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Sound, Mantra, and Sacred Music Training

February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$330 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

For centuries, music and mantra have been a powerful means to overcome physical and emotional imbalances, and elevate consciousness. In the West, they are often overlooked. In the East, they are an integral part of almost every spiritual practice.

Join sound savants and world-class musicians Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, and  Thomas Shivananda Amelio to explore the alchemical capacity of sound—how your voice contains the power to purify, protect, and clear the mind. The focus of this weekend workshop will be the science and experience of chanting ancient vibrational healing formulas to activate healing and clear energetic channels.
With special emphasis on the Sanskrit mantras, including powerful one-syllable Beej (seed) mantras of the Yoga tradition, you will explore:

  • How mantra awakens prana (life-force) to engender healing in self and others
  • The different kinds of mantras (purifying, wish-fulfilling, nurturing, healing, and enlightening)
  • The basic alphabet and “language” of the chakras (subtle energy centers)
  • How to develop your own personal practice
  • The role of awareness and breath, mudra (hand seals), bandha (energy “locks”), and kumbhak (breath suspension)
  • How to offer sound meditation and healing to others
  • The role of chitta (consciousness) and how to read your own, and others’, subtle bodies to aid in energetic healing.

Participants will also experience the emotional magic that comes from singing the icaros of the Peruvian Amazon, and will gather an original repertoire of medicine melodies from indigenous traditions of Brazil, Tibet, Africa, and India that can be implemented in shamanic, psychotherapy, and music healing sessions.
Learn why mantra is “that by which one becomes aware of not being different from the Supreme.”

NOTE: The 1440 catalog incorrectly listed the dates of this program as Feb. 22 – 25, 2018.  The correct dates are Feb. 23 – 25, 2018.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT

    Grammy®-nominated music master, healing arts devotee

    Silvia Nakkach is a Grammy®-nominated composer and a pioneer in the field of sound and consciousness transformation.  She is a sought-after educator, vocal artist, author, and a former music psychotherapist.

    Silvia has served on the faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies where she created the premier certificate program on sound, voice and music in the healing arts offered by a major academic institution. She is also the founding director of the international Vox Mundi School of the Voice. For more than 30 years Silvia studied North Indian classical music under the direction of the late Ali Akbar Khan, and various masters of the Art of Dhrupad singing.

    She is a coauthor of Free Your Voice: Awaken to Life Through Singing. She has released 15 albums of music drawing on elements ranging from contemporary avant-garde to ancient Indian ragas, creating a language of her own. She travels extensively and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Why Attend
    • Transform emotions, elevate consciousness, and expand your spiritual practice through the use of ancient chanting and sacred sound, drawing upon centuries of scientific knowledge.

    • Experience the profound bliss and joy of hearing two world-renowned singers in an intimate and up-close format: learn from two masters whose voices and knowledge are sought after around the world.

    • Therapists, yogis, healers, and spiritual teachers will learn key mantras for specific purposes and how to use sound as a healing tool for yourself and others.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    A recording device.

    Recommended Reading

    Free Your Voice: Awaken to Life Through Singing, by Silvia Nakkach and Valerie Carpenter. Colorado: Sound True, 2012

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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