Sound Sanghas are 3-5 day trainings exploring the therapeutic applications of music and sound. We gather in relaxed, beautiful retreat settings. Think of a Sangha as an immersive sound school – Sound Camp! The mornings are for academic sessions. Afternoons are experiential and practical: we dedicate time for rhythm, song and chant.
The goal of these gatherings is to have you adopt/adapt a new perspective on tone, tempo, and pattern as primary components of therapeutic soundwork.
WHAT DOES A SOUND SANGHA LOOK LIKE?
Here’s a fun peak at a Body Percussion module from a Sound Sangha held in Pondicherry, India, January 2017.
Sangha – a Buddhist term – refers to community for practice and support. The concept of community for support really appeals to me. It’s smart! After three decades in the field of Soundwork, I look forward to facilitating Sound Sanghas. My goal is to empower networks of 21st century soundworkers, who will integrate intentional music and sound as a positive force into their mainstream cultures.
A question that arises for me in the sound sangha concept is how can we engage in conversation about vibration and frequency without acknowledging the spiritual through line of voice, rhythm, and the desire for harmony and unity?
Therefore, a Sangha is not only about the head, but also the heart and spirit – with intentional music and sound constellating throughout.
Designed for people interested in the role of sound in their lives and culture, SOUND SANGHA is a gathering of the tribe – those who remember music and sound as a sacred and healing community currency.
Everyone with a body is already a sound professional. We have all the gear we need! Our bodies are made up of atomic material, water, and bone – all resonant conductors. Our cells are hard-wired for entrainment. Mostly, what we are missing is the understanding of how to consciously use sound and music for health, learning, and productivity.
As with any remedy, it is best to start with ourselves, in the discovery of impact and reward. Sound is ubiquitous; how do we use it wisely? How does our relationship to sound change as we age? How can we use music and sound to great personal and professional benefit?
With sound as the over-arching theme, we dive into cognition, emotion, and psyche.
Your take-away: A newfound sense of the power of music and sound in your life, a sound community for support, plus sonic tools and practices to be used in homes, groups, and professional settings.
Sangha sessions include the following topics:
Sound as frequency medicine
Core principles of Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)
Psycho- & bio-acoustic principles
Resonance (tone), entrainment (tempo) and pattern identification
Frontiers of sound work (history and employment)
Sound and animals
EXAMPLE SANGHA SCHEDULE
6.00–7.00 Welcoming ceremony
7.00-10.00 Introduction to Tone, Tempo & Pattern
10:00-11.00 Sound Meditation
9.00–11:45 Tone, Tempo & Pattern
12.00–1:00 Voice Practices – Breath and Voice
2.30–5.00 Core Principals of Dr. Alfred Tomatis
5.15–6.15 Body Percussion
8.00–11.00 Community performances
9.00–11.00 Building Blocks of Therapeutic Sound
11.15-12.30 TT&P Groups
12.30–1.00 Voice Practices – Bijas as a chakra path
2.30–4.30 Musical instruments
4.45–5.45 Body Percussion
7.00-9.00 TT&P Groups
9.00-11.00 Sound Bath Meditation
9.00–12.00 TT&P Groups
12.00–1.00 Voice Practices – Experimental Breath
2.30–4.45 TT&P Group demonstrations
5.00-6.00 Body Percussion
8.00–9.00 Sound movies
9.00-11.00 Ecstatic dance (Live music)
9.00–12.00 Soundwork Employment
12.00–1:00 Voice Practices – Chanting
2.30–4.45 The Neuroscience of Music and the Brain
5.00–6.00 Body Percussion
8.00–11.00 Closing Event TBA