"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

The Sound of Dharma
Wes Nisker, Terry Vandiver
Friday, September 15, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $50 - $150. Code WN2H17.
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“We rarely hear the inward music, but we are all dancing to it nevertheless.” - Rumi

In this workshop we will explore a vital but largely overlooked path to inner peace and open-hearted happiness – the use of sound and singing. The half-day will include a few brief sessions of silent meditation and some simple movement and yoga to open the body, and then we will bring our focus to sounds and singing. We will practice singing seed syllables on long tones, breathing and basic vocal technique, resonance and vibration. You will learn practices that come from an ancient contemplative style of classical Indian singing called Dhrupad. You will be learning the oldest song in the world. Suitable for those who have no training in singing or chanting.

Terry Vandiver has led movement and yoga at retreats at Spirit Rock and internationally for 30 years. She has a degree in music and has studied classical Indian singing and world chant for 8 years.

Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this half day for $25.

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