Sound Healing events 2019

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

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

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.

Photo Credit to Javardh


Oakland: Sound Practitioner Training

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

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

This 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


Oakland, CA: Journey to Self with Sound Healing

Tuesdays  February 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 – 23, May 14 and 28 at  7 – 8:15 pm, at 865 52nd street

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.
Pre-register

NOTE: each class can be taken separately, the format of the class is based on the energy of each individual group energy.

Fee is $20 per event. Participate in five events and get 25% off from one private sound healing session with Minna (code provided at the 5th event).

Minimum participation per event is 4 people and maximum 8. 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.


Sausalito CA: Sound rejuvenation journey

Sundays  February 17, March 17, April 28, May 19 and June 23 at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street

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 / $40 at the door


Woodacre, Marin County, CA: Well Within – A Women’s Yoga & Meditation Retreat with Elizabeth McKinley

March 14 – 17, at Woodacre, Marin County

This fall, join a community of empowered women and connect with the abundance of your true self. During four days and three nights together in our private Forestville venue, we will explore how we nourish our bodies, our spirits, our communities. We will explore what makes us feel well, alive, vibrant. We will restore our internal reserves and nourish the well within for the season ahead.

Each day will begin with hatha flow yoga and guided meditation. Afternoons will offer space for solo time, hiking, swimming, receiving massage, or connecting with other women, which will segue into practices of therapeutic and yin yoga to support openness and receptivity. Evenings will find us winding down with sound healing led by Minna Sivola of Harmoniaalto. This guided sound journey is powerfully relaxing and soothing. Then, drift to sleep in a comfortable room in the beautiful renovated farmhouse after a soak in the hot tub or some stargazing. As we align with the rhythm of nature, our yoga will make way for inner clarity.

All of the yoga and meditation will be fueled by love-infused meals prepared by Rachael Gorgestani, founder of The Cupboard, who emphasizes pure, healthy ingredients in her delicious, nutritionally rich meals. Our organic, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals will be accommodated to support special dietary needs. Rachael will also lead us through a cooking class, offering recipes for supporting seasonal health. The relationship between body and energetic vitality emphasized in our yoga practices will be highlighted through the effects of mindfully eating high quality food.

Register here.

Elizabeth McKinley began teaching yoga in 2013 and completed her yoga therapy training in 2014 at Purusha Yoga School. Certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, she has shared yoga therapy with individuals of diverse backgrounds in residential treatment programs, through case management services, in substance abuse programs, in mental health outpatient clinics, with youth alternatives programs, and in medical clinics.


 Albuquerque, NM: Deep relaxation with asanas and sound healing with Anne Woods

Sunday March 31, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Healing Gate3212 Monte Vista NE, Albuquerque

In this small group you will release tension and pain and improve movement and ease. We will start with vocal meditation. Live sound of various instruments will support the poses and take you deeper in your relaxation. We will end the evening with complete relaxation through sound healing meditation.

Fee: $45 – please pre-register with Anne.

Private Sound healing sessions with Minna in Albuquerque available Monday at 10 am – 7 pm (last session starts at 6 pm) and Tuesday at 10 am – 4 pm (last session starts at 3 pm). Reserve directly with Minna at minna@harmoniaalto.com.

Anne Woods is occupational therapist, certified yoga therapist and has gone through specialized training in craniosacral therapy. Her company, Arise Therapeutics was created in response to conversations with patients and their caregivers who told me they wanted to get better but didn’t know how. Here is the link to Anne’s website http://arise-therapeutics.com/


Oakland: Shamanic power songs and songs for healing

Spring 2019, date to be confirmed shortly

Sound and particularly songs are are used in every indigenous culture for healing and expressing power.

In this workshop we are connecting with the vibration of our songs in multiple ways

– power songs are vocal expressions of your true self and they are created for specific intention and/or time. Once the healing (or intention) has occurred the song dissipates.

– lullabies for mindful self compassion, subtle melodies that comfort ourselves

– songs in nature are the subtle rhythm and melodies we can hear as we tune in with trees, plants and rocks

– healing songs are vibrations that can balance or energize the body, release excess energy or comfort the mind. The question remains – who is singing?

As a preparation for singing these songs we will learn to clear the energy in the room, open the circle for helping spirits to enter and dance and sing with our helping spirits. We will use journeying to connect us in the vibrational universe around us. We sit outside to connect with the plants and sing to them. We sing for each other as we look for harmonizing pulses in the body. Songs that come through this way are unique, individual and/or collective and created on the spot.

Join us in this fun filled experiential journey to the unseen world of vibrational medicine! No previous experience of singing or shamanic journeying required.

Limited to 8 participants. Reserve your spot by sending your payment through PayPal or contacting Minna at minna@harmoniaalto.com


Oakland, CA: How to set up a group sound healing events

Spring 2019, date to be confirmed shortly

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
– how to apply basic energy principals while playing the instruments
– 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.

Space is limited very limited. Reserve your spot early by paying the tuition using the Paypal link. Email Minna for any further questions at minna@harmoniaalto.com

Sliding scale $150 – 250

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


Past Sound Healing events

Sausalito CA: Sound rejuvenation journey

Sundays January 20 at 6:30 – 8 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street

See more

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 / $40 at the door

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.

Cost: $30

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.

Photo credit to Pascal Mauerhofer

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.

Photo credit to Ed Leszczynski

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