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What is The School of Sound Healing?

The Center of Light School of Sound Healing offers in depth courses and trainings in 3 different forms: 
1) Individual stand alone trainings such as Sound, Healing and Consciousness 6 Day Program
2) One on One Professional Skill Development Program
3) 1 to 3 year School Of Sound Healing Program in therapeutic sound healing, guided by our most experienced facilitator, Zacciah Blackburn.  

We know of no other sound healing trainings which offers this level of either individualized or in depth, comprehensive, experiential and cognitive preparation, for becoming a qualified and effective therapist in the field of intentional sound.  

No prior experience or musical experience is necessary.

For those taking the entire Level 1, 2 or 3 year training, and for some stand alone programs, you will receive a sound healing certificate of training after each year.

Sound, Healing and Consciousness 6 Day Program

The stand alone School of Sound Healing programs, such as Sound, Healing and Consciousness are designed to take the participant deeply into the theory and experience of sound healing deeply, working with sound healing and consciousness in a direct way allowing deep insight and learning. These programs are greatly enjoyed and appreciated by therapeutic professionals across diverse fields from medicine to bodywork.

Sound, Healing and Consciousness is our current stand alone offering for the School of Sound Healing. Please see the program links below for specific current information for this program.

We are currently planning on offering a module II of this 6 day program April of 2019 for those who have completed the Sound, Healing and Consciousness 6 Day program. 

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

#2 Sound, Healing and Consciousness Leyden, MA, April 9-14 2019 - School of Sound Healing

#3 Sound, Healing and Consciousness Module II, Leyden, MA Sept 17-22, 2019 - School of Sound Healing

One on One Professional Skill Development Program

--To schedule a session with Zacciah, please mail us at admin@sunreed.com or give us a call 802-674-9585--

Zacciah offers one-on-one and small group sound healing training. This service is available in person, or by phone or Skype. It can be offered in one hour or multiple hour segments, in one day, or over the course of days, weeks, or months, depending on the depth the student wishes to engage in this service, and the areas of study he or she wish to cover.

Zacciah can address individual areas of interest in short sessions, or he and the student can create an individualized program to cover appropriate materials and experiential practice for those who wish to engage in a broader spectrum of training. This plan will include time recommendations to adequately cover those areas of interest, and will, also, be based on the student's experiential level.

This is an excellent way to study with Zacciah, for those with limited time of financial considerations, and, to receive in depth experiential and cognitive knowledge in the full spectrum of training he offers. It provides the student with the opportunity to ask him directly all questions that are most relevant to your own needs and direction of study. You may train in the use of sound healing instruments such as crystal or Tibetan bowls and bells, Native American drums and rattles, the use of voice, the nature of the chakras or the human energy system, the nature and use of intention and awareness, Sacred Space, Sacred Sound Transmissions (or channeling,) or you may enter the inter-relationship of sound, healing and consciousness at its most refined levels. Because of the nature of individualized learning, it is quite possible to go quite deep into your specified areas of interest in less time than it may take to reach in group retreat, though there are aspects of group work that cannot be duplicated in individualized sessions.

The cost of appointments are $150 per hour

A session is highly effective over the phone, over skype and in person. Please let us know which you would like when making your appointment.

The School of Sound Healing 1-3 Year Program

This program is not currently being offered. Please see our Sound, Healing and Consciousness program for our current offering.

The Center of Light Institute of Sound Healing offers 1 to 3 years of 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 Medicalpractitioners, 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.'

School of Sound Healing Year 1 Level 1

LEVEL I, 1st Year Training: This program is currently offered over the course of 8 months to a years time. The program occurs within four modules, each four days long, happening once every 2-3 months. Some stand alone portions of these programs are available occasionally in other regions of the country, and internationally. We currently require participation in the whole first year of the program in order to attend. If you would like to see what Zacciah's methoda are like look to introductory programs such as the 6 day stand alone introductory programming happening in September, 2017. We are also looking into webinars, as well do one-on-one professional development and therapies. We recommend participation in all trainings for the best and most complete understanding of the nature, use and application of sound therapies. Please read on for general information about Level 1, or scroll further down to see the content of each module, or further to see current logistical information and cost. 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.

MODULE I:The Nature of Healing with Sound: VOICE & INSTRUMENTS 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. 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 Part I: The Neurophysiology of Sound 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 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 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 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 training. 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.

School of Sound Healing Year 2 Level 2

We offer ever broader and more explicit range of trainings in sound healing practice, which delve into greater personal & professional awareness, and outlines of the application of sound in therapeutic practice.    Level II trainings require completion of Level I, our Foundation Training.  Consideration may be given to those completing most of Level I with completion of Lev I in the next class cycle, or with additional professional skill development outside of class.  

These experiential programs will take the practitioner to ever deeper levels of cognitive and experiential understanding, enriching their lives and practice.   We create a coherent team of practitioners which carries into other avenues of your well being, and prepare for a third year of explicit supervised trainings.   Second year students completing all courses receive a certificate of completion of studies of Level II, third year students receive a certificate of completion from the entire School program.


Module I: Healing , Sacred Sound Instruments, & Application of Sound Therapies
- Moving more readily into the nature of healing, the use of therapeutic and sacred sound intruments and applications of soundwork;
- Working off Level I understanding, carrying deeper container into new levels of this work. Some review, always homework
- Tuning forks, crystal and Tibetan bowls, Tingshas and bells, rattles and drums, other instruments

Module II: Advanced Use of Voice, Awareness, and Intent in Therapeutic Applications
- Moving into deeper application, integration and use of voice, awareness and overall view of healing and therapeutic process.
- Awakening of authentic voice in healing and therapeutic process
- Practice I and II: How to create a healing practice
- Module III: Energetics of the Human Component, Science, & Neurophysiology,
- Moving into greater awareness of the crystalline essence of consciousness, the nature of the human spirit, our Divine nature or origins
- How the Human Energy system is composed, functions, and interacts with nature and the cosmos Our own awareness and consciousness
- Hidden components of neurology, psychology, obscurations, thoughtforms, heartmind, and their interaction with consciousness, nature, healing, and the cosmos
- How does sound work and interact with these?
- The attunement and refined awareness of, and interaction with, sound,healing, and consciousness

Module IV: Sacred Space, Sacred Sound, Sacred Ceremony 
- Exploring the nature and texture of subtle sound, subtle realms of consciousness, and how to open to them, co-create them, attune and emanate them.
- Working with Sacred Sound and the Subtle Realms of being, and the natures, energies (neters), powers, Beings and Consciousnesses that reside there.
- Working with the Subtle Streams of Consciousness, Sound Streams and Sound Codes; how is sound 'encoded'?
- How can this benefit my practice and profession?
- Ethics of professional healing practice
- Nature of Sacred Ceremony, and the use of sound

Module V: Earth Healing & Awareness 
- We will spend the majority of our 4 days outside in sacred sites
- Working with the subtle texture of Earth Consciousness, and Elemental Consciousness.
- The Allies of the Medicine kingdoms: Plant, Stone, Water, Earth, Fire, Air, Ether, Animal Ancestral and other medicine allies, in the natural world
- Moving into ancient sacred sites, and natural power sites
- What is the difference, how can they be utilized
- The nature of awakening relations with the living consciousness of Earth, Elemental consciousness, and etc.
- The Art of Right Approach to sacred sites, and Right Relationship to the energies and beings inhabiting these sacred places.
- The nature of These Times (think 2012, and how to enter them in Right Relationship)
- And, healing for the Earth, the Human, and other Kingdoms
- Individual and planetary healing, utilizing Earth Energies

Visiting:
- Apu (Mt) Ascutney, and his Sacred Heart Temple
- The Cavendish Gorge, and sacred wisdom keepers, and caves
working with stones and trees as allies
- The Sacred Stone Chambers of Calendar I and/or Calendar II
including the StarSeed Chamber, Gestation and Birthing Chambers
- Integrating this wisdom into our lives

School of Sound Healing Year 3 Level 3 

MODULE ONE:
I will begin with one day with Licensed Psychotherapist and shamanic practitioner Vicki Anderson, Psy.D., outlining her professional/clinical Intake materials, with clear articulation of how to proceed with each client for treatment, based on their needs.  Days II and III will go step by step through the practices you each wish to highlight for understanding more thoroughly, that we have engaged in, in our prior years of work.
This may mean we do more cognitive than experiential work in this weekend.  It is based on your need and desire to clarify specific aspects of practice, primarily in clinical or therapeutic setting.  We will take it as deep as the conversations organically can evolve, based on what you bring forward to seek greater knowing and understanding in regards to specific aspects of the work, or specific practices we have shared.
If any time remains, we will balance the weekend with experiential work, starting with work with each other.

MODULE TWO:
An Integrative "Applications of Sound Therapy" weekend, with both cognitive and experiential work, possibly in a supervisory setting, with peer review, overseeing each practice with each other, one pair at a time, with the ability to cohesively, and conscientiously speak to the nature of our work, with the potential for positive feedback (we will highlight this will be only beneficial, positive based feedback.)
This is tentative, I will look more deeply into the best way to spend our time for this weekend.

MODULE THREE:
Requirement of at least 3-5 case presentations for review (to be determined,)
We will have created an intake model, based on at least some part of Vicki's material,with possible additional input based on our procedures and protocol.
We will ask you to carry through case studies with at least 3-5 clients for at least 2-3 sessions.  We will review these as a group, and look for areas of potential improvement or refinement of our work.

These reviews will include in depth notes on the following.  All materials and protocols needed for these reviews are expected to be covered or presented by the end of Module I: 
  • Intake form
  • Release document from client
  • Summary
  • Case history
  • Preparation for session
  • Expectations of client
  • Outline, length, content, setting
  • Detailed:  position of client during each stage of practice
  • How did session progress, what info gathered from client
  • What techniques or elements of sound were utilized or applied
  • What was outcome?
  • What do you think worked, didn’t work, etc.
  • Client evaluation and feedback of session
  • Documenting session;  Subjective (observations,) Objective  (what you observe, did they appear in what state, etc,) Assessment;  What is followup plan? 
Module 4 Earth and Consciousness

We will explore the traditional understanding of the Earth and Cosmos as living consciousness, regarded as the nature of life by most indigenous cultures.
We will utilize sound to explore entering into and furthering living relations with all life, the cosmos, and our place in it, as well as how to use sound as a gateway into other realms of understanding, known as the 'subtle realms' in many spiritual traditions.