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School of Sound Healing
Level 1 Program
Sound Healing Certificate Program

Private and Professional, Therapeutic Sound Healers Practitioner Training

   2017's Full First Year program will be in Ottawa, Canada
Please note our April, 2018 6 day Sound Healing Training Retreat in W. MA.

Sound, Healing and Conscisousness

A special 6 day retreat in Leyden MA
April 10-15, 2018

Sound Healing Training

Level 1, First Year Information for Ottawa, Canada
Advanced, Second Year Information Sound Healing Certificate of Training

About Our Teacher
Level 1 Dates
Level 1 Registration and Logistics

"Zacciah’s work with sound, the natural world and ancient traditions is nothing short of profound. Zacciah in ancient Celtic site, Galicia Spain

My life and heart are forever changed by the immersion into the elements and sacred sites as well as the beauti-ful practices brought forward by Zacciah’s guidance.”

        ~Cynthia Quintanal, LMT/Resonant Sound Healer; CT


LEVEL I, 1st Year Training:
This program is currently offered over the course of 8 months to a years time. The program occurs within four modules, each four days long, happening once every 2-3 months.   Some stand alone portions of these programs are available occasionally in other regions of the country, and internationally.  We currently require participation in the whole first year of the program in order to attend. If you would like to see what Zacciah's methoda are like look to introductory programs such as the 6 day stand alone introductory programming happening in September, 2017. We are also looking into webinars, as well do one-on-one professional development and therapies. We recommend participation in all trainings for the best and most complete understanding of the nature, use and application of sound therapies. Please read on for general information about Level 1, or scroll further down to see the content of each module, or further to see current logistical information and cost.

Our facilitator, Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, offers a unique understanding, depth, and application of sound work.  The program offers 140 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, and none anywhere which provide such an in depth study of sound as a therapeutic application for clinical practice.  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 be present, to be available, and to explore, will bridge the potential to our own infinite understanding.

sacred sounds, sacred earth, sounds of the shamanWhile all of our programs incorporate ancient, indigenous/shamanic, and esoteric 'wisdom school' understandings of the nature of sound, human consciousness, and our inter-relationship with the living energies of the Cosmos, 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 Earth Mysteries programs in the US, Europe, Peru, Egypt, and elsewhere, each year.  We work in ancient ceremonial sites, and pristine and powerful natural energy sites, learning how to access and interact with the Living Energies and Spirit of the Place where we visit.   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. We, also, occassionally offer our 5 day Sacred Sounds, Sacred Earth, Sounds of the Shaman training, to explicitly experience sound as a healing tool from a more explicitly shamanic understanding, with earth based ceremony, ritual, and private healing therapy training.

"Zacciah’s work with sound, the natural world and ancient traditions is nothing short of profound.

My life and heart are forever changed by the immersion into the elements and sacred sites as well as the beauti-ful practices brought forward by Zacciah’s guidance.”

        ~Cynthia Quintanal, LMT/Resonant Sound Healer; CT

Our Program Facilitators
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Director, the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic StudiesZacciah  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 committed to the professional development of sound as a healing modality. Since 2002 he has been 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, Zacciah was a Founding Board Member, in the formation and evolution of the former 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 s
ound 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.  

 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.

Dorothy Stone
Zacciah is often oined by his qualified partner Dorothy Stone, who assists us on many levels, offering her insight and wisdom, pure heart, and compelling, transformative voice, as well as in depth knowledge and experience with Sacred Chant.  Dorothy also brings decades of experience as a licensed body therapist, with years of applied sound therapies within her practice, and will offer her perspective on sound's use in bodywork.
Dorothy also overseas the needs of individuals in the program, and all logistics.  She, also, is a compassionate builder of community, which adds even greater depths to these programs!


  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 more in depth process of coherent process, applications of technique, intake, and supervisory guidance as a sound therapist.

Additional Program Information
What Others Are Saying About These Programs


Level I Module Information
This Year's program will be in Ottawa, Canada
The program is expected to return to the US in 2018.
Please note our Sept, 2017 6 day Sound Healing Training Retreat in W. MA.

The Nature of Healing with Sound:  
             VOICE & INSTRUMENTS
Dates:  October 19th-22nd, 2017

This is an in depth study into the nature of healing, sound healing, and the use of sacred sound and intuitive sound healing practices.   It is what we call ourur foundation training.  However, those who know our work, know that it is anything but foundational.  advanced level practitioners have found this program to be exceptional at articulating fundamental principals of understanding the nature, science, and spirit of sound as a healing practice, which, simultaneously, is offered in a way that the most basic novice has a rich and diverse understanding of the nature and use of sound in a healing practice, for themselves, or with others.
It is highly recommended for all pursuing our program of studies.  It offers a 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 the science of sound, including basics in neuroacoustics, Cymatics and other principles of sound. 
We shall explore the use of principal instruments used in sound healing practices, both for personal and professional use.  We detail the nature and use of awareness and intention, for clearing and energizing the human energy field, invocation, and more. 
We explore the use of Tibetan and Crystal Singing Bowls, bells, tingshas, Tibetan horns, shangs, gongs, drums, tuning forks, didgeridoos, rattles, and more.   
See more about our instruments below!
With this foundation of understanding with the nature of sound, and the use of instruments, we begin to explore ever more deeply the use of voice, also, for personal and professional use, for practice in clearing, aligning, and energizing the human energy field, the nature of and use in invocation of allies and teachers in the subtle worlds of understanding, and much more.  
How is sound used as healing tool. 
Why is it so effective?
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, and alliance with subtle realms of being, 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.   

From this foundation of understanding, over the next 8 months, in 3 additional 6 day programs, we shall break our work down into more complex and explicit explorations using voice and instruments, with a foundation in science, and deeper glimpses at using our own intuitive guidance, in the following aspects of sound work.  

The Science & Mysticism of Sound: Neurophysiology, and the Chakras
January 18th-21st, 2018
Part I:  The Neurophysiology of Sound      cymatics image

Sound is a primordial force which effects us on many levels.  This program will explore the fundamental neurophysiology of the body, and the neuracoustical properties of sound:  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.    We will carry forward our understanding of the use of instruments and voice, focusing on a scientific foundation, such as sound to enhance homeostasis, for deep relaxation and restoration, while utilizing intuitive awareness, in practices,466979815262823 moving more and more into hands on work with others as the trainings progress.

Part II: Attuning the Chakras
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, toning, chant, mantra, and sacred sound transmissions, as well as working with instruments to balance and enliven these seats of consciousness.   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.  

The Art of Sacred Sound
March 22nd-25th, 2018

What is sacred sound, what is sacred space, how and why should we utilize it?  What is the potential and necessity of safe and sacred space in our lives and practice, and how do we create and sustain it?
How do we access the extraordinary potential and gifts of Sacred Sound?
What is this in relation to the overall spectrum of sound tools available to us?

 Part I:  Creating Sacred Space  
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?  What are the boundaries and limitations of our understanding as to the power of positive and negative forces in our life and workplace?  Many shamanic cultures focus on the need to dispel or protect from the dark energies.  What other methods of understanding may be even more potent at insuring the integrity and wellness of our space, our lives, and practice?  We will explore these and other questions, engage in understanding 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.   When time and weather permit, we often work with creating outdoor ceremonial space, utilizing traditional indigenous wisdom teachings.

  Part II:  Sacred Sound Transmissions         
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, as well as the voices of allies and teachers of the hidden worlds.  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, as well as the Greater Cosmos, 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 discern and channel these sacred sound streams through voice
Zacciah Blackburn, Sacred Sound Channel and intention.  We will be given specific methodology to connect with the allies, guides and teachers, the ancestral and holy beings of the subtle realms of consciousness, the 'other worlds,' 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.  It is important to realize, in this quality of practice, we enter into worlds beyond our common knowing and imagination, we enter the realms beyond cognition, so they are not definable by common language.  We are in the imaginal realms of what some call, the Lands of Pure Light and Sound, where the Holy Beings dwell.  Most participants in these practices find the work life altering, deeply transforming.   We invite you to join us.
 The Therapeutic Application of Sound as a Healing Modality
 July 12th-15th, 2018 (tentative)

This practice is open to those who have completed the first 3 Modules of Level I training.  Consideration may be given to those who have completed at least 2 of the prior 3 trainings, under special circumstance, with appropriate exhibition of skill development.  This practice is for deepening our wisdom and understanding of the tools we have gathered over the course of this first year traiZacciah Blackburn, Demonstrating sound healing toolsning.   It is an in depth experiential training, with further comprehensive practical skill development.   We will explore more deeply, our understanding and application of sound healing skills, with the use of our voice, and instruments, awareness and intention, in practical application for therapeutic use.   We will bridge more deeply into how to work with others in a client based practice, or integrate our new skills into our existing practice.  There is much time for question and answer for direct application to each students unique and specific needs, as well as intensive time for one on one or small group practice for further skill development.

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Costs, Discounts:
2017-2018 PROGRAM

For All 4 Modules including Meals and Lodging:
$4800 USD by Oct 10, 2017 (total for all 4 Modules)

And for a limited time registration is now open for
Pariticipation in only Module I
at $1500 USD.  
Registration for this single module opportunity is only available until October 10, 2017.
Additionally, for those choosing this Module I only option, 
if you wish to complete the training,
you must make a non-refundable $500 USD deposit by
end of Module I, Oct 22
and total remaining balance of $3100. USD
for Modules II, III, and IV is due by Nov 15, 2017.
($1500., for Module I, $3600. for modules II, III, and IV)
See registration information below, for Module I only, with or without the balance of Modules;
or pay with PayPal here,
Options for only Module I and balance of program

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If you live outside of Vermont, you will need to speak to your own state adult education program providers.
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Location and Logistical Information


Galilee Center
398 John Stree North,
Arnprior, ON, K7S 2P6
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Meals and Lodging
Most rooms singles with shared baths, but a sink in each room. There are 4 or 5 double rooms on the property. This is a chemical free environment.

All meals are provided with fresh, natural oriented foods. Gluten free and vegetarian diet is available.

There is wifi in the main areas and good cell coverage.

There is a sunroom, patio, a beach and nature areas on Ottawa River.

Daily Schedule

Typical schedule format:
(All Times are ET.  
Exact times may vary.)

First day:  Arrive and register by 12:00 noon.  
Program begins at 12:30 PM
No lunch break
Breaks every 1.5-2 hrs.
Practice ends 6:30 PM

1-2 evenings we will offer practice for 1 - 2 hrs.
Starting at 7:30-8 PM

2nd and 3rd day:

Program begins between 9:45-10:00 AM

Lunch break at 1-1:30 PM
Lunch Break 1 1/2 hrs
Afternoon session ends  6:00 PM

4th day:

Program begins between 9:45
-10:00 AM
Lunch at 1-1:30 PM
Lunch Break 1 1/2 hrs
Program Closes 4:00 PM    


Registration & Acceptance Guidelines,

& Cancellation Policies for these trainings

Registration in this program is a commitment to attend and to follow all guidelines and policies regarding this program, including taking personal responsibility for understanding the nature of, and participation in, this program or programs, and for taking personal liability for any harm, or damage, to persons or property while attending said programs.  Registration is open until that program is full.  Registration is limited.  Acceptance into the program or portion of each program you are registering for, will be formalized, when we charge your credit card, or deposit your check into our bank.  We will not cash a check, nor charge your credit card account, if space is not available, or your registration is not accepted for any reason, and we will contact you regarding that, as well as any possible wait list, where appropriate.  Once registration and payment is accepted, there are no refunds.  Discounts only apply for payments in full by due date of early registration discount.   

For all participants:  
Under emergency situations, credit toward future programs may be extended at the discretion of Center of Light staff.  If a program is cancelled or rescheduled for any reason, a full refund will be offered.  Programs are held regardless of weather conditions.  Please plan accordingly.  During potential winter months, we recommend those traveling long distance, plan travel at least one full day before, and after, the program dates, to insure weather does not impact your attendance.  The Center of Light, and its staff, and all affiliates, shall be held harmless in case of  rescheduling, or cancellation of any program, for any reason.  This policy may change without notice.  We will honor the policy in place at your time of registration. We will consider possible payment plans for those in true need.

Sound Healing Therapies
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.

You may call or e-mail Zacciah to discuss your personal needs.
Please contact us for further details.

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Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Director
220 Hidden Glen Rd.
P.O. Box 389
Ascutney, VT  05030  USA

Phone: (802) 674-9585
Fax: (802) 674-9586

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