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Sound/Energy Healing
Workshop Proposal
~ Rich Goodhart ~

"THREE PATHWAYS OF ILLUMINATION: Sound Healing, Shamanism & Qigong"

~ An experiential workshop in the integrated healing and transformative
powers of Sound (& Music), Shamanism and Energy Cultivation ~

The conscious use of sound is one of the most powerful healing tools in a shaman's repertoire and it is readily accessible to today's healing practitioners. It is a form of vibrational medicine that can affirmatively transform our emotional, mental, physical and energetic states of being, bringing balance, joy, new awareness and healing.

The roots of qigong, the Chinese energy cultivation and healing practice, can be traced back to ancient shamanism. This may be why it makes for such a perfect compliment to shamanic healing work, integrates effortlessly with sound healing, and supports the sort of body/heart/mind/spirit attunement so essential to any effective healing practice.
We will explore:

     ~ Healing techniques applicable to self and others
     ~ Sound immersion meditations, participatory and receptive
     ~ Energy cultivation practices integrating sound and qi
     ~ Energy body activation and cleansing
     ~ Shamanic sound journeying for healing and insight

In this holistic workshop, we weave together three great currents of healing - Sound, Shamanism and Qigong - attuning to their interdependent flow within the one great Soul Ocean of self. We will experience their ability to reduce stress, release emotions, increase healing energy flow, improve mental clarity and bring profound personal insight.

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Rich Goodhart is an internationally respected world music multi-instrumentalist, composer and recording artist as well as a poet, writer, sound healer, shamanic practitioner and Qigong/Tai Chi instructor. He has created seven vital and adventurous CDs, including his latest album of shamanic healing sound meditations Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree, (also the title of his new collection of poems, invocations and spiritual writings.)

Length: Presentable as a weekend, 5-day or 7-day workshop, or weekly or multiple sessions over an extended period of time. There is no shortage of material, the longer the workshop, the more material covered and with greater depth of development and experience.

~ alternate title: "Three Healing Rivers: Sound, Shamanism and Qi"



Extended Bio:

Rich Goodhart is an internationally recognized world music multi-instrumentalist, composer and recording artist working with world music in non-traditional forms, as well as a poet, writer, sound healer, shamanic practitioner and Qigong/Tai Chi instructor. He has composed, produced, arranged and engineered seven albums of progressive World Music. His latest CD of world rhythm shamanic journeys and healing sound meditations is titled Shaman Mirror Medicine Tree, and his third recording, Never Give A Sword To A Man Who Can't Dance was hailed as "The ultimate soundtrack to one's most private ritual dream" by New Age Retailer magazine. World percussion master Glen Velez has described his music as having "a true sense of adventure, with plenty of backbone and vibrant heart". Originally a keyboardist, for the past 30 years he has also been a hand drummer and world music practitioner and has studied with master musicians of Africa, India, America and Indonesia. He has performed and collaborated with many highly regarded musicians, dancers and writers, including Allen Ginsberg, Jon Anderson of YES, Daevid Allen, Collin Walcott, Deepak Chopra, Joanne Shenandoah, Bill T. Jones, Nawang Khechog, Steve Gorn, Shahram Shiva, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Paul Horn, Mark Nauseef, Robert Gass, Gilli Smyth, Michael Harrison, Russill Paul, Krishna Das, Shiva Rea, David Newman (Durga Das) and Shyamdas.

His Sound Healing studies include extensive work and a ten year close personal association with Divine Healing Sound Master Sarah Benson, intensive training with sound master Tom Kenyon and additional studies with Russill Paul, Dabadi Thaayrohyadi, Chloe Goodchild, Fiona Whitmore, the work of Jonathan Goldman, Don Campbell, John Beaulieu, Zacciah Blackburn and many others.

In addition Rich is a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor
and has extensive experience with meditation, yoga and esoteric shamanic practices. For many years he was a regular teacher on the Omega Institute HSP faculty and has also taught at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, as well as assistant teaching at Rowe Conference Center. In 2006 through 2016 Rich has returned to Omega as a Core Faculty Tai Chi Instructor as well as leading Sound Healing, Shamanism and Transformational Sound and Energy Workshops as Staff Faculty. In 2008 and 2009 he presented the "Immersions In The Stream Of Cosmic Sound" workshop at Omega as an extended course meeting twice weekly for four weeks totaling 24 hours of class time. In 2010 through 2015 he presented "Shamanic Sound Practices Immersion" and "Three Pathways of Illumination" in the same format.

Recent Teaching Highlights:

2011 ~ Sound Healing Retreat Intensive, Menla Mountain Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY
2006-2016 (also '97-'02) ~ Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, Staff Programs Faculty and Core Faculty. Workshops have included: Immersions In The Stream of Cosmic Sound, Shamanic Practices Immersion, Sound Healing, Hand Drumming, Rhythm Magic and the Art of Bending Time, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, Subtle Energy Cultivation practices etc. Including 4-Week Staff Intensive "Life Skills Workshops" in 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
2003-2012 ~ Omega Teen Camp, Sound Healing, Qigong, Hand Drumming etc…
2005 ~ Kripalu Center, Lenox, MA. "Explorations In Sound Healing" workshops. Presented three times: 1/2705, 4/28/05, 6/26/05
2008 ~ Natural Health Magazine's "Women's Wellness Weekend", Sagamore Hotel, Lake George, NY. Sound Healing, Drum Circle & Dance/Movement music. April 11-13.
2008 ~ The Power of Practice: Spirit, Mind, Body Retreat, Lake George, NY, Sound Healing, Qigong, plus opening and closing ceremony music. October 3-5.

1990 - 2016 ~ Various and many workshops, of all shapes and sizes at community centers, yoga studios, festivals, new age shops and privately hosted and sponsored events on Sound Healing, Shamanism, Hand Drumming, Qigong, Tai Chi and Meditation.


Spirit Mind Body Music Studies:

1981 ~ Kundalini Yoga, Meher Singh Khalsa, Albany, NY
1981-1983 ~ SUNY at Albany, Undergraduate Music Program, Albany, NY
1984 ~ Kripalu Yoga, Albany Kripalu Yoga Center, Albany, NY
1985-1987 ~ California Institute of the Arts, World Music Program, Valencia, CA
1986 ~ Naropa Institute, Summer Session, Boulder, CO
1989 ~ Tai Chi, Yang Style, Jack Allison, Albany, NY
1993 ~ Baba Olatunji African Drumming Workshop, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
1996 ~ Sacred Arts Retreat, Abode, New Lebanon, NY
1996 ~ Sacred Arts Retreat, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
1998 ~ Honoring The Ancestors, Malidoma & Sobonfu Some, Omega, NY
2000 ~ Chanting, Robert Gass, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY, (accompanied & participated)
2001 ~ Chanting, Robert Gass, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY, (accompanied & participated)

2001 ~ 5 Day Sound Expansive, Sarah Benson, Charlemont, MA
2002 ~ Sound Healer's Intensive Training, Tom Kenyon, Seattle, WA
2003 ~ Five Animal Frolics Qigong, Greg DiLisio, Kripalu, Lenox, MA
2004 ~ Sound Healing Workshop, Tom Kenyon, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
2004 ~ The Yoga of Sound, Russill Paul, Kripalu, Lenox, MA
2004 ~ 5 Day Sound Expansive, Sarah Benson, Rowe, MA
2005 ~ Toltec Cosmic Sound, Dabadi Thaayrohyadi, Colrain, MA
2006 ~ LaHo-Chi, Level I Foundation Training, Pittsfield, MA
2006 ~ Tibetan Qigong, Master Zi Sheng Wang, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
2006 ~ Sound Healing Network Conference, Performer/Attendee, Rowe, MA

2006 ~ Healing The Luminous Body, Alberto Villoldo, Kripalu, MA
2008 ~ External Qi Healing Training, Ken Cohen, Kripalu, Lenox, MA
2008 ~ Sound Healing Network Conference, Presenter/Attendee, Rowe, MA
2009 ~ Sound Healing Network Conference, Performer/Attendee, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
2009/10 ~ Master Healer/Shapeshifter Apprenticeship, John Perkins/Llyn Roberts, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
2010 ~ Sound Healing Network Conference, Performer/Attendee, Omega, Rhinebeck, NY
2011 ~ Sound Healing Retreat Intensive, Workshop Presenter/Attendee, Menla Mountain, Phoenicia, NY

1997 - 2007 ~ Ten year apprentice/mentorship, collaboration, close personal and professional association
with Divine Healing Sound Master and teacher of teachers Sarah Benson.

1975 - 2011 ~ Ongoing personal and collaborative studies, explorations, research and applied practices with
the Heart/Spirit/Body/Mind engaging, consciousness transforming, healing powers of Sound and Music.

Additional studies, single day workshops, retreats etc…:
~ Mahayana Buddhist Temple Retreat, Leeds, NY, 1984
~ Sufi Silent Retreat, Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY, 1997
~ Sufi Silent Retreat, Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY, 1998
~ Anne Chandler, Qigong/Tai Chi Push Hands, HSP/Omega, 1998, 1999, 2000?
~ Sarah Benson, "Source Sound Soul Energetics" Daylong Sound Intensives, 1997, 1999
~ Cassia Berman, Qigong, Woodstock, NY, 2004
~ Greg DiLisio, Qigong, Housatonic, MA, 2004
~ Reiki Level I, Stoneridge, NY, 2005
~ Fiona Whitmore, Sound Healing, Woodstock, NY, 2006

Suggested Readings:

~ The Mysticism of Sound and Music, Hazrat Inayat Khan
~ The Music of Life, Hazrat Inayat Khan
~ The Healing Power of Sound, Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D.
~ Toning, Laurel Elizabeth Keyes
~ The Yoga of Sound, Russill Paul

~ Healing Sounds, Jonathan Goldman
~ Through Music To The Self, Peter Michael Hamel
~ Healing With Sound, Color and Movement, Fabien Maman
~ The Magic of Tone and the Art of Music, Dane Rudhyar
~ Shakti Mantras, Thomas Ashley-Farrand
~ Chanting, Robert Gass

~ The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teaching, Yaya Diallo & Mitchell Hall
~ Drumming at the Edge of Magic, Mickey Hart w/ Jay Stevens
~ Planet Drum, Mickey Hart w/ Fredric Lieberman
~ Spirit Into Sound: The Magic of Music, Mickey Hart & Fredric Lieberman

~ The Way of Qigong, Kenneth S. Cohen
~ Qigong Empowerment, Master Shou-Yu Liang & Wen-Ching Wu
~ The Healing Promise of Qi, Roger Jahnke
~ Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain, Chungliang Al Huang
~ Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power, Yang Yang

~ The Secret Teachings of Plants, Stephen Harrod Buhner
~ Honoring The Medicine, Kenneth Cohen
~ Entering The Circle, Olga Kharitidi
~ The Master of Lucid Dreams, Olga Kharitidi
~ Shaman, Healer, Sage, Alberto Villoldo
~ The Bushman Way of Tracking God, Bradford Keeney
~ A Separate Reality, Carlos Castaneda
~ Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda
~ Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda
~ The Art of Dreaming, Carlos Castaneda
~ The Active Side of Infinity, Carlos Castaneda
~ The Wheel of Time, Carlos Castaneda


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