Fall 2009- Summer 2010 (2010-11
Sound Healer Trainings
Individual Sound Healing Classes and
3 Year Certification Program in Sound Therapy
Zacciah Blackburn, Director
|Our Next Series of Programs Begins in
LEVEL I ~ First Year Classes
Most classes may be taken individually
The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing offers in depth sound healers trainings and classes which enable any individual to develop their highest potential skills in sound therapy, as a sound healing practitioner, for the use of sound healing in one's personal or private practice, as well as therapeutic clinical applications. Many therapists in Massage, Reiki, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Ayurvedic, Nutritional Therapy, Movement, Breath, and a large variety of other Holistic Therapies, as well as Hospice, Nursing and Medical practitioners, are finding the benefits of Sound Therapies to heighten states of wellness and integration of their services for their clients. The science behind the eons old practices of sound healing are rapidly becoming well documented as practical, easy and effective. Sound healing is known to reduce stress and anxiety, increase homeostasis, create a more balanced immune system, enhance overall sense of well being, and has been shown to be effective in the treatment of cancer & other disease by medical practitioners as well as sound therapists. The effect of sound and awareness practices have been utilized by esoteric traditions worldwide to enhance states of well being and the exploration of the subtle states of consciousness for eons.
Our programs are designed to promote efficacy and understanding as a sound healing professional, with intuitive and cognitive insight, direct experiential practice, and education in the science and mysticism of the nature of sound as used both historically and in contemporary cultures world wide.
The program incorporates modern scientific studies in neuroacoustics, neurophysiology, the use of healing sound instruments, voice, sound technologies, Cymatics, and development of one's own understanding of the innate qualities of self. We are a strong proponent of the view that self exploration and self understanding promotes key awareness integral to the development of one's self as a healing practitioner.
To understand the healing paradigm, one must explore the nature of consciousness itself, and sound healing modalities do as much as any holistic approach to reach this understanding, as we are vibrational beings. Sound healing as a healing modality, utilized with clear understanding, integrity, and intention promotes wellness within oneself and others one is working with. The science is becoming inextricably clear on this.
We integrate keen understanding of the nature of consciousness and wellness, with the skilled articulation of cognitive use of sound instruments, to bring about wellness and change in one's whole being. We include training in the utilization of one's voice, Pure Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls and Bells (Bell/Dorje, Tingsha, Shang, Cymbal), Drums, Rattles, Horns and Didgeridoos, Tuning Forks, Peruvian Whistles, and a myriad of other traditional and contemporary instruments used in sound therapies worldwide today. We incorporate an intuitive and shamanic understanding of the nature of consciousness and subtle worlds of consciousness. Our facilitator, with over 34 years of experience in this field, will guide us to explore these principals with sound therapies and awareness exercises, approach a deep understanding of and balancing techniques of the primary and subtle components of the human energy system, including the 7 main chakras, the nadis and meridians, the endocrine system, and our neurophysiology.
We explore the modern science validating ancient and modern practices with sound therapies as it relates to wellness and consciousness, including Cymatics & the work of Dr. Hans Jenny, the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, (water crystals and intention), the Heart Math Institute (coherent emotion), Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, Tom Kenyon, and other leading pioneers in the fields of human consciousness development, neuroacoustics, and sound medicines, and holistic wellness.
We develop skills and strategies to work in group and individual therapeutic context. In the course of these programs, we build community with a knowing school of practitioners. For some, this is the most important ingredient in the trainings.
We work with principals of ceremonial healing with practices grounded in traditional schools of healing, from Tibetan Buddhist to Native American shamanic practices. We create group ceremonies to develop and utilize our skills and heart felt intentions to learn how to bring true healing to the planet and all sentient beings incorporating sound practices. Each year's program develops deeper understanding of these practices, and our upper level students are currently planning to continue this work to bring ceremonial healing programs to communities of the region, and to Sacred Earth Sites, as well as wherever else invited.
The programs empower us to bring our own innate and intuitive wisdom and understanding of the world forward, to stand more fully in our inner knowing. At the same time, we develop the technical skill, based in decades of practice by the facilitator, of knowing the nature and power of sound and intention, and how to utilize it in therapeutic practice with clients, to heighten states of wellness in our own personal life, and in developing clear working models for group work with sound.
On occasion, we have guest teachers whom bring their disciplines into greater focus for our students.
We begin our next Three Year Certification Program in Sound Healing in September.
Significant Early Registration Discounts are available.
You may participate in any or all Level One trainings (except the last program in the series Applications, which has pre-requisites.) Level II and Level III trainings require participation in each prior year's training.
LEVEL I, 1st Year Training:
These programs are offered in 8 weekend trainings, offered one weekend/month for 8 months beginning Sept. of each year. The programs are available occasionally in other regions of the country, and internationally.
If you have interest in these being provided in your region, please contact us.
We recommend participation in all trainings for the best and most complete understanding of the nature, use and application of sound therapies.
However, you may participate in any or all of the programs in the Level I programs (except Applications.)
Our facilitator, Zacciah Blackburn, offers a unique understanding, depth, and application of sound work. The program offers 150 hours of training in the first year. We know of no other program on the East Coast with this level of expertise in all areas covered. We will be guided through the process of how sound is used, and what the process of healing is, in oneself and others. We offer the fundamental understanding that the pathway to becoming a healer is the pathway of one's own healing. Thus, we will explore the internal and external dimensions of healing, in ourselves, and in others. We will be given the opportunity to enter and further this path of understanding wherever we are upon it, through practical application. And, we will be given the opportunity to explore how the appropriate and skilled use of Sacred Sound can bridge consciousness into unseen dimensions of experience and understanding. The focus is upon practitioner training, but it cannot come without personal experience and understanding. While Zacciah is an excellent experienced facilitator and educator, he believes we are our own best teachers.
No prior experience is necessary to fully participate in these classes. Intuitive sound healing is a process principally of the heart. No prior vocal or instrumental training of any kind is necessary to participate fully. The classes are appropriate for novice and practitioner, for those whom wish to learn or improve their meditational skills, their practitioner skills, experience healing, and how to heal, in a fundamental, yet potentially profound manner, and those who wish to build community. Skilled practitioners will find moving information, and compelling exercises, to further their practice. Novices will find skilled assistance in comprehending, experiencing, and utilizing skills offered. We are each contributors to this process, in each training. What we bring with us, and how deeply we are willing to explore, will bridge the potential to our own infinite understanding.
See Advanced Level II program information here. Level III, third year programs here.
Our Program FacilitatorZacciah Blackburn is a gifted intuitive, teacher, and sound healer trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing in Ascutney, VT, at the Center of Light, which he founded. Zacciah utilizes sound coupled with Sacred Intention, as a therapeutic tool, for personal growth and transformation. Zacciah is a Co-Director, and Director of Education for the International Sound Healing Network (SHN), formerly known as the New England Sound Healing Research Institute (NESHRI,) a worldwide community of healing practitioners broadening the awareness of sound healing through networking, education, and scientific research. He is also co-founder & Director of the World Sound Healing Organization, and the All One Now Network of organizations furthering world peace, healing, and transformation of human consciousness through simple ceremony, broadcast live via the internet. And, recently, Zacciah has been named to the Board of Directors, and is actively involved in the formation and evolution of the new Sound and Music Alliance, a professional association of practitioners, educators, researchers, product makers, schools and organizations, dedicated to the use of the transformative power of sound and music throughout the full spectrum of life cycles.
Zacciah has created a broad range of trainings in sound healing practice, which couples his deep cognitive and intuitive understanding of sound in therapeutic application. These programs are an in depth study of the nature of sound and its healing effect on the human system, with cognitive and experiential training designed to better our understanding of, and therapeutic application in, the use of sound.
Zacciah brings with him a warmth and radiance that exudes through his work.
We invite you to join us in this insightful and uplifting program for personal and professional development.
Certificates of training are given to those completing each phase of this training, with a special presentation at the end of each series. Certificates will indicate the level of training completed. The Level I programs are a foundation for, and a requirement of, higher level studies, which will integrate deeper experiential practical application in therapeutic settings. See Advanced Level II program information here. Level III participation will incorporate a Certification process as a sound healer.
Additional Program Information
What Others Are Saying About These Programs
See, also, our Articles Section for several quality articles on the Nature of Sound Healing
including our latest new article on Divine Harmony and Proportions: Sounding the Codes
Those wishing to further an Earth based understanding of sound in ceremony, working with Earth based energies utilizing more shamanic methodology, may follow up with our Return to Beauty programs in Vermont and elsewhere each summer, or our tour of ancient Sacred Sites of Great Britain. We recommend all of our sound healers' training programs for those wishing to understand how to access the subtle realms of consciousness, to attune, create relation with, and express deeper awareness in sacred sound, with voice, or instruments. We also offer advanced Shamanic training for those participating in beginning programs.
School of SOUND HEALINGJoin Zacciah in our sound practitioner trainings Fall 2009 through Spring 2010
2011 PROGRAMS ~ The Art of Sacred SoundBecause of growing demands for Zacciah's appearances internationally, we have been unable to produce our 8 month Level I program to begin in Sept, 2010. We ARE offering this special 5 Day Art of Sacred Sound program at Omega (below.) And, LEVEL II begins, for those who have completed Level I, Nov 20-22, 2010. We are updating program listings and dates, and hope to provide Level I program listings in the near future. Thank you for your patience. We are also offering our Annual International Sound Healing Conference July 30-Aug 1.
International Sound Healing Conference
Our Professional Sound Healers Training Series normally begins each September.
**JOIN US Sept 6-10, 2010Details very soon! Sign our newsletter for updates!
for a SPECIAL 5 day Sacred Sound Retreat at Omega Institute!
Day 1 includes a full day of sacred chant with Jai Uttal, Deva Premal, Krishna Das, and others! We then move into Sacred Sound work for the remaining 4 days. The program is based on this work (click here).
The Art of Sacred Sound
Healing Ourselves, the Earth, and Each Other
Sept 6-10, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY.
Zacciah Blackburn, Ph.D.
Take Sacred Chant and toning to the next level! Experience the healing power of Sacred Sound, giving voice to higher states of consciousness. Sacred Sound is as old as life itself, defining the nature of who we are as vibrational beings. Many spiritual traditions state that Sacred Sound is the very nature of Creation, of how the world is brought into manifestation. When we attune to our own nature, and voice this in resonance with clarity, trust, and intention, we align, in harmony, with All Life. We feel connected, inspired, whole, healed.
We can use these sounds to explore even deeper states of being. Sacred Sound opens doorways to greater awareness, intuition, and universal wisdom. You don’t need to be a good singer or have a trained voice. All that is required is a willingness to express authentic feeling states. We will experience Sacred Sound through a variety of chanting, toning, and esoteric practices, including connecting to the natural world. These techniques have proven to be most powerful, beneficial and effective, and have been incorporated into healing practices of all kinds. There will be opportunity for sound practices for world service.
You are welcome to bring instruments you use in sacred practices, or borrow from ours. Please join us in these highly transformative experiences.
Omega is located in Rhinebeck, NY, approx 1 hr drive north of NYC, just north of Poughkeepsie, NY.
The program includes all food and lodging.
Omega will handle all registration.
Cost, and link for registration will be HERE once it is announced by Omega, probably in March.
Sign up for our newsletter to find out about this as soon as it is available for registration.
This program may fill fast.
|2009-10 First Year ~
Level I Programs
These programs may be hosted in your location.
YOU MAY TAKE ANY ONE CLASS, or More, except Applications
Level II Applications of (Second Year) Sound Therapies classes are available for all graduates of Level I class series.
Level III classes Third year programs
Our 2009-10 Professional Sound Healers Training Weekend Series begins Sept. 11-13, 2009:
Eight Weekends of programs, one each month: Sept. 2009 - April 2010
You may take one or all programs in Level I, no prior experience is necessary, except in the Applications class.
Each class is offered as a "stand alone" class, meaning you do not need to take any prior class to fully understand and experience the information and techniques presented in the class. At the same time, the classes do build off of each other, so the more you attend, the more you will gain off of each class. The classes are beneficial to those seeking to be a sound healing therapist, or to incorporate sound therapies into their current healing practice, as well as for those seeking to use sound in their own personal lives. The vast majority of participants find these programs much more full of information and experiential learning than they ever anticipated, and report life transforming experiences through the work. This has included students with decades of prior sound work.
Special graduated discounts will apply for those registering for all trainings by June and July.
Other discounts may also apply.
Registration and further details are also below.
All programs are offered in Ascutney, VT, unless indicated otherwise.
Meals and Lodging are not included.
We have added a snow day for winter weekends should inclement weather prevent us from providing all regularly scheduled days of a program.
SOME 2010 Class dates may vary, ask if you wish to insure you know current dates for 2010.
Classes are 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST first day, 10 AM - 6 PM EST second day, 10 AM - 4 PM EST Third day of each training.
|Sept 11-13, 2009:
Nature of Sound in
(Fri - Sun)
In depth studies into the nature of healing, sound healing and Sacred Sound Transmissions. Our foundation training. Highly recommended for all pursuing our program of studies. Skilled approach to the nature of sound and healing designed to be of benefit to novice and practitioner.
We approach a broad understanding of major sound healing modalities, which includes hands on work with instruments, vocal sound healing exercises, and much more.
We explore Cymatics and other principals of sound. We will take this foundation training, and break it into more complex and explicit explorations in the remaining trainings.
10-12, 2009: Using
days, $398. (Sat-Mon)
Exploring the use of principal instruments used in sound healing practices, both for personal and professional use/practice, with intention, for clearing and energizing the human energy field, invocation, and more. We will explore the use of Tibetan and Crystal Bowls, bells, tingshas, Tibetan horns, shangs, gongs, drums, tuning forks, didgeridoos, rattles, and more.
| Nov. 20-22, 2009: Using
the Voice, with Intention
(Fri - Sun)
Exploring the voice in personal and professional practice for clearing and energizing the human energy field, invocation, and more, as a sound healing tool. We each have the creative capacity to utilize our voice in healing, every day. By setting proper awareness, and intention, we can, by speaking our truth, voicing our wounds, and touching our Divinity, spark healing in ourselves and others. We will discuss and experience the use of voice in a variety of settings for personal healing, and providing for, or guiding others, through their healing, in professional therapeutic application.
Neurophysiology of Sound
Sound is a primordial force which effects us on many levels. This workshop will explore the fundamental neurophysiology of the body and how sound effects healing, change, growth, via the natural forces at play within our human bodies, as well as other aspects of the science of sound. Weather date: Dec 14
|Jan 8-10, 2010:
days, $398. (Fri - Sun)
An in depth study of the nature and development of the chakras and their relationship within the subtle bodies & the human psyche; with attunement exercises via alchemical practices, esoteric exercises, and sacred sound transmissions. We will offer cognitive information on the nature of the Chakras, and skill development utilizing sound to balance and energize the chakras in therapeutic settings.
Snow date Jan 11
26-28, 2010: Creating
Sacred Space 3
days, $398. (Fri - Sun)
How do we use sacred space in our personal & professional lives? Whom & what do we call upon to create sacred space, and why? Does the holistic practitioner & workshop facilitator have an inextricable responsibility to insure sacred space is utilized and maintained when opening clients to sacred mystery, or to greater personal awareness? We will explore these and other questions, discuss professional ethics and care, and learn to couple intention with a variety of vibrational techniques for creating sacred space in our personal and professional place. Some programs offer work with creating outdoor ceremonial space. Weather date Mar 1
|No classes in
March, or early April, 2010
April 30 - May 1-2, 2010: The Art of Sacred Sound Transmissions 3 days, $398. (Fri-Sun)
When we attune to our own sacred nature, and voice this in resonance with clarity and trust, we come into contact with our very essence. Zacciah uses sound coupled with sacred intention to invoke the essence of higher being. This allows us each to enter more readily into a sacred space, more ready to explore the deeper nature of ourselves, and relationship to that which we personally hold as sacred, and learn to better voice it. The invocation of sacred sound streams, which Zacciah calls Sacred Sound Transmissions, creates the groundwork which assists us in walking through a rich tapestry of unfolding experiential insights into our essence. We will explore together our inherent ability to discern and channel these sacred sound streams through voice and intention, to connect with ancestral and holy beings of the subtle realms of consciousness, and learn to attune to, embrace, embody, and emanate their voices. Deep initiations may occur when we create authentic relationship with these holy ones, and utilize those relationships in integrated practices with Sacred Sound. Weather date Apr 12
Application of Sound
days, $398. (Sat-Mon)
In depth experiential training, comprehensive practical skill development. We will explore more deeply, our understanding and application of sound healing skills, voice, and instrument, in practical application for therapeutic use.
Open to those whom have completed at least five of the foundation trainings in our School of Sound Healing Level I Series, including 3 of the first 5.
On completion of this training, you will receive a Certificate of Completion of the training.
Completion of this program is required to advance to Level II & III trainings.Level II and Level III 2008-9 Trainings are also listed. See links top of page.
Classes are 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST first day, 10 AM - 6 PM EST second day, 10 AM - 4 PM EST Third day of each training.
Discounts, and additional information:
You may sign up for one or all programs. Space is limited. Space is not held until registration and payment are received.
Registration is available by phone, mail, fax, or on line on our secure server, information is below.
Priority is given to entire series registrants.
Discounts given for advance registration & payment, previous attendance, and professional memberships, are listed below.
MasterCard, Visa, & American Express Credit & Debit cards are accepted, as is cash, money orders, and personal checks.
You may qualify for VSAC or other adult education grants. Ask for information.
Individual discounts may apply for previous trainees repeating classes.
Logistical Information & Sound Healing Tools:
Prices do not include food or lodging. We have a list of local and recommended lodging here, and will assist you further should you need help.
We are 1/2 mile from local cafes we recommend for meals. Classes usually eat together, but this is not mandatory.
Sunday meals are often offered potluck.
Hours are 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST first day, 10 AM - 6 PM EST second day, 10 AM - 4 PM EST Third day of each training..
We have a vast array of sound healing tools available, including instruments, books, and CD's, many of which you may view at www.sunreed.com,
and, many of which are available during class in our display area.
The Center of Light is 1 mile from exit 8 off I-91, 2.5 hours from Boston, MA; 4 hours from the GW Bridge in NYC; 2 hours from Hartford CT and Albany NY; 35 min N. of Brattleboro, VT; 15-20 min south of White River Jct., VT. Directions & additional information will be sent to all registrants.
For further important details of Registration information, click here, or scroll beneath Discounts.
24 days, and 150 hours of study time are incorporated into this first year program.
Individual program costs are $398. The total program cost is: $3184.
You may participate in one, multiple, or all programs.
For participation in this 8 month/8 weekend program, in Ascutney, VT, these discounts apply:
If paid by June 1, 2009, total program cost $2547. A savings of 20%, -$637.
If paid by July 1, 2009, total program cost $2866. A savings of 10%, -$318.
Early Registration closes at 4:45 PM each date listed, unless you register online;
On line registration is accepted until Midnight of stated date.
(To register online, look below.)
We, also, accept early registration payments by mail postmarked up until listed dates.
If prepaid 3 or more programs, 30 days or more in advance, -$25. per program
If prepaid any single or two programs, 30 days or more in advance, -$15. per program
Program Size is Limited. Those registering for full program inclusion will have priority in registration.
Otherwise, program inclusion is prioritized by time of completed registration and payment.
A 5% discount is offered to members of APOV and SHN for registration, not to be combined with any other plan.
Those repeating any program in this series may receive 30% off if pre-paid by 30 days.
For anyone whom has attended any of Zacciah's previous workshops, attends and registers an additional person for these trainings,
15% off each training you attend, for each additional registrant in that training, up to the cost of the training.
No discounts may be combined.
Gift certificates are available for any or all programs in the series.
See all registration details below.
To register, you may call, fax, or mail us your name, contact, and credit information or mail your check or money order, with applicable discounts and programs you wish to attend. You may register on line at our secure site at: http://www.sunreed.com/new-website.html
Simply fill in all contact and credit card information, workshop title (in place of 'instruments",) date, and cost, and any applicable discounts.
Any charges will appear on your credit card billing statement as “Sunreed Instruments”, our partner company.
For a printable Registration Form, click here.
Payment, Cancellation & Financial Assistance Information for 3 day trainings
We accept MasterCard and Visa credit or debit cards for payment, as well as check or money orders, or cash.
(You may also send postdated checks at any time, dated for the early registration discount deadlines.)
Vermont residents may qualify with VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corporation) for adult education financial assistance or grants in career training. (Previous students have qualified for part and full payment.) Agencies in your home state may also offer adult education financial assistance.
(We will be glad to assist with information for those agencies.)
Those whom have attended our previous sound healing trainings may qualify for discounts on individual programs.
We will consider extended payment plans for those truly in need.
Payment for additional programs must be made one month in advance to hold your space.
Registration in this program is a commitment to
to follow all guidelines and policies regarding this program, including
personal liability for any harm, or damage, to persons or property
attending said program. For those registering for the entire
refund less a $300 non-refundable deposit will be given up until
A note on Sound
Healing Training: I am more than happy to help broaden your
the community of sound healing, and explore deep and rewarding
comprehension of the use of sound as a therapeutic tool, a connector to
the divine realm, a vehicle for channeling light energies into the
earth, our bodies and
spirits. Novice and practitioners will both gain from our sound
training. Please let me know your level of interest. Though
my work is always based on intuitive guidance, the more aware I am of
level of abilities and interests of participants in class, the easier
more potent the work becomes. Moreso, we are all creators in the
classroom. What we are open to, what we are ready for, what we
for, and what we bring to each other, all opens doorways we might not
otherwise perceived. I am also working with those seeking
in their own path, in private studies, healing, or spiritual
Please speak with me by e-mail, mail or phone.
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Zacciah accepts appointments for individual healing work or training in sound healing therapies. This work is an eclectic blend of spiritual counseling and shamanic and sacred sound therapy, designed to help one connect with inner guidance and spiritual nourishment, clarify life issues, work with deep healing where needed, and to find one's own voice and authenticity in the world. The work is to help you find and establish your path in your own sacred journey, to help you identify and remove obstacles to obtaining your own greatest good. We whom have been on this journey, best understand it, and can best assist others. Click here for more information.
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Center of Light in Vermont
220 Hidden Glen Rd.
P.O. Box 389
Ascutney, VT 05030 USA
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Fine Quality Hand Crafted Bamboo Flutes, Saxophones & Clarinets,
Shakuhachi, Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos
Wide Selection of Drums of the World, World Percussion, Concert Band and
World Musical Instruments, and Tibetan & "Singing" Quartz Crystal Bowls
You will find a large assortment of many fine Sound Healing tools, instruments used in traditional Spiritual practices of many cultures, including: Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Tingshaws, Shamanic Drums, African Drums, Flutes, Shakuhachi, Tabla, Tamboura, Sitars, Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos, much more
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