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Science, Spirituality & Sound 
The New England Sound Healing Research Institute (NESHRI)
Third Annual Conference on Sound Healing 


  at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center, Rowe, MA  
Friday November 17,  thru  Sunday November 19, 2006

(Image Credit:  Harmonic "soundform" from Cymatics:
A Study of Wave Phenomena and Vibration © 2001 MACROmedia
Used by Permission. www.cymaticsource.com )

Conference Information, Fees, etc  *  Schedule of Events, Teachers   


  For Registration:  Go to rowecenter.org or call the Rowe Camp and Conference Center at 413.339.4954

For further information, Contact:
Zacciah Blackburn, Director of Education at NESHRI
via:  The Center of Light  P.O. Box 389  Ascutney, VT  05030 
Phone and Fax: (802) 674-9585           e-mail:  info@sunreed.com          

Schedule of Events, with Course Descriptions and Teacher Bios





Rug Room

Brook House

Farm House
Rec Hall            

Friday, Nov 17
4-7 PM






Lounge, Coffee & Tea, throughout event.


6 PM

Hors d'oeurves

7 PM


Throughout Weekend:
 Networking and Sales

Sales of CD's, Books, Videos on Sound Healing, Music, and Sound Healing and Musical Instruments, including drums, crystal and Tibetan Bowls and bells, flutes, didgeridoos, tuning forks, and much more.

Networking tables open for your professional information

Some private therapy sessions may be available

8:15 PM -  10 PM

Opening Presentations
Zacciah Blackburn & NESHRI Staff

Michael O'Leary
     Chanting and Songs of the Soul

Jeff Volk and Erik Larsen,
    intro to Cymatics

Molly Scott
Saruah Benson
    Intro to programs and Songs of the             Heart

Other evening presenter bios follow


Bio for Michael O'Leary,
Presentation in the Rug Room:

Michael O'Leary is a spirit singer and chant creator/leader and came to singing in mid-life, having been one of those people who didn't think they could sing.  Now singing is (almost) his life, both as a song-leader and performer. He currently facilitates weekly song circles called SoulSong in Gloucester, MA and leads chant and spirit song circles at community gatherings and yoga, spiritual and healing centers. He has practiced spirit singing with Saruah Sarah Benson of the Earth Sound Light Center and Shawna Carol of the Way of Song Center and last year joined with Robert Gass and On Wings of Song for the recording of their latest CD, Kirtana, to be released in 2006.  Words that forever inspire him: "Song is the soul." -Percy MacKaye  

Saturday, Nov 18

8 AM



9:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Jeff Volk,
Erik Larson

Cymatics: The Shape of Sounds to Come

Utilizing the new generation CymaScope, Erik and Jeff will allow us to directly observe how audible sound creates form and structure in matter.  It provides a solid foundation for the therapeutic use of sound, based in empirical science.  We'll view video excerpts comparing these vibrational ‘sound figures’ with patterns that appear in nature and throughout the world's great artistic and architectural traditions, ranging from cathedrals to crop circles. These ever-fluid forms portray many vibrational processes and universal principles which underlie our lives –such as the dynamics of chaos and re-integration– in much the same way that specific vibratory frequencies underlie and determine these sound figures.  These principles will be brought to life as participants create their own cymatic images in real time, by singing or toning into a startling new acoustic imaging device called the CymaScope®, which Erik helped to design.
So be prepared to take a deeper look at the hidden nature of sound and vibration… “You’ll never look at sound the same again!” ™

For detailed explanation of this program, click here.


Bios for Jeff Volk and Erik Larson, presentation in the Rug Room:

Jeff Volk is an authority on the science of Cymatics, which demonstrate how audible sound creates harmonic, geometric patterns found in intricate life forms, and in the sacred art and architecture of the world's Great Traditions.  Over the past 20 years, he has published a series of programs on Cymatics, including Of Sound Mind and Body: Music and Vibrational Healing, which won the Hartley Film Award through the Institute of Noetic Sciences.  

Erik Larson has a long history as a designer, inventor, engineer and instrument builder. Vice President of the Inventors Network of Vermont, he played a large role in the development and production of the legendary Parker guitar, used by such notables as Joni Mitchell, Joe Walsh, Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), and Reeves Gabriels (David Bowie). For the past two years, Erik has been working with acoustic engineer and Cymatics researcher, John Reid, to realize their shared dream of building a 21st Century device to visualize the effects of sound on matter, the CymaScope. His passion is to help people see sound, and thus understand the nature of the vibrations which hold us (and everything else that’s matter) all together.

Lounge, Coffee & Tea, throughout event.

Networking and Sales
continue through day

Ben Sheppard, NESHRI webmaster and Director of Content Management will teach volunteers & members how to work on the new website as he is available.

12:30 -  2:00 PM 




Networking and Sales
continue through day
2:00 - 3:00 PM NESHRI musical/sound interlude;
Come and improvise (or simply bathe in the sounds) in group sound exercises and improvisational music with teachers, sound healers and musicians, including:
Christopher Carbone, Michael O'Leary, Ben Sheppard, Michelle Herrera Foster, you, & others of our teaching staff

Historically, we generate rich tapestries of sound & music, moving, and healing to recipients and musicians alike.

3:15 - 6:15 PM
Dr. John Beaulieu

 Sound Healing with Tuning Forks

Students will learn the an energy medicine approach to tuning the human nervous system with tuning forks based on molecular research conducted by Dr. John Beaulieu. During class each participant will learn how to tune their nervous system using BioSonic tuning forks as well as evaluate their current tuning. Special emphasis is given to the use of nervous system tuning for healing through case histories as well as scientific studies.

Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., PhD. is the founder of BioSonic Reaptterning™ and the author of Music and Sound In The Healing Arts. He is a pioneer of sound healing field, past supervisor of Music Therapy at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, a sound healing researcher who has published in numerous journals, and travels throughout America and Europe lecturing on sound and its use in the healing arts.

Dr. Molly Scott

Creative Resonance and Deep Story: Sounding a Bridge Between Main Stream and Esoteric therapeutic practice

Sound as Touch

This workshop will focus on using  vocal techniques as vibrational interventions in body/mind therapy. Will include theory, examples from practice, and one on one practice with voice-on techniques. For bodyworkers and energy practitioners.

Molly Scott, Ed.D.,LMHC, is a therapist, singer, educator, and pioneer in the use of the embodied voice in psychotherapy, She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and has presented her Creative Resonant training throughout the U.S. and Europe. Her background in theater, television and recordings informs her deeply intuitive understanding of the power of sound to affect body/mind change. A long time environmental and peace activist, she directs the Creative Resonance Institute, teaches at Antioch New England Graduate School, and maintains a clinical practice in Western Mass. Her many recordings include We Are All One Planet, Honor the Earth and Each Other, Sound of Light, and Songs of Hope and Healing on the Sumitra label.

Networking and Sales
continue through day

Ben Sheppard, NESHRI webmaster and Director of Content Management will teach volunteers & members how to work on the new website as he is available.




 8:00  PM
Evening Sound Healing Concerts
Kirtan (Ecstatic Chanting) 
    Christopher Carbone
John Beaulieu, piano
Guided Music w/
Benyamin Sheppard, Michelle Herrera Foster
, and friends
Stay after for improvisational Jam

Christopher Kavi Carbone works professionally as a  musician, storyteller, wholistic educator, yoga instructor and sound healing artist;  In his work, he seeks to integrate ancient knowledge with contemporary approaches to sound, music, theater and the healing arts, thereby providing deep yet accessible pathways to personal and community growth.
Christopher, with his wife Katherine, is co-founder and co-director of "Present Moment Arts Center" and "Arts-in-Celebration!",  based in Newport, RI,  featuring programs in the creative & healing arts for families and individuals of all ages,  as well as training programs for educators and other professionals.  Christopher also serves on the faculty of Salve Regina University’s programs in the Expressive Arts and Healing. In addition,  he is the writer, creator and producer of several recordings and CD’s, including “Story & Song Celebrations!”  and  “Namaste!: Songs, Meditations, and Yoga for Young Yogis” 

Bios for Benyamin Sheppard, presentation in the Rug Room:

Ben is a healing musician, sound weizzar, composer, scientist, and visionary dreamer. Ben comes from a diverse musical background that combines many forms of classical and folk traditions from around the world, with Jazz, electro-acoustic music, and the blues. Ben was also trained as a piano tuner/technician and studied electronics and audio engineering while in high school. Ben’s technical training eventually led him to perusing software engineering for his career path. In parallel to his technical career, Ben studied music in Boston and holds a Bachelor of music composition from the New England Conservatory. Ben’s metaphysical training includes: TM, Kriya Yoga, Pranayama, Multiphonic Chant, Reiki, and research of using music and sound for healing, meditation, and transformational work. Today, Ben uses an array of musical instruments from diverse ethnic traditions to compose and perform deeply inspired spiritually guided music.

Bios for Michelle Herrera Foster, PhD, presentation in the Rug Room:

Michelle performs intuitive sound healing and improvised and composed music with viola, voice, and percussion. Michelle is a Reiki Master who channels Spirit and the Divine Feminine through her music using viola, voice, Tibetan and crystal bowls, and drums. In her Guided Music practice she does private and group sessions and leads experiential workshops. Michelle has blended her classical music training and extensive experience with orchestras and chamber music as a violist, with her spiritual training, while discovering her gift as a vibrational healer and improvisational musician. With her Ph.D. in Chemistry and 20 years of corporate management experience, she forms a bridge between mainstream and alternative spiritual approaches to personal growth.


Sunday, Nov 19

8 AM





9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Saruah (Sarah)  Benson

Free your voice free your life - sounding into healing and wholeness

Saruah will share some of her experiences with her cancer journey and sound as a healing modality.  Through releasing fear, and the reframing & renaming of toxic words she was able to reduce pain and transform the experience into a healing journey.

Saruah Sarah Benson is a Sound Healing Guide, musician, and poet of the soul.
She has been exploring sound, consciousness and healing for over thirty years, sharing her music and wisdom in this country and abroad.  Saruah is the creator of Source Sound Soul Energetics, a fusion of sound healing, expressive therapies, and soul integration.  She has released many tapes, CDs, several books of prose and guides students enrolled in the expressive therapies at Lesley
University in Cambridge, MA, Omega Theater and Transpersonal Drama Therapy in the Boston area.

 Saruah is cofounder of Earth Sound Light Center in Charlemont, MA, is a teacher of teachers and maintains her connection with Source, Mother, Child and Earth.

Zacciah Blackburn

The Three Gunas:  The Powers of Creation

An Experiential Journey into the Feminine Aspects of Creation, Bija (Seed) Sounds, and How to Utilize Them.  We shall study the power of mantra, the language of subtle energy, and how we can utilize aspects of the mind and heart to blend and join with these subtle forces of Creation, calling upon them to impart in our lives, what is most appropriate for us at this time.  Using Sacred Sound techniques, we shall journey with them into the Mysterious Realms, to call upon our power, explore our deeper nature, and the fundamental essence of creative manifestation in our lives.

Zacciah Blackburn is a sound healer trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures, and is practicing at The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies, in Ascutney, VT.   Zacciah has studied with a variety of master teachers of various spiritual lineages, including Hindu, Buddhist, and Egyptian mysticism, and elders of North, South, and Central American traditions, incorporating these teachings into his work over a 3 decade period.  Zacciah is Director of Education for 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 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 and Elders wisdom, broadcast live via the internet.

He utilizes sound coupled with sacred intention as a therapeutic tool, for personal healing and transformation.  Zacciah  brings with him a warmth and radiance that exudes through his work.  He invites energies of various sacred cultures to assist us in the work.

Lounge, Coffee & Tea, throughout event.

Networking and Sales
continue through day

Ben Sheppard, NESHRI webmaster and Director of Content Management will teach volunteers & members how to work on the new website as he is available.

12:30 - 1:45 PM

2:00 - 3:30 PM NESHRI Forum:
Network, Forum, and Future Planning with peers, Conference Faculty, and NESHRI Staff & Board Members

Closing Sound Ceremonies


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or sell your products at the conference, click here!

Product Sales

A large number of crystal bowls, sound healing books and CD's, Tibetan bowls, gongs, bells, tingshas, Didgeridoos, tuning forks, flutes, Native American flutes and drums, and other sound healing tools and instruments will be on sale for your convenience, with informative teachers and makers present.
Contact us for registration of your sales.

About NESHRI   

The New England Sound Healing Research Institute
(NESHRI) is a worldwide network of sound healers with the goals of sharing experience and knowledge, coordinating workshops and educational programs, and conducting informal and formal research into the effects of sound and music on healing, and building community.

NESHRI has a growing membership, worldwide, with benefits including practitioner/directory listings on our web site, web pages (soon available), article publications, event listings and publications, event discounts, and more.  One of NESHRI's primary goals is to further research into the nature and effectiveness of sound healing modalities.  We will be assisting members in creating and participating in research opportunities.  Membership currently costs $35/year, and benefits include discounts at NESHRI and supporter programs, submission at our web site of events, news, and articles, and more.  Individual web pages are available for members for an additional $20 fee.

Please look here on this organization, or ask Zacciah, or visit http://www.neshri.org 

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Registration Information
Registration of the 2006 Conference is handled by the Rowe Center.  Contact Rowe to register at Rowecenter.org, or call Rowe at 413.339.4954
Cost by sliding scale, isincome based:  $175.-$275.
In addition, there are fees for meals and rooms:  Commuting, Camping, Cabin, Dorm, or Private Rooms cost:  Range from $65.-250.
NESHRI members receive a $15. discount at time of registration

Registration information here
(this will take you to Rowe's site for details on all costs and registration)
NESHRI Membership information is here.

About the Rowe Camp and Conference Center

Rowe is a treasure of Conference Centers.  Birthed out of love of its founders, it has become one of the best known retreat centers in the Northeast. 
Coming to Rowe is a pilgrimage, traveling a distance from our accustomed place to enter a sacred space, where we are transformed.
Eventually we return to the turbulent world, as all pilgrims do, infused with fresh energy, courage, and love.

Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts, Rowe Conference Center offers an exceptional environ to grow, learn, expand, rejuvenate.  Take time to walk in the groves, the adjacent wildlife preserve, or bake in the sauna. 
Rowe Camp began in 1924 as a Unitarian camp for teenagers. In 1973 Rowe purchased the farmhouse
adjacent to the camp and began weekend retreats and conferences for adults and families. Programs are open to everyone. Rowe is affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
It is about 1500 feet above sea level in the Berkshire Mountains on 40 acres of land almost surrounded by a 1400 acre town park and wildlife preserve. The park is held in trust "forever wild"and includes miles of trails (which are fine for cross-country skiing), two mountains and a lake.
See rowecenter.org for additional details.


Rowe is located in Northwestern Massachusetts, four miles from the Vermont border. It is off Route 2, 25 miles west of Greenfield and 25 miles east of Williamstown. We are within an hour's ride of Bennington, Brattleboro, Amherst, Northampton, and Pittsfield, two hours from Fitchburg, Hartford and Albany, three hours from Boston and New Haven and 4-5 hours from NYC.  You will be sent a map when you register, with special directions from New York, Vermont and Connecticut. The Mohawk Trail (Route 2) is probably the most famous highway in New England and rightfully so. There are few roads more beautiful. Enjoy the journey as well as the goal.  To get maps and directions, go to rowecenter.org, or follow this link from MapQuest, click here

The Rowe Conference Center is well known for its gourmet vegetarian meals, part of the conference costs. 
Rowe's chefs consistently amaze everyone with their delicious culinary artistry, as well as their willingness to cater to special diets, from vegan to high protein.  Their food — fresh baked breads, homemade soups, gourmet entrees, and yummy desserts — is prepared lovingly by our chefs.


Sign up early for the most choices of where to stay. The decor is simple and fresh and the atmosphere relaxed. There are dorm-style housing in winterized cabins, summer camp cabins, the Rec Hall and the Farmhouse. The extra heaters in the Farmhouse keep rooms cozy and warm.
The winterized cabins are one large room heated by a wood-burning stove. There are also five unheated summer camp cabins that provide additional dorm housing in the early fall and late spring. Although the winterized cabins and summer camp cabins are not equipped with bathrooms, they are located near our beautiful all-season bathhouse. Some of our dorm rooms and cabins are co-ed, so if you prefer a women-only or men-only space, please let us know when you register. Please bring your own toiletries, towels and bedding (sleeping bag or sheets and blankets). If you are staying in an unheated cabin you will need to bring a pillow as well. With advance notice, we will provide bedding for $5.  We have a number of single and double occupancy private rooms available in the Farmhouse, Orchard Guest House, Brook House, Rec Hall, and Fromson House. All have shared bathrooms, and several rooms are wheelchair accessible. Bedding, including towels, is provided in private rooms.  Seasonal camping is also available in our lovely orchard or in the pine forest.   Bring your own tent.
There are limited accomodations at the Rowe Center, so we do suggest you sign up early. 

For additional information on rooms or meals, or you wish private room services away from the Center, click here:
Or, you can search through the listings in the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce at:  http://www.co.franklin.ma.us/

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Conference Information  *  Conference Fees  *  Schedule of Events, Teachers   *  Product Sales
About NESHRI  *  Registration Information & Form  *  Accomodations  *  Directions  *  Meals

Other NESHRI Events:

Check out News/Events now and periodically for sound healing workshops, ongoing sound healing circles, and performances.  If you are a member, POST YOUR EVENTS and articles!!
We shall be informing you of additional Gatherings.

Volunteers Needed
NESHRI is a volunteer organization, and your help is appreciated. We need volunteers to assist with boosting our membership, hosting fundraising events, writing articles, and finding research grants and research opportunities, such as in hospitals or holistic centers. We are working together to raise awareness about the power of sound and music in healing and building community. The NESHRI family is growing!  We will also be looking for a number of volunteers for our next conferences to assist in planning, admin, doorkeeping/ticketing, and general overall conference assistance.  Please let Zacciah know if you are interested.


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Zacciah Blackburn, Director
The Center of Light in Vermont
P.O. Box 389
Hidden Glen Rd.
Ascutney, VT  05030  USA

Phone & Fax:
(802) 674-9585
e-mail: info@sunreed.com

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