6 Modules/Retreat days.
Whilst this is the planned programme, it is flexible and responds to the group’s needs and energy of the day. We arrive from 09.30am, starting at 10am and closing at 5pm. After lunch there is 1 hour of precious Silence; you are encouraged to take this time for yourself to walk, rest, sleep, reflect, stroll along by the nearby river, clamber up the Mendip Hills opposite our venue, journal…this is time for you, time to process, allow things to settle, time to Be.
Sessions 1 & 2 – Learning the Art of Listening to the Self
A warm welcome awaits you! Meet and connect with your fellow travellers, your new Tribe. Opening ceremony to dedicate yourself to your journey, to set the intention of co-creating this healing circle.
We can only express our authentic self, and speak our truth, when we reconnect to who we truly are – our Soul-self. Deep listening, accessed through sound practices, a moving meditation from the Bon P period (protective and opens our intuition), music journeying and healing mantras, will be developed through these first 2 sessions and through-out the programme.
Sessions 3 & 4 – Listening To and Expressing Your Authentic Self.
Learn how to listen deeply to your own voice, that holds the resonance of your life experiences. This includes Voice scans, The Octave of Consciousness, mudra (sacred hand gestures), chant, diad and triad voice work…a time to explore, experiment and play! Meditative movement is introduced to connect to our body-wisdom, and move from our heads to our physicality.
Sessions 5 & 6 – Clearing the Way To Speak Your Truth
Continuing our exploration into both our strengths and potential, we also, via enquiry, Shamanic Healing Postures and cross-cultural music journeying consider our blocks, ‘stuckness’ and resistance to change. With compassion and humour we dance with those parts of ourselves that would have us stay small…it is only an imbalance of energy and we use these modalities to dissolve the blocks and build the strengths. Here also group or individual coaching is introduced to gently explore resistance and fears, inviting a compassionate curiosity.
Also in Session 6 – Celebrate! Ceremony!
Our last day of the Sound of Grace programme! Moving Forward – Take your place and space in this world with confidence and strength; calling upon and drawing upon the Divine Feminine. What is it you choose to take forward? Leave behind? Practice more deeply for your own self-care and growth? There will be a closing ceremony to reflect upon, and honour, each woman’s individual journey, growth and learning. A deep bow to your courage, and unique beautiful selves!
The Healing Modalities
Mantra and Chant – For thousands of years sacred sound, chant and mantra have been used for health, healing and spiritual connection. ‘Sacred’ means divinely given and therefore they have no human authorship. Holy men (Rishis) spent years in silent retreat, often in caves, ‘listening’ for the voice of the Divine, the sound of the Universe, or “What is”. Mantras were intuitively perceived, heard and then chanted with the inherent meaning and vibrational healing power becoming understood through their use.
These mantras and chants have been taught via the oral tradition – and whilst now many (but not all) are widely available through books and recordings – transmission only takes place from the teacher to student. Therefore, when I share mantras with you there is a transmission of the sacred healing energy, which is rooted in my own teacher’s lineage.
We will learn mantras and chants from the Vedic, Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Vedic traditions.
Cross-Cultural Music Therapy – I studied the therapeutic use of cross-cultural music with Pat Moffitt-Cook, PhD. a leading pioneer in the use of this genre of music and sacred sound. She has travelled throughout the world for 30 years recording sacred healing music and participating in the musical rituals and healing ceremonies of many cultures. She is also a Vedic chant master and teacher. My studies with her began in 1999 – and continue today.
We will use carefully chosen pieces of cross-cultural music to support your journey of inquiry and healing, and also to inspire, uplift and connect you to your inherent feminine power. The instruments used, key, lyrics, rhythms, create a ‘container’ within which insights and healing may occur. In addition, many pieces have been composed with specific healing qualities in mind. This is a fascinating and beautiful way to work!
Alongside this, we will use Shamanic Healing Postures which draws upon the work of Felicitas D. Goodman who researched what she called ‘bodily archaeology’; holding body postures represented in small pieces of ancient sculpture, she and her co-workers experienced consistent results of a shamanic nature. Insights, healing, journey to the under and over-world, divination and more…I have explored many of these postures during my training and in my personal research. Really, we are privileged to have access to these ancient ways of connecting to the unseen world, and they are a gift I happily share with sincere seekers.
Vocal Maps – drawing on the work of The Naked Voice – for 4 years I studied with Chloe Goodchild the founder of The Naked Voice, international singer, and author. Much of her work is connected to the Indian chants and mantras, Indian scale (Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Da Ni Sa) and the accompanying modes. I became a Naked Voice facilitator and one of her (few) teachers. These days I describe myself as a NV facilitator, and my work is influenced by my time with her and her core teachers (Masashi Minagawa, Shintaido Master; Nicholas Twilley, world percussionist, drummer extraordinaire and poet).
We will use the Octave of Consciousness to build strength and power throughout the chakra system; vocal maps and techniques to open up and develop your authentic voice; expression through sounding. You do not need to be able to sing ‘in tune’ – a western concept that inhibits so many. Although all this voice work will tune your inner and outer listening which, in turn, will enable you to hear and repeat ‘in tune’ sounds! Also, Shintaido (New Body Way) Movement to clear energetically, strengthen your auric field, and more.
Silence and Meditation – Last but by no means least…without Silence and Meditation we cannot truly know who we are, cannot hear the ‘small still voice’ of the Divine that resides within, and are unable to come home to ourselves. Following chant and mantra, silence allows the vibration to settle and flow deeply into the places it is needed. Guidance will be given and both will be incorporated into each day.