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  • Sound, Healing and Consciousness - Ottawa, CN Sept 18-23, 2018 - School of Sound Healing

  • Sound, Healing and Consciousness - Ottawa, CN Sept 18-23, 2018 - School of Sound Healing
  • Sound, Healing and Consciousness - Ottawa, CN Sept 18-23, 2018 - School of Sound Healing
  • Sound, Healing and Consciousness - Ottawa, CN Sept 18-23, 2018 - School of Sound Healing


Come join us in this beyond expectation exploration of therapeutic sound healing led by Zacciah Blackburn, with assistance from Dorothy Stone.

school2.jpgWe know of no other sound healing training which offers the level of in depth and comprehensive experiential and cognitive preparation, for competency in becoming a qualified and effective therapist in the field of intentional sound. 
No prior therapeutic or musical experience is necessary.

While this is an "introductory" program, no matter your level of experience or competence, you will findfaqs1.jpg this program effective at meeting your needs for integrating rich experiential practices, and broadening and advancing your understanding and your work in the field of intentional sound (and music,) and enriching and fulfilling both your personal and professional needs.
Zacciah teaches from an adept level of understanding arising from the wisdom schools and science of sound based practices, yet effectively reaches both novice and advanced students and practitioners with his in depth knowledge. We enter an intuititive, experiential, and cognitive understanding of the inter-connectedness of life, consciousness, and healing, and how sound is effective as an application of a healing conduit. This is a beginner's practice, yet filled with advanced material presented at an easy to understand level, directly experiencing work with crystal and Tibetan school3.jpgbowls and bells, Native American drums and rattles, voice, toning, tuning forks, and other sound healing instruments and methodologies, as well as a background in scientific, esoteric and mystical understanding of the human neurophysiology and energy systems, the nature of sound, healing, and consciousness, as advanced and utilized through centuries by indigenous and wisdom school teachings, such as Native American shamanism, Tibetan Buddhism, Hindu chant, as well as modern medicine, psychotherapy, and other healing arts.

Novice and advanced practitioners have most often reported the insight and experienced gained was far beyond their expectations. The program has school-of-sound-healing.jpgproven beneficial both for those wishing to begin a sound practice for themselves or professionally, as well as far advanced practitioners and professionals, from the medical, (MD, nursing, etc.,) psychotherapeutic, yogic, body-workers and other holistic professions, to integrate into their current practice. A certificate of completion is given at the end of the program.

For the most in depth training, we recommend our full Year 1 of the School of Sound Healing. But there are no current full Level I programs available. Sign up for our newsletter for notices on when our next full year program is offered. At this point, this is the last sound healers training we plan on offering in 2018. We show tentative dates for 2 potential programs in 2019 in the US. For those seeking the most comprehensive, compact module of training, this is an excellent program to join.


From this program, you can expect to explore:
• Experiential and cognitive advancement of our understanding of fundamental principles and utilization of techniques of sound healing therapies
• Exploration of the nature of Authentic Healing
• Experiential practices and esoteric understanding of the nature of human consciousness
• Utilize sound practices from Vedic/Yogic traditions, Tibetan Buddhism and indigenous cultures
• Hands on practice in sound techniques with applications for personal development and the professional setting
• Scientific research and contemporary sound therapies
• Use of voice, ancient and contemporary instruments including, crystal bowls, Tibetan bells, tingshas, shangs, drum, rattles, flutes, and tuning forks in wellness and therapeutic practices
• Practice of sound techniques to enhance personal and professional practices (especially useful for Yoga instructors, Massage/Body Therapists, and other complementary therapies)
• Balancing and clearing techniques for the neurophysiology, chakras,etheric/subtle energy and endocrine systems
• Using sound and consciousness practices to provide pathways to awakened states of wholeness and well being
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. 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.


Daily Itinerary

Typical schedule format:
First day: Arrive and register by 12:00 noon.
Lunch begins at 12:30 PM
Program begins at 2 PM
Breaks every 1.5-2 hrs.
Practice ends 6:30 PM

At minimum, 2 evenings we will offer practice for 1-2 hrs.
Starting at 7:30-8 PM
If you are a musician, we often give time for musicians to share, improvise, or join with others in their musical offerings during at least one evening gathering.

2nd through 5th 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

6th day:
Program begins between 9:45-10:00 AM
Lunch at 1-1:30 PM
Lunch Break 1 hr
Program Closes 3:00 PM
with time for Certificate Presentation ceremony

Registration Information

- To register please click whether you would like the housing or camping option, and add the program to your cart. Please then check out with the program in your cart.

After registering please fill out this registration form with essential information we will need for the program. Please click here for the registration form.

- We accept all major debit and credit cards, Paypal, cash, checks, money orders and payment over the phone. Please add the program to your cart and choose your payment option in the check out process.

- If you wish to pay over the phone, please give us a call 802-674-9585

- If you wish to pay by check or money order, please send it to:

The Center of Light

PO Box 389

Ascutney, VT, 05030

- Please see our refund policy here

Table of Contents

- Location and Date

- Meals

- Program Housing

- Travel Information

- What To Bring

- Purchasing Instruments

Location and Date


Sept 18-23rd, 2018

Gaia Wellness Center
209 Chemin Usher
La Peche QC Canada 
(near Ottawa ON)

- The retreat is held on the 55 pristine acres in near wilderness setting on Lake Usher, with a modern retreat center complex, cabins and tent sites for residential services, high quality meals.

- Please see Gaia Wellness Center's website for more information:

- Please use the interactive map below to see where the retreat center is.



From Gaia: "At Gaia, we are a plant-based, lacto-ovo vegetarian facility that believes in fresh, whole foods that are locally sourced when possible.   Meals at GaiaBeyond eating well for ourselves, our vegetarian facility supports animals and the environment.  We are fortunate to live in an area with many local organic farmers and are proud that we grow our own organic veggies as well.  We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs such as vegan, raw vegan, gluten-free, or nut free."

- Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions

- All meals are included in both the camping and housing option







Program Housing

- YOU MAY COME EARLY OR STAY LATE for an additional fee, to prepare, relax, integrate, and enjoy the exceptional services of the Retreat center. Please contact the retreat center to set this up. You can find contact information at Gaia's website here

- Sleeping accommodations are arranged in 4 beautiful winterized cabins each with their own screened porch. Cozy and quiet, you are sure to get a good night’s sleep!cabin at        gaia

- Some or all cabins have:

- Small kitchenette with mini kitchen for cooking meals

- Fresh drinking water

- Wood-burning fireplace

- 2 Recliner chairs to cozy up next to the fire

- Loft bedroom with 2 single beds

- Private outhouse

- Each cabin is fully outfitted with linens, cozy blankets, plush towels and luxurious pillows to enhance your stay.

- The clean and environmentally friendly Honeypot Outhouses are easily accessible to each cabin and guests have 24 hour access to our indoor change rooms with beautifully tiled, floor-to-ceiling showers.
- Indoor private washroom and showers available

- CAMPING - Camping is available for the program. This option includes meals. Please bring your own gear for camping.

Travel Information 

- YOU MAY COME EARLY OR STAY LATE for an additional fee, to prepare, relax, integrate, and enjoy the exceptional services of the Retreat center. Please contact the retreat center to set this up. You can find contact information at Gaia's website here

- The closest airport to the retreat center is Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Canada

- The retreat center will pick you up from the airport and take you to and from the airport. The fee is $50 CD both ways. Please contact the retreat center at to set this up.

What To Bring

- This is the Recommended Packing List from Gaia Wellness:

- Hiking boots to explore the numerous trails and forests
- A bathing suit for the lake and sauna
- Natural mosquito repellant & sunscreen
- Personal care items & toiletries (bio-degradable preferred)
- Warm clothes for breezy nights around the campfire
- A good book you’ve been longing to read
- Warm socks or slippers
- A flashlight
- In winter bring outdoor wear, skates, a toboggan, and plenty of layers to keep you warm
- Sun hat, sun cream, sun glasses
- Beach towel(s) – we provide room towels
- Comfortable yoga clothes
- Practical clothing for the season
- Some long sleeves for cool evenings/beach cover up/sun burn
- Camera (if you would like to take photos)
- A reusable water bottle/coffee mug

- You may bring your own instruments for the program. These might include, especially, frame drums (hand-held drums, with beater, like traditional Native American or 'shamanic' drums,) rattles, crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, Tibetan bells, tingshas, tuning forks, some work with horns or didgeridoos. We will also have instruments available to use in the program.

Purchasing Instruments

- Instruments will be available for purchase at the program. If there are any instruments you would specifically like at the program please let us know at least 3 weeks in advance.

- We accept all major credit cards, checks and cash at the program.