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Private and Professional Therapeutic Sound Healers Practitioner Training
Workshops, Retreats, Year Long & single weekend classes,  Private Instruction & Therapies
Adult Continuing Education Grants available for Vermont Residents
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Level I:  First Year Program
Four 6 Day Programs over 8 months
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ADVANCED, SECOND YEAR: Level II
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  Tools for Sound Healing:  See our independent web site on
World Musical and Sound Healing Instruments & CD's
www.Sunreed.com

Zacciah's CD's
3 in depth meditation practices, and musical CD's, here

  Trainings on CD/MP3:  15 CD Set, or 2 mp3 CD set:  The Art of Sacred Sound:
from our 4 day training at Omega Institute 
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School of Sound Healing    
Begins Again Sept 2014
SACRED SOUNDS, SACRED EARTH
SOUNDS OF THE SHAMAN

A 5 Day Intensive
July 16-20, 2014
 
FIRST YEAR
Professional in Depth Training

for Therapeutic Application of Sound Healing Principles
 Our First Year, 8 Month Training,  
Open to all participants for one or more programs.  

Module IModule IIModule IIIModule IV
Up to 3 Years Training is available. 
Sounds of the Shaman, sacred sound, sacred earth retreat
 
SECOND YEAR
ADVANCED: Level II

Second Year Program Information

THIRD YEAR
ADVANCED: Level III

Third Year Program Information
 

Sound, Healing, and Consciousness

A Special 5 day Sound Intensive Retreat


Not available currently
 
 
Watch for our Vermont Sound Healers Conference
 
 


   
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Sound Healer Trainings  *   Program Information
Individual Sound Healing Classes & Retreats, and
1, 2, and 3 Year Program in Sound Therapy

with Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Director
Our Next Series of Programs Begins in October
LEVEL  I  ~ First Year Classes
First Year Attendance:
No prior experience or musical experience is necessary
 You may sign up for Module I, or II independent of the other programs.
For Modules III and IV, you must have completed at least one of the prior programs.   

Other weekend and retreat programs listed here
 GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION    
We know of no other sound healing training which offers this level of in depth, comprehensive,
experiential and cognitive preparation, for becoming a qualified and effective therapist in the field of intentional sound.
 
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From a Level I student:
I was blessed with the opportunity to study sound healing with Zacciah at his Center of Light in Vermont.  I made the long journey from Toronto to Vermont many times and it was worth every ounce of effort I made.  Zacciah uses sound in a way that is absolutely soul-stirring.  Every sound practice he led was an opportunity to go deep within and encounter both the obstacles to my growth and the potential to realize and experience my wholeness and holiness.  Even when I did not understand exactly what was happening I always knew that something profound was taking place and a shift was being made deep within my consciousness.  When Zacciah plays his singing bowl or his drum and sings it's as if a portal to another dimension opens and you are safely drawn into a higher realm of perceiving and being.  It's hard to find the words to express the experience!                                        --TB, Canada

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 participants begin here, to build their complete holistic practice from the foundation.  We guide you through all steps necessary for a full practice.  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.  We have growing numbers of these professionals studying with us, to complement their current offerings.  While this full course offers a thorough training, and a certificate of completion for each Level of completion, it is not a course for certification by any certifying body or organization.  
For those not wanting to participate in our complete program, you will find occasional introductory single day or weekend programs, and regularly available, 5-6 day retreat trainings offered in our body of studies.

 The science behind the eons old prac
tices of sound healing are rapidly becoming well documented as practical, easy and effective.  Sound therapies are 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.  Science is rapidly confirming the benefit of the combination of intentional sound and guided imagery practices as ultimately beneficial to the process of healing.

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 37 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 for, 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 Buddhism to Hinduism, to Native North, South, and Central 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 advanced level students & graduates continue this work by bringing ceremonial healing programs, not only to individuals, but 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, and authority as a human, and spiritual, being.  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.

Inevitably, our participants feel markedly more whole and complete after each session.  Reports from participants are nearly universal, in gaining insight, wisdom, and experience, that is 'life tansforming,' and, 'beyond my highest expectations.'
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"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


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General Information Continued:
On occasion, we may have guest teachers whom bring their disciplines into greater focus for our students.

We begin our First Year Training in our Three Year Program in Sound Healing each fall.  
Significant Early Registration Discounts are available.
In Level I, you may sign up for Module I, II or III independent of the other programs.  For Module IV you must have completed at least one of the prior programs.   
 Level II and Level III trainings require participation in each prior year's training.

LEVEL I, 1st Year Training:

These programs are offered in
4 six day trainings, offered once every 2-3 months, for approximately 8 months beginning each year.  
Some portions of these 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, 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.

See Advanced Level II program information here.  Level III, third year programs  here.  
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Our Program Facilitator
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD, Director, the Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic StudiesZacciah  Blackburn, PhD, 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, 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.  

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.
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  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.

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See, also, our Articles Section for several quality articles on the Nature of Sound Healing
including our latest n
ew article on Divine Harmony and Proportions:   Sounding the Codes

EARTH MYSTERIES:  SHAMANIC UNDERSTANDINGS:
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, 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.
 
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First Year ~ Level I Sound Healing Training Programs
These programs may be hosted in your location.
YOU MAY TAKE Module I or II individually, but the remainder of classes are only open to those who have taken at least one of these first two classes.  
Preference is placed on those signing up for the entire series.  There is limited enrollment.
 
 Level II Applications of Sound Therapies classes
(Second Year) are available
for all graduates of Level I class series.

Level III classes  Third year programs
 
Our  Next Professional Sound Healers Training 6 day Series begins Sept, 2014:
Four 6 day programs, one every 2-3 months, between September 2014 and July 2015
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No prior experience is necessary.
You may sign up for Module I, or II independent of the other programs.
For Modules III and IV you must have completed at least one of the prior programs.   

These first two Modules offered as a "stand alone" unit, 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.  No prior experience is necessary.  No musical experience is necessary.
Preference is placed on those enrolling in the entire training, but most classes remain open to individual participation.
 
 
Special discounts will apply for those registering for all trainings early.   
Other discounts may also apply.
Vermont residents may qualify for full VSAC Adult Education funding.
Registration and further details are also below.

Meals and Lodging are included in these programs 
All Programs are held rain, snow, or shine.
If traveling great distance, we recommend building an extra day into your travel itinerary for possible snow conditions in winter months.
Classes begin at 12:30 PM EST on the first day, and end by 2 PM EST the final day of each training.

SCHOOL OF SOUND HEALING:
OUR FIRST YEAR training program is composed of four 6 day retreats, incorporating the teachings as shown below.  
Each program is held from Tuesday 12:30 PM EST until Sunday 2 PM EST in their respective weeks (dates below.)
These are to be held in the SpiritFire residential retreat center in Leyden, MA, near Greenfield, MA, and Brattleboro, VT.  
This assists those who are traveling greater distance to participate, while providing all students a more in depth, intimate experience into the Nature of Healing with Sound. 
Greenfield is close to major transportation centers:
  • Air (Hartford (CT) Bradlee/BDL, Boston (MA) Logan/BOS, Manchester, NH/MHT, Albany, NY, Burlington, VT/BTV)
  • Bus (Greenfield, MA, Brattleboro, VT)
  • AMTRAK Train (Deerfield, MA, Brattleboro, MA)
Meals and accommodations are included in the program.  Commuting is an option, and includes all meals.
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MODULE I:
The Nature of Healing with Sound:  
             VOICE & INSTRUMENTS
Tentative Dates:  Sept 9-12, 2014

(Note, Sept 6:  Please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to be included in this Module.)

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.  

MODULE II:  
COMPONENTS OF THE HUMAN ENERGY SYSTEM
The Science & Mysticism of Sound: Neurophysiology, and the Chakras
Tentative Dates:   January 13-18, 2015
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, 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.  


MODULE III:
The Art of Sacred Sound
Tentative Dates:  March 31-Aril 5, 2015
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.
MODULE IV:
 The Therapeutic Application of Sound as a Healing Modality
Tentative Dates:   July 7-12, 2015
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.
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.    See links
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 You may sign up for Module I or II independent of the other programs.
For Module III  you must have completed at least one of the first two programs, and for Module IV, you must have attended at least one of the first two, and Module III . 
Enrollment is limited. 
Your space is not held until registration and payment are received.  
Registration is open until programs are full.
Registration is available by phone, mail, fax, or on line on our secure server; that information is below.
Priority is given to those who register for the entire series.  
Discounts are given for advance registration & payment, previous attendance, and for membership in some professional organizations, see list below
 
MasterCard, Visa, Credit & Debit cards & Discover cards are accepted, as is PayPal, cash, money orders, and personal checks. 
 

Costs, Discounts:

 
24 days, or, 140 hours of study time are incorporated into this first year program.   This is a very high quality, very in depth, very thorough program you are signing up for.  Expect the most.  The vast majority of attendees find the work far exceeds all expectations.
A registration is a commitment to attend, and pay for all services.  
See registration guidelines below.  All costs are in US$ 

INDIVIDUAL 6 DAY PROGRAM COST in US$:
Each Individual 6- day Module cost is $1820.
 (see discounts below.)
               including all meals and lodging,
Double Occupancy.
Total Program Cost, for all 4 six day Modules, is $7280.
              
including all meals and lodging, Double Occupancy   
All inclusive, rooms and meals as listed**.

You may sign up for Module I, or II independent of the other programs.  For Modules III and IV you must have completed at least one of the prior programs. 
ENROLLMENT is Limited. 
Registration is open until program is full.
Those registering for the full program will have priority in registration. 

Otherwise, program inclusion is prioritized by time of completed registration and payment.
Please complete our registration form for this program.
 
(See below for commuter costs, discounts for early registration.)
 
DISCOUNTS:
Apply to all registrants.  See Grant opportunities for VT residents.
EARLY REGISTRATION:
Take $150. off for each Module registered and paid for,
      by July 9, 2014
This means either $1670. total cost for each Module,
 or, $6680. total cost for the entire training.
 
Sign up for our newsletters for unannounced discounts, which may not be combined with this. 
ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS:
Take $50
off for payment by cash, check or money order, for each module in which you register.  (Up to $200 off, no matter the date of enrollment.)
Take $100 off if you are a prior student, repeating either part of each Module in its prior 3 day, 5 day, or 6 day form.  (Up to $400 off)
INCLUDES**:
Program Costs includes all meals and lodging (double occupancy*) from first day lunch, until final day lunch, as well as one snack a day, coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as the training, itself.
*Single occupancy is available only if registrations allow it, at an add'l fee of $300. per Module.  There are numerous quality inns, motels, and bed & breakfasts in the region you can book independently, and commute.
Additional nights at SpiritFire are available,
before and after the training, for an additional fee, for those wishing to arrive early, or stay later, due to transportation or other issues.


Commuters
Commuter costs are $1534. per individual 6 day Module.

Total Program Cost for Commuters, all 4 Modules:  $6136.  
Includes all meals, see below***.
 
All costs are in US$  
***This includes all lunches and dinners, from first day lunch, until final day lunch, as well as one snack a day, coffee and tea throughout the day.  Breakfasts are not included.
The same discounts listed above for individual modules, and below for entire program, apply for commuters.
 

Discounts:  The same discounts apply for commuters, as above.
  
Early Registration Discounts close 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 discounts for payments by mail postmarked up until listed dates.
 
ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS:
For anyone whom has attended any of Zacciah's previous workshops, (2 days or longer,) and attends and registers an additional person for these trainings, who has not attended one of Zacciah's events, you may receive an additional $150. discount off each training you attend, for each additional registrant in that training who signs up, up to the cost of the training.
They must tell us at the time of their registration that you referred them.
Gift certificates are available for any or all programs in the series.
See all registration details below.

Program Size is Limited.  Registration is open until program is full.
Those registering for full program inclusion will have priority in registration. 

Otherwise, program inclusion is prioritized by time of completed registration and payment.

GRANTS
We have been an approved Adult Education program provider for the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), a state sponsored non-profit organization providing grants, loans, scholarships, career and education planning for Vermont residents, and are re-appling for this service at this time.
You may qualify for VSAC or other adult education grants.   Ask for information, or visit vsac.org.
If we are re-approved, if you are approved for a VSAC grant, you may automatically assign it to use in our school programs.
If you live outside of Vermont, you will need to speak to your own state adult education program providers.
We will co-operate in providing information to your state agency as to the nature and content of our program.

 
   
Location and Logistical Information
Meals and Lodging

All programs in Level I are 6 days, 5 nights in duration,
from Tuesday lunch until Sunday lunch, each given week.
Prices include all food and lodging, as detailed, according to how you choose to register (as a resident
**, or commuter ***.)  You may choose to commute, from home, or from any other lodging you choose in the area.  
If so, we recommend you simply search on line for motel, hotel, or B&B/inn services in the area, according to the towns you wish to stay in.
We will assist you should you need further help.

Location
These practices are held in the
warmth of a very rural Buddhist retreat center complex which encompasses 95 acres of pristine nature, including deep woodlands, bogs and marshes, ponds, streams and brooks, open sky, and rock ledges.
spirit fire conference center
The SpiritFire Retreat Center
407 West Leyden Road

Leyden, Massachusetts 01337
The Center is near Greenfield MA & Brattleboro, VT
--bus, trains available to Greenfield/Deerfield, MA, or Brattleboro, VT
Closest major airport is Hartford, CT (Bradlee/BDL), though Manchester, NH, Boston, MA, Albany NY, and Burlington VT are also good choices.
For international travel, there is good train & bus service to the region from NYC, and Boston, MA airports, to Greenfield MA or Brattleboro VT
 
  If you wish to arrive a day early, or stay one day after the practice, the Center will accommodate you.
COSTS FOR THIS SERVICE IS $50/night,
and includes a breakfast only.
Please add this cost to your registration package.
All questions and reservations are handled through our offices,
not SpiritFire, please.
 
Googlemap here


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

First day:  Arrive and register by 11:30 AM.  
Lunch 12-1 PM.
Program begins at 1:30 PM
Breaks every 1.5-2 hrs.
Afternoon snack 3:30-4:00 PM
Evening meal begins 6-6:30 PM

2 or more evenings we will offer practice for up to 2 hrs.
Starting at 7:30-8 PM

2nd through 5th day:
Breakfast 8:15 - 9: 15 AM
Program begins between 9:45 AM
Morning break 11:00 AM
Lunch at 1 PM
Afternoon session begins 2:30 PM
Afternoon break and snack 4:00 PM
Evening meal begins  6:30 PM


6th day:
Breakfast 8:15 - 9: 15 AM
Program begins between 9:45 AM
Morning break and snack 11:00 AM
Lunch at 1 PM
Program Closes 2:00 PM



Sound Healing Instruments and Tools;
and Homework
  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.
We provide a list of recommended reading, CD's, and instruments to set up your sound practice.
Some reading may be required for those in entire series.
There are homework assignments based on the practices we complete in each Module, for those attending the next Module, which you are expected to complete and give oral reports.

  • Zacciah brings many instruments he typically uses, and recommends, for sound healing practices, to this program.  He will use these to demonstrate, but they, also, are available for sale, and for your use during sound practices. 
  • If you wish to bring instruments related to this workshop, to learn more deeply in hands on practice, or to utilize in practice with others, it is highly recommended. These might include, especially, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, frame drums (hand-held drums, with beater, like traditional Native American or 'shamanic' drums,) Tibetan bells, tingshas, tuning forks, rattles.)  If you have questions about other instruments, you may bring them, and we will discuss or experience them as time permits.  You, certainly, can bring instruments for your own enjoyment during private times.
  • If you wish to purchase instruments before hand, you may do so via our instrument website, www.sunreed.com. 
  • We have highly experienced staff who can assist in appropriate tools for sound healing. 



PREPARATION FOR PROGRAMS
information coming soon, or will be provided after registration


 
HOW TO REGISTER  
You must pay in full by due dates to receive early discounts.
ONLINE:
You may submit your registration Secure On Line at any time for payment by Credit or Debit Card or PayPal.
You may register by E-mail (without your secure Credit Card information,) and call or mail us your payment information.
You may register by Phone, Fax, or Mail, with a Credit/Debit Card, or Personal Check or Money Order, or Pay Pal, or in person with cash.
We accept MasterCard/Visa credit and debit cards, Discover, PayPal payments.
Register with all applicable information, discounts and programs you wish to attend. 
 If there are any questions relating to charges, we will contact you before submitting a charge.  Acceptance into the program you register for will be formalized when we charge your credit card, or deposit your check into our bank.  See "Registration and Acceptance Guidelines," for further details.
 Any charges will appear on your credit card billing statement as  “Sunreed Instruments”, our partner company.  

For FAX or MAIL:
For payment through PayPal, fill out this form and simply use the e-mail payment method.  Our account is under 'zacciah@sunreed.com'
Or, contact our office to send you a PayPal invoice.

BY PHONE:
To register by phone, see contact information to your right!


Payment & Financial Assistance Information

We accept MasterCard and Visa credit or debit cards, Discover, and PayPal for payment, as well as checks, 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 partial and full payment. 
Agencies in your home state may also offer adult education financial assistance.  Please contact them yourself, but we will be glad to assist with any information those agencies may request on our services.
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.  

  TO Contact our Offices  
  • Call our offices 
    • Monday-Friday, 10 AM - 5:00 PM EST
    • Phone:  802.674.9585
Mail or fax:
You may mail or fax your registration
information, or MC/Visa credit/debit card, or Discover Card information, or mail your check or money order.
  •  Print out Fax or Mail Registration form here
Checks and money orders:
We accept checks and money orders from foreign nationals drawn on ANY US bank, with a US based address, or postal money orders recognized by the US Postal system.

  • FAX:  802.674.9586
  •  Mail:  
    • PO Box 389
    • Ascutney VT 05030  USA
 

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.  Discounts only apply for payments in full.  You may seek registration at any time, but once accepted, in order to guarantee space,  the following payment schedules must be met:

For those registering for the entire program:
  A $1000 deposit will  hold space for you for the entire program, until 60 days before the first program.  Full payment for each Module  is due at that time. A refund less a $300 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 65 days before the program start date.    After that time, refunds are no longer offered.  Any refunds given, will be based on actual cost with discounts, etc, according to programs actually attended, and payment schedules completed, accordingly.
For Single program participants:
A $1000. deposit holds a space for you in any single program until 60 days prior to program start.  Payment in full is due at that time.  For individually registered programs, a refund less a $300 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 65 days before the program start date.  After that time, refunds are no longer offered.     
For all participants:  
Credit toward future programs may be extended at the discretion of Center of Light staff.  If a program is rescheduled, or cancelled, for any other reason, a full refund will be made.  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.


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A note on Sound Healing Training:  

I am more than happy to help broaden your awareness in the field 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 healers training.  Please let me know your level of interest.  Though my work is always based on intuitive guidance, the more aware I am of the level of abilities and interests of participants in class, the easier and 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 ask for, and what we bring to each other, all opens doorways we might not have otherwise perceived.  I am also working with those seeking assistance in their own path, in private studies, healing, or spiritual counseling.  Please speak with us by e-mail, mail or phone, if we can be of greater assistance.
                                                             .......Zacciah
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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.
You will find articles on the nature of Sound Healing linked below, which may give you further insight into this work, and a link here to Zacciah's background.                   
Please contact us for further details.

 Articles on Sound Healing  



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The  Center of Light 
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
E-Mail admin@sunreed.com

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Sunreed WORLD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Home Page
   YOUR SOURCE FOR SOUND HEALING TOOLS!

Fine Quality Hand Crafted Bamboo Flutes, Saxophones & Clarinets,
Shakuhachi, Native American Flutes, Didgeridoos

   A 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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