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The Science & Spirit of
May 1-3, 2009

The Sound Healing Network (SHN, formerly NESHRI)
Fifth Annual Conference on Sound Healing 


  at the OMEGA  INSTITUTE, Rhinebeck, NY
Friday - Sunday, May 1 - 3, 2009

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

Conference Information (see below)  *  Schedule of Events, Teachers   * 
About SHN 
Conference Fees, Registration, Accomodations, Directions, Meals  * Volunteers, * Product Sales
Join major Sound Healers with international recognition in the field, for a weekend of Science and Sound Healing.   Share and learn with a variety of noted teachers their personal innovative Sound Healing techniques.
Examine NEW possibilities of healing within Sacred Sound, using the voice, drums, Sacred Ceremony and other tools for enhancing the profound effects on the body mind and spirit with Sound Healing.
  • Enjoy Saturday night’s concert with Layne Redmond.  Network with your peers.
Don Campbell, Joshua Leeds, Layne Redmond,
Christine Stevens
, Zacciah Blackburn

Additional information will be posted SOON, or see Omega on line.

All registration takes place with the Omega Institute
see www.eomega.com

Zacciah Blackburn, Director of Education at SHN
via:  The Center of LightP.O. Box 389,  Ascutney, VT  05030 
Phone and Fax: (802) 674-9585           e-mail:  info@sunreed.com          
in collaboration with The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies


We welcome you to our 2009 Conference, open to all members and non-members

  SHN is a non-profit volunteer organization, furthering the needs and collaboration of those interested in sound, world wide.
Please forward information about this conference to your friends, clients, & colleauges interested in sound healing!

Download & print a full color flier  HERE or Here for the most printer friendly version
and share it with friends and clients or place in your practice/center.
Or, call us and tell us how many fliers you'd like us to send you for free!
We thank you in advance for your support!


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Schedule of Events

Join pioneers and leading innovators in the field of Sound Healing, to explore the latest developments in this growing arena of new and age old healing modalities.  Don Campbell, Joshua Leeds, Christine Stevens, Layne Redmond, and Zacciah Blackburn guide us into deeper understanding and experiential relationship with sound as a transformative, and therapeutic tool, for personal growth, and professional application.  New awareness of the power of sound is emerging via scientific research and ancient practices, showing the benefits to body, mind, and spirit, from simple attention to our everyday sound environment, to easy techniques we can incorporate into our own lives for greater wellness, as well as specific, non-invasive therapeutic tools for helping others.  Drumming (& community building,) intentional healing music, voice & toning, sacred chant, and shamanic practices take center stage in this weekend extravaganza of music and sound therapies.


Speaker & Time

Bio and Contact

Course Description

Christine Stevens

Friday Eve

Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker and music therapist.  The founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, she has appeared on NBC, CBS and Living Better TV.  She is the author of The Healing Drum Kit and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles.  She has drummed with many Fortune 500 companies, survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and most recently, led the first ever drum circle training in a war-zone in northern Iraq.                                                   

More information at UpBeat Drum Circles www.ubdrumcircles.com  

The Science and Spirit of Group Drumming  

Now more than ever, people need cost-effective, accessible tools for stress-reduction, wellness, and creative expression.  Author, speaker, and researcher Christine Stevens will show you the ten health benefits of drumming in this interactive experience in science and spirituality.   This session will feature a drum blessing so bring your drums or rattles.  Additional drums and percussion instruments provided by REMO.  No prior musical experience necessary....everyone was born a drummer! 


 “I have personally experienced Christine’s work.  It’s inspirational and healing!.”  Bernie Siegel, author of Love Medicine and Miracles, Prescriptions for Living.


“Christine Stevens ....can introduce you to the magic, fun, and healing power of drumming.  I recommend it.”  Dr. Andrew Weil, MD


Joshua Leeds

Sat AM  9 - 12

Joshua Leeds is a sound researcher, educator, and music producer. He specializes in the field of psychoacoustics—the study of the effect of music and sound on the human nervous system, and bioacoustics  how human sound affects other living beings.


He is the author of Through A Dog’s Ear (2008), The Power of Sound (2001), and Sonic Alchemy (1997). His 30+ psychoacoustically designed recordings are used in homes, clinics, classrooms, and animal shelters around the world.


Joshua teaches the therapeutic applications of music and sound

to musicians, healthcare, and education professionals internationally. Recent positions include New York Open Center and California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco).


He resides in Ashland, Oregon. Further info online - JoshuaLeeds.com


Music, Sex & Chocolate: Finding Balance in an Over-Stimulated World


Music and sound are essentials of life - similar to air, water, food, and the process of inter-relating. When living a conscious life, essentials require discernment and awareness of consequence. Music, Sex & Chocolate is an inquiry into the intentional use of



Humans hear sound from 18 weeks in utero until after the heartbeat stops. Sound, like other essentials, is so ubiquitous that we usually take it for granted. Many of us binge on music - using sound as sonic caffeine, as a habitual companion. However, recent European research confirms that  the constant intake of sound actually contributes to over-stimulation of the nervous system, weakened immune function, and diminished concentration and focus.


In Music, Sex & Chocolate, we explore auditive cognition, the craving of sound for emotional distraction, music hunger as addiction, and the necessity of a cultural paradigm shift in sonic awareness.


The goal of this workshop is to explore the effect of sensory over-stimulation in 21st century America and understand the role of sound and music in finding balance. This will be accomplished through lecture, experiential exercises, discussion, and question and answer.


Don Campbell
Sat afternoon

2:30 - 5 PM

Don Campbell is an expert on the transformational powers of music. A classically trained musician, composer, scholar, and consultant to symphony orchestras, Don is known for his energetic, empowering, and often dazzling  style of music teaching. He's traveled to over 40 countries, founded the Institute for Music, Health, and Education, and wrote the 1997 best-selling The Mozart Effect, translated into 26 languages.  He is presently music director of Aesthetic Audio Systems, a company that provides acoustic design and music for healthcare facilities.  He has been part of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado since 1998.  His newest books, Sound Spirit and Toning with Laurel Keyes expand our knowledge of spirituality, the voice and music.



From the Big Bang to Harmonic Healing:  Awakening the Spirit of Sound


Sound has a dynamic impact on the mind, body and spirit.  By understanding the components of sound waves and brainwaves, we can explore the powers of music from extended tones to sophisticated compositions.   Don Campbell will guide us through the newest explorations in research with music and sound therapies in the new HATTS project for sound and science.  He will also update us on the twenty five hospitals that are using his "Harmonic Healthcare" program for patients, staff and visitors in healthcare settings.


Through Don's recent trip to the Antarctic, we will learn about shifts in musical and energetic perception and sensations while at the tip of earth's energetic fields. Exercises from Don's newest book, Sound Spirit, will highlight this keynote.

Goals:  To demonstrate and experience efficient and practical ways to use sound and music to bring harmony and focus to the mind, body and spirit.

Learning Objectives:

• To articulate how music, movement and imagery can be used to balance brainwaves, release stress and open the mind to spiritual awareness.

• To explore the spiritual roles of music through chant, rhythm and deep listening

• To show how multiple levels of listening change mental, physical and emotional experiences.



Layne Redmond

Sat eve Concert  8-10 PM

 Layne Redmond is an accomplished composer, percussionist, recording artist, author and clinician who has performed at music festivals worldwide, teaches internationally.  Here work includes the highly acclaimed When The Drummers Were Women, Invoking the Muse, and award winning  Trance Union.  She has created a series of therapeutic and healing rhythmic entrainment techniques, some of which she brings tonight!

A Concert with Layne Redmond
with special guests Tommy Brunjes, Hollie Marron and Deb Reed
The Power of the First Sound: The Rhythmic Path of Self-Transformation
Join us for an evening of rhythmic meditations and breathing practices, along with chanting and humming sacred sounds to the rhythms of the frame drum  -- an ancient technique for directly synchronizing the mind/body, creating conditions for psychological, physical, and spiritual healing.  The first sound we hear is the pulse of our mother's blood and drumming is the musical expression of this primal truth.  The frame drum is the oldest known drum traditionally played by priestesses in transformative religious rites throughout the ancient Mediterranean world.  Layne will not only perform, but guide us through a multi-media presentation with mantra, breath exercises, and more.


Zacciah Blackburn

Sunday AM  9-12

Bring your drums for consecration, and sharing in this ceremony


Zacciah Blackburn is a gifted intuitive, teacher, and sound healer, trained in classical healing and shamanic traditions, and sacred sound cultures.  He teaches internationally, and practices in Vermont, at the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies, where he shares authentic trainings into the nature of human consciousness, explorations into the Shamanic worlds of Earth Energies & awareness, and offers a 3 year curriculum on the nature of sound as a therapeutic healing modality.  He is Director of Education at the International Sound Healing Network, & co-founder & Director of the World Sound Healing and All One Now Network of organizations working for global peace. See www.thecenteroflight.net for information.  He also offers world musical & sound healing instruments of sacred sound cultures at www.sunreed.com


Walking Between Worlds:  The Shamanic Door
   (2 hrs)
Sound, Healing, and Consciousness
Understanding & experiencing the shamanic pathways

What is the relationship between sound, healing, and frequencies or states of consciousness?  How do we use awareness of sound and consciousness to facilitate healing, and what is their relationship to entering the subtle states of consciousness we refer to as the shamanic realms?  How can sound strengthen awareness and insight gathered in the other worlds, and how can it be utilized to better 'walk between worlds?'  In these times of "meeting ourselves again,' as the Q'ero (Incan) call it, what can we expect to emerge?  What can we expect, collectively, and individually, to be coming to us in these changing and uncertain times? And, how can sound assist us in this transformative shift?

This will be a cognitive and deeply experiential practice, with a sacred sound initiatory process, both entering, and learning to facilitate entry into other states of being.


Closing Ceremonies:

World Sound Healing Meditation
       Zacciah, w/ all presenters, and all gathered,
& The Grandfather / Ceremonial Earth Drums
   (1 hr)
to honor and embrace the Earth and each other, gathering and sending our healing prayers into the Earth, calling upon the blessings of the Ancient Ones, of all cultures.




   All registration takes place with the Omega Institute;  see:

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About SHN   

The Sound Healing Network
(SHN) 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.

Formerly known as the New England Sound Healing Research Institute (NESHRI), SHN 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 SHN'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 $40/year.  Benefits include individual web pages on our highly ranked web site, (improving your exposure,) discounts at SHN and supporter programs, submission and listings on our web site calendar of events, news, and articles, and more.  

is a non-profit volunteer organization. 
Please forward information about this conference to your friends, clients, & colleauges interested in sound healing!

Download a full color flier at:  SHN Web Site
and share it with friends and clients or place in your practice/center.

The SHN family is growing!
We currently have over 600 registered members on line.

For more information on this organization, visit http://www.soundhealingnetwork.org 
or ask Zacciah

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Registration Information
Registration for the actual 2009 Conference is handled by Omega.   Tuition for this event is $355.
All registration takes place with the Omega Institute 
See http://www.eomega.org/omega/workshops/23f058d8836f004f4b69a01ef8934b42/

SHN Membership information is here.


See http://www.eomega.org/omega/retreats/dstyjdstyjes/TravelDirections/

All Meals and lodging are provided by Omega    see:  http://www.eomega.org/omega/workshops/23f058d8836f004f4b69a01ef8934b42/


All Meals and lodging are provided by Omega   see:  http://www.eomega.org/omega/workshops/23f058d8836f004f4b69a01ef8934b42/


The Omega Store will handle sales of presenters books, CD's, and other materials.
If Omega does not provide sound healing instruments, such as crystal & Tibetan bowls, drums, tuning forks, gongs, bells, didgeridoos, etc, we may have some available for you to select from.  You may always visit our sister site:  http://www.sunreed.com for a full body of instruments and expertise to assist you!

Other SHN Events:

Zacciah is currently planning a Vermont Sound and Earth Healing Conference in Burlington, VT, June 20-21, 2009.
Join us there.

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.  Join at www.soundhealingnetwork.org

Volunteers Needed

SHN is a volunteer organization, and your help is appreciated. We need volunteers to assist with adding & managing content to our website, boosting our membership, hosting fundraising events, writing articles, and assisting with our teacher communications and teleconferences. We are working together to raise awareness about the power of sound and music in healing and building community. The SHN family is growing!
We currently have over 600 registered members on line. 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

               Visit our associated site: Sunreed World Musical Instruments
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                        Sound Healing tools:  Crystal Bowls, Tibetan Bowls, Tingshas,

                      Shamanic Drums, African Drums, Flutes, Bamboo flutes, Shakuhachi
                  Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos, much more

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