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September 25, 2021

Virtual Retreat: Creating a Sonic Sanctuary – The Healing Power of Music

Have you ever heard a piece of music that left you feeling utterly transformed? Did you smile? Did you laugh? Did you cry? Did you dance? All of those things?

Please Join us on Saturday September 25 for this virtual workshop Creating a Sonic Sanctuary: The Healing Power of Music with yoga teacher and musician Nichol Chase to explore the healing and integrative power of music. 

We have the ability to experience this kind of transformation every moment of our lives. This is possible because we are all equipped with a very special tool – our bodies. Our bodies are instruments, and we can make them sonic sanctuaries through intention and practice. Bodies are the means by which we engage with the world and all that surrounds us. They give us the ability to take powerful action: to make meaning of the mundane; to think deeply and to ask important questions; to create beauty and meaning; to care for others and the planet. And the actions we take can create greater resonance within ourselves and harmony with all that surrounds us. This is what it means to make ourselves into sonic sanctuaries.

In this workshop, we will integrate the three components of resilience as elucidated in the Contemplative-Based Resilience programming through Garrison Institute: awareness, balance and connection. Through exploration of the harmonizing power of music in connection with mindfulness practices and movement, we will gain a greater sense of well-being and health, and will strengthen our collective capacity for compassion and altruism.

We will explore a plethora of practical tools in this workshop, including:
• Meditation, breathing exercises & light movement
• Discussion about music through the lens of Quantum Physics, String Theory & Nada Brahma
• Listening to music • Co-creating music
• Journaling
***No prior experience with music, mindfulness practices or movement required.

 Garrison Fellow  Nichol Chase is a teacher, musician, and yogi for whom singing and movement is integral to life. Nichol’s yoga practice is informed by a vast and eclectic set of influences that blend invigorating flow with precise and insightful instruction and extensive study with a variety of innovative teachers. She is a faculty member and teacher trainer for The Mazé Method, where she has worked for several years, and is currently on the faculty for a teacher training partnership between Yoga International and the Mazé Method. Nichol’s artistic experience includes more than a decade of Royal Academy ballet training and specialization as an operatic Coloratura Soprano, earning the Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Vocal Performance from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Nichol’s study of yoga piqued an interest in Kirtan and Indian Classical music resulting in the addition of the harmonium to her repertoire for accompaniment. She continues to study Northern Indian Classical Music, Mantra, and Kirtan along with a vast array of Western musical styles. For more information on Nichol’s work, please visit her website.

This virtual retreat will be conducted through Zoom on Saturday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m. EDT to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The virtual retreat link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Join us for part two of this three-part series with Nichol on December 4, 2021. Each session can be experienced independently OR followed as a whole. PLEASE CLICK HERE IF INTERESTED

Registration Options

1 - Standard
2 - Supporter
3 - Subsidized (unemployed, retired, students)