A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other healing tools. Participants will “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, achieving deep rest. Appropriate for all seeking stillness, relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap.
Despite our casual relationship with sound on a day-to-day basis, sound can be used as a tool for awareness, rest, and transformation. By creating an environment in which sound is their sole focus, guests will enter into a meditative state and build a new appreciation for the potent effects of sound in our lives. Guests have reported spontaneous insights and visions, deep rest (“like being awake and dreaming”), and relief from symptoms of migraines and neurological disorders.
Participants are asked to lie on the floor. Please bring a mat/blanket to lie on, and a pillow/blanket as desired. Dress warmly and comfortably.
Please be advised that the Center’s upstairs is not air-conditioned.
Rachel Elizabeth Maley is a visual and sound artist based outside of Chicago. A musician since a young age, she performs on multiple instruments and voice, and is a practitioner of meditation and chado, the Way of Tea. Rachel’s sound practice is influenced in part by Western sacred music, Vedic chant, and the percussion of Zen monastic life. (re-maley.com)
A lifelong musician, Rachel has spent decades studying the structure of sound and how to create unique, memorable experiences for audiences. As a church musician for many years, Rachel created music to facilitate times of reflection, inspiration, and insight — an experience mirrored in her studies at the San Francisco Zen Center. Rachel’s approach to sound is specifically secular: no dogmas or traditions discussed, just awareness.