Medicine Melodies

Conscious Living Workshop

Medicine Melodies

Music as Spiritual Medium

Friday, Mar 2, 2012, 4:00 PM –
Sunday, Mar 4, 2012, 1:30 PM (All times are local to the event.)

Silvia Nakkach
Val Serrant
EarthRise at IONS
101 San Antonio Rd
Petaluma CA 94952
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Medicine melodies are simple tonal configurations that reflect a sacred unity with nature and have the power to heal body, mind, and spirit.

Empower your shamanic, psychotherapy, and sound healing practice while embarking on a magical musical journey. Like the shaman that hears the hidden music of the Universe and sings it back through medicine melodies, many people in our own culture today are visited by such melodies—as if spontaneous transmissions from nature or the spirit world are “singing in” to the person rather than the person “singing out.” Experience the emotional magic that comes from singing the Icaros of the Peruvian Amazon and indigenous traditions from India, Brazil, and beyond. Feel how this music clears and opens energetic channels, becoming a gateway for divination and love. Through guided trance states, drumming, and chanting you’ll gather a fantastic repertoire of medicine melodies to use in your healing sessions, as well as guidance for developing your spiritual practice of “singing in.” Master drummer Val Serrant (Trinidad Tobago) will provide instruction and percussion accompaniment. READ MORE

Participants in this weekend workshop will:

  • Learn how to implement music in your clinical practice, as a sound healer, yoga teacher, or wellness practitioner
  • Discover the use of music to support the shamanic journey
  • Gain confidence in using your voice to make music
  • Learn the basis of music improvisation and deep listening

Audience:  Musicians, spiritual seekers, sound and music healers, music therapists, psychotherapists, shamanic practitioners, yoga teachers, wellness practitioners, and singers.

Includes a guaranteed seat and free entrance to the Special Event Friday evening (open to the public for $25/door - More details HERE).

Music by Silvia Nakkach

Click on the triangle below to listen to "Icaro del Silbido."


Click on the triangle below to listen to "Reza (Prayer)."
This starts quietly, so give it time.


”…Her talent makes for music that at times recalls the ‘mystical minimalism’ of modern composers like Arvo Part, at other times ranges from Latin and Indian sonorities, but always feels ambitious… and could probably hold a tough New York club audience spellbound.” ~Jon Spayde, UTNE READER

“Nakkach is a master teacher that brings the discipline of a classicist and the poetic imagination of the indigenous wisdom to her unique approach, which challenge students to sing and create music beyond cultural boundaries, incorporating profound changes into their lives.” ~Bonnie Lowen, Ph.D, Music Professor, student of the Vox Mundi Programs.

In his book The Mozart Effect, author Don Campbell, refers to Silvia as the Argentinean Muse: “Silvia’s magical voice take us from the spirits of South America to Arcturus. May we dance along.” ~Don Campbell

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, award-winning composer, former psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of sound transforming consciousness and music shamanism, is the founding director of Vox Mundi School of the Voice, and assistant professor of the Sound, Voice, and Music in Healing studies at CIIS. Her interest in indigenous music cosmology and spirituality has led her to collaborate with renowned shamans from Indian and South American shamanic traditions. For more than 27 years, Silvia has studied classical Indian music with the late maestro Ali Akbar Khan. A new album (Medicine Melodies) and her new book (Free Your Voice) will be available this summer by Sounds True. See also,

Val Serrant is a steel pan/traditional drummer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Serrant frequently performs and teaches about Caribbean music in schools and is also a member of Afrika Heartbeat, founded by Sikiru Adepoju. A great friend of the late Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji and culture worker Constance Williams, Serrant believes in being a positive force for change in the community.

Registration fees include the weekend program and 6 freshly prepared meals.

  • $295 EarlyBird Fee through Feb 13, 2012
  • $325 Regular Fee thereafter

ONSITE lodging is $75 per person per night for a shared room or $99 per night for a single room. Sign-ups within 72 hours of the workshop will be on a space-available basis and will incur a $30 Administration Fee, so please register early.

CE Credits
12 Continuing Education Credits are available for this workshop for a fee of $25.

4:00—5:45 PM Check in
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30—9:30 PM Session 1
Medicine Melodies A Musical Offering with audience participation and multi-media presentation. Musicians: Michael Knapp (cello), Val Serrant (percussion), and Silvia Nakkach (voice, keyboards, harmonium, percussion). This evening session is open to the public for $25 at the door, and is free for weekend workshop registrants.

8:00—9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Session 2
12:30—1:30 PM Lunch
2:30—5:45 PM Session 3
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30—9:30 PM Session 4

8:00—9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM—12:15 PM Session 5
12:30—1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 Departure

Arrival and Departure
Check-in and access to accommodations is on Friday from 4 - 5:45 pm. Guests are requested to be checked out of their room by lunchtime on Sunday. For more information on directions and transportation, see Plan Your Stay.

EarthRise Center at IONS
Is located on 194 acres of scenic rolling hills 25 miles north of San Francisco, and easily reached from both the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports. For more information, see Ground Transportation.

Further Information
Please email or call 707-779-8202.

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