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Tibetan Shaman's Drum

Therapeutic Sound has enormous potential in various settings. It can be used as a 1-2-1 therapy, in small groups, in communities, and corporations. Over the years I have facilitated sound work in all of the above areas and what follows are brief descriptions of the numerous 'sound products' available. 


If you would like to offer any of my workshops / sound baths to members of your community / group, please contact me by email using the contact form. 

Sound Baths

Sound Baths are a great introduction to therapeutic sound. They have nothing whatsoever to do with getting wet in a bathroom but everything to do with being bathed in beautiful sounds. They are a fantastic way of simply switching off, relaxing, recharging, and exploring ones internal landscape. Sound Baths are a potent stress buster and, when experienced within a group, very economical. Tools used usually include Himalayan Bowls, Gong, Quartz crystal bowls, and sometimes voice.

During a Sound Bath participants lay comfortably on a soft mat or airbed, cover themselves in a light blanket, cover their eyes with an eye mask (this opens the sense of hearing), and simply relax! The sound does the rest.

Drum Circles & Drum Journeys

Drum circles provide an opportunity to explore rhythm in a close and supportive group whilst exploring the tempos and rhythms of your own life. Drum circles are interactive and collaborative and participants will spend time working with a drum and connecting with others through rhythmic 'games'. Passive elements of a drum circle might include a drum journey with the facilitator using Shamanic drumming techniques or receiving a drum massage. Ultimately, Drum circles and Drum Journeys are a way of accessing aspects of one's own identity and using the drum to express them.

Soundscapes

Soundscapes are interactive and collaborative. They occur in a workshop setting because of the time needed for the process. Soundscapes can often express that which cannot always be expressed in words. It is in their ability to achieve this that one can begin to understand their potential within a community setting. A soundscape workshop will find the participants setting up a dialogue with sound - it is this dialogueing that lies at the heart of the soundscape. What is expressed is truly heard and received and through this one can reach a deeper understanding of the 'other'. Soundscapes can be an invaluable tool in conflict resolution and community cohesion. The soundscape created collaboratively at the end of the workshop is a beautiful statement of unity whilst the journey there is often enlightening.

Another way of working with Soundscapes is to use a figurative or abstract work of art as inspiration and to recreate it in Sound. This process involves the construction of narratives based on the work of art (what's happening, how does it make me feel?) and the translation of those narratives into sound. Great for youngsters,but young adults, and adults alike - this approach is creative and provides a valuable opportunity to work as a team, to explore the intangibles of human feeling and emotion, and to simply have fun!

Soundscapes can also be used to explore beliefs and narratives that limit our experience of self and others. Through sound, more functional beliefs and narrative structures are explored and shared. The soundscape process can facilitate dialogue between individuals and groups with conflicting beliefs and act as a creative and mediatory way of understanding, hearing, and responding to self and others.

Dynamic Vocal Meditation Workshop (Koinonia)

The Koinonia Dynamic Vocal Meditation is a facilitated 11 stage process aimed at uncovering and working through one’s personal process through vocal sound within a community of participants. It is intended that participants, having engaged in a dynamic process of self-exploration, will reach a point of stillness, silence, and presence better enabling them to fully express the magnitude of their own being. It is also hoped that the process, facilitating greater self-awareness and personal responsibility, will result in more functional personal relationships.

The meditation is therefore suitable for all manner of social, cultural, and community settings as a universal and secular process that unifies (self with self, self with other, and self with transcendent other). Coming together and sharing for both personal and a greater ‘good’ is an important aspect of the meditation. The process is cumulative and its order carefully crafted in order to build on the benefits of each preceding stage and also bringing each stage into dynamic relief through its juxtaposition with the stage preceding or following it.

Intuitive Voice Workshops

The voice - your voice - is the most expressive instrument you have. Intuitive voice workshops explore the expressive potential of the voice and employ its unique qualities as a way of connecting with self and others in a supportive and therapeutic workshop setting. Intuitive voice workshops are invigorating, exciting, and deeply moving. Participants need no 'training' and do not need to be a 'singer' to participate.

1-2-1 Therapy

As a qualified therapist to practitioner level, I offer individual therapy for clients wanting to explore their personal process in more depth. I offer two methodologies; Sound Therapy and Holistic Voice Therapy. Sound Therapy utilises multiple sonic tools including Himalayan Singing Bowls, Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, Gongs, Drum, and Tuning Forks. Holistic Voice Therapy is more interactive and utilises both the practitioner's and the client's voice in dynamic ways to explore personal process. A series of vocal processing techniques (VPT's) are utilised in a supportive way to encourage discovery, recognition, and release.

As a practitioner, I am able to perform a sonic diagnosis of the client's energetic state - whilst diagnosis may seem directive, it is important to state that my approach is decidedly non-directive and client centered.

Chanting & Mantra Therapy

Chant and Mantra have been used for millenia as a healing modality. Within the context of therapeutic sound, both play an important role. Whilst both chant and mantra have come to us from their sacred and religious context it is important to realise that the Sound Therapist understands the power of chant and mantra in a secular context as potent sonic signatures with the power to shift personal energy. This is particularly the case with Sanskrit Mantras due to the nature of the Sanskrit language and its sounds which, unlike any other language, actually represent (in sound) the thing they are naming.

Russill Paul states that -  Sanskrit is a language that has been constructed at the deep levels of consciousness typically available to advanced practitioners of yoga and meditation. The sounds are specially constructed to penetrate the analytical mind and affect our nervous system very directly. In this sense, they are a short cut, and are like spiritual pharmaceuticals that enter into our soul with palpable physiological effects. It is this capability that gives mantras the very specific therapeutic and spiritual properties that are missing in our everyday language. At the very least, they offer us a means to rise above the conditionings of mental patterns in order to view life and consciousness from a different perspective, one that offers healing and enlightenment.

Mantra and chant are offered 1-2-1 and in groups as both a therapeutic intervention and as a community endeavor.

Created by Clifford Sax