassionate, supporting students to replace self-judgment with self-love and acceptance. In 2011, she became a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist to deepen her understanding of the bodymind and on how to tap into the wisdom of the body to connect to Self. She teaches advanced asana classes, restorative and therapeutic yoga and focuses lately on working with private students. More information at here.

Berkeley, CA: Hatha/Raja yoga and sound healing with Joy Ravelli

Sundays October 13 at 6 – 7:15 pm, at Purusha Yoga, 3048 Claremont Avenue

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Hatha/Raja yoga activates and awakens optimal human health and potential on every level. Raja Yoga goes beyond the physical and into a complete and integrative 8 limb yoga practice which includes, breathing, guided meditation, and intentional lifestyle.

Hatha yoga embraces the holistic paradigm of Yin and Yang and utilizes these forces to balance all systems of the body. Hatha and Raja together enlighten your sense of understanding the larger scope of yoga practice and the depths of your true self.

Improve your physical health, emotional intelligence and overall sense of well being. Allow soothing sounds to support your practice.

Appropriate for all levels- Beginner to Advanced. Use your Purusha membership, class pass or get your ticket or purchase tickets here.

Joy Ravelli has been leading workshops, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings for 20 years and has 30 years experience as a teacher and entrepreneur. Joy is the founder of the Purusha Seva Project a non-profit organization that brings powerful yoga practices to under-served and at-risk populations throughout the Bay Area and the world. Joy is the co-owner and founder of Purusha Studio and School in San Francisco, CA.

Joy brings a powerful sense of authenticity, humor, light, and natural wisdom to her teaching which encourages students to explore, discover, and express their true self (purusha) in a safe and deeply inspiring atmosphere. Joy has a master level of experience, education and knowledge in the fields of Natural Fitness, Somatic Movement, Traditional Thai Yoga Body Work, Pilates, Human Potential, Ritual, and of course the foundation that leads her mind, body, and the soul of her teachings: Classic Yoga!

Berkeley, CA: Entering into fall with acupuncture and sound healing with Thuy Nguyen

Saturday September 28 at 2 – 2:45 pm and 3 – 3:45 pm at Clubhouse, 1425 Oregon St, Berkeley (one block north of 2880 Sacramento in Oregon park senior apartment)

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Fall is the season of the lung, an organ associated with the immune system, grief and letting go. When the lung is supported, we have a healthy boundary between us and the world and we can let go of anything that no longer serves us. This makes room for new experiences that will help us to grow. When the lung is deficient or stagnant, we may find ourselves stuck in sadness, grief and vulnerable to illness.

Sound healing, together with acupuncture can support the lungs and help us to let go of things & situation we no longer need. Sound healing in particular helps to open the door to inner wisdom as our entire being relaxes.

Fee: $50 for each 45 minute session. Limited to five participants / acupuncture session. NEW! You can also join just the sound healing for $15 / session. Bring your own yoga mat, pillow and blanket to make yourself comfortable! Reserve here.

Part of the proceeds will be donated to the BCA’s Navajo Healing Project.

Sacramento, CA: Visionaries Summit by Shift Network

September 20 – 22, at Double Tree by Hilton, 2001 Point W Way

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The Visionaries Summit is where innovative approaches to the most critical issues of our time are introduced, explored and amplified. Not only do we come together to cross-pollinate and meld ideas in order to create the future we all deserve, but we come together to shift our perspectives, and activate the next level of our potential for the evolutionary challenges ahead.

Speakers include names such as Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing at Google, Nina Simons, Co-founder and Chief Relationship Strategist at Bioneers, Stephen Dinan, co-founder and CEO of The Shift Network and many more. Check out the list of speakers here.

During the day you have an option to chill by joining the Sonic Nap Time. You may stay five minutes or for an hour – what ever you need to take care of yourself in the midst of exciting, uplifting and occasionally heavy topics. Sonic Nap Time is offered on Friday at 12:30 – 3:30 pm and Saturday at 1 – 4 pm at Terrace Room Room.

More information about the Summit and ticket purchasing is here .

Woodacre, CA: Well Within: A Women’s yoga and meditation retreat with Elizabeth McKinley

September 13 – 15, Woodacre, Marin County

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This September, celebrate the full harvest moon on retreat in community with vibrant women and nourishing yoga practices. Spend three days and two nights exploring your internal reserves and recharging at Spirit House, a private oasis in the hills just north of San Francisco. Embody your gifts of the divine feminine and emerge into the season ahead with steadiness and balance.

The yoga:

Mornings will begin with hatha flow yoga and meditation. Afternoon practices of yin yoga and yoga nidra will shift us into modes of openness and receptivity. Evenings, we’ll be guided through sound immersion by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto, allowing space for deep relaxation and energetic harmony. Aligning with rhythms of nature, fueled by the full moon and spaciousness, our yoga practices will clear space for inner clarity.

The food:

All our practices will be supported by high quality, delicious food. All meals, prepared with love by Rachael Gorgestani, founder of The Cupboard, emphasize pure, healthy ingredients prepared to optimize digestion and enjoyment. Rachael’s organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals will be accommodated to support special dietary needs, and she will also lead us through a cooking class, offering recipes and tips to support seasonal health.

The space:

Spirit House is just thirty minutes from busy San Francisco, yet it shines with natural beauty and serenity. We will gather in the yurt for yoga and meditation, and the lodging in the main house is sweet and cozy, with lots of natural light. During free time, hike the miles of fire trails right out the door or walk the labyrinth. Soak in the spectacular view in the outdoor hot tub or unwind in the sauna and then drift to sleep in your cozy room after enjoying some moon-gazing. The space itself at Spirit Rock is nurturing, and we’ll have it all to ourselves.

More info and registration here.

Elizabeth McKinley is a registered yoga teacher.Exploring the intersections of physical, mental, and emotional health, she teaches groups and individuals, emphasizing the body-mind-spirit connection. Incorporating the traditions of Hatha, Restorative, and Therapeutic Yoga, Elizabeth guides her students to recognize and build upon their inherent wholeness. She completed her 200-hour and 500-hour trainings at Purusha Yoga School in San Francisco. Dedication to a daily personal practice and connection to the natural world nourish Elizabeth, allowing her to vibrantly share yoga with women, youth, families, and other groups.

Oakland, CA: Elemental sound healing – time for self care

Tuesdays July 9 (Either), June 25 (Earth), May 28(Air) and 14 (Water) and April 23 (Fire) at  7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street

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When we allow our mind and body to relax, we create space to our inner wisdom. We start noticing the signals our body is constantly offering to us. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives and enhances the trust to our inner wisdom.

Join us on this intimate, safe space to improve and rediscover your body/mind/spirit connection. We will allow the elements – Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Either – to support our inner journey.

Balancing the

  • Earth element will support our connection with others, lifts us up from laziness and brings us to our center.
  • Fire element will awaken our joy, creativity and vitality.
  • Water element will bring ease and flow into our lives and helps us to understand who we truly are.
  • Air element helps us to move on, transform and feel fresh
  • Either element helps us to understand that life is full of ultimate possibilities

The evening will include any combination of breathing and vocal exercises, movement, shamanic journeying, chanting, deep listening, somatic meditation, guided meditation, Tibetan yoga and variety of self care practices to empower our connection within.Each event will include a 40 minute gentle sound bath. Come for the experience and/or to learn practices that are simple to do at home.

Pre-registration required. Fee is $20 per event. Early Bird tickets are available (-20% discount!) until the previous Sunday – use code “EARLY” when purchasing your ticket.

Bring water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to keep you comfortable. Bolsters and pillows are provided.

Each class can be taken separately. Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early for timely start.

Berkeley, CA: Summer Solstice Heart Opening Sound & Acupuncture with Thuy Nguyen

Saturday June 22 at 2 – 2:45 pm and 3 – 3:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street

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Summer is the season of the heart, an organ associated with joy, love, passion and creativity. When the heart is supported, these emotions are available and balanced. When the heart is overstimulated, excess nervous energy, anxiety and insomnia can be present.

Sound healing, together with acupuncture can soothe anxiety and open the heart to increase the capacity for passion, creativity and love. Sound healing in particular has an immensive ability to entrain and tune the heart.

Fee: $50 for each 45 minute session. Limited to five participants / session. Reserve here.

You will receive BCA’s specially formulated tea to support your healing at home as well as self-care instructions for the season

Photo credit to Guillaume Lorain

Oakland, CA: Tuning fork basics

Saturday June 8 at noon – 2 pm and April 13 at 10 – noon, 865 52nd street

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Tuning forks are an easy tool to create powerful results either on their own or combined with other modalities such as acupressure, massage and yoga. We will be working with both weighted tuning forks that are mainly used directly in the body and unweighted ones that are used for sound. In this workshop you will learn how to use tuning forks

  • to release tension in the body
  • to ground
  • to clear and shift energy in the room and in the body
  • to balance nervous system
  • as an intentional sound healing concert
  • with particular protocols for yourself and others

You will have an opportunity to try out and purchase tuning forks from Biosonics. This workshop is very practical. You will both receive and offer sessions and leave confident on integrating tuning forks into your practice immediately. Bring your own tuning forks or use the ones available at the workshop.

Sliding Scale $40 – 60 Limited to 10 participants. Reserve your spot by sending your non-refundable payment through PayPal. Remember to add to the description field your email and which workshop you are registering for.

Sonoma, CA: Recalibrate – Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing with Lila Taff

Saturday May 18 at 4 – 7 pm at Noble Yoga, Nino Marco Square

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you’re invited to p r e s s / / p a u s e

R E C A L I B R A T E a workshop that offers tools to slow down, tune in, and stay the course. summer is governed by the pitta elements of fire and water. too much fire can lead to crashing and burning, drying out, and to seeking what, in ayurveda is considered ‘false play’. every season has inherent qualities, as do we. we will explore the fiery nature of pitta in ourselves, learn to recognize when it’s out of balance, and how to recalibrate with restorative play. in this soothing and restorative experience, minna sivola and lila taff offer tools to support you in the seasonal shift ahead.

  • restorative yoga
  • sound bath
  • explorative writing
  • ayurveda education
  • guided and unguided meditations
  • more tools for balancing excess pitta

Tickets $40 by May 5 / $50 after May 5

things to consider // bringing a journal + pen wearing comfortable clothes try not to eat for an hour or two before the start time.

Lila Taff:  my studies of meditation, yoga, and ayurveda began informing everything i pursued. well-being became my personal priority. awareness became my practice. when that became clear, tools began to flow to me. i received my 200 hour teaching certification from stephanie snyder and 250 hours in clinical ayurveda studies with deanna batdorff. i teach vinyasa yoga, ayurvedic lifestyle, and i host gatherings and workshops that invite one to press pause. there are few things more fulfilling to me than gathering people together and facilitating nourishment and connection.

Berkeley, CA: Sound Bath with Saje Wellness essential oils

Thursday May 16 at 7:30 – 9 pm and Sunday March 24 at 6:30 –  8 pm, Saje Natural Wellness, 1911 Fourth Street

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Join Minna from Harmoniaalto and Saje Natural Wellness for an immersive sound bath event that will melt stress away and inspire feelings of inner balance. During this unique experience, both your olfactory and auditory senses will be activated to help you reach a deep and gentle meditative state.

First, we will give you a brief five-minute introduction to the essential oils that we will be including into the sound bath experience. Then, we will get into comfortable positions on our yoga mats and the 60-minute sound bath and aromatherapy meditation will begin. Minna will guide you through simple breathing and vocal exercises to allow your body and mind to become more present as you transfer into a relaxed state. She will use guided imagery, deep listening, sacred geometry, and soothing live sounds of acoustic instruments to further support the release of tension in the body and mind. We will end the evening with soft chanting making sure everyone is back in their body and safe to go back home.

After the sound bath, you will have the opportunity to ask us any questions about essential oils and aromatherapy, and we will be offering 20% off many things in the store, exclusive to the attendees of the event.

We look forward to seeing you!

Get your ticket here.

*It is important that you are warm and comfortable during a sound bath. Please bring a blanket, pillow, and warm clothing. Yoga mats will be provided.

**Ultrasonic diffusers will provide calming aromas throughout the event.

Sausalito CA: Sound rejuvenation journey

Sundays April 28, March 17, February 17 and January 20 at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street

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Enter the new week with calm and ease. Join us on a deeply relaxing, gentle acoustic sound journey into inner wisdom and peace. We start by releasing any tension in the body and in the mind with simple movement, breathing and vocal practices. You will then lay down and enter into soothing sound immersion journey allowing spaciousness and deep relaxation. We close with a chant to bring us safely back into the reality.

Sound healing reinforces our mind/body/soul connection, enhances wellbeing and at the same time builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives. Chanting and simple vocal exercises will balance emotions and improve concentration. No previous experience is required. Please wear something warm and comfortable.

Bring a pillow, blanket, yoga mat, eye cover and anything that will help you relax as you lay down on the ground.

Fee $30 when pre-registered

Oakland, CA: Sacred, Personal, Portable – Heart song infused altar cloths with Manda Stretch

Sunday  April 14 at  3 – 6 pm, at Rarebird, 3883 piedmont avenue

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All cultures around the world have used sound and symbols for healing purposes. Mothers sing lullabies for their babies or use comforting sounds to calm them down. In some traditions, particularly in the Amazon, women visualize their healing songs as geometric patterns and hand stitch or paint these sacred images onto cotton cloths. The combination of this vibration of the voice and symbolism of the designs creates powerful healing.

Inspired by these traditions and their own practices, Manda and Minna have created this workshop for you- where they will offer some insights into the basics of sacred song and symbol-making, while gently guiding you to find your own heart song and create its’ physical representation in the form of a portable self care altar cloth. We will guide you to feel rhythms and elements in your body- then bathe you in live acoustic sound vibration so your mind is free to explore and visualize your heart’s personal message of healing. Please know that your Heart Song is for you alone and is not intended to be shared.

After creating our Altar-cloths, Manda and Minna will offer some insights into the meaning of colors and symbolism from different cultures, that may help to deepen understanding about your personal altar cloth. You will have an option to add a felted charm with aromatherapy oils to amplify the vibration of your cloth! In this workshop we will:

All materials Included (organic cotton cloth, sharpies, fabric coloring, brushes, etc.)!

Fee: 80

There are only 10 seats open for this class. Pre-registration is required here.

Manda Stretch is a certified sound & energy healer, improvisational sacred songwriter/percussionist, Spiritual Life Coach for Chronic Creatives & all-round Professional Fairy. She is the creator of Very Fairy Manda’s -Fairy Hair Spa (a Mindful alchemy of sound, scent, synchronicity & hair sparkles) & Co-creator of Very Fairy Events (mindful & magical- musical storytelling & theater games). She also performs improvisational music with an SF Playback Theater company (drama therapy w audiences) and Circle of Soul (Co-founder of this earth honoring ritual performance community of singers). Her passion is embodying and holding space for authentic, mindful music & art-making…Dharma Art!

Oakland, CA: How to set up sound healing events

Saturday March 17, at 10 am – 4 pm, 865 52nd street

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Are you a sound practitioner, yoga teacher or musician already offering sound baths or interested in using sound healing in your events? Are you looking for structure and/or inspiration for your offering? In this hands-on one day workshop we will explore and assess variety of sound healing protocols, sequencing and practices that will help you and your attendees to have best possible experience in your events. In the afternoon we will integrate them with your tools and skillset in order for you to define your unique sound healing event offering.

We will particularly tap into the topic how to meet the audience where they are and how to guide them to relaxation. People often come to the events directly from work and it will take them a while to get to the point of relaxation. There are lots of things you can do to support their journey so that once they lay down on the mat they are ready to receive the sounds.

The agenda includes items such as
– multiple ways to open and close the event
– specific sound healing protocols that can be applied with multiple acoustic instruments
– rhythm and sequencing that will create safe healing experience
– practices that help you and your participants to have the best possible experience

Bring your instruments, note book and dish for potluck lunch. All participants will gain access to private sound practitioner FB group, where we share insights of our sound practice. You will also be invited to a sound practitioner call to share and get inspired by fellow sounders. The video call is scheduled four times a year.

I was thrilled to be part of such an intimate, well thought out afternoon with very interesting women who are committed to learning, sharing, and exchanging ideas in sound healing. You are so inspiring and supportive. I picked up a few ideas that have already fulfilled many of the reasons I attended this workshop. A renewed confidence in my potential in my abilities and continued clarity of vision Our group/individual concert….talk about sound healing sessions! You certainly paved the way with your playing in the morning.” Fran, San Francisco

Space is limited very limited. Reserve your spot by paying non-refundable $80 deposit using this PayPal link, the remainder can be paid at the event. Kindly add the event name to the description field when sending the payment. Email Minna for any further questions at minna@harmoniaalto.com

Berkeley, CA: Welcoming spring with Sound and Acupuncture with Thuy Nguyen

Saturday March 16 at 2  – 2:45 and 3 – 3:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street

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Spring is the season of liver in Chinese medicine. The liver is in charge of the smooth flow of energy through out the body, vision, detoxing and movement. It is the perfect time to cleanse, renew and clarify your vision and intentions that will blossom with the warm weather.

Sound healing, together with acupuncture can nourish the liver and help us to regenerate and renew our spirit. Sound healing in particular has an immersive quality to create spaciousness in the mind, so that we can become more creative and open for new ideas.

Fee: $50 for each 45 minute session. Limited to five participants / session.

Pre-registration required.

You will also receive BCA’s specially formulated tea to support your healing at home & self-care instructions for the season.

Photo credit to Ed Leszczynski

Oakland, CA: Sacred, Personal, Portable – Heart song infused altar cloths with Manda Stretch

Saturday  March 2 at  1 – 4 pm, at 865 52nd street

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All cultures around the world have used sound and symbols for healing purposes. Mothers sing lullabies for their babies or use comforting sounds to calm them down. In some traditions, particularly in the Amazon, women visualize their healing songs as geometric patterns and hand stitch or paint these sacred images onto cotton cloths. The combination of this vibration of the voice and symbolism of the designs creates powerful healing.

Inspired by these traditions and their own practices, Manda and Minna have created this workshop for you- where they will offer some insights into the basics of sacred song and symbol-making, while gently guiding you to find your own heart song and create its’ physical representation in the form of a portable self care altar cloth. We will guide you to feel rhythms and elements in your body- then bathe you in live acoustic sound vibration so your mind is free to explore and visualize your heart’s personal message of healing.

Please know that your Heart Song is for you alone and is not intended to be shared. After creating our Altar-cloths, Manda and Minna will offer some insights into the meaning of colors and symbolism from different cultures, that may help to deepen understanding about your personal altar cloth. You will have an option to add a felted charm with aromatherapy oils to amplify the vibration of your cloth!

In this workshop we will:
– Use vocal and body percussion to release the mind
– Learn about shamanic power songs and their use in everyday situations
– Create your own heart song to support and protect in all areas of life
– Learn about meaning of symbols and colors
– Tune in to create a personal altar cloth
– Immerse in acoustic healing sounds and drones

All materials Included (organic cotton cloth, sharpies, fabric coloring, brushes, etc.)!

There are only six seats open for this class. Pre-register is required by making a payment here. Kindly add a note which workshop you are registering for.

Manda Stretch is a certified sound & energy healer, improvisational sacred songwriter/percussionist, Spiritual Life Coach for Chronic Creatives & all-round Professional Fairy. She is the creator of Very Fairy Manda’s -Fairy Hair Spa (a Mindful alchemy of sound, scent, synchronicity & hair sparkles) & Co-creator of Very Fairy Events (mindful & magical- musical storytelling & theater games). She also performs improvisational music with an SF Playback Theater company (drama therapy w audiences) and Circle of Soul (Co-founder of this earth honoring ritual performance community of singers). Her passion is embodying and holding space for authentic, mindful music & art-making…Dharma Art!

Oakland, CA: Journey to Self with Sound Healing

Tuesdays  February 12 at  7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street

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When we allow our mind and body to relax, we create space to our inner wisdom. We start noticing the signals our body is constantly offering to us. This state of deep listening builds our capacity to be fully present in our lives and enhances the trust to our inner wisdom. Join us on this intimate, safe space to improve and rediscover your body/mind/spirit connection. We start by recognizing what is present at the moment. We will use any combination of breathing and vocal exercises, movement, shamanic journeying, chanting, deep listening, somatic meditation, guided meditation, Tibetan yoga and variety of self care practices to empower our connection within.  Each event will include a 40 minute gentle sound bath. Come for the experience and/or to learn practices that are simple to do at home.
Pre-registration and payment is required. Feb 12 is SOLD OUT! Pre-register
NOTE: Drop ins are welcome –  the format of the class is based on the energy of each individual group energy.

Participate in five events and get 25% off from one private sound healing session with Minna (code provided at the 5th event).  Email to minna@harmoniaalto.com for any inquiries of the event. Bring water bottle, yoga mat and blanket to keep you comfortable. Bolsters and pillows are provided.

Oakland: Sound Practitioner Training

Saturday and Sunday, February 9 – 10, at 10 am – 4 pm, 865 52nd street

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Do you want to start offering sound healing sessions but don’t quite know how? Do you want to vitalize your current sound healing offering? Sound healing is much more than “just” playing your sounds with your instruments. You can greatly enhance your practice when you understand how to integrate common energy principals to the way you play your instruments.
Join me on two day hands-on, collaborative workshop that draws from my experience of offering hundreds of sound healing sessions and my diverse studies of sound healing and somatic practices. During the weekend, we will explore and assess variety of sound healing protocols and practices, integrate them to your tools and skillset in order for you to define your unique sound healing offering. Bring a notebook, instruments and your own practices/ideas.

Agenda is created based on your feedback in the application form and may include the following: how to
– set up a private practice
– set up a physical space for sound healing sessions
– connect with your instruments and use them as diagnostic tools in sound healing sessions
– integrate basic energy principals to play your instruments
– integrate your skillset into sound healing sessions
– clear the space and center yourself prior working with clients
– create a flow in the session, including variety of possibilities to start and end the sessions

The class size is very limited (max 6 participants). Request for application and further information at minna@harmoniaalto.com. Application return deadline is February 1st.

Fee: sliding scale $250 – $350 / weekend. Use this link for payment and securing your spot.

Feedback from the former students:
“Minna is a wealth of information, a kindly soul, and a wise woman who shares her gifts, warmth, and ancient knowledge openly.” Janine P.
“It was super fun and inspiring to see and explore all of your various instruments and learn about the different ways you use them as diagnostic tools.” Rachel D.
“I enjoyed watching Minna in action then having an opportunity to craft and practice my own sound healing session.” Anna R.

Recommended reading prior taken this workshop:
John Beaulieu: Human Tuning Mitchell Gaynor: The Healing Power of Sound
Silvia Nakkach: Free Your Voice

San Francisco, CA: Yoga therapy and sound healing with Claudia Bartsch

Sunday January 6, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street

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Therapeutic Yoga is a remedy for the challenges of our stressful times and blends restorative yoga, gentle yoga, healing touch, breath work and guided meditation. The practice creates a calm, supportive and nurturing environment in which you can relax and let go, allowing the innate wisdom of your body to naturally restore balance and well-being. Whether you just need to decompress from stress, recover from injury or deal with chronic illness, this workshop will help your body, mind and spirit to relax, rejuvenate and heal. Live sound of signing bowls and tuning forks will support the body for even deeper relaxation.

Reserve your spot here. Pre-registration recommended.

Claudia Bartsch is a certified Integral Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and has been teaching for 12 years in various locations. After finding great healing and transformation through the practice of Yoga in her own life, she is now passionate about sharing this healing power with others. Her teaching style is inward and compassionate, supporting students to replace self-judgment with self-love and acceptance. In 2011, she became a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist to deepen her understanding of the bodymind and on how to tap into the wisdom of the body to connect to Self. She teaches advanced asana classes, restorative and therapeutic yoga and focuses lately on working with private students. More information at here.

Berkeley, CA: New Year’s  Sound & Acupuncture with Thuy Nguyen

Saturday January 5 at 2  – 2:45, 3 – 3:45 pm and 4 – 4:45 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street

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Winter is the season of the kidneys and bladder in Chinese medicineThe kidney is the source and storage of vital energy (“Qi”) in the body so  that it can be used in times of stress and illness. Winter is the time to reserve our energy, do less, stay warm and find tranquility.

Sound healing, together with acupuncture can nourish the kidney and help us quiet the mind and enter into stillness. Sound healing in particular has an immensive quality to relax our entire being and support good sleep.

Fee: $45 for each 45 minute session. Limited to five participants / session.
ALL SESSIONS ARE SOLD OUT
Pre-registration required.
You will also receive BCA’s specially formulated tea to support your healing at home & self-care instructions for the season.

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