Our Story

SAGE ACADEMY OF SOUND ENERGY and Center for the Healing Arts was founded in 2007 by Philippe and Lea Garnier in Woodstock, NY. Committed to a respectful and gentle approach to healing, our workshops, events and private healing sessions uplift the body, mind and spirit to a higher frequency.  Set in both a tranquil and sacred atmosphere our focus is on Sound Awareness for healing, combining complimentary modalities to achieve our mission of supporting health and wholeness.

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Lea Garnier, Director

Integrative Sound Practitioner, Craniosacral Therapist, Yoga Teacher 

Lea Garnier has worked in the healing arts for over 25 years and is an accomplished practitioner in this field.  She began her healing journey as an artist of healing paintings that have been displayed, sold in Europe and New York.  Lea found Craniosacral Therapy in NYC after suffering neck and back injuries sustained in an auto accident.  The relief she found from this work was so profound she put down her painting brushes to pursue training. Lea is now a trained Upledger Craniosacral Therapist. In 2008 she became a certified yoga instructor trained in the Desikachar linage, and specializes in teaching the integration of sound healing and sound awareness (nada) in a yoga class setting.  A safe and fun environment is created which integrates the sacred sound medicine of crystal singing bowls, gongs, mantra and traditional instruments from various indigenous cultures.  
Lea is a student of the shamanic arts which inspired her ongoing interest in therapeutic sound for healing, and which led to the organization of one of the first comprehensive sound healing retreats in the northeast.  In 2010 she co-founded and continues to organize the Annual Sound Healing Retreat Intensive, the Annual Sound Healing Certification Program, and Gong Camp with master Don Conreaux  which takes place at Menla Mountain Retreat Center & Ananda Ashram, and caters to an international audience of practitioners working in the healing arts. 

Lea is available for group sound baths, private ceremony work, weddings and death passages.  She has a CD of healing mantras, icaros and sacred sound.  Her teachers are many, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share the knowledge ascribed to her over the years within the art forms she continues to study passionately.

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Philippe Garnier, Founder

Originally from Paris, Philippe Pascal Garnier discovered the healing properties of sound 15 years ago during his quest to cease vertigo brought on by Ménière’s disease. Not wanting to undergo the operation doctors offered, he turned to alternative practitioners. During the times he spent with the indigenous of the Upper Amazon in Peru working with spiritual healers, he experienced a transformation that not only altered the course of his disease, but of his life. He then pursued intensive training in Energy Healing and Sound Therapy.  Philippe has been initiated into sacred ceremony and practice in a variety of Native traditions.  His sound healing knowledge comes in part from living year long within an Apache tribe in New Mexico, as well as working extensively with the Amazonian curanderos, training in techniques that facilitate healing of the soul and body. Philippe's work is also very much influenced by his friends and mentors John Beaulieu, N.D., PhD., and Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux, both advanced and original researcher into many aspects of sound healing.   Many other teachers have also contributed to Philippe's broad-based education in the healing application of sound. He shares this expertise with the public through the organization he co-founded and directs: Sage Academy Of Sound Energy, Center For The Healing Arts, Woodstock, NY.

Philippe also teach yearly classes on Sonotherapy at the Ulster County Community College, a State University of New York public college located in Stone Ridge, New York and he's a guest teacher at Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. He co-created the Annual Sound Healing Training Program in 2013 at the Sage Academy.

Philippe’s early spiritual journey brought him to walk the roads of Chartres as well as Lourdes in a pilgrimage through France. Later on he studied Indian meditation in the foothill of the Himalayas with Yogi Shivamji at the Siddhartha Center, he is also a practitioner of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi.  He took refuge with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and received the Blue Medicine Buddha Empowerments from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in 2006.

Philippe has relocated to France, where he started the “Académie Française de Sonothérapie”. A sonic bridge across the ocean, in the world of Sound Healing.

You can follow his work by visiting his site here : www.academiedesonotherapie.com.