Sound Healing events 2017

Berkeley, CA: Sonic Wellbeing

Every Monday starting March 6, at 2:45 – 3:30 pm at Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline, Berkeley, CA

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I am “out of tune” is a common expression used when we are stressed, anxious or have a physical illness. The immersive practice of therapeutic sound can help your body feel more “in tune”.

Sonic healing is a powerful relaxation experience. In the class, we will breath, hum, chant and meditate. The practitioner uses singing bowls, drums, and other resonant instruments to stimulate the vagus nerve, which then activates the parasympathetic nervous system, resulting in a calming effect on the body.

Sonic healing can help you:
•    decrease stress
•    improve mental clarity and focus
•    release physical and/or emotional anxiety
•    find relief for sleeping issues
•    restore inner balance and harmony

This class is accessible for all bodies and comfort levels. Participants are welcome to lie down on a yoga mat or sit in a chair.  No previous experience required.

Please wear something warm and comfortable and bring a yoga mat, if you wish to lie down.

Registration here .

Sausalito CA: Sound rejuvenation journey

Sundays December 10, November 12, October 15, September 24, July 16, June 11, May 19, April 23, March 12 and January 15, at 6 – 7:30 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

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Enter into the new week with calm and ease. Join us on this deeply relaxing sound journey to inner peace and tranquility. We will start with easy breathing and vocal exercises that will support your journey. I will then surround you with soothing sounds of signing bowls, drums, chimes and tuning forks.

Typical experiences in the sound healing classes are

•    stress release
•    improved mental clarity and focus
•    release of physical and/or emotional anxiety
•    relief for sleeping issues
•    restoration of inner balance and harmony.

No previous experience required. Please wear something warm and comfortable and bring a yoga mat.  Blankets and bolsters are provided.

Fee $25

Register here (recommended)

NOTE: 100% of the proceedings of the October 15th class will be donated to The Napa Valley Community Foundation to support victims of North California fires.

San Rafael, CA: Sound healing for deep relaxation

December 10 and April 9 at 3:30 – 5 pm, at a private home in San Rafael, CA

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Using an Ancient tradition that is effective and proven to to reduce stress, create a deep sense of peace and well being using vibrational sound. Sound therapy is one of a growing number of subtle-energy therapies that make up the field of vibrational medicine.

According to the law of physics, everything vibrates, trees, the earth we walk on and the ocean. That sound is called resonance, the frequency at which an object naturally vibrates.

Each part of our bodies has it’s own natural resonance, and vibrational medicine that is based on the idea that disease is a result of those natural resonances getting out of tune. Weather due to stress, illness or environmental factors. Sound vibration acts as a carrier to teach the body and mind how a sense of wellbeing feels. As this memory is embodied it is easy to access it trough out our everyday lives.  You will leave rejuvenated with a deep sense of calm and well-being. 

This event is by invitation only. Contact Minna at minna@harmoniaalto.com

Berkeley, CA: Acupuncture and Sound Healing

Fridays December 8, October 13, September 22, July 14, June 23 and 16, May 19 and 5, April 22 and 7, March 31 and 17, January 20 and 13 at 8 am – 12 pm at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA

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Live healing acoustics during your community acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture in conjunction with sound therapy can transport you to deeper plains of relaxation and healing. It will also bring you a new perspective of how to listen sounds around you.

Acupuncture sliding scale is $40 – 25 + donation for the sound healing accepted.

This often sells out so book early at BCA (select Acupuncture)

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

First Sunday of each month – December 3, November 5, October 8, August 6, July 9, June 4, May 7, April 2, March 5 and January 8 at 4:30 – 6:30 pm at San Francisco Integral Yoga Institute, 770 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA

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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 http://www.claudiahuddleston.com/

Santa Cruz, CA: A Craniosacral Therapy and Shamanic Sound Healing Sanctuary with Hannah Idalia

December 1 – 2, Friday at 6:30 – 8 pm and Saturday at 10 am – 4 pm at private residence at Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz. Event location will be provided at the time of registration

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Your soul begs for stillness, to listen, feel, and be. Yet the demands of life keep you moving swiftly to meet the needs and obligations of family, friends, work. Even when there is joy and celebration, the pace can feel harried, leading to stress and overwhelm.

In a quiet voice, the darkness of winter offers a promise for those who hear the call… regeneration.

Join us on both days or just on Friday evening. Location is at the private residense in the redwoods of Bonny Doon, 25 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz (location will be provided after the registration. Space is limited so reserve early!

With feet on earth and head touching sky, you will emerge from this sanctuary renewed and ready for the holidays connected to your soul, in the spirit of winter.

Friday night includes:

  • simple movements to open the body
  • breathing practices to move stagnant energy and increase vital energies
  • vocal yoga exercises designed to stir the cells, release energy, and open to bliss
  • craniosacral entrainment to settle the nervous system and promote deep relaxation
  • sound and energy healing

Friday fee: $25 SOLD OUT

Saturday includes:

  • Friday night event entrance
  • being bathed in an energetic field potentiated by sacred geometry
  • qigong exercises to balance and harmonize the body
  • yoga of the voice practices
  • sound healing
  • meditative nature walks
  • inquiry practices to gain insight
  • soul inspired writing practices
  • receive both group and individual sound and energy healing and craniosacral therapy

Saturday fee: sliding scale $140 – $80 (Friday night included). We offer couple work/trade positions. Please contact Hannah at hannahidalia@gmail.com.

Register and get tickets here

Come. Leave with an expanded sense of time and space that allows deep rest, peace, and connection to your core.

Hannah Idalia, LMFT, BCST has helped thousands of individuals through somatic psychotherapy, craniosacral therapy, energetic and shamanic healing get free of physical and emotional pain and reclaim their health and harness their passion to embody their life purpose with joy. Hannah is a multitalented therapist, healer, and coach and is passionately committed to empowering others to become leaders of their own lives while aligning with their soul’s calling. http://www.hannahidalia.com/

Albuquerque, NM: Cranio sacral therapy and sound healing study group with Susan Mess

November 18, April 29 and January 28 at 10 am – 5 pm at Kid Power, 3530 Pan American Fwy, NE, Albuquerque, NM

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Purpose of this study group is to explore ways to use multi-hand cranio sacral therapy and sound healing as an integrated healing modality.

This event is by invitation only


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

November 19 and April 30 at 4 – 6 pm, at Healing Gate3212 Monte Vista NE, Albuquerque, NM

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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.

Cost: $45 – please register to Anne at 505-220-9817

NOTE: This event will sell out, so reserve early!

Private Sound healing sessions with Minna in Albuquerque available Thursday (November 16) at 11 – 6 pm and Mondays (November 20 and 27 ) at 10 am – 6 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/

Berkeley, CA: Letting go with Sound Healing and Acupuncture with Thuy Nguyen

Saturday October 28,  at 3 – 3:45 pm and 4 – 4:45 pm (two sessions) at Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA

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Autumn beckons us to let go. It is the season of the Lungs in Chinese Medicine, a time for inhalation – taking in what is nourishing & exhalation – letting go of what we no longer need. Often times, we are holding onto old beliefs, things that are better left to pass through. Letting go is a natural process in its own time with ease, like leaves falling from the trees.

Letting go will give us more space, more flow, more healing and openness for new ideas.

Acupuncture and Sound Healing can break up old patterns of holding by creating space, deep relaxation and supporting the Lungs. Specially prescribed points accompanied by healing sound vibrations together with your intentions can be a powerful catalyst for renewal and transformation.

Fee: $45 for 45 min session. Limited for 5 participants per session

Pre-register recommended.

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

Forestville, CA: A Women’s Yoga Retreat Honoring the New Moon with Elizabeth McKinley

October 19 – 22, 2017, Forestville, Sonoma County, CA

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Beginning on the new moon, the retreat will include a balanced blend of movement and stillness, releasing and receiving, community connection and solo space. During our four days and three nights together Elizabeth Mc Kinley will guide you through daily hatha and restorative yoga, accessible to all levels, as well as guided meditation. We will also explore subtle energy practices, group ritual to promote healing, and practices to connect with the five elements as we gather under the trees or around the fire. In the evenings we will slow down into deeply relaxing acoustic sound journey for inner peace led by Minna Sivola. Also included is a nutrition workshop where you’ll learn kitchen tips for women’s health and prepare some tasty treats. During free time, you have the option to schedule bodywork with the amazingly gifted Jenna Frisch, enjoy the hot tub and pool, walk the hiking trail, connect with old or new friends, explore wine country, or simply be.

And the food! Rachael Gorgestani of The Cupboard SF will craft all our organic, vegetarian, and gluten free meals with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Her cooking is seriously delicious and equally nourishing.

More info and registration at https://elizabethmckinleyyoga.squarespace.com/womens-retreat/

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.

Portland, OR: Acoustics of your soma

Saturday September 16 at 3 – 6 pm, at New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR

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“Every particle in the physical universe takes its characteristics from the pitch and pattern and overtones of its particular frequencies. Before we make music, music makes us.” Joachim-Ernst Berendt

In this highly experiential and intimate workshop, we will explore physiology and psychology of sound in our body and mind. When you tune in with your instruments, they will begin to tell you a healing story. You will learn
– to use deep listening as you connect with your instruments with your entire soma
– to recognize and interpret the subtle vibrational changes
– basic principals how to transform the sounds to restore balance

As you deepen your relationship with your instruments, your confidence offering sounds expand, you sustain full presence in your sessions and stay in awe.

I recommend this workshop for sound healing practitioners and anyone who is interested in using sound intentionally. Attendees have called it “immensely practical” and “opened a door to discovery”.

Please bring your own instruments, journal, pen, yoga mat, blanket and water bottle.
Fee: $50

To register, call the bookstore 503-224-4929

Portland, OR: Sound Rejuvenation Journey

Friday September 15  at 7 – 8:30 pm at New Renaissance Bookshop, 1338 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR

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Take a Sound Rejuvenation Journey into inner peace and tranquility.

Simple breathing and vocal exercises will guide our focus to the present moment and support the relaxation experience. Guided meditation and subtle sound bath will remind our body and mind how it feels to be completely relaxed. The evening will end with a chant to bring us back to our body.

Typical experiences in the sound healing classes are reduced stress and anxiety levels, improved mental clarity, relief for sleeping issues and restoration of inner balance. After the class, the attendees have described their feeling as “Ethereal”, “Grounded”, “Serene”, “Noodle-y” and “Peaceful”.

No previous experience required. Please wear something warm and comfortable and bring a yoga mat and a blanket and anything that makes your relaxation comfortable.

Fee: $20

To register, call the bookstore 503-224-4929

Lummi Island, WA: Sound Rejuvenation Journey

Wednesday September 13 at 7 – 8:30 pm. Lummi Island private residence.

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Take a Sound Rejuvenation Journey into inner peace and tranquility.

Simple breathing and vocal exercises will guide our focus to the present moment and support the relaxation experience. Guided meditation and subtle sound bath will remind our body and mind how it feels to be completely relaxed. The evening will end with a chant to bring us back to our body.

Typical experiences in the sound healing classes are reduced stress and anxiety levels, improved mental clarity, relief for sleeping issues and restoration of inner balance. After the class, the attendees have described their feeling as “Ethereal”, “Grounded”, “Serene”, “Noodle-y” and “Peaceful”.

No previous experience required. Please wear something warm and comfortable and bring a yoga mat and a blanket and anything that makes your relaxation comfortable.

Recommended donation: $10 – 20

Pre-registration required – please contact minna@harmoniaalto.com.

Vancouver, BC, Canada: Sound meditation

Sunday September 10 at 4 – 5 pm. Vancouver private residence.

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We gather together to breath, hum and search for inner peace and harmony with the support of soothing sounds.

Donations accepted.

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA: Using your instruments as diagnostic tools

July 19 – 25, Pema Oseling, 2013 Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville, CA. Guest appearance at the Vox Mundi Summer retreat.

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One of the profound findings for me in sound healing is the ability to use instruments themselves as diagnostic tools. When you tune in with your instruments, they will begin to tell you a healing story. They will tell you if there is excess or lack of energy in a particular place in the body, if the person is tense and where the tension is located. Using instruments as diagnostic tools allows you to be fully present in your session, it enhances your confidence and keeps each session fresh.

More info and registration to the retreat here.

Private sound healing sessions offered daily.

San Francisco, CA: Grief Relief for the Heart & Soul: A Half-Day Retreat with Amy Swart

June 11, at 12:30 – 4:30 pm at Satori Yoga Studio 110 Sutter Street #100 (at Montgomery) San Francisco, CA

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Come join Amy Swart and Minna Sivola for an afternoon of relaxing yoga, sound healing and meditation as we work with our grief to transform and purge the soul of pain and heartache.

Have you experienced a loss (death of a loved one or pet), gone through a major transition (loss of home, job, relationship) or simply identify with being in a state of bereavement knowing that even though you have coped with it in the best way you can, you still feel that heavy blanket of grief?

Whether your loss was recent or long ago, this retreat was created just for you. Learn breathing exercises and yoga poses to help you cope with the heavy emotions of loss and dip into a bath of sound to ease the grieving heart. Together we will explore creative ways to contact, express and move through grief both individually and in a group. Join us in a circle of non-judgement and kindness as we uniquely and authentically honor loss in its many shapes and forms.

Please bring a journal and object of significance for the grief altar.

Fee: $90 ($80 for early bird registration by June 4) .

Couple of work/trade positions open – contact amyhyunswart@gmail.com.

Register at Satori Yoga or call 415-658-7337

Amy Swart (LMFT, RYT) psychotherapist, and yoga and meditation instructor, has been helping bereaved individuals and families since 2012, as well as dealing with her own loss of her dad who passed away when she was young. She is passionate about shifting the cultural norm to view grief not as an individual process to carry alone, but as soul work that is important to be shared within a community. Learn more about her offerings at www.amyswart.com

Oakland, CA: Creative journey to your inner world

Thursday May 31 at 6:30 – 8:30 pm at 865 52nd street, Oakland, CA

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Open the door to your inner beauty and capture it to canvas! Let the sacred sounds support your process on creating an image, representations of your inner self free from beliefs that are not yours. Allow yourself to become bold and open-minded and experience the art of “no rules” that can be calming, a jump-start to creativity, and increase concentration.

We will use meditation, shamanic journeying and abstract painting supported with sacred sounds to connect with our true selves and embodying our full potential.

This is an intimate workshop with very limited space. Art material is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Minna at minna@harmoniaalto.com.

Suggested donation: $15 – 30

Oakland, CA: Create your own sound healing offering

May 27 – 28, January 7 – 8  and 14 -15, at 9 am – 3 pm, 865 52nd street, Oakland, CA

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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?

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 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 possibilites to start and end the sessions

Request for application and further information at minna@harmoniaalto.com

Cost: Sliding scale $200 – $300, discount available for CIIS SVMH students.

 Sausalito CA: Transform your stress into bliss with sound

Fridays April 7, March 24 and February 3, at 7 – 8:30 pm at Soulstice Mind and body spa, 501 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

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When we are stressed, anxious or have a physical illness, we are “out of tune”.  Sound vibration acts as a carrier to teach the body and mind how a sense of wellbeing feels. As this memory is embodied it is easy to access it trough out our everyday lives.

In this workshop we will activate the relaxation response through stimulation of the vagus nerve by using breath, voice and gentle movement. The evening will end to the subtle acoustic sound journey into deep relaxation. You will leave rejuvenated with a deep sense of calm and well-being.

Typical experiences in the sound healing classes are

•    stress release
•    improved mental clarity and focus
•    release of physical and/or emotional anxiety
•    relief for sleeping issues
•    restoration of inner balance and harmony.

No previous experience required. Please wear something warm and comfortable and bring a yoga mat.  Blankets and bolsters are provided.

Fee $25

Register here (recommended)


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