FACULTY

 
Don Tito La Rosa

Don Tito La Rosa

 
Dr. John Beaulieu

Dr. John Beaulieu

 
Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux

Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux

 
Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach

 
Peter Blum

Peter Blum

 
David Hykes

David Hykes

 
Rebecca Singer

Rebecca Singer

 
Zacciah Blackburn

Zacciah Blackburn

 
Barbara Threecrow

Barbara Threecrow

 
Baird Hersey

Baird Hersey

 
Steve Gorn

Steve Gorn

 
Nacho Arimary

Nacho Arimary

 
Oscar Santillan

Oscar Santillan

 
Andrew Steed

Andrew Steed

 
Pramod Sapkota

Pramod Sapkota

DON TITO LA ROSA

Ancient Andean wisdom teaches us that the earth was made while the creator sang, thus all beings are made of sound, rhythm and harmony. Tito is sound healer, Andean musician, composer and recording artist. Through his concerts, flower ceremonies and Sound awareness classes La Rosa helps reawaken our memories - weaving sounds into frequencies that open the heart and encourage the spirit to soar. La Rosa, a descendent of Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes, has spent more than a decade recovering and preserving, studying, and intuiting the ancestral music of Peru. Tito is a Curandero de Sonido – sound healer. When performing ritual and ceremony for healing, he enters into parallel worlds to bring forth sound that elevates the vibration of an individual and allows for healing and balance to occur.
   He teaches sacred sound in a magical, experimental and experiential class - a journey through the acoustical universe of ancestral Peru. With him you will explore the uses of the instruments and their applications to healing body, mind and spirit. Working with a variety of instruments such as whistling vessels, zamponas, bamboo flutes, patutos (conch shells) ceramic antaras, feathers, seeds, shakapas, bells and drums Tito makes you discover their uses in healing and their connection to the realm of spirit. A master on exploring how to use these instruments in ceremonies and rituals, his teachings are taught using the knowledge and principles of the Cosmovision of the Peruvian Andes. It is a powerful and yet simple course on how to work shamanically with sound. Its teachings apply to all of life.

Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D.

One of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies.  A world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist, and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Beaulieu has pioneered a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™), a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature.  As the founder of BioSonic Enterprises, he has developed and distributed over 50 different sound healing-related products including tuning forks, instructional videos, audio programs, CDs and books. Dr. Beaulieu is the groundbreaking author of Human Tuning, Music and Sound in the Healing Arts and the composer of Calendula: A Suite for Pythagorean Tuning Forks, a CD designed to physically align your body and create a deep relaxed state of awareness. He lectures and performs worldwide and conducts training seminars for practitioners in the healing arts.    

GRAND GONG MASTER DON CONREAUX

Formerly known as Baba Don and Guru Jagat. Grand Gong Master Don was one of the five original Kundalini Yoga Teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. Don also studied the gong writings of Dane Rudhyar. He established the Nanak Dwara Ashram Teacher Training 1970-1976 in Phoenix, Arizona. His very first teacher as a Teenager in 1952 was Paramahansa Yogananda, receiving his Kriya Initiation in 1953.
Don originated: The Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance, the title of Gong Master, Gong Therapy, The Gong Bath, The Gong Puja,  and Songs and Concerts for Humanity. 
He conducts Gong Master Training Internationally in the Way of the Gong.  Don has continually produced Gong Masters in many countries of the world; he also conducts his Mysterious Tremendum Gong Consort and Sacred Tone Ensemble throughout the world since 1969.
   His Way of the Gong writings include: Gongs of Our Solar System, Magnum Opus of the Gong 1 & 2, Music of Wholeness, Gong Essays, Sacred Geometry of Starhenge, The Universal Chiometer, and The Kriya Kundalini Gong Yoga Manual MEM.
  Today past his 80th year he continues to teach the art and science of Sacred Geometry, divination, and designs World Peace Gong & Bell Gardens of which there are now six established Internationally. All are dedicated to the coming first day of World Peace, Planetary Cooperation in a world without violence for our children of the New Millennium.

SILVIA NAKKACH, M.A., MMT 

Named by Utne Reader magazine as one of 40 cutting-edge artists that will shake the art world in the new millennium, a award-winning composer, performer, former psychotherapist, and an internationally celebrated pioneer in the field of sound, consciousness transformation, and music shamanism. She is the founding director of Vox Mundi School of the Voice, a worldwide project that had devoted more than 25 years to preserving sacred and indigenous musical traditions, combining education, performance and spiritual service, with centers in USA, Brazil, Argentina, India, and Japan. Silvia is also in the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where she has created and leads the world’s premier Certificate in Sound, Voice and Music Healing established in a high academic institution. An internationally accredited specialist in cross-cultural music healing training, she has pioneered the integration of sacred sound with contemporary practices of music improvisation, and she has contributed an extensive body of vocal techniques that have become landmarks in the field of sound healing and music therapy,  widely used in Palliative Care, Hospices, and Healthcare Centers worldwide. Nakkach significant body of work has been integrated in an innovative curriculum of sound and vocal principles, theories, and applications called The Yoga of the Voice, available through the Vox Mundi Project programs, archives, and publications. 
   

Her interest in indigenous music cosmology and spirituality has led her to collaborate with many traditional healers, modern mystics, and master teachers of the Indian and South American shamanic traditions. For 29 years, she studied Indian classical music and the ragas under the direction of the late great master Ali Akbar Khan.   As a community activator and educator, she travels extensively throughout the world facilitating seminars and retreats, and offering keynote presentations and concerts. 
 

As a recording artist she has released 10 CDs, including her thriving new albums: Medicine Melodies and In Love and Longing (in collaboration with David Darling). Nakkach’s new book: Free Your Voice is available through Sounds True publishers. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

PETER BLUM

A senior hypnosis instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, has trained hundreds in the spiritual art of hypnosis. He has co-facilitated hypnosis and storytelling workshops with Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona (author of "Coyote Medicine"), and is an Adjunct faculty member of the Coyote Institute. Peter has served on the Board of Trustees of the Deep Listening Foundation, has taught at the Omega Institute, The Graduate Institute, and presented Sounds for Healing concerts and workshops at The Abode of the Message, Menla Retreat Center, and numerous yoga studios throughout the United States. A musician all of his life, Peter has studied music and sound healing with Dr. Karl Berger, Ustad Jamaluddin Bhartiya, Beautiful Painted Arrow (Joseph Rael), Pauline Oliveros, Fabian Mamman, John Beaulieu, and Don Conreaux. His six CD's in the "Sounds for Healing" series are perennial favorites as an adjunct to meditation, guided imagery, yoga, massage.  

"Voice is the first instrument, the one which every human learns to use to communicate. As students of the use of sound for healing, it is of primary importance that we study intentional use of vocal toning” — Peter Blum

DAVID HYKES

Internationally renowned composer-singer, contemplative teacher, retreat leader, and harmonic pioneer, David Hykes was born in Taos, New Mexico in 1953. He founded Harmonic Chant, his "music of the spheres of being," in New York in 1975, and the western world’s premier overtone ensemble, DAVID HYKES AND THE HARMONIC CHOIR, in the same year. He has lead contemplative spiritual retreats devoted to the Harmonic Presence teachings and practices since 1980, and has collaborated with HH the Dalai Lama, the Mind and Life Institute, the Gyuto and Gyume monks, Sister Marie Keyrouz, Smt. Sheila Dhar, and the Nagi Gompa Nuns.
   His landmark album, “Hearing Solar Winds,” initiated the world-wide renewal of interest in harmonic vocal music and healing, and has sold over 300,000 copies. His 12 albums since have each vastly expanded the range of harmonic repertoire. He is also renowned for his “sacred cinema” soundtracks, including “Baraka,” “Travellers and Magicians,” and “Meetings with Remarkable Men,” and most recently, “Transcendence” with Johnny Depp.

REBECCA SINGER

Rebecca Singer’s work of 25 years as a shamanic energy healer led her to live in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica and to Mongolia to be with The Reindeer People. She received the “Singing Into Bone” Ceremony as a result of her time with Shaman Saintsegset in Mongolia.  This experience led her to embark on an extended trip to the northern mountains of Mongolia where she met and stayed with the Reindeer People, a vanishing native people who still manifest the very roots of Siberian Shamanism in their cultural beliefs and practices.  Rebecca is a shamanic healer, working with the power of the drum and her voice, she is teacher, writer, artist, mother, and world traveler who has done healing work internationally. She is the owner of  Shaman’s Eye, offering sessions, readings, apprenticeships, ceremonies and workshops. 

ZACCIAH BLACKBURN, Ph.D. 

A gifted intuitive, teacher, sound healer, and Sacred Sound channel, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and Sacred Sound cultures, Zacciah teaches internationally, and practices in Vermont, USA, at the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies.  Zacciah shares authentic trainings in the nature of human consciousness, authentic being, explorations into the Shamanic worlds of Earth Energies & awareness, and teachings on the nature of sound, and Sacred Sound practices, as a therapeutic healing modality.  His in depth understanding provides life transforming experiences into the authentic nature, being, and wellness of who we are as spiritual beings. 
Zacciah is one of the few practitioners offering a full training in the intuitive arts of sound healing therapies that can stand alone as a therapeutic application, or be applied to many of the current modalities of the healing arts.
He is Director of Education at the International Sound Healing Network, & co-founder & Director of the World Sound Healing and All One Now Network of organizations working for global peace, as well as a working Board Member of the Sound and Music Alliance. 

GRANDMOTHER THREECROW 


Barbara Threecrow, Tunka Hota Wiyan (Gray Stone Woman) is a mother, grandmother, author of Mending the Hoop, Four Sacred Shields Twelve Sacred Paths, an award winning artist, healer and ceremonial leader in the Lakota tradition. She has created Core Methodology a unique method of healing that guides clients into a deeper understanding of the dramatic effects of trauma during childhood. Click here for information on Core Methodology. Barbara's heritage is Irish, her Native American heritage is Nanticoke/Delaware. She was a long time student of the late Lakota medicine man Wallace Black Elk.
She is a facilitator of the Medicine Circle Way- an exploration of the Grandmothers Earth Ways. Barbara created the Star/Indigo Children workshops presented at the Teachers Development Conference and leads spiritual journey‚s to Easter Island and Bogota, Colombia.

BAIRD HERSEY

A National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellow, Baird is best known for his vocal ensemble, Prana. Hersey's composing is a unique blend of traditional Western vocal music and the music of India, Tibet, Mongolia, Bulgaria, and Georgia, with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonics. He has recorded 12 albums under his own name, and recorded or performed with Krishna Das, Wah!, Steve Smith (Journey), Doane Perry (Jethro Tull), Graham Parker, and Aine Minogue. He has received commissions from Harvard University, New York State Council for the Arts, New Mexico Council for the Arts, The Brooklyn Bridge Centennial Sound and Light Spectacular, the Public Theater, Meet the Composer, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He has given performances throughout the U.S. and Europe in such different settings as the Berlin Jazz Festival and MTV. 

STEVE GORN

Steve’s bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy winning recording, “Miho – Journey to the Mountain,” with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata, and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, who he often accompanied in concert. His performance with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s disciple, Barun Kumar Pal, at Kolkata’s Rama Krishna Mission, was televised throughout India. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement.
   His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, Rasika, with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, Illuminations, with Nepali bansuri wallah, Manose, the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, and Pranam a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla.

NACHO ARIMARY


Before moving to New York in 2009, Nacho Arimany was chiefly known as one of Spain’s most sought after Flamenco percussionists.  He entered the world of Flamenco through the Spanish Dance and Flamenco Choreography Contest of Madrid, winning a prize for “Pa´dentro,” a martinete composed for Triazion danza. When asked to form a percussion group, he introduced to Flamenco the use of a gourd from Mali as a percussion instrument.  Academies, tablaos and baile were his school for eight years and he collaborated with Joaquín Cortés, Gerardo Nuñez and Rocio Molina, along with many of Spain’s hottest Flamenco dancers and artists.  As a child, age 6,  had been classically trained as a pianist,  and later on he performed as vocal soloist with soprano diva Montserat Caballé and the Spanish National Orchestra at the opening act  of the Spain National Auditorium with the World Premiere of “La Atlántida” by Manuel de Falla. He turned to percussion in his teens and Flamenco was a break with the formalism of his early training.
Arimany’s musical innovations have forked into another avenue where they are being applied to sound therapy and transformational processes . On this field his contribution is remarkable as he has entirely composed, performed and produced the music of inTime a 9CD rhythm-based music listening therapeutic method created to improve brain function, developed in collaboration with Sheila Allen and Advanced Brain Technologies. The official debut of inTime was held in February 9th 2014 at Rockefeller’s University , Caspary Hall with  a panel discussion with neuroscientists and therapists,  and a solo concert by Nacho Arimany.

OSCAR SANTILLAN,  SOUND HEALER - ECUADORIAN LACHAK SHAMAN


Kuricharik, also Known as Oscar Santillan comes from a family of seven generations of healers and musicians, who have preserved the wisdom and music of their Quichua culture for centuries. It is part of the teaching of the elders of the Andes that now is the right time-space for them to share some of their traditions. Don Alverto Taxo is an important teacher of Oscar. Their lineage centers on opening the heart and on the natural elements and bringing the natural world actively into our lives.   Along with his family, they keep both the music and ancient wisdom of the Andes alive.  He offers sound energy healings incorporating his handmade herbal incense, energetic plants, condor feather flute, and chanting.  Performance with traditional instruments, some which are sacred and date back thousands of years. 

ANDREW STEED

Born in England in 1963, Andrew Steed studied Communication and Theater Arts in London as a young man. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America, gathering stories and illuminating experiences. These journeys have allowed Andrew to learn how to connect and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life and on many different levels.   In 1996 Andrew established his creative, bardic storytelling style by speaking to people of all ages, leading corporate training seminars and facilitating soulful travel. His diverse and progressive healing practice is designed to empower people to remember themselves and communicate effectively with one another. His mission is to equip people to stand in their own power, to own their unique voice, to be phenomenal team players with exceptional interpersonal communication skills. Andrew’s ultimate goal is to help people be the author’s of their own story so they dance the depth of their own dreams.
Providing exceptional educational opportunities that people listen to and act upon; Andrew uses experiential learning and heart-to-heart stories to involve his audience in customized seminars and journeys. 

PRAMOD SAPKOTA 

Pramod is a Brahman Shaman from the Kavre District in the Central Zone of Nepal. As a member of the Makaisaau Sapkota clan (The Keepers of the Corn), whose Clan Goddess is Vajrayogini, he is part of a shamanic lineage carried down by his ancestors for fourteen generations. Also an environmental activist, Pramod works with remote settlements of hill people who are being displaced from the land where their families have lived for centuries because of severe droughts brought on by vanishing snow coverage in the nearby Ganesh mountain range. As a shaman he works with the Nature Spirits--honoring them and praying to them--and also teaches about global warming and the effects of eating food poisoned by industrial farming methods. Pramod has assisted for many years, as a volunteer, with the Council of Indigenous Grandmothers, and is pursuing an MA in Anthropology from Tribhuvan University in Katmandu.