Center Of Light
School of Sound Healing
Sound Healing Certificate Program
Private and Professional, Therapeutic Sound Healers Practitioner Training
GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
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 sound healing 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 practices 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.'
LEVEL I, 1st Year Training:These programs are offered in 4 four 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. You may sign up for Module I, independent of the other programs. For Modules II, III and IV, you must have completed each of our prior programs.
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.
EARTH MYSTERIES: SHAMANIC UNDERSTANDINGS:
While 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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FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS
Zacciah 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 sound 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.
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!
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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.
Additional Program Information
What Others Are Saying About These Programs
See, also, our Articles Section for several quality articles on the Nature of Sound Healing
|Cost and Registration |
How To Register
Costs and Venue may change slightly.
Watch for announcements soon
INDIVIDUAL 4 DAY PROGRAM COST in USD is $700:
including housing, (Thurs - Sun) when available,
Double Occupancy, shared bath. (see commuting and discounts below.)
Total Program Cost, for all 4 four day Modules, is $2800.
.If Paid in full by July 15, 2016: $2600.
If Paid in full by August 15, 2016: $2700.
For Commuters, or once overnight housing is full:
INDIVIDUAL 4 DAY PROGRAM COST in USD is $625:
Total Program Cost, for all 4 four day Modules, is $2500.
.If Paid in full by July 15, 2016: $2300.
If Paid in full by August 15, 2016: $2400.
$1000 deposit will hold space for the entire program until Sept 1st.
Gift certificates are available for any or all programs in the series.
See all registration details below.
Grants/ Financial Assistance
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 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.
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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:An $800 deposit will hold space for you for the entire program, until 60 days before the first program, or $1000. until Sept. 1st, 2016. Full payment for each Module is due at that time. A refund less a $200 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 60 days before the program start date. After that time, refunds are no longer offered. We will discuss possible payment plans for those in need of further time.
For Single program participants:A $400. 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 $100 non-refundable deposit will be given up until 60 days before the program start date. After that time, refunds are no longer offered. We will discuss possible payment plans for those in need of further time.
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. We will discuss possible payment plans for those in need of further time.
Fletcher House and Conference Room
472 Main St
We are meeting in a charming private Victorian era house with comfortable rooms for doubles for our group. It includes a large kitchen facility, nice dining area, plenty of baths.
There is a large, comfortable living room which may be our meeting space, but, also a much larger conference room that can be used as necessary for practice, sales area, and, even game rooms attached.
Chester is a beautiful 'idyllic' VT village, with a sweet little commons, with cafes, delis, restaurants, shops, a small natural food store/deli, bookstores, and is close to a beautiful natural park with brook and outcroppings.
The center has a large back yard, with pines, picnic tables, & plenty of sun. Parking is on site.
The site has limited housing, w/ two to a room in most rooms, and shared baths. Housing will be provided first come first served.There is a potential each program for additional housing to be available, as well as simple live in situations without private rooms. (We will provide further details to participants.)
If you wish to arrive a day early, or stay one day after the practice, the Center may be able to accommodate you.
All questions and reservations are handled through our offices, not NewsBank, please.
Meals are not provided. We will plan on cooking our own meals, sharing potlucks, calling meals in from quality delis or go a few blocks in town to eat in. What has worked successfully in prior groups is each person (or 2) planning on providing one meal/weekend for the entire group. We hope to continue this tradition, which we have found assists beautifully in building the community of support among participants. We will communicate with registrants to determine the wishes of this new year group.
Typical schedule format:
(All Times are EST.
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 up to 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
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
Instruments and Tools
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Sound Healing TherapiesZacciah 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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