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 The Center of LightSchool of Sound Healing Presents:
Sound, Healing and Consciousness
An Introduction To Sound Healing

April 10-15
SpiritFire Retreat Center
407 West Leyden Rd
Leyden, MA, 01337

This is a 6 day program in sound healing and therapy led by Zacciah Blackburn, PhD.You will receive a certificate of training after completion of the program.We 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 experience or musical experience is necessary.

Complete program information is on our Center of Light pages here

While this is an introductory program, no matter your level of experience or competence, you will find this program effective at meeting your needs for effectively understanding and advancing your work in sound (or music,) and enriching and fulfilling both your personal and professional needs. We enter an intutitive, 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 bowls 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 the 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 proven 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. This is an in depth study into the nature of healing, sound healing, and the use of sacred sound and intuitive sound healing practices. 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. 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: (All Times are ET. 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

    At minimum, 2 evenings we will offer practice for 1-2 hrs.

    Starting at 7:30-8 PM

    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


    Location Travel Information

    The retreat is held on the 95 pristine acres and retreat center complex of the SpiritFire Retreat Center

    407 West Leyden Road Leyden, Massachusetts 01337

    By Car: We will give best travel routes to those registered for program.

    By Air, Bus, Train 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 internationsl travel, there is good train & bus service to the region from NYC, and Boston, MA airports. SpiritFire will assist with transportation from Greenfield, MA, Brattleboro, VT, and when possible, Springfield MA or Hartford CT Bradlee Airport. A fee may apply. Taxi and Limousine service are available from BDL, Springfield, MA, Greenfield, MA or Brattleboro, VT

    YOU MAY COME EARLY OR STAY LATE for an additional fee, to prepare, relax, integrate, and enjoy the exceptional services of the Retreat center.


    Meals are deliciously prepared by our retreat center hosts. They are full, rich, natural and local ingredients/and/or organic where possible. Often their own gardens are the source for the vegetables. Special diets can be accommodated, though they reserve the right to charge an additional moderate fee if necessary. Add your dietary and any other special needs in the special instructions box. Only Lunch and Dinner are included for Commuters