2015 Faculty & Workshops


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Thursday June 25th ~ Sunday 28th, 2015Some highlights of the retreat include the following presentations on the theory, art, and science of sound healing. This coming year, the  internationally renowned faculty includes:  Dr. John Beaulieu Ph.D., Richard Rudis, Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., Philippe Pascal Garnier.  Stay Tuned…

Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D.: BioSonic Integrative Sound Healing™

John Beaulieu

BISH™ focuses on how to create focused sound healing sessions based on specific life goals that are determined through integrative science. The process requires an applied knowledge of feeling tone, values clarification, and visualization in order to establish a “tuned visualization”. When a tuned life goal visualization is embedded into healing sound its feeling tone is carried directly to the brain stem resulting as an inner resonance that travels as a healing wave throughout the whole body. This highly tuned wave, like the sound of a musical instrument, travels outward into our external environment. Simultaneously the inner wave resonance activates neural tumbrels, special “quantum synapes”, which are embedded in neurons resulting in quantum field resonance. When the outer and inner waves are congruent a tuned oscillating inner guidance system complete with conscious reality testing feedback loops is established for the purpose of manifesting life goals.

This workshop will focus on how to use tuning forks and voice methods with feeling tone, however, the BISH™ process is universal and can be used with all sound healing modalities and instruments. Special emphasis will be given to the use of Brain Tuner™ tuning forks and crystals to establish “inner quantum resonance”.

“It has taken me 45 years of clinical practice, teaching, musical performance, and research to develop BISH™ and the clarity that it can bring to the whole field of sound healing. I will teach the basic BISH™ principles and their clinical application in this workshop. We will learn practical high focused sound healing protocols using tuning forks. Once the protocols are understood they can be modified be congruent with your current skill sets and establish a direction for highly focused future studies in the fields of values clarification, visualization and trance, energy work, and the science of feeling tones in order to empower greater sound healing outcomes for yourself and your clients.”
Dr. John Beaulieu, N.D. Ph.D. CIIS University San Francisco CA. November 2014.

John Beaulieu, N.D., Ph.D., is one of the foremost philosophers and major innovators in the area of sound healing therapies.  A world-renowned speaker, composer, pianist, and naturopathic doctor, Dr. Beaulieu has pioneered a technique called BioSonic Repatterning™), a natural method of healing and consciousness development using tuning forks and other sound modalities based on the sonic ratios inherent in nature.  As the founder of BioSonic Enterprises, he has developed and distributed over 50 different sound healing-related products including tuning forks, instructional videos, audio programs, CDs and books. Dr. Beaulieu is the groundbreaking author of Human Tuning, Music and Sound in the Healing Arts and the composer of Calendula: A Suite for Pythagorean Tuning Forks, a CD designed to physically align your body and create a deep relaxed state of awareness. He lectures and performs worldwide and conducts training seminars for practitioners in the healing arts. www.biosonics.com/


Mitchell Gaynor photo“The Harmonic Destiny of Healing” is a talk that awak- ens us to natural truths already at work in our lives. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s talk makes the connection between the double helix spiral of one’s DNA, sacred geome- try patterns, sound waves and healthy disciplines that we can incorporate to activate the positive expression of our own DNA. He investigates the science and his own practice of 30 years as an integrative oncol- ogist to elucidate the interrelatedness of human life and individual practices that advance harmony and healing. Healing, for Dr. Gaynor, is a natural, integral part of the Universe: He demonstrates how disciplines like yoga, meditation, sound, and lifestyle choices can change and enhance one’s genetic expression. The body is not static. DNA is not fixed. Dr. Gay- nor shows us why this is true and how to embrace these profound truths.

Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., is Founder and President of Gaynor Integrative Oncology and Gaynor Wellness in New York City. A renowned pioneer in the field of integrative oncology for 30 years, Dr. Gaynor is author, physician, speaker and composer of original sound healing meditations. His latest book, “The Gene Therapy Plan – Taking Control of your Genetic Destiny Through Diet and Lifestyle” (due in April, 2015, from Viking Press with a Forward by Dr. Mehmet Oz) pro- vides a revolutionary approach to reverse gene damage associated with aging, cancer, obesity, and diabetes and to prevent future gene deterioration with specific programs that are appropriate for anyone who wants to maximize longevity for themselves, their children and future generations.

More Information: http://gaynoroncology.com/about-gio/

Richard Rudis (Sonam Dorje): Himalayan sacred sound workshop

Richard R Faculty

Richard will teach his class on the Tibetan principles of Sacred Sounds, this workshop is an immersion in sacred sound applications and practices. Learn how sound can heal and transform. Workshop participants will personally explore vibrational healing techniques, history and Dharma teachings while using these remarkable instruments. Rudis said beliefs in the spiritual and physical power of sound are not unique to Tibetan Buddhism but are a part of many cultures and traditions. Even the command “Let there be light” in Genesis can be seen as part of that power, he said.

“It’s the thought of utterance, that divine vibration, that is the source of the universe. The Earth itself vibrates at a primal level as it spins on its axis, emitting a G, and revolves around the sun, emitting a C-sharp, Rudis said.
“The Earth moving around the sun creates a vibration, or sound,” he said. “It’s the sound of ‘aum.’
“If you pronounce the syllables, you can feel your whole body vibrate. There’s physical associations with all these tones.”

Richard Rudis (Sonam Dorje) Sacred Sound Healing Pioneer, Author, Student of Vajrayana Buddhism, founder of Sacred Sound Workshops and the Illuminarium Convergence.
An American practitioner of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism he was granted refuge in the Buddha from His Holiness Gyalwa karmapa while in Tibet in 1996. his Holiness named him Karma Sonam Dorje; (Meritorious Thunderbolt of the Kagyu School.)
In 1988 Rudis founded the Illuminarium Convergence – a modest store front for the examination of metaphysical phenomenon. he began teaching Buddhist Dharma and vibrational healing (w/Tibetan instruments) shortly after.
Considered most knowledgeable in the field of sacred sound healing, sound instruments from the Himalayas and associated vibrational healing techniques he is often a featured presenter at International Conferences. An associate of the tibetan Sound Healing School of California (http://www.tibetanbowlschool.com), he teaches advanced classes in sound therapy outlined with Buddhist teachings.
Touring the western United States Rudis presents a sacred sound concert under the trade marked term ‘Gong Bath’; each experience is unique and rooted in Dharmic teachings. Using a gong tuned to the ‘Aum’ frequency and patterning his playing techniques on sacred geometry his concerts are generally sold out. Profound self-awakening and life altering experiences are commonly reported with each concert. (see http://www.sacredsoundgongbath.com).


Philippe Pascal Garnier:  THE CRYSTAL RESONANCE SPACE & FORM OF THE CRYSTAL SOUND  Philippe Pascal Garnier, will be presenting a master class on Crystal Singing Bowl to discover the optimal use of these very special vibrational instruments. We will learn about the natural affinity and resonance we hold within our crystal core consciousness and how the crystal bowl can be integrated into our life and professional practice to enhance therapeutic outcomes. During class we will also learn how to play Crystal Singing Bowls and methods of using them during sessions as well as in performances.

Philippe Garnier

Originally from Paris, Philippe Pascal Garnier discovered the healing properties of sound 15 years ago during his quest to cease vertigo brought on by Ménière’s disease. Not wanting to undergo the operation doctors offered, he turned to alternative practitioners. During the 15 days he spent with the indigenous of the Upper Amazon in Peru working with spiritual healers, he experienced a transformation that not only altered the course of his disease, but of his life. He pursued intensive training in Energy Healing and Sound Therapy. Philippe has been initiated into sacred ceremony and practice in a variety of Native traditions. His sound healing knowledge comes in part from living year long within an Apache tribe in New Mexico, as well as working extensively with the Amazonian curanderos, training in techniques that facilitate healing of the soul and body. Philippe’s work is also very much influenced by John Beaulieu, N.D., PhD., an advanced and original researcher into many aspects of sound healing. Many other teachers have also contributed to Philippe’s broad-based education in the healing application of sound. He shares this expertise with the public through the organization he co-founded and directs: Sage Academy Of Sound Energy & Center For The Healing Arts in Woodstock, NY. www.sagehealingcenter.org ~ www.soundhealingretreat.com

Lea Garnier: THE SOUND OF YOGA~SOUND HEALING AND YIN-YANG-YAWN YOGA  This yoga experience integrates Asana, Pranayama and Nada Yoga/Healing Sound by using crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, toning voice, gongs, and mantra throughout the class.

Lea Garnier

HEALING SOUND – Nada Yoga (The Yoga of Sound) is the ancient science of sound vibrations, an exploration of consciousness through sacred music which originated in Vedic times. It has been found to be a healing process on many levels, for the purpose of aligning the physical and subtle bodies with their own natural vibration and leading the individual to the highest state of awareness and health.

YIN – Passive yoga poses that engage and release the fascia and ligaments, and which targets the lower half of the body between the bottom ribs and just above the knees. Yin yoga asana creates space for a greater range of motion when practicing the more active yang postures. Poses are held longer to facilitate a deeper release in the joints, and for allowing the body to become a vehicle for meditation in action.  YANG – Active yoga poses and Kundalini Krias that engage the muscles for strength and length, and Pranayama to deepen our breath awareness.  YAWN – Restorative yoga to rest and integrate. Restorative yoga is a practice that uses props to gently hold you while you continue to release any stress left in body/mind/spirit.

Lea Garnier has worked as a craniosacral therapist for over 15 years with a private practice in New York and at Sage Center for the Healing Arts in Woodstock, NY, a center she co-founded in 2007, and co-directs with her husband Philippe Garnier. She is a certified yoga teacher trained in the Desikachar linage, and created a own form of yoga growled within sacred sound with an awareness on the Cosmic Om.  Lea also co-founded and co-organizes, an Annual Sound Healing Symposium taking place at Menla Mountain retreat in upstate New York, which caters to an international audience of practitioners working in the healing arts. She is also a painter whose works have been displayed, sold and published in Europe and New York State. Her teachers are many, and she is grateful for the opportunity to share the knowledge ascribed to her over the years within the art forms she continues to study passionately!  sageacademyofsoundenergy.com ~ www.soundhealingretreat.com


Don Oscar Santillan, Curandero de Sonido, Ecuadorian Lachak Shaman: JOURNEY TO THE ANDES~ SOUND HEALING LIMPIA

 This will be a unique sound healing presentation and a sharing of the importance of sound & music in Quichuan life, in healing and balancing energies. (In Spanish, with translation into English.)   Be part of this Sacred Circle of Shamanic Music for the Spirit.  We will journey to the sanctuary of the heart by using the power of the heartbeat of the drum, and the gentle presence of the ancient flute. These sounds can guide us to a deep inner meditation. Music has a great power to help us heal and reclaim our wholeness. The purity of the Eagle’s wisdom and the song of the Condor’s soul, can carry us far beyond the ordinary world. It is in this place of infinite possibility that we meet our sacred spirit and deepen our connection to self.

Oscar Santillan, a sound healer and Shaman from Ecuador, he will be sharing is knowledge on sound healing and will present his ‘sound tools’ to the group. He will also bless us with a group limpia sound healing. Don Oscar comes from a family of 7 generations of shamans and musicians, who have preserved the wisdom and music of their Quichua culture for centuries. It is part of the teaching of the elders of the Andes that now is the right time-space for them to share some of their traditions. Don Alverto Taxo is an important teacher of Oscar. Their lineage centers on opening the heart and on the natural elements which bring the natural world actively into our lives.


Arji “OceAnanda” Cakouros, is a Sound Healer, Musician, Usui Reiki Master, & Dreamwork Teacher with a private counseling/healing practice based in Niskayuna, NY.  Over the last seven years, she has enjoyed the deep joy and honor of collaborating with Blissmate Sw.Laraaji NadaBrahmananda ….”LArAAji”… in many venues worldwide, offering Healing Sound events and Laughter Immersion experiences, as well as a great variety of musical performances in conjunction with other artists.  Arji has also served for the past seven years as faculty for both the prestigious international Sound Healers Intensive in Colorado, developed by internationally recognized Sound Healing Pioneer Jonathan Goldman (for which she and Laraaji recently released a highly acclaimed two Cd set entitled “Laughter & Consciousness”), as well as on the faculty for the Sacred Sounds Institute Intensive held annually at Olympic National Park, Washington state created by themulti-talented pioneer Sound Healer Vickie Dodd.

LArAAji (Edward Larry Gordon) pursued his dream of becoming a Musician and humanitarian artist from a very early age in the Coastal town of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. During the mid 70′s following an inner sound vision, he set out to create a new musical sound  involving a modified 36 string AutoHarp, alternative tunings, and innovative music Electronics.  This new musical expression captured the heart and stimulated the imagination of a very appreciative and warm New Age following.  Laraaji has also developed over the past 25 years his signature style of Meditative Laughter Playshops presented in a wide array of venues in the USA & abroad. Visit his blogspot  http://laraaji.blospot.com/    ….or, to enjoy a wonderful mini documentary on his extraordinary career, go to the VIMEO link  entitled “Eternity or Bust” http://vimeo.com/75415290

Steve Gorn, whose flute is featured on the 2004 Academy Award winning Documentary film, Born into Brothels, has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute, soprano saxophone and clarinet in concerts and festivals throughout the world. Well known to audiences in India and the west, he has been praised by critics and leading Indian musicians as one of the few westerners recognized to have captured the subtlety and beauty of Indian music.  His recordings include Rasika, Luminous Ragas, Colors of the Mind, and Priyageeta.  www.SteveGorn.com  www.myspace.com/stevegorn     Stevegorn@eartlink.net